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The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch 4.0

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

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Pros

  • Upscale resort with a convenient, central Scottsdale location
  • Beautiful grounds that are fresh from a major renovation 
  • Spacious rooms with coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and marble bathrooms
  • Three on-site dining options, including a poolside bar and grill
  • Two heated outdoor pools, with private cabanas and a whirlpool
  • Large fitness center with up-to-date equipment and a sauna
  • On-site spa with a full menu of treatments 
  • Extensive event space for more than 1,000 people 
  • Concierge, room service, and a convenience store 
  • Wi-Fi throughout and valet parking (daily resort fee) 
  • Free shuttle service to local points of interest 
  • Pet-friendly (for a fee) 

Cons

  • Not within walking distance of Old Town Scottsdale
  • Hefty daily resort fee
  • Fee to use the 36-hole golf course that surrounds the resort
  • No free breakfast
  • Shuttle service is limited 

Bottom Line

The four-pearl Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, located a short drive from Old Town Scottsdale, looks fresh following a $10 million renovation, completed in 2015. It has 326 guest rooms that are spacious but not luxurious, and they all contain flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. The resort's grounds are lushly landscaped, and there's a large pool with private cabanas, but expect a hefty daily resort fee. Other highlights include a full-service spa, an excellent fitness center with a sauna, multiple on-site dining options, and extensive event space. Travelers looking for more amenities and no resort fee may wish to compare rates with Talking Stick Resort

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Scene

An elegant resort off a golf course for business travelers and event attendees 

The lobby of this elegant golf resort incorporates rustic, Spanish-inspired decor for a an airy feel

This resort (formerly the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center) has a comfortable, casual ambience, with rustic, Spanish-inspired decor and airy common areas to accommodate guests here for business and events. Grounds are meticulously maintained, and interiors are attractive but not overly stylish. The lobby, which has terra-cotta floors, oversize leather armchairs, and distinctive wrought iron chandeliers, sees a lot of foot traffic, but people don't tend to linger. The resort's main restaurant can fill up at breakfast, but it's otherwise uncrowded, although couches outside are a popular place to hang out. It's a busy place, but it's spacious, so it doesn't feel crowded. The hotel hosts lots of conferences, weddings, and golf-centric functions, and there's a huge courtyard that offers peace and quiet for the ‘snowbird’ couples who aren’t here for meetings.

Location

Centrally located, a short drive from Old Town Scottsdale 

Map of The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

The resort is located in central Scottsdale, on a side street that’s a short drive from the busy thoroughfare of Scottsdale Road. The setting is quiet and private, with McCormick Ranch Golf Course surrounding the resort. Restaurants and shopping in Old Town Scottsdale aren't within walking distance of the hotel, but the resort offers free shuttle service subject to limited availability. Sights and places of interest -- including Scottsdale Stadium for spring baseball -- are within a 15-minute drive.

  • 12-minute drive to Scottsdale Fashion Square mall
  • 13-minute drive to Old Town Scottsdale
  • 13-minute drive to Scottsdale Center for the Arts
  • 13-minute drive to Scottsdale Stadium 
  • 14-minute drive to Echo Canyon Recreation Area 
  • 15-minute drive to Scottsdale Airport
  • 19-minute drive to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport 

Rooms

Upscale furniture and marble bathrooms, plus flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and mini-fridges

Decor in the King Suite is upscale (but not luxurious), rendered in mostly muted earth tones

Guest rooms are pleasant, with decor that's mostly muted earth tones, but they don't feel luxurious even though furniture is upscale. There are leather armchairs, granite-top dressers, and upholstered, chartreuse headboards with scrollwork on top. The striped carpet in two-tone gray complements the bright, white bedding. Framed prints of southwestern landscapes is the only nod to the Scottsdale setting. 

Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, robes, and safes. Bathrooms are roomy and more attractive, with white marble floors and vanities, and they contain shower/tub combos.

Most rooms have sliding glass doors that lead to private patios or balconies, with views of the golf course, garden, or pool. Wi-Fi is included in the daily resort fee, and units start at 345 square feet. 

Features

On-site restaurants, excellent gym, and full-service spa, but hefty daily resort fee

Kitchen West, the on-site main restaurant, serves entrees prepared on a wood-fired grill

This property has a solid crop of amenities, but expect to pay for some features. There's a hefty daily resort fee to cover line items like Wi-Fi and valet parking, and the 36-hole McCormick Ranch Golf Course that surrounds the property is independently managed, although guests are privy to a discount. 

But there are notable highlights, too, such as two outdoor heated pools with a whirlpool and private cabanas, a spacious 24-hour fitness center with a sauna, and a full-service spa. For dining, Kitchen West serves a breakfast buffet for a fee, and has lunch and dinner menus with entrees prepared on a wood-fired grill. There's also is a poolside bar and grill with outdoor seating. 

Conferences and social events like weddings are big business here, with 60,000 square feet of event space that can host functions for more than 1,000 people. The hotel has a concierge, valet dry cleaning and laundry, room service, a convenience store, and free self-parking. Pets are welcome for a fee. 

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Address

7700 E McCormick Pkwy, Scottsdale, Central Arizona 85258-3431, United States

Phone

(480) 991-9000

Also Known As

  • Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center

Room Types

  • Casita Suite
  • Deluxe 2 Queen Room
  • Deluxe 2 Queens Golf View Room
  • Deluxe 2 Queens Pool View Room
  • Deluxe King Room
  • Presidential Suite

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