The Scott Resort & Spa (formerly FireSky Resort)
What We Love
- Enclosed courtyard design virtually eliminates traffic noise from busy Scottsdale Road
- Kimpton's signature nightly lobby wine hours
- Free valet parking and bicycle usage
- Upscale Italian fare at Taggia restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
What To Know
- Desert and mountains views, associated with a traditional Scottsdale hotel stay, are absent here
- Join Kimpton's Karma Rewards for perks like free WiFi
- There’s no designated adult pool, but youngsters generally gravitate toward the shallower of the two, with its artificial beach, while the older crowd prefers the one with the adjacent hot tub
- As at all Kimpton hotels, pets are honored guests
- A $22 (plus tax) Resort Fee will be collected upon check-in at the hotel
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The soaring lobby has a nouveau lodge vibe, with wooden beams and a two-story stone fireplace alongside such whimsical details as light-up mod taxidermy and curvaceous loungers. The hallways in the guestroom wings have a slightly dated feel, which is probably inescapable given that FireSky was built in the 1960s.
Bed and Bath
Fortunately, the datedness does not carry over into the guestrooms, in which the minimalist use of Southwest materials and patterns (think leather headboards and plank-patterned rugs) gives a sense of place without making you feel as if you should have arrived by horse. In the bathroom, products are by C.O. Bigelow, America’s oldest apothecary, which put together a collection exclusively for Kimpton.
Just off the lobby, Taggia, FireSky’s Northern Italian fine dining restaurant (homemade gnocchi with braised veal is a favorite) and a shaded patio will make you feel as if you’re dining in Italy. The resort’s Jurlique Spa takes a holistic approach, combining Eastern and Western styles and using products made from plants grown organically on Jurlique’s own herb farms in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. But the real star of the show is the hotel’s lagoon, a sanctuary of lush vegetation and gurgling waterfalls with tucked-away seating areas
In the Area
Shopping is practically a professional sport in Scottsdale, and you can follow the most skilled practitioners to Old Town Scottsdale, a few blocks of shops, galleries and restaurants just south of Scottsdale Fashion Square. A few miles to the north, where the setting is more desert than city, visit Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Arizona home and studio. Taliesin’s neighbor, the 27,800-acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which contains 120 miles of day-hiking trails, is one of the country’s largest city-owned areas of protected land.
How to Get There
Weekend away with my wife and 3 other couples.
- Location to Old Town Scottsdale, shopping and restaurants
- Resort is nicely decorated and laid out
- Rooms were spacious and quiet
- Bellmen, restaurant staff and front desk staff were excellent
- Restaurant food was good and decently priced
The not so good:
- Resort fee. Yes, I knew about it ahead of time. Didn’t feel like I received value for money. You get basic wifi but add a premium wifi for another ~$11/night. Surely the resort fee would cover this
- Service in the lounge area inside or outside is poor to say the least. There are people there but they don’t know how to be efficient. Like they bring one drink out at a time instead of a tray of drinks. We often just went to the bar to self-serve and then walk back to our tables. This was every day of a 3 night stay.
- $13 for well and mixed drinks. When you are hanging around the resort during the day it adds up.
Overall the resort fees, high drink prices and service in lounge area soured out experience. Unlikely to be back.
Our stay at the Scott was nothing short of amazing. Nate, the bellman, was extremely accommodating and charismatic. He made us feel so comfortable. He made our shuttle ride back so much fun and even sang with us to ridiculous music to make sure we had a great time in Scottsdale.
Most beautiful hotel I’ve ever been to! Amazing decor, service and food! Nate the bellman was especially amazing and made us feel so welcome! The lobby is one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever seen. We will definitely the back!!
We LOVED this hotel when we walked in. The design is adorable and there is much attention to detail. But, from check in, the customer service was lacking. We got a room that had work that wasn’t finished - it smelled strongly of glue and the shower was in pieces. The front desk was really rude about a package that was delivered, she said it couldn’t have arrived even though Amazon showed it had. The pool staff was totally overwhelmed during the day with old dishes piled up, no towels, nobody taking orders at the chairs. We paid way too much for the service we received. We are still here and are waiting 20 minutes and counting on drinks from the bar. We will stay at one of the other resorts which are better staffed with trained professionals the next time we are in town.
I am not happy with this choice.
The first room we had was available at 2pm. It was a courtyard room at the first floor. when we got there, the room door was open. the room was large but there was a terrible smell and We asked to be moved to an upper floor. At 415pm the second room was finally available. The new room was large, with a large balcony facing the garden. No major issues with the room but:
No chairs available. If you have to work there is no way to do it because there are no chairs where to sit. Desk but no chairs. No chairs or ottomans. Only the bed. There is a nespresso machine available in the room but if you want a tea there is no way. Bathroom is ok. Poor and super basic vanities. With the hairdryer on the light in the room loose intensity. Ahaha
The room is simple and it reminds an old mission cell.
The hotel offers a shuttle service that can take you anywhere for free within 3 miles range (or at least that's what they say). Last night we requested this shuttle service to go to the royal palms for dinner (there is a very nice restaurant inside the resort) and they said the restaurant was out of range. According to Google maps, the awarded 5 stars restaurant T Cook was not more that 2.7 miles far from here but they refused to take us anyway.
The front desk personnel was not particularly friendly or nice, except for a Serbian girl. Every time I called them to book the car and for the room they didn't sound happy to assist at all. The guys at the lobby were very nice, helpful and kind, as well as the guy who brought the bags.
I tried to book an appointment at the spa but unfortunately there was no availability so I can't review it.
The pool looks nice. The garden around is nice but the beds area is kinda small.
I was looking for some leaflets or magazines in the room to discover the area a little but nothing is available, not even a pen or a piece of paper. In the closet,the laundry paper is there but unfortunately, not the bag.
If I would come back to Scottsdale I would definitely not stay here again.
I travel often to Scottsdale and I wanted to give this place a try
But i must say, it is possible to find nicer resorts at the same price. A positive side Is the hotel location which is close to old town and fashion square