The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
What We Love
- World class tennis; if you love the game you’ll love these 11 courts, with Wimbledon-quality grass, seven hard courts and two Australian Open–style Rebound Ace surfaces, many lighted. There’s player matching, lessons, clubhouse and even an automated practice court
- While luxury resort dining is notoriously overpriced, the casual tavern in the golf clubhouse offers great, hearty food at very reasonable prices — a nice oasis from vacation sticker shock
- The wellness center is a first-rate facility across the board, and it also offers unique off-site guided hikes, including one up Camelback Mountain
- Impressive, $25 million art collection
What To Know
- The extensive daily list of exercise classes and guided walks is great, but if you don’t have a spa or salon treatment you’ll be charged a daily fee
- “Free” Internet is part of a staggering $29 daily resort fee that doesn’t include much else — add another $29 per day if you want valet parking
- The service doesn’t always match the excellence of the facilities, and the front desk is easily overwhelmed, especially since the Phoenician hosts a lot of large name tag–wearing corporate groups
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Southwestern style meets Italian grandeur. This huge resort blends a few different influences, and common spaces such as the main lobby are full of polished marble and European elegance, while Southwestern details such as patterned mosaic tiles, terra-cotta and Spanish tile roofs are interspersed throughout. The hotel’s art collection is large and diverse, with highlights including outdoor sculptures, French tapestries and Navajo rugs.
Bed and Bath
Guest rooms are spacious (averaging 600 square feet) and all feature private balconies or decks. Beds are clad in a mix of Italian covers and Egyptian cotton linens, while the furnishings are elegant but understated and fit the Southwestern setting, with upholstery in muted taupes and smooth brown wood surfaces. Thick wool carpeting is an unusual touch in a region known for tile floors, but most of the ‘wow’ factor comes in the grand Roman bath-style bathrooms, which have oval Italian marble soaking tubs and large walk-in showers. The bathrooms also feature lighted makeup mirrors and toiletries from the Phoenician’s own spa line.
The Phoenician takes the concept of a full-service resort to the next level, with everything you’d expect at a large luxury property and then some. The 27-hole golf course is first-rate and very enjoyable, and it also has its own full clubhouse with dining facilities, a large pro shop, many lesson and clinic options, and a large, sophisticated practice facility. The world class tennis center is even more impressive, and the Centre for Well-Being has a state-of-the-art 24-hour gym, a large schedule of daily classes and a full-service spa. There’s an audio guided tour of the resort’s $25 million art collection, a brochure and self-guided tour of the two-acre cactus gardens, daily free wine and cheese tastings, loaner bikes, a family activity center with games, video games and even a movie theater, and nine pools — two shaped like grand pianos — plus a 165-foot water slide and cabanas.
In the Area
A visit to Old Town Scottsdale, one of the few pedestrianized areas, is a must; it’s full of shops and Southwestern restaurants and bars. Scottsdale is a spring training mecca for baseball fans, and in January it hosts the most highly attended golf tournament on earth, the PGA’s Phoenix Open. Major nearby attractions include the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Heard Museum, the nation’s top facility focused on Native American arts and culture. The most popular daytrips are to the Grand Canyon (by car, helicopter or both) and to the famed Red Rocks, vortexes and galleries of charming Sedona; several tours are offered by renowned Pink Jeep Tours, which has been in business for half a century.
How to Get There
Coming back for our fifth stay. We have nothing but praise for The Phoenician Resort. The resort was always beautiful and in great condition but when we heard it was being refurbished we were blown away. They were also trying to upgrade three excellent restaurants. We missed Relish on our last trip but are looking forward to dining at The Phoenician Tavern. The service at the new restaurant, Mowry & Cotton was disappointing but got better with one waiter. The overall facility and staff are excellent and the grounds are beautiful. The underground parking is very convenient. The hotel is wonderful enough to keep us coming back.
Although some of the resort was still under renovation when we were there last summer. We enjoyed the new tennis courts and fitness facilities. The new bar area was great.
we look forward to coming back again next year.
Great facility. We had cocktails in the main area and a night down by the old western town which was so fun. The pool area was great and all of the staff was super friendly. Looking forward to coming back again in January 2020.
Everything was flawless. The food was spectacular. The spa and massage were amazing! The room was spacious and the staff was better than first class. I wish I could have stayed a few more days. 3 days just was not enough.
We had an amazing suite, which was spacious and absolutely beautiful. It had two full bathrooms and 3 patios, which shocked us. They have TVs in the mirror in the bathroom. The pools are so nice. Dinner at Mowry and Cotton was so delicious, I can’t wait to go back.
We went for my friends 40th Birthday and the staff went out of their way to make it extremely special. We had breakfast also at Mowry and Cottons and everything tasted so good, the pancakes were some of the best I have had. I just love this place and it’s my first choice for a staycation or any type of celebration. If your looking for and upscale resort you defiantly have to stay here. The grounds were gorgeous and well kept. The bellman were nice to give us a tour of the entire property in a golf cart. The cactus garden was neat and beautiful in how it’s right next to Camelback Mountain which we wish we had time to hike. I only have one negative thing to say about this place. It was so delightful and everyone was very friendly. The only thing is one time went an it was very expensive to get a late checkout even though they weren’t busy at all. The lady that time was not accommodating and kind of snooty. As a Marriott employee you think they would treat us like they treat elite guests.