Swanky in Scottsdale
You’re not going to believe this hotel.
On the last weekend of my time in Phoenix, my mom and sister came to town for a girls weekend. We spent two nights at one of the nicest – and certainly the most memorable – hotels I’ve ever stayed in: the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch.
Approaching the entrance lined with towering palm trees, I knew that I was in for a treat. And the second I stepped through the front door I felt like letting out a nice, long sigh of contentment. Actually, I think I did. Wait for it…
Wait for it…
Pictures do not do this lobby justice. The multi-story atrium is open to a sumptuous courtyard, and the moment I entered I could feel a light breeze and the warm Arizona air against my skin. This lobby area was full of comfy chairs and couches and included a bar and stage where there was excellent live music every evening.
Ready for a tour of the courtyard?
Cacti, water features, a variety of comfy seating areas…
Especially given the perfect weather (sunny, 80 degrees and no humidity) during our stay, all I wanted to do was relax here. So I did. My favorite lounge spots were the cushy cabanas.
There were a few of these cabanas scattered around, and they made perfect reading nooks and nap spots.
Beyond the spectacular patio, things get even more impressive at the Hyatt’s pools. Yes, pools. There’s a quiet adults-only pool with this view of the Gainey Ranch golf course and mountains in the distance.
There’s a grassy area with lawn games and more games to be found inside the pools.
You know what? I’m going to stop narrating and just show you.
(Yes, that’s a sand beach where those colorful chairs are.)
(And that’s a water slide.) Ok, so I didn’t stop narrating. But can you believe that pool area? Unbelievable. In case you wanted to relax in a more private area, the hotel’s Spa Avania is the most beautiful spa I’ve ever visited.
I had a fantastic massage (ask for Dawn!), and my mom and I spent hours relaxing in the spa facilities. The outdoor mineral pool and soaking hot tub take a fantastic spa day to a whole new level. It’s a little creepy to take pictures in a spa, so these photos are from the Spa Avania website.
The Hyatt is also home to a slew of restaurants. My favorite hotel meals were the breakfast buffet at SWB and a light Italian dinner at Alto. And a cucumber-jalapeno margarita sipped outside in the courtyard. Yum.
Located in North Scottsdale, the Hyatt is a short drive from Old Town and several great hiking areas. I’m guessing that visitors in town for golf or baseball spring training games would also find themselves well-situated. So what’s the downside? I honestly couldn’t find one. Of course, this level of luxury doesn’t come cheap, but if you’re looking to splash out on lush accommodations for a special weekend in the Phoenix area, I couldn’t imagine a better place.
Tell me, what hotel has made the biggest impression on you?