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There are some great hotel options, but our top recommendations include:

The Saguaro: After seeing the Saguaro in Palm Springs CA, I jumped at the chance to stay at the Saguaro in Scottsdale at 400 N. Drinkwater Blvd., near Old Town Scottsdale. I love the colors of the hotel and the rooms. The lobby, the Old Town Whiskey bar and the Saguaro Restaurant are attractive and well-designed. The restaurant is perfect for breakfast if staying in the hotel, and has outdoor seating on the patio. The hotel has several pools as well. I highly recommend staying there, as it has a very young, contemporary and hip vibe unlike many of the older Scottsdale properties!

Arizona Biltmore: If you want old Scottsdale, then the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria hotel, is perfect for you. It opened in February 1929 and was crowned the “Jewel of the Desert”. It was Phoenix’s first resort. Frank Lloyd Wright served as the consulting architect. You can see many of his influences throughout the property. Irving Berlin, while lounging at the Catalina Pool, wrote the words “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas”. You will find great outdoor spaces, pools, a spa, several restaurants and a golf course. You might enjoy afternoon tea if you can’t stay.

One of  my favorites is The Boulders Resort, north of Scottsdale, in Carefree. I really love its  unique location among the huge boulders and the saguaro. The rooms have been recently updated.  You can eat in the main dining room or take the  short walk along the golf course to El Pedegral which is a small upscale shopping center that has several galleries, shops and restaurants. The Bakery Café is a great place to start the day and enjoy the outdoor seating in the attractive courtyard.

The resort offers golf plus the Golden Door Spa. This is a full spa offering exercise classes, yoga, hikes and lectures and all of the pampering  services. It is located in a very attractive building near the gatehouse that has amazing views. There is also an attractive small café offering indoor and outdoor seating. The service was really excellent. It is a Waldorf Astoria Resort, a part of Hilton. The address is 34631 Tom Darlington Drive.

The Hotel Valley Ho at 6850 Main St. also gets great reviews for its great design.


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