The Saguaro Scottsdale Hotel has quite a history in the area. Originally a Doubletree Inn, it was built in 1975 at a time when Scottsdale was undergoing a downtown revitalization. Construction on the nearby Civic Center Mall had begun just a year earlier. Fast forward to 2011, the Sydell Group acquired the property and fully renovated it into the contextual resort it is now. Architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat were brought in to help. Known for their bold use of color, they took a 12 color palette from the native desert flowers, and used them to create the colorful paradise the Saguaro is today.
The Saguaro embodies everything the Scottsdale area is from sun drenched pools to high end luxury, and the Southwestern, Mexican influenced culture that can only be found here. Nowhere is the latter more apparent than at Distrito. Distrito Federal as residents sometimes call it is modern Mexican cuisine like you might expect to find in Mexico City. When you step in, you’re greeted by the bright colors that flow through the resort and decor with a wall of Dia de los Muertos masks so you might actually feel like you have stepped into a really nice part of Mexico. The chef Jose Garces continues this illusion as he prepares only the freshest cuisine. Chef Garces won Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef in 2010 so he’s somewhat of a celebrity. You might walk out of Distrito feeling bilingual due to the entire menu being printed in Spanish with English descriptions. One of the fun facts here is that there are over 100 varieties of tequila, so have a few shots, or try them in the fresh fruit margaritas. With tequila flights, it would be a shame not to try something new. Open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner seven days a week, anytime is good to try this south of the border fare. If a quick drink with friends is all you’re searching for, try the El Zocalo Bar, a colorful indoor/ outdoor space with an expansive view of the 21-acre Civic Center park.
If you’ve come to this desert oasis to relax, look no further than The Saguaro Spa. The spa décor can best be described as nuevo Latin. From massages with hot stones or herbal compresses, to facials and body treatments, Saguaro Spa has everything you need to look and feel your best. All this is done with surprising ingredients such as Prickly Pear Sugar Scrub, Cocoa Mexicano Wrap, and Orange Blossom Neck and Scalp Massage. Most think of the desert as a very barren place, but the spa is sure to change your mind with all the magic it has to offer from the native flora and fauna. Once you look great, it’s a treat to lie by one of the two pools on property. Choose either the main Picante Pool, or the round Calma. Choose to lounge in a brightly colored chaise lounge, or rent a private cabana for the day with amenities like a daybed, water, fresh fruit, and beer.
When you’re ready to retire for the evening, your guest room will be everything you’d expect from the Saguaro. The exterior doors don the colors of the desert flowers, and that color carries inside where everything is ultra modern. With iPod docking stations, flat screen HDTV’s, and contemporary furnishings in wood and leather, it’s sure to be a perfect home away from home. Choose from city, pool, or garden views from your private balcony. With the smallest room being 325 square feet, all the way up to the Buckboard Specialty King Suite boasting 900 square feet, you’re sure to find the perfect size. The Saguaro is always ready to help out with meetings or special events like your wedding. With their Joy of Meetings program, you’re sure to have the most productive time. Weddings are also very special as The Saguaro can help you decorate to match the colors of the resort. Be sure to check out the surrounding Old Town Scottsdale while you’re in the neighborhood, and feel free to sign up for their Smoke Signals e-newsletter or become a member of the Swim & Spa Club to enjoy special deals year round. Come here and see the world in a whole new light.
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