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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?
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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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We got a tad too excited when we saw some internet chatter saying the hipster hotel brand du jour, Ace Hotels, would open in Scottsdale but upon closer look, it was just wishful thinking.
The Phoenix New Times reports that the
James Scottsdale, Mondrian Scottsdale, er the Hotel Theodore could turn into an Ace Hotel now that The Sydell Group (the owners of the Ace NYC and Ace Palm Springs) have purchased the property with plans for a renovation and a rebranding.
We agree--an Ace Scottsdale is an excellent idea. Why have a random boutique hotel like the Theodore when you could capitalize off the success of the fun Ace brand?
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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.