This 326-room resort in central Scottsdale, next to the high-end McCormick Ranch Golf Course, is upscale but laid-back, with expansive, landscaped grounds and Spanish-style architecture. Its attractive, casual pools and attentive staff are highlights, but the rooms -- while nice -- aren't quite luxurious. THIS PROPERTY RE-OPENED IN SEPTEMBER 2015 AS THE SCOTTSDALE RESORT AT McCORMICK RANCH FOLLOWING A $10 MILLION RENOVATION. WE WILL UPDATE OUR REVIEW AS SOON AS WE CAN.
The sprawling 326-room Scottsdale Resort is upscale both inside and out. Marble bathrooms and Spanish hacienda-style furnishings make the rooms feel elegant (if not quite luxurious), while the lobby , restaurants, and grounds all reflect careful grooming and attention to detail. The many available activities include tennis, bike rentals, and golfing at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club next door (home to two 18-hole courses).
Employees tend to stick around at the Scottsdale Resort; the average staff member has been with the resort for nine years, unusual in an industry notorious for high turnover. Everyone from the head chef to the bellboys to the management spoke highly of the company, indicating a dedication to treating people well. This has a ripple effect that is apparent in the good service throughout the resort.
This hotel also goes above the norm with its environmental initiatives. The resort takes part in the Clean The World campaign, which donates unused toiletries such as soap and shampoo to third world countries in need of hygiene. Energy-efficient appliances and fixtures have been installed throughout the property, as have recycle bins. Styrofoam use has been eliminated.
In Scottsdale, next to the McCormick Ranch Golf Course
The hotel is in central Scottsdale, on a side street about one mile from the busy thoroughfare of Scottsdale Road. The setting is quiet and private, with the large McCormick Ranch Golf Course surrounding the resort on two sides. Getting to the restaurants and shopping in Scottsdale will require a drive. Shuttle service to either Sky Harbor or Scottsdale Airports is offered for a $24 one-way, per person fee.
37-inch flat-screen TV with HBO and standard channels
Bathroom with shower/tub combo, two-phase shower head, and Gilchrist and Soames toiletries
Minibar stocked with drinks and snacks
Iron and ironing board
Work desk with telephone and voice mail
Deluxe Queen Room: 345 square feet; two queen beds; marble bathroom; wheelchair-accessible rooms available
Deluxe King Room: 345 square feet; king bed; marble bathroom; wheelchair-accessible rooms available
Casita Suite: 1,200 square feet; king bed; living room; fireplace; dining area; kitchen; either a wet bar or boardroom table; patio with direct access to pool; four separate bedrooms adjoining the suite can be reserved
Presidential Suite: 1,375 square feet; canopy king bed; living room; fireplace; dining area; kitchen; views of golf course; original artwork; entertainment center; wet bar; balcony; patio with direct access to private pool