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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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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.
As you can see from this room shot above, what makes The Saguaro Scottsdale stand out from most other hotels is the abundance of eye-popping colors. And these happy hues aren't found just in the guest rooms but rather throughout the hotel's public spaces and even down by the pool area.
The duo responsible for the colorful look is the design team of Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat of Stamberg Aferiat Architecture who used "12 vibrant tones found in native desert wildflowers" as the foundation for the color scheme. The colors also follow the light spectrum which then creates different perspectives of the hotel depending on the time of day. It's crazy scientific yo!
While we recommended that other hotels start using more happy colors as part of our New Year's resolutions for hotels, it turns out you can learn how to use color in your own home, thanks to The Saguaro's new The Colors of Modern package which includes a private home consultation with Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat!
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It's Guess the Hotel revealed!
Were you able to figure anything out from the video we posted on Friday? Two people called out The Chatwal, which was correct! We were there last week, in the Producer's Suite on the tenth floor, to watch a new promotional video by Luxury Collection called HERE.
If you're at all restless like us, you might wind up booking an impromptu trip to Vermont, Scottsdale and/or Hawaii after you watch it. The 15-minute film is set at Equinox Resort & Spa, The Phoenician and The Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki successively, and each hotel comes off looking more idyllic than the next.
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The champagne is chilled. The DJs are finalizing their playlists. Your sequined outfit is hanging up in your bedroom closet. Now, all you have to do is figure out exactly what you're in the mood for. New Year's Eve is this Saturday night, and though guest lists are filling up quickly, these hotels still have openings. So whether it's a masquerade ball or a tequila tasting or a circus-themed soiree, we guarantee you'll find what you're looking for below.
For people who like to dress up
When The Americano sent us the menu for their new restaurant back in November, we salivated over the "Latin fare with a French flair"-inspired menu (Chile Rellenos, $10; Turbot (flatfish) a la Plancha, $27; Poulet Fermier, $26). Though chef Oliver Reginensi is supposedly moving onto NYC's Le Cirque, he's sticking around long enough to put together a lavish feast for the New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball (above). Choose between a three-course dinner ($95) or a four-course dinner ($200). The first comes with a glass of champagne, the second comes with a whole bottle of Moet a Deux. Take your pick. Afterwards, everyone will take to the lower level for a big ol' dance party.
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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.
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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The old Hotel Theodore formerly known as The Mondrian Scottsdale nee James Scottsdale has finally gotten a new identity, The Drinkwater, which comes from the hotel's location on Drinkwater Boulevard. (That name came about in honor of Scottsdale's former four-term mayor, Herb Drinkwater.)
If you recall, the hotel was snapped up by Joie De Vivre Hotels back in February and when it reopens in the fall will actually be JDV's first hotel outside of California.
Right now, the place is undergoing some "reimagination" to showcase the spirit of the Southwest as envisioned by architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat of Stamberg Aferiat Architecture.. The hotel is not closed but there is limited availability.
At the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the Fourth of July will turn into the First, Second and Third of July. The Arizona hotel will throw a three-day festival with concerts to mark the patriotic holiday.
The Fourth of July Freedom Fest will go down all weekend long with a 75-minute concert each night under the stars on the hotel's Lagoon Lawn. The concerts will also be shown on the big screen at the South Pool, in case you want to take a dip while you watch.
She's not a hotel version of Q or an astronomy wizard, but Danielle Griffin of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess would definitely rate as a hotel mixmaster: She's the hotel's official Tequila Goddess, which means she's in charge of the hotel's 130 or so varieties of Mexican hooch.
What's it take to be the baroness of booze? More than just mixing up margs:
She is now one of seven in the world to earn an individual diploma from Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Council (the only institution to verify and certify the compliance of Tequila with the Mexican Official Standard). This “Award T” accreditation, similar to a sommelier, enables her to provide guests and fellow La Hacienda staff with more in-depth knowledge of this special spirit.
Danielle is part of chef Richard Sandoval's reboot of La Hacienda restaurant in the hotel, where Tuesdays offer 50 percent off almost every label of tequila in the house. The better to try them all, we say.
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Relationships: they don't last long these days, do they? Just 11 months since the Mondrian Scottsdale became the Hotel Theodore, it’s been dumped by its owners GF Hospitality, and, just in time for Valentine's, sparked up a new relationship. The new owner is the Sydell Group (which formerly brought you the Aces New York and Palm Springs, and the Nomad in NYC), and the hotel will be managed by Joie de Vivre – making it the first property outside of California for JdV.
The hotel will be “reconceived and relaunched” as a Joie de Vivre hotel this Fall, and they’re promising a “significant renovation” including a “new restaurant concept”. What to expect? Something pretty traditional by the sounds of it:
Sydell Group and Joie de Vivre will focus renovation and rebranding plans on embracing the property’s Southwestern roots in order to give the hotel a true sense of place.
It's only the second day of December and we're already wishing we could drop all sense of reason and act like a spoiled Real Housewife--ie jet off someplace warm to get over the dreadful stress of holiday parties and gift shopping. Thanks to this great deal from Travelzoo, perhaps we can! The site currently has a sale on rooms at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for just $99 a night for much of December.
When we checked this morning, the $99 rooms were available on December 23 and Christmas Eve, but why wait? If the big-city holiday rush just gets too much, we say do as Ramona or Bethenny would: grab your fruit-loopiest friends and head to the spa.