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Scottsdale - Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch 4*

my3kids
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4:01 PM - Jul 13, 2003 #1

This is a great hotel. Very interesting lobby. Retractable walls are usually left open so the exterior landscaping blends into the interior spaces. The lobby bar has music in the evenings and atttracts a large crowd on the weekends. The guest parking is the most convenient I've ever seen at a nice resort. The landscaping is beautiful. All the pools interconnect, except for an adult only area pool.

The rooms are large and nicely decorated. Housekeeping was great. The layout of the property is a little confusing. Be sure to ask at check in which elevator you should use. Concierge was helpful and they have very easy to follow maps. All the staff were nice and friendly.

Some nights they have "Dive In" movies....showing movies outside by the pool. You can swim and watch the show.

No complaints about the resort. It is lovely.
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3:30 PM - Mar 03, 2005 #2

We have stayed twice now at Hyatt Gainey Ranch. Everything is wonderful. Only dud is the rooms are a little lackluster for the quality of the hotel..beds are really uncomfortable. But the rest of the hotel is outstanding. I do have to say the first time we were there it was raining and kinda cold so they did not have all the doors open. We still thought it was nice but the 2nd time we were there it was 72 and sunny...and WOW what am impressive site when they open all the lanai doors (felt like a desert-style Hawaiian resort) and you can feel the outside come in. Great live music every night in the bar (which overlooks the sculpture garden courtyard) and excellent margaritas! Beautiful pools, wonderful view of the golf course and mountains. We were even given good rooms both times....check-in guy said usually the "discount" rooms are along the valet entrance...but he gave us very nice ones instead....VERY nice. They even have a self-park lot that is close to the entrance.....often unheard of at 4* and higher resorts, usually it is always valet which means another $30 worth of incurred costs per day. Jump up and cheer when you get this through Priceline. You will be impressed.
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4:42 PM - May 26, 2005 #3

Stayed there last weekend for the first time. Very impressive resort and I've stayed a all the Scottsdale places at lest once. Room was "minimalist" decor, but nice. They gave us a room on the manmade lake. You can park close to the lobby free ($20 valet, not worth it). Great pool area, their signiture feature. Hot band in lobby Saturday night, the place was hoppin. Great location as well. For golf try Talking Stick nearby (36 holes,on the res).
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12:34 AM - Aug 06, 2005 #4

Posted by holladay24 on 8/5/2005:

Stayed here for the first time Aug 4th. Just one night - but it was really nice. Ate at the Italian restaurant on the property and it was excellent. When I checked in I asked for a King room but was told there were none available so had to settle for the two bed room. The room was nice however - not nearly like the JW Marriott in North Phoenix - but very nice and the beds were comfortable - lots and lots of pillows. A very nice hotel - rates on the internet for this time of year were $149 per night - I got it for $60 - a great deal!
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4:50 AM - Mar 15, 2006 #5

I just returned from a 3-night stay at this resort, purchased through Priceline for $160 per night. I would have to agree with much of what has already been posted in these reviews and to also add a few things.
The grounds are spectacular, and the pool area is lush and relaxing. The beach entrance is great for the kids. It is a nice spot to dig your toes into the sand and pretend you're in Hawaii--really, the waterfalls surrounding you everywhere lend that type of tropical atmosphere. The fire pits at night lend an extra special touch, as well.
Check in was fine. The girl made a point to let me know that the only room available with two beds, non-smoking, had a very limited view. When I inquired what that meant, she said we would be looking out the balcony at a wall. Our options for that night (we arrived after 9 pm) were limited to that room, or a smoking room with a better view, or a king room with a view. Since we had the two kids, we chose the double without a view. The desk clerk seemed confident that we would be able to move to a better room the next day. I appreciated her being up front about the room. It turned out that we could see a tiny bit of the pool area if we stood on the balcony and craned our necks. It was also a handicap accessible room. I did not like the room much, but I soon found that the rest of the hotel was gorgeous.
We were moved the next day to a room overlooking the courtyard in which live music is performed nightly. I had heard that it could be very noisy if one was trying to sleep early. I was able to hear the music and people laughing and talking up until about 11 or so, but I fall asleep easily, and it didn't bother me. I could understand how some people might be bothered, and should request a room in another area. The view from there was quite pleasant, with flowers adorning the patio. We also enjoyed the sound of the fountains when our patio doors were open.
We rented the tennis court for an hour ($25), a tandem bicycle for an hour ($10), and enjoyed both amenities very much. I was a bit surprised that we were charged, assuming that I would be charged a resort fee covering such things. Interestingly, when I inquired about the charges, assuming a resort fee, the person said there was no option of a resort fee "in this circumstance" I assumed she meant a Priceline stay. I had heard there was a $14 daily resort fee at this resort. I was not charged such a fee, according to the charges at checkout. In my case, I ended up paying less than I would have if they had charged the fee. Be aware and ask upon checkin about resort fees.
The Squash Blossom restaurant did not offer very good service or food, and was especially pricey, considering what was provided. The poolside food and beverage service was fairly decent. The servers were attentive, checking frequently to see if we needed anything. By the way, the pools are heated. My kids spent quite a lot of time in the water, even during the recent cold snap while we were there. They also spent a lot of time the hot tub!
Overall, the Hyatt is worth the $160. I would not pay much more than that, mainly because the rooms are nothing special. The beds are not the most comfortable I have encountered, nor are they the worst. For those folks paying several hundred per night, I hope they get something a little better. We also stayed at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson and Loews Ventana Canyon Resort on this trip. I will post a separate review on those two, but I would say the Hyatt was in between these two overall, with the La Paloma being the least desirable of the three. Loews definitely has an edge on this Hyatt, in terms of the room quality.
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6:09 AM - May 19, 2007 #6

I would have posted a review from my scheduled stay May 15-17, but I got "WALKED" to the Gainey Suites, around the corner. I'm still not sure what role having booked thru Priceline played in this; we checked in at 5 PM and front desk clerk disappeared into the back for a few minutes before giving us this option. They said hotel was overbooked, and I believe them. They would have accomodated me if I insisted, but the offer of a refund of what I had paid, and the fact that Gainey Suites was very nice led me to accept their offer. I was told that I could use the facilites of the Hyatt ( I really was only interested in using the pool area, and they issued a day pass for me to charge on). Pool area is great.

Have never had this situation occur, but had read some comments of people checking in very late at night and getting "walked". Management said that they were trying to "walk me" so they would have rooms for late night check-ins. A free nights stay in a suite with full kitchen and great beds at the Gainey Suites, complete with evening cocktail reception, breakfast the next morning, no resort fee, very convenient free parking, no one to tip, and I'm basically very satisfied by the way this was handled.
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6:09 PM - Feb 16, 2009 #7

Incredible accommodations. I received a terrific room in the main building. The grounds, the staff, the room . . . everything was first rate. I come to Phoenix/Scottsdale often. This is one of the finest hotels I've stayed at. If you're lucky enough to get this resort, you're in for a treat.
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9:37 PM - Nov 02, 2009 #8

Stayed there recently and there's been no review in over 2 years so here goes. Room was obviously remodeled since we stayed a few years ago. They went with the modern looking stuff, headboards, glass desk, cool hi-tech chairs. Flatscreen TV (but no HDTV channels, wuwt?). Bathroom rocks with the big shower head. They got rid of the old 80's "phone by the commode" thing thank God. Every room has a little balcony. Little fridge no minibar. There's coffee in room and free newspapers in the lobby. Room gets 5 stars. Pool: this place has a unique pool area and it's the same as it was. It stretches out over walkways and paths with hot tubs and volleyball courts and this weird overhanging water coming out of an upstairs pavilion. Go up the stairs and you overlook the golf course which is cool. Just don't plan on swimming laps. Get drinks and wear your best poolside stuff here. Suck in that gut lol! The other cool thing is the bar/entertainment level below the main checkin lobby. It has a nice staircase. I has very tall 2 story windows/ doors that look out at the pool area/golf course beyond. The place rocks on Saturday night. Busy and packed with an excellent Latin group. Go down and invest in a $10 cosmo and listen up. Overall this is an excellent hotel in an excellent location right off Scottsdale road and I got it for $60 on a Saturday which is unbelievable even in this economy. I didn't eat there at all by the way.
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8:37 AM - Feb 06, 2010 #9

Stayed here one night, 2/4/10 through AB link to Priceline for $55. Very pleased with price and entire resort. Resort fee was not charged when I checked out unless they do it elsewhere, nor did it show on my original PL price total. Entire staff I encountered were friendly and helpful. Room was nice a specious but beds weren't any thing special, rather not what I was expecting in comfort. Bathroom is nice with nice amenities (shampoo, lotions, etc) lighted magnification mirror, hair dryer. coffee maker, minifridge. Robes provided in the room. It had one of those rainfall showers, which to me is lovely in theory horrid in application, I like a good showerhead that blasts the water at you. There is a detachable hose but that isn't quite the sam e. Pool is incredible... even more breathtaking at night when everything is lit up, firepits all round, music coming out the main lobby, water features and foundations abound... it really was lovely... Particularly like the free self parking that was no problem, nearby expected to be forced to pay $20. Had dinner that the southwest bistro... mine was okay... not fantastic. though Gabe the waiter did bring us perks .,, my mom had the sea bass and it was phenomenal... a little pricey but i guess the ambiance is worth it. All in all a fine place, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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9:02 PM - Feb 25, 2013 #10

Stayed there again this weekend (I wrote a review in 2005, time flys!). It's still one of the best of the Scottsdale Resorts on Priceline. $130 bid got it, not bad for February. But tack on tax, PL fee, and the newest resort gimmic abtly named "resort fee" of $25 and it was $175/night. The rack rate at the Wigwam was double that. The best thing about this place is the big lobby and restaurant and the excellent huge pool. The room was nice too, but you see why people pay a lot to stay here in winter. We ate dinner outside and wow. Not cheap eats but excellent. Band on Friday/Sat was excellent too, a step up from most places. We'd be happy to stay here again. Only place in AZ we like as well is the Camelback Inn, and Ventana Canyon in Tucson.  Rare to get Camelback Inn at Priceline (not in years).
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