Recently, Alex, Jess, and I met in Scottsdale for our annual retreat. We make plans for the coming year, enjoy good weather, eat great food, get massages, and have a lot of fun. Of course, we stayed at a Hyatt. Here is our review of the Andaz Scottsdale Resort.
The Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Bungalows is tucked among 23 secluded acres in the shadow of Camelback Mountain, making it a desert oasis for relaxation and enjoying the sunny Arizona weather. It is situated near many restaurants, hiking paths, and shopping, so there is plenty to do in the area.
I was surprised that it is nestled behind some apartments vs. being on a main street, and it reminded me of my dad’s condo, so it definitely didn’t scream “hotel” vibes at first. But it definitely had the bungalow feel with a few units housed in different buildings. Restorative and tranquil were words we used to describe our stay there.
The lobby was welcoming, and our check-in was quick. We were offered a delicious Prickly Pear Lemonade with or without vodka. Any guesses on which of us picked the one with vodka? 😜 Let me tell you, the virgin ones were delicious. They also gave us three certificates for a beverage of our choice to use later on in our stay.
Behind the lobby is the restaurant Weft and Warp. It too is very stylish and also has outdoor seating. As Globalists, we ate breakfast there for FREE! I love that this includes our generous tip also. Dinner there was also very good. We also ate offsite and highly recommend Tempura Takeover (a food truck that was incredible), Doughbird, and Alma Scottsdale.
This resort is a Category 6, and we paid 21K Hyatt points/night (off-peak). One of the nicest things about Hyatt’s rewards program is being able to share the cost with others who have points. That means that our 3-night stay only cost us 21K points each. We applied a Suite Upgrade Award to get a suite, and it was HUGE. We had a large living area with a pullout (very comfortable) sofa, a large bedroom with a king bed, and two MASSIVE bathrooms. We also had two outdoor seating areas—one in the front and one in the back.
Andaz hotels always have complimentary treats (Pam’s favorite part). There were chips, a pretzel mix, taffy, and some nonalcoholic beverages.
Besides two pool areas, hot tubs, and a first-rate spa, there is a list of daily activities in the lobby. These include meditation, stretching, fireside social, live music, food demos, yoga, and other wellness activities. Here are some free and paid experiences they offer.
We enjoyed incredible massages—our favorite splurge when we don’t have to pay for our stay. The Palo Verde Spa was a little underwhelming at first, but all three of us raved about our spa treatments!
If you are heading to the Valley of the Sun and want a great stay, consider the Andaz Scottsdale Resort. Our impression of the Andaz Scottsdale Resort was very favorable, and if I didn’t have family in the area, I would definitely come back for a future stay. It is new, modern, and has a cool vibe that makes it well worth the 21K off-peak price.
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