Scottsdale Travel Guide

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Fly High! Aerial Yoga Now Offered at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

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  Site Where: 7575 E Princess Drive [map], Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, 85255
February 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know you should be heading to the gym soon, right? You made some New Year's resolutions, and this is juuuuust about the time where you start getting a case of the "screw its". That's because you haven't found the right workout for you, honeylamb! But see, we have sacrificed and done the research for you and found something hella fun. They call it aerial yoga.

Here's the thing about aerial yoga: it's better than mat yoga. Not only do you get a better stretch (you use your body weight rather than muscles) but it's a crack up! In that Spiderman kinda way. And the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is one of the few places in the country that offers this class. So grab your yoga mats, people, we're going to Arizona.

The class launched in January (right when Willow Stream Spa unveiled its $60 million renovation) and is so popular, they have to turn people away. Talk about Burning Man syndrome. Thankfully they recently brought more instructors on board to expand classes. Guests who take aerial yoga will also have access to the resort's spa facilities. Fairmont Princess Scottsdale is the first resort in the US to bring Well & Being to life, basically a new program that combines health, wellness, nutrition, integrative medicine, fitness and advanced skincare together.

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Scottsdale's Talking Stick Resort Makes Its Own Specialty Bourbon

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  Site Where: 9800 East Indian Bend Road [map], Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, 85256
September 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM | by | Comment (1)

Talking Stick Resort in Arizona has bragging rights not many other resorts can claim. This luxury resort has its own bourbon. It's officially called the Woodford Reserve Talking Stick Resort Personal Selection Bourbon--a mouthful of a name. The beverage, which will be sold in the resort’s Shadows Lounge, an indoor cigar bar, will debut on September 14.

The group of Talking Stick representatives who helped create the bourbon visited Kentucky’s Woodford Reserve Distillery where they worked with Chris Morris, master distiller. We are sure that an appropriate amount of tasting and mixing occurred, all in the name of providing a quality product for Talking Stick guests.

On the September 14th debut, guests can sample the bourbon during three tastings scheduled at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.

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What is This at the W Scottsdale?

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  Site Where: 7277 East Camelback Road [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
May 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

When you walk into the lobby of the W Scottsdale (and after you've inhaled the vanilla bourbon custom scent), your attention will be drawn to this mini Stonehenge formation of tree trunks just outside the W Gift Shop and before the front desk. Have you momentarily stepped outside again?

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What is This at The Saguaro in Scottsdale?

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  Site Where: 4000 N. Drinkwater Boulevard [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States
February 29, 2012 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

Ok, this photo might be a little tooclose for you to make out exactly what it is but when you walk into one of the guestrooms at the Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale, you will know immediately what you are looking at--a stylish air conditioner cover.

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Mmm...What's That Smell at the W Scottsdale?

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  Site Where: 7277 East Camelback Road [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
February 27, 2012 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not too long ago, we tracked down (with the help of equally obsessed readers) the proprietary citron scent that wafts through the hallways and guestrooms of W Hotels but when we strolled into the W Scottsdale not too long ago, we stopped in our tracks, looked at our friend and at the same time, we both said, "Ohh...that smell." And the "Ohh" part was said in a very good way.

Turns out each W Hotel also has its own specialty lobby scent and at the W Scottsdale, theirs is a vanilla bourbon scent. Which perhaps sums of the place just perfectly--a chill spot that's a little wild and naughty too.

Have a favorite hotel smell you can't get enough of? Tell us in comments below!w

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Wearing Your Sunglasses at Night at The Saguaro Is Perfectly Ok

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  Site Where: 4000 N. Drinkwater Boulvard [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
February 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Even though the Saguaro Palm Springs just opened the other week, we decided to eschew the two-hour drive from Los Angeles and instead, hop on a plane to Scottsdale and check out the original Saguaro.

We've been obsessing over this hotel's bright color scheme for months now and indeed, driving towards the hotel we let out a little yelp when we saw the brightly colored walls on the guestroom balconies. Yeah, we're nerdy like that. But how did the hotel measure up in living color? Read our review and peruse our galleries to find out!

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Doggie Yoga is For Real at the W Scottsdale

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  Site Where: 7277 East Camelback Road [map], Scottsdale , AZ, United States, 85251
February 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

We've heard of htoels hosting a doggie "yappy hour" before but when we were checking out the W Scottsdale on Friday, we did a double take when our host told us the hotel's courtyard space was open for doggie yoga every first Tuesday of the month.

Yes, doggie yoga.

The event starts off at 7pm and owners and their dogs get to socialize for the first half-hour or so (There's an open bar available for humans too) Then it's time to get stretching. The yoga poses aren't that difficult (indeed downward-facing dog is one of the "doga" poses), although they are modified so that your pup can do them too.

The event is free but if you want to spend the night, the W Scottsdale, of course, takes pets thanks to their P.A.W.S. program.

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A Look Inside The Saguaro Scottsdale

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  Site Where: 4000 N Drinkwater Blvd [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
February 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Guess the Hotel Revealed!

Well, it looks like our guessing game from yesterday wasn't very hard at all. Yes, the shiny, bright and happy pool scene indeed belongs to the colorful Saguaro Scottsdale. Now that we've given you a peek at the pool scene, allow us to take you inside one of the hotel's garden suites located on the ground floor with private patios that lead out to the hotel's two pools. We hope you like the color pink!

This is room 4109 which features a king-sized bed, separate sitting area, a large bath room with a soaking tub and a separate shower, two flat-screen TVs (one in each room) and two mini-patios that lead out to the hotel's main pool.

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Stay Cool in Scottsdale with the W Hotel's Cool Corner Suite

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  Site Where: 7277 East Camelback Road [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
February 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Headed to Scottsdale for the weekend and plan on staying at the sleek-looking W Scottsdale? Here's an in-depth look at where you will be staying.

We toured the property the other day and it's clear the room to book is the Cool Corner Suite. We peeked into one of these suites on the 5th floor and the star of the suite was the private balcony overlooking the hotel's sexy pool scene along with views of Zen Garden and Camelback Mountain.

The suite itself is about 600-sq.ft. with a floating signature W Bed (all rooms feature a floating bed look), a fully-tricked out desk with a personal computer, a giant flat-screen TV and a spa-style bathroom featuring a natural stone vanity, a shower with crushed glass flooring, the always-in-demand Bliss toiletries and a bonus W amenity kit that includes toothbrush and toothpaste, razor kit, nail kit, shoe shine and more.

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Hyatt House is Officially in The House

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  Site Where: 4245 North Drinkwater Boulevard [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
February 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

We were cruising through the middle of Old Town Scottsdale yesterday and lo and behold the Hyatt House logo jumped out at us. It was our first time seeing a Hyatt House in the wild!

As you may recall, Hyatt House is Hyatt's revamped extended-stay brand which has taken over all 38 of the Hyatt's old Summerfield Suites and 15 Hotel Sierras. Inside Hyatt Houses, guests can expect to find more home-like public spaces and guestrooms, a new lobby concept called The Great Room, a hotel bar called The H Bar and these awesome proprietary chairs that our designed with power outlets in the arm rests.

As of January 24, all of the old Summerfield Suites and Hotel Sierras have been officially rebranded, meaning they are now using the Hyatt House name and logo. But several of them still have to undergo service upgraded and remodeling throughout the year.

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JDV's First Hotel Outside of California, The Saguaro, is Now Open

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  Site Where: 4000 N Drinkwater Blvd [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
November 4, 2011 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fresh off the news that Joie De Vivre Hotels has merged with Thompson Hotels, the California-based hotel collection has just announced the opening of its very first hotel outside of the Golden State--The Saguaro in Scottsdale.

Previously, this hotel was to be called The Drinkwater but the owners changed the name to Saguaro to reflect the hotel's tie to the Southwest region and the experience that will be offered to guests. Also, saguaro is a type of cactus and is prominently featured on the hotel's website and throughout the hotel.

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10 Tips From The W Scottsdale Tanning Concierge

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  Site Where: 7277 E. Camelback Road [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
July 19, 2011 at 2:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

As if this nasty-gross heat wave weren't proof enough, we are in the throes of summer. To take full advantage of the sizzling sun, the W Scottsdale has offered some tips on how to get a burn-free bronze.

The hotel's complimentary on-call tanning concierge will do everything from book you appointments for an airbrush tan in your room to give you advice on what to pack for your Arizona trip. Below are the tanning concierge's Top 10 tips to safe summer skin:

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