The Saguaro Scottsdale
- Style Dash of desert pop
- Setting A hop from Old Town
The Saguaro Scottsdale hotel is a bold and beautiful retreat in the Arizona desert, aptly named after the blooming cactus. Filled with modern art, two palm-ringed pools, a wonderful spa, a bourbon-heavy cocktail bar and a hip Mexican restaurant, this bright and welcoming hotel is as colourful and delightful as a desert flower.
Need to know
- Rooms 194, including 19 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $119.00, excluding tax at 13.92 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of $19.00 per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates usually exclude breakfast (from $7); a free breakfast buffet is available in low season.
- Facilities Spa with three treatment rooms; gym; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: 42” flatscreen TV, stereo with iPod dock, minibar, Lather bath products.
- Poolside Two heated outdoor pools – you can guess the atmosphere of each from the name: Picante is livelier, with DJs and weekend entertainment – including synchronised swimmers – on weekends. For more sedate sun worship, settle into a cabana beside palm-lined Calma, which has a quirky little waterfall tumbling into it.
- Check–out Noon, though late check-out until 3pm is available for $50. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Children Welcome. The Saguaro provides baby cots for $25, and rollaway beds for $50. There are inflatables available at both pools; the shallower Calma is more suited to children.
- Also The hotel welcomes pets, and will dish out free pet bowls, beds and treats on request.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Seek out 2306, a king-size Pool View room on the second floor with Western figurines, a carnation-pink door and a purple accent wall. The room’s balcony juts out toward the pool. For more space, try 2104, a king-size Chaparral Suite on the ground level with an extra-large patio that opens to the Calma Pool. This big suite has a jaunty purple accent wall, jackrabbit horns and roadrunner art on the walls, along with a large ensuite that holds a deep soaking tub.
- Packing tips No bland earth tones here: bring your brightest colours to match the pop-art walls. Pack plenty of reading material for your pool time.
- Also Visit the three-room Saguaro Spa for facials and massages using desert ingredients, including sage, juniper, prickly pear and aloe. The beautiful lounge area is decorated with traditional Mexican folk art and serapes. Early risers can join the open-air yoga class by Calma Pool each Saturday at 7am.
Food and drink at The Saguaro Scottsdale
- Hotel restaurant Superstar and Iron Chef competitor Jose Garces tackles Mexico City street food at Distrito, the buzzy house restaurant. A special ‘patio kitchen’ includes a smoke pit where the chefs slow-roast spiced brisket, chicken and racks of lamb. The menu also includes tacos, sangria and Mexican beer.
- Dress code Dapper desert wear. Lunch is quite casual.
- Top table There’s plenty of beautiful patio seating, though tables get misted with water during the hottest days. Inside, grab a seat closest to the tall windows for the most light.
- Last orders In high season (mid-September to mid-May), breakfast is served at Distrito. In the off-season, Old Town Whiskey serves a free breakfast buffet on weekdays. Dinner is served at Distrito from 5pm until 10pm. Old Town Whiskey is open from 3pm until 10pm.
- Room service Full breakfast, lunch and dinner, including tacos, burgers and salads can be brought to your room from 6:30am until 10pm.
- Hotel bar Old Town Whiskey is a lively bar with prohibition-era cocktails and a full menu of bar snacks, burgers and shakes. The Western-themed bar pours more than 100 whiskies and bourbons, and has outdoor seating with a fireplace.