My husband and I spent three nights at the Fairmont Princess while visiting on a business conference. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and each area of the property has a different character. Rooms overlook the swimming pools nestled in greenery, or view fountained ponds, or, colonial Spanish patios with cozy seating and fire-pit tables for the cool evenings. Our building was adjacent to the "fragrance garden" where the pleasant perfumes of the honeysuckles and roses, lemon and orange trees amidst the cooing of birds provided an idyllic setting. Our room was clean and spacious. The very comfortable king size bed was angled to optimize its view of our private patio. The large bathroom was tiled with smooth, rounded tiles - a pleasure to walk on barefoot. The bathroom included other special comforts: heavy robes and towels, a make-up mirror with illumination, and a detachable hand-held shower.The staff of the resort were professional and very hospitable. The food provided for our conference group was excellent, plentiful and varied. Our yummiest meal was a lunch that included southwestern chicken and beef fajitas, a scrumptious vegetable enchilada, and crunchy cactus and jicama salad. The mini-muffins and snack-breads, like chocolate almond zucchini were a treat. The conference building comfortably hosted our large group. It had high-ceilinged, broad hallways which were brightly lit by the floor to ceiling windows and openned onto an elegant outdoor patio for our coffee break. My complaints are few and minor. Samples of Starbucks coffee were provided in our room to be brewed in the coffee maker - but there was a $3 charge for each cup. I think complimentary coffee would be more welcoming. Which leads me to the poor coffee/tea service at breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was served as a buffet, but coffee and tea were delivered by servers. It usually took a while for a server to notice you had sat with your food and to bring you coffee. It was nothing short of a miracle if tea arrived before I was finished my meal or at all. It became a running joke, "Dare I order tea today? Who wants to lay down a bet that it won't come?" This was a problem at dinner to. A server's expression when I ordered tea was always a pained one. I knew he was thinking, "Can't you just take the coffee, I've got in my hand. Are you really going to make me go back to the kitchen and haul a cup and saucer, tea bag, hot water pot, honey, lemon...?" There was also a day when our cleaning service didn't makeup our room until 4:30, and the maid delivered five bottles of shampoo and no conditioner...but, really, worse things have happened to us in our lives. Overall this was a splendid place to stay and don't I wish my own home were nestled on such a landscape in such a fabulous climate. If you're looking for excursions, visit Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and Paolo Solieri's studio. The tours were very interesting and both give you a taste of historic Scottsdale. If you are looking for art or jewelry, native crafts or souvenirs, visit Old Scottsdale.
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