Elegant styling inside and out, great views, and an exquisite spa
The Montelucia offers luxury and elegance within its Spanish-style stone walls -- and a fantastic view of picturesque Camelback Mountain. Celebs such as President Obama and Toby Keith have stayed at the Montelucia, and it’s easy to see why: The grounds are lovely, the location is secluded, the 293 rooms feature sophisticated decor, and the Joya Spa, Prado Restaurant, and two heated pools are all top-notch. As expected, this isn’t a resort for those who count their pennies: Extra fees abound, and prices in the restaurants are steep. Yet for the well-heeled, the Montelucia is among the top resorts in Arizona, and the location is hard to beat.
The Montelucia is located in the upscale Paradise Valley section of Scottsdale, just off Lincoln Drive and Tatum Blvd. It’s a quarter-mile from Camelback Mountain, in a residential district. Guests interested in hiking can walk to Echo Canyon, where a popular, steep trail leads to the top of Camelback. (The parking lot can fill up early, so this is a definite advantage.) Numerous shops, art galleries, nightclubs, and restaurants are a 10-minute drive away in Old Town Scottsdale. Shuttle service is not offered, but a city trolley stops at Montelucia in the winter months to take guests to shopping in Scottsdale.
15-minute walk or 5-minute drive to Echo Canyon Park, a popular hiking trail
10-minute drive to Old Town Scottsdale
10-minute drive to Fashion Square shopping mall
10-minute drive to the Scottsdale Center for the Arts
10-minute drive to Scottsdale Stadium for Giants spring training baseball
20-minute drive to Scottsdale Airport
20-minute drive to the Heard Museum
20-minute drive to the Music Instrument Museum
20-minute drive to Sky Harbor International Airport
Spacious, with Spanish-inspired details and up-to-date tech features
One-Bedroom Deluxe Suite
Big, luxurious rooms have a Spanish-y feel in keeping with the rest of the resort. Decor includes dark woods, big mirrors, and metal stud detailing on some of the furniture. The beds are plush and comfortable, and the technology is impressive: Not only are there iPod docks, but the big flat-screen TVs have DVR available for certain channels. But the condition of the rooms isn't perfect; some furniture is showing nicks and scratches, and the carpets could use refreshing.
42-inch flat-screen TV with premium cable channels and limited DVR
Multimedia interface for MP3 players, computers, etc.
Two heated pools: The lively Kasbah Pool, with a big Jacuzzi and poolside lounge, and the quieter adults-only Oasis Pool, with a Jacuzzi and views of Camelback Mountain (though some guests have complained that the adults-only rule is not enforced).
Joya Spa features spa services, salon services, fitness classes, and a rooftop terrace pool, which has some of the property's best views of Camelback Mountain. The resort fee covers guest use of the lounge, dry sauna, and wet sauna (but the spa pool is reserved for guests who have treatments).
Planet Trekkers Kids Club offers theater, gaming systems, computers, billiards, air hockey, foosball, life-size chess, and day camp activities for children five to 12. The first hour is free for resort guests, as well as for any guests dining at Prado or getting a treatment at Joya. After that, it's $35 for a half day or $70 for a full day.
Wi-Fi available throughout the property (use is included in the daily resort fee)
Preferred pricing and tee times with area golf courses
101,00 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space
$24 daily resort fee covers use of Wi-Fi, spa facilities, and the kids' club.