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Swanky in Scottsdale

March 19, 2014

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.

Hyatt 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…

Hyatt Gainey Ranch

Wait for it…

hyatt gainey ranch


Hyatt Gainey Ranch

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.

Hyatt Gainey ranch

Ready for a tour of the courtyard?

Hyatt Gainey Ranch

Hyatt Gainey Ranch

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.

Hyatt Gainey Ranch

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.

Hyatt Gainey Ranch

There’s a grassy area with lawn games and more games to be found inside the pools.

hyatt gainey ranch

You know what?  I’m going to stop narrating and just show you.


hyatt gainey ranch

(Yes, that’s a sand beach where those colorful chairs are.)

hyatt gainey ranch

(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.

courtyard cacti

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?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2014 8:58 am

    The Valley Ho which you can walk to Old Town from is pretty cool, retro Sinatra kind of feel…Good place to spend a weekend…The amenities arent quite as tricked out as the Hyatt.

    • March 19, 2014 9:21 am

      Awesome! I loved the Old Town area so it would have been awesome to be within walking distance – plus you’ve gotta love a classic retro vibe!

  2. donna permalink
    March 19, 2014 7:26 pm

    The Inn at Spanish Bay in Carmel, California! Total serenity.

  3. July 29, 2014 5:32 pm

    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by ssearching for Vegas live shows 2015


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