Phoenix/Scottsdale - Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center Resort*

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Phoenix/Scottsdale - Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center Resort*

jandcmatlock
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29 Mar 2004, 17:09 #1

Did not stay here via Priceline but noticed no one has reviewed. Did meet a couple staying via Priceline though. We stayed 3/27/04 for one night. Heard that the priceline rate for the weekend was $120. Not bad considering it was listed at $180 up to $400.

Anyways the resort is very nice. It is older than some of the resorts found in the Phoenix area. However it was recently renovated. It has an old world charm to it. The rooms are very nice. There are 3 floors that surround the pool area. We had a room facing the pool. The standard rooms seem to have two queen beds. A king is an upgrade from what I could tell. There are wonderful bathrobes. Also what they called a bath and a half. The main bathroom had a shower/tub combo, toilet, and nice sink area with very nice amenities.
The half bath was just outside the bathroom with a sink, and a chair and makeup mirror.

The closet was nice. It actually opened into the half bath and into the main room. So you had access to it from both sides.

The beds were comfortable. Nothing out of the ordinary though.

THERE IS A $12 RESORT FEE. This covered valet parking, one hour of tennis, high speed internet, local and 800 calls and use of the fitness center.

The pool are was nice. A mix of families and what appeared to be conference attendees. Lots of conferences come through here. There are actually two pools. One at the main area and another at the casitas. Have no idea what that is like. Did not go over to that area. The main pool are also had a nice size jacuzzi. There was also a bar. Do not know what the prices were like.

In the lobby there was a lounge that offered billairds and cards. Very nice place.

There is a golf course that the resort borders. Seemed to be very nice.

The staff at the resort is wonderful. Everyone was very attentive. Anyone you passed by greeted you. I always appreciate that. However there was one staff member that did upset me I must say. She came by in the morning to check the mini bar. I answered the door and she said she needed to check the mini bar. I said we did not even have a key for it. She pretty much bolted into the room to check it. Was a bit taken back by this.

WE did have the Sunday brunch. It was $32 per person. We had a 50% off card so tried it. It was very good. The food was outstanding. However a bit more upscale than we are use too.

Overall I would recommend this resort. It is not however for those looking for newer more modern places such as the JW Marriot Desert Ridge. It is not a what I term trendy place. More for relaxing.

Hopefully this is helpful.
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05 May 2004, 22:57 #2

Posted by glennfout on 5/5/04:

I will confirm the previous post containing a positive review of the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center.

Our standard room was about as far from the lobby as possible, but was nicely appointed and comfortable. On the second floor, as since most rooms wrap around the pool, we were close enough to the pool. The hotel lists the rooms at 345 square feet, which is larger than most hotel rooms. Lots of nice toiletries, coffee and tea, 27" television, USA Today delivered to door, good room service.

We did not protest the $12/day resort fee as it included fitness room access and high speed internet, as well as valet parking and tennis.

The staff couldn't have been nicer and more helpful. Really top notch service.

One issue, minor to us: most evenings, the pool area closed for conference events. Once we got the idea of this we planned accordingly.

We paid $105 I believe, and this was peak (spring break) season. And we would definately return, particularly if we go a few weeks earlier (Feb) and get a better rate.

Glenn
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17 Jan 2006, 17:07 #3

Stayed here 2 nights on the 12th and 13th. No mention of Priceline during checkin. Received standard room on third floor (2 queen beds). Room was well appointed with 2 desks, chairs, large TV, small safe. There is a separate sitting area with second sink next to the bathroom. Large walk in closet contained 2 comfortable robes. Bed was turned down each evening. The $12 resort fee includes in room high speed internet, valet parking, use of fitness center, local telephone calls, daily paper. Didn't use any room service or other services.

Lobby and grounds seemed well maintained and resort staff were friendly and accommodating. Priceline rate of $115 for this time of year is a good value and I would stay here again.
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22 Mar 2006, 21:48 #4

I got this property with a bid of $115.00 plus $10.00 bonus money. This is during high season with baseball's spring training in session, so I was not disturbed by the higher rate for the area and time of year. To be honest, although this property is located in the more expensive Scottsdale zone, I would have been just as happy at one of the Pointe Hiltons in North Phoenix for a lower rate.

The hotel is located in North Scottsdale, abit off the beaten track but is very well kept with beautiful landscaping. Clearly, the hotel operates as a conference center with many large meeting rooms and open spaces for receptions. Most of the guest rooms surround the pool area in a courtyard like setting.A few rooms afford a golf course view as well.

After waiting an hour due to a long line at the Hertz Rental Car Center and navigating our way from Sky Harbor Airport I was pleased to pull up to a nice looking, and unobtruisve hotel property. There was a un staffed security shack and large palm trees that lined the entrance.

A valet opened the front door to the car and lobby as I walked into a very well appointed, tastefully decorated large space. It was full of wood and southwestern looking artifacts. There was a conciege on duty as well as multiple bell staff.

The was no line to check in and the desk clerk greeted me warmly. He took my driver's license and credit card as I made my request for a room with two beds. He said no problem and explained about the $12.00 per day resort fee. It covers valet parking, free wi-fi, local telephone calls, access to the fitness center and such. He assigned me to Room 187.

After finding the self parking area to avoid waiting at the valet stand, I quickly found my room. Although their were signs with room numbers, my room number sign was not on the door. It looked like it must have fallen off and had not been fixed. A bad sign, I thought, and fears of getting the "Priceline" rooms marched through my head.

I may have gotten the Priceline room, but it was very nice one. The room had 2 queen beds with excellent mattresses and comfortable bedding. The closet was built for two with clothing racks located on 2 sides and doors one either side for easy access. Two plush robes hung in the closet as well. The room had two nice desks, three phones, cable tv with a number of channels, coffee maker, and all the amentities of a 4 star property. It was very well appointed.

I took a look out my room window and had a direct view of the pool. Very nice I thought as I surveyed the area and recognized all the rooms were set in a courtyard and had views of the pool. The window was locked shut and cannot be opened.

My bathroom was on the small size and the drain plug in the bathtub would not close so I could take a bath. That kind of bugged me, but the bathroom was adequate. I called the front desk to have the drain plug fixed, but over the course of my 2 night stay nobody was able to satisfy that request. I called three times but finally gave up. The bathroom had high quality amentities but I forgot the manufactor's name of the shampoo, soap etc....

I ordered room service soon after unpacking. It arrived promptly and the food was decent. It was not as ridiculously expensive as some other hotels I stayed at. The cost was $30.00 for 2 club sandwiches/fries. The room service tray was picked up within 2 hours of being placed outside my room without me making a call.

The air conditioning is self controlled and worked fine. It did take a while to cool the room down but I was able to remain comfortable after being in the Phoenix heat. Also, the hotel has turn-down service so it was nice to come home to a piece of chocolate and an inviting bed.

The hotel looks small but walking around the property made me realize how deceiving that is from the lobby entrance. The are many, many large conference rooms. There is a great looking golf course. They have two lit tennis courts and a so-so pool area with lots of deck chairs as well as a bar. The pool had day beds to rest on as well. Spotlights surround the pool so it obviously is used as a reception area. I would think a pool reception would be annoying. If one did not have access to the pool it would limit the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center hotel experience.

The fitness center and spa were a nice treat. The fitness room had plenty of aerobics equiptment and weights, both machine and free weights. The locker room had a whirlpool, steam room, and sauna. It was a great way to relax. One could also order spa treatments if one wanted as well. They were kind of pricey. I was more than satisfied with the gym and sauna.

The hotel is a few blocks from Scottsdale Road and situated in a residential like area. One would have to drive to get to restaurants or places of interest.

Overall, my stay was fine. The hotel was well kept. I wish they would have fixed the bathtub drain. Although I would not mind staying at this hotel again, I prefer the Poine Hiltons in North Phoenix which generally go for a lower rate on PL.

If you want Scottsdale - this resort is a-ok.
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26 Mar 2006, 06:16 #5

Got this resort for $120/night for March 21 to March 24. For the end of spring training I was very pleased with that price.

Upon arriving at the resort I felt the drivelane was indicative of a nice, well kept resort. Told the valet that I was checking in and would leave the car on the round about until I found out where my room was. No problem there. Entered the lobby to go to reservation desk and found the lobby to be very nice with beautiful furnishings and various sitting areas spread around. Very nice.

At check in the clerk mentioned everything was prepayed by Priceline but no other reaction about it. I was given room 104 which is directly around the corner from the lobby. This was around the corner from the elevators and the "coffee bar" so there was a decent amount of foot traffic around the area.

The room was very nice with two beds, two desks, two chairs in a sitting area, a smallish bathroom (but OK), a sink outside of the bathroom, a very large closet with two entries (and 2 robes), and a coffee maker.

The pool area is average (nothing special) with a nice bar area, the gym was very nice and has a spa for treatments if you pay extra for them.

There is the normal resort fee ($12) which includes, daily paper, free local calls, high speed internet, use of the gym/spa facility, and valet parking.

Overall, I was very pleased with this resort and would enjoy staying there next year for another spring training trip.
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15 Sep 2006, 17:37 #6

had a quick one night stay here on a September night....the place has a well-run feel to it and is up-to-date....big renovation three years ago, according to staff, and the room was very nice and seemed close to four-star quality...block walls between rooms and cement ceilings help with noise, but doors slam along the hallway, as always...no balconies or patios in the standard rooms, but the "casitas" probably do...windows don't open far for "security" reasons...certainly seems oriented toward the convention/meeting crowd.... help-yourself coffee and juice available in the AM...didn't check out pool or restaurant...great location in McCormick Ranch area of Scottsdale...quiet...
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22 Apr 2007, 16:07 #7

Don't be too upset if you get Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center after bidding a lot of money and finding out that the resort's website prices are only slightly higher. The rooms are large and opulently decorated. Marble bathroom. Golf prices vary depending on time of year and time of day but the course is right up there with the quality that Scottsdale is known for. With grounds as well-landscaped as these it's hard to imagine a room with a view of a parking lot but they found me one. Arriving late and exhausted they also managed to send me to the wrong room so I'm not as enthusiastic about the staff as others are.

Patio with tables outside the morning coffee service in the lobby is landscaped with unusual desert cactuses (cactii?).

Unpaved running trails on the other side of Hayden Rd and along an alley of horse barns on the far side of the golf course as well as many big state parks you can drive to for runs or hikes.

I ate at Olive and Ivy's in the old tourist section of Scottsdale. Memorable antipasti platter.
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08 Sep 2007, 20:44 #8

I have to post this after reading others' reviews. This is NOT a resort. It has two small pools and there is nothing like a lazy river or waterslides. The rooms are nice--but since they surround the pool area there is a lot of noise. I would not recommend visits with small children. This is more of a business hotel.
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08 Dec 2007, 06:47 #9

The daily Resort fee is now $16.

Priceline reservation mentioned upon check-in.
Check-in staff confusion over reservation needed for bicycles -- actually not needed: first come first serve.

$16/day Resort fee includes local/ 800 calls, computer hi-speed connection (they provide cable; WebTV & Business Center not included), newspaper, postage (bring address book!), parking, (maybe "complemetary" valet?), lobby coffe/tea bar, fitness center, 1 hr tennis court use, 2 hr bicycle use.

On-site SPA and nice restaurants probably allow this to rate as a resort. Many weddings and company receptions seem to be held here. More oriented toward conferences, and less toward vacationers. Not in same class as the Hyatt, but still nice.

Second floor room was nice with a golf course view. Decor has a old-western influence. Check out pool tables in "Vista Sol" for some cheap fun, also had outdoor (fake) fire pit area & happy hour specials.
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08 Dec 2007, 06:54 #10

The daily Resort fee is now $16.

Priceline reservation mentioned upon check-in.
Check-in staff confusion over reservation needed for bicycles -- actually not needed: first come first serve.

$16/day Resort fee includes local/ 800 calls, computer hi-speed connection (they provide cable; WebTV & Business Center not included), newspaper, postage (bring address book!), parking, (maybe "complementary" valet?), lobby coffee/tea bar, fitness center, 1 hr tennis court use, 2 hr bicycle use.

On-site SPA and nice restaurants probably allow this to rate as a resort. Many weddings and company receptions seem to be held here. More oriented toward conferences, and less toward vacationers. Not in same class as the Hyatt, but still nice.

Second floor room was nice with a golf course view. Decor has a old-western influence. Check out pool tables in "Vista Sol" for some cheap fun, also had outdoor (fake) fire pit area & happy hour specials.
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