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
You can't go wrong at The Phoenician. It is wonderful. The pools are great, if possible during peak times, try to get a suite near the private pools. Either way, luxury is the name of the game. The Phoenician will always be my favorite resort out of all the resorts in the area.
The staff at The Phoenician consistently goes above and beyond for their guests. I’ve stayed there over a dozen times and am never disappointed. Breakfast begins the day at Mowry & Cotton with Christine who always starts my day off right with smiles, laughs and great food. Not only that, she remembers my favorite dishes and is never too busy to make sure I’m taken care of. At the bar at Mowry & Cotton, Myron makes the best old fashioned’s and keeps the bar lively. In addition, Paige at the concierge desk always greets me by name and is genuinely interested in making sure my stay never disappoints. Wayne and Ana at the spa’s front desk similarly go above and beyond with service requests and treating guests like they’re one of a kind. Finally, Daniel manages reception and room requests with efficiency and courtesy always striving to accommodate guest requests. The bottom line is I wouldn’t want to stay anywhere else in Phoenix but The Phoenician.
The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a luxury resort. If you don't want to pay for it, there are other options in town. In our travels, over the last 40 years, my wife and I choose to live on the road as we live at home. Very comfortably. Located at 6000 East Camelback Road, the Phoenician has six floors, 557 rooms, 28 suites, 24-hour room service, an on-site laundry, barber and beauty shop, florist, concierge, swimming pools, fitness center, business center, spa, golf course and sundry/convenience story. Did I forget anything. Oh, yes. Three restaurants and an indoor/outdoor bar patio. For our three-day stay, we booked a DeLuxe Guest Room with 600 square feet of space, king-size bed, private balcony, oversized marble bathroom, separate tub and shower, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, fireplace, wet bar, mini-bar, 55-inch HDTV, sofa, work desk and table for two. The staff knew we were coming, well in advance, and treated us like family. Which is the way you like to be treated, even on an out-of-town vacation.