Hotel Indulgences: My review of the vibrant The Saguaro resort in Scottsdale Arizona…

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Beware of sensory overload with these colorful images of The Saguaro-Scottsdale. This above is my own picture. I lost a lot of photos when my Galaxy S4 wouldn’t turn back on so I had to resort to instagram screenshots and pics I emailed myself along with others found online.

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Yeah I know I am a whole 10 months late with this but with the constant rain and flip flopping 80-one-day-55-the-next tempertures, I have done little else than dream of going right back there…somewhere hot consistantly. This isn’t a sponsored post, I just really loved my two night three day stay there last August.

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Designed by Stamberg Aferiat Architecture, the Saguaro Scottsdale is a very vibrant, colorful fun stay in Arizona. It was a standout search for me as everything else is the color of sand and neutral. That’s because there are building codes prohiting the exteriors to be anything other than that. The colors are based on Arizona’s wildflowers.  It’s located in oldtown Scottsdale which is simple walks and short golf cart rides to restaurants, bars, and shopping. The golf cart rides are free, you just tip the drivers and that was a ball of fun. One recommendation is have them take you to the nearby CVS so you can stock up on snacks and waters for your room as there are no……..I repeat………NO soda machines or vending machines which I find incredibly odd. For the resort fee, the least they can do is offer you one complimentary bottled water per day per guest.

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The hotel used to be a motel so you walk outside to get to your rooms which can be noisy depending on where you face (pools vs cityview). We opted for a city view which pretty much was just the hotel’s check in area and landscaping. The balconies aren’t really big at all, just standing room but still nice to get fresh air. It would be nice if they had small stools that are bar height to sit on while out there. However people on ground level with pool views had little patios to lounge out on.

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The hotel looks exactly like the pictures which is all I really cared about. The beds were super comfy and the Kuerig coffee makers were a nice touch each morning. The landscaping and colors just really perked up my mood. One minor goofy thing was the bathroom sliding door. The idea is cool but it really didn’t leave you feeling private. It wasn’t as if there was a gap or anything just a little odd for a bathroom setting. I roomed with my friend so it was fine.
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Although we didn’t dine out at the hotel’s restaurant, we did partake in cocktails poolside at the main pool which was super chill.  We lounged at the pool before our spa appointments (which were affordable for an hour service and had complimentary drink vouchers to be used at the pool)! We soaked up enough sun to have 2 rounds of cocktails and burning skin. I guess the crowd didn’t come until after our spa appointments because afterward the pool was packed and the music was more lively than when we were there.

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I just loved the southwestern landscaping. The furthest west I’ve been was Vegas but I don’t remember much except the strip, the ride on top of the Stratosphere and seeing West Side mountains for the first time.  So this was a way for me to soak up all of the landscaping the desert has to offer.

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I just couldn’t stop staring at the unique formations of cacti…

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The pool was such a calming place on Monday. I guess everyone had left the resort on Sunday…

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Although we didn’t use them, I liked how the resort offers free use of the bikes.

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The pool bar had water misters that cooled you off and some shade for sun relief…

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One thing I noticed and liked was the art throughout the main building…

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The hotel has a lot of interesting modern touches and beautiful arrangments of succelents and cacti and some southwestern details. I really dig the installation art of the skulls…

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Now the guestroom pictures I pulled from their website but each features a bright colored wall, a striped throw and white drapery to give the tv wall some texture.

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There is a mixture of mid-century modern and traditional southwestern designs…

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The last night there, the pool was still open but no one was really there so we chilled and relaxed. I live for hot nights and it was 94 at night but it wasn’t humid like Milwaukee gets so it was great for me. I can’t really justify the resort fee as the spa services are extra. The fee covers the the pools, newspaper, golf carts, coffee & bikes but the room rates are very affordable and the spa rates are even better. I have stayed in many nice places but the joy of traveling for me is staying somewhere new. However….I am very tempted to book again shall I decide to venture into Scottsdale again. Or maybe I can stay in their sister hotel in Palm Springs. I never been to Cali before!

{Images via me with the Galaxy S4 (at the time), JDV Hotels, style juant, simply elegant decor, spearmint decor, & five star alliance}


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3 thoughts on “Hotel Indulgences: My review of the vibrant The Saguaro resort in Scottsdale Arizona…

  1. Wow! There is so much to look at! I love that the hotel went with vibrant colors. It looks so relaxing and at the same time there is so much to see and do.

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