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Hotel Highlights

  • Ideal stop-off en route to the Grand Canyon
  • Fabulous Mexican food from Jose Garces
  • Two splash-worthy pools

Overview

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.

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Here's what you get for booking The Saguaro Scottsdale with us:

Two welcome cocktails

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at The Saguaro Scottsdale

'Desert splash' package Advance purchase: 20% off

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

194, including 19 suites.

Check–out

Noon, though late check-out until 3pm is available for $50. Earliest check-in, 4pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $95.00, excluding tax at 13.92 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of $22.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast (from $7).

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.

At the hotel

Spa with three treatment rooms; gym; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: 42” flatscreen TV, stereo with iPod dock, minibar, Lather bath products.

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.

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.

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

The hotel welcomes pets, and will dish out free pet bowls, beds and treats on request.

Children

Welcome. The Saguaro provides baby cribs for $25, and rollaway beds for $50. There are inflatables available at both pools; the shallower Calma is more suited to children.

Food & Drink

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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.

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.

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.

Smith Insider

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.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

 After you’ve watched synchronised swimming at the Picante pool, and succumbed to a prickly pear treatment at the spa, head out to experience the Western charm of Scottsdale.

Hit Old Town to pick up cowboy boots from Saba’s (www.sabas.com). On Saturday mornings, the neighbourhood hosts a farmers’ market with fresh produce, local cider and flowers bright enough to match the hotel decor. Head for Main Street in the Arts District to see fantastic contemporary collections at the galleries. American Fine Art Editions (www.americanfineartgallery.com) is famous for its collection of Norman Rockwells.

Local restaurants

 Half a mile from the Saguaro, the 40-seat FnB on East Stetson Drive (+1 480 425 9463; www.fnbrestaurant.com) serves farm-centric food (such as braised leeks with fried egg) and pours exclusively Arizonan wines. Near that on East Fifth Avenue, gastropub Citizen Public House (+1 480 398 4208; www.citizenpublichouse.com) serves upscale comfort food, including chicken and waffles, pork-belly pastrami, a grilled cheese made with halloumi, and meatloaf punched up with amaro. The bar menu, which includes craft beers and excellent cocktails, makes this a good stop for after-dinner drinks as well. A mile from the hotel on North Hayden Road, Carlsbad Tavern (+1 480 970 8164; www.carlsbadtavern.com) serves hearty portions of Southwestern food, including chilli-simmered pork and an extra-spicy habanero burger. Sit outside with margaritas in nice weather. Pizzeria Bianco (+1 602 258 8300; www.pizzeriabianco.com) may be a 20-minute drive into neighbouring Phoenix, but nobody should miss a visit to this famous pizza spot, praised by fans around the world as the best in the US. Waits can stretch up to a few hours, but those who are patient will be rewarded with wood-fired pizzas topped with house-made mozzarella and artisanal ingredients.

Local bars

 Want proof of Rusty Spur’s cowboy cred? John Wayne and Clint Eastwood are among the western heroes who’ve bellied up to Scottsdale’s oldest bar (rustyspursaloon.com). These days, the saloon hosts country music and serves spicy wings. Sip wines from unexpected places at Kazimierz World Wine Bar (kazbar.net), where the 2,000-bottle list includes Lebanese blends, Arizona dessert wine and sparkling wine from Brazil. Pair the pours with fondue or flatbreads.

Local cafés

 A few blocks from the hotel, Arcadia Farms (+1 480 941 5665; www.arcadiafarmscafe.com), started as a gourmet market and is now a local favourite for breakfast and lunch. Expect vegetable-packed crepes, big salads, sandwiches and fantastic pastries. Since the late 1950s, Sugar Bowl has dished out house-made ice cream, elaborate sundaes and cooling sodas. The retro menu also includes sandwiches, soups and side servings of jello or cottage cheese (www.sugarbowlscottsdale.com).

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A hop from Old Town

The Saguaro Scottsdale

4000 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, Arizona AZ 85251, United States

The Saguaro Scottsdale is located just outside of Old Town.

Planes

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the most convenient for Scottsdale. Nine miles from the hotel, the hub operates flights to London (www.britishairways.com), Los Angeles (www.united.com), New York (www.delta.com) and other cities. The hotel is a 20-minute drive.

Automobiles

A car is highly advisable, whether you drive to town or pick up a rental car at the airport. Most notable places tend to be within driving distance, rather than walking distance, and the hotel offers free parking.

Other

The Scottsdale Trolley is free, and visits many points of interest around the city, including Old Town, the Main Street Arts District and the waterfront. It picks up at the intersection next to the hotel.

Reviews

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The Saguaro Scottsdale 4000 North Drinkwater Boulevard Scottsdale AZ 85251 Scottsdale United States

Anonymous review

Rating: 10/10 stars
Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval prior to review. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona and unpacked their cactus flowers and cowboy boots, a full account of their desert escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Saguaro Sco…
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The Saguaro Scottsdale

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval prior to review. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona and unpacked their cactus flowers and cowboy boots, a full account of their desert escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Saguaro Scottsdale…

Bold and beautiful, the Saguaro Scottsdale hotel is a pop-art paradise that feels a bit like like climbing inside one of Matisse’s brightest numbers with a detour to the California-cool land of Hockney. The riot of primary colours is inspired by the hues of desert flowers and tempered by flourishes of Mexicana. This is a hotel that’s totally in touch with its surroundings, right down to its name: Saguaro, the desert cactus.

On weekends, the lively Picante pool hosts DJs, water dancers, synchronised swimmers and parties. Those who want in on the action can rent a bright yellow cabana with purple carpet, or stake out a sunbed. Across the way, the Calma pool has perfectly placed palms to create a quiet, shaded swimming spot, where the only noise is a babbling waterfall that pours out of a pink and orange aquaduct.

The bright spots aren’t contained to the grounds. In the rooms, beds are decorated with brightly striped blankets and a vibrant, modern headboard, and walls adorned with vintage photographs of cowboys and framed Mexican folk art. Magnets tacked to the closet doors hold old postcards and daily information, including menus for Jose Garces’ excellent Mexican restaurant, Distrito, which serves tacos, sangria and margaritas to break the heat.

Wherever it takes you, the Saguaro Scottsdale knows how to stand out.

The Guestbook

Reviews of The Saguaro Scottsdale from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

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Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is very colorful, rooms are modern and the grounds are beautiful.

Don’t expect

It's in a very lively area, so some rooms aren't exactly quiet at night.

Rating: 8/10 stars