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4000 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-3942
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 06/23/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#60 of 90 hotels in Scottsdale
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4.6
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4.0
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4.1
Value
3.8
Inspired by the contemporary architecture of Mexico and the Arizona desert, this unique Scottsdale hotel features 2 outdoor pools ringed by cabanas and an on-site bar. The hotel is located in Old Town, Scottsdale. Guest rooms at The Saguaro Scottsdale include a wall mounted, 42-inch flat-screen cable TV, an iPod docking station, a work desk and guest bathrobes. Rooms offer balconies with either pool or city views. Saguaro Restaurant features American Bistro cuisine. Guests can also enjoy poolside dining. A fitness center and is offered on-site at the Saguaro Scottsdale. Guests can also stop by the on-site spa for a facial or rejuvenating massage with certified organic botanicals. Continental Golf Course is 1 mile away from the hotel. Taliesin West, the winter home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is 13 miles away. Phenix Sky Harbor International Airport is 20 minutes' drive away.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Center with Internet Access
Valet parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Poolside bar
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
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EllenM0rgan wrote a review Jul 2022
Birmingham, Alabama80 contributions23 helpful votes
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I unfortunately did not have a chance to stay here but I did book a cabana for the day via resort pass. I looked at quite a few different hotels who offered cabana and day bed rentals and felt The Saguaro was the best deal and still agree with that! There was a food & beverage minimum with the cabana rental (I did know this ahead of time but it was ‘fine print.’) Luckily the wonderful staff (especially Liz!) keep the pitchers coming and the food was delicious…meting the minimum was no problem. My only complaint is that the water was somewhat cloudy, but not concerning. I also completely understand that I was visiting the day after their 4th of July pool party and was satisfied that I could smell pool chemicals/chlorine. Bonus Points: Free Parking, close by Old Town Scottsdale, get the taco trio.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Kristy L, Guest Services / Front Office at Saguaro Scottsdale
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent visit to experience our Picante Pool. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your day and Liz's great hospitality. We hope you will choose to join us again.
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David C wrote a review Jun 2022
New Smyrna Beach, Florida404 contributions138 helpful votes
Currently staying at this hotel. The property is nice, but very much in need to a serious refurbishment. The rooms are very dated and in need to some serious help. I had breakfast here today and drinks tonight. Both are very over priced for what they offer. I was really set back tonight when I was charged $12 dollars for a Dewers and water. I think the waiter attempted to tell me things were more expensive in Scottsdale. I reminded him that I had the same drink at to other restaurants last night within walking distance of the hotel and they charged $7.75 for the same thing. Needless to said I am not recommending this hotel. It is a rip-off. Can’t wait to leave.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Kristy L, Guest Services / Front Office at Saguaro Scottsdale
Responded Jun 24, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us at the Saguaro. We are pleased to let you know that we are currently in the process of renovating all guest rooms. We are pleased that you enjoyed the hospitality of our staff members. We hope that you will give us another try once rooms are completed.
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Haley Greathouse wrote a review Jun 2022
Cleveland, Ohio82 contributions30 helpful votes
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TLDR: The Ritz this is not, but if you are young and drinking around town, it'll be fine for your stay... plus the pool service & DJ will make your stay worth it. I was attending a bachelorette party in Scottsdale and this is where they chose to stay based on reviews a few months ago. When I started reading recent reviews I was scared, to say the LEAST. While the reviews below are warranted - the hotel needs immense room improvements, I wouldn't say this is the worst place I've ever stayed. If you look at surrounding hotel prices compared to this one, you'll understand why it's cheaper. The rooms had just enough space for four girls to stay comfortably - however, the bathrooms are a bit tight. We were lucky that our room had no noticeable issues or damages and that our bathtub was not rusty. During our stay they had construction crews on-site fixing up rooms, so I definitely think you should request an updated room if you book a stay. This hotel is marketed to young guests and it's perfect for that... we didn't pick this loud bright hotel expecting to sleep in the comfort and silence of a ritz lol. The DJ by the pool both days was excellent, they both played great music and we loved the poolside service. All of the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, and the pool bar staff was SOO attentive. We were able to check-in 6 hours early for a $25 fee, which is SUPER reasonable and was really helpful in making our stay excellent. This hotel is within walking distance of everything in town easily. I also liked that the rooms are set back from the street and separated by a concrete wall so you do feel some security. Overall, I might not choose this hotel again unless I was promised an updated room, but if it was the deal in town it would be worth it.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Kristy L, Guest Services / Front Office at Saguaro Scottsdale
Responded Jun 24, 2022
Thank you so much for the positive feedback on your bachelorette party weekend. We are currently in the process of doing room renovations upgrading flooring, furniture etc. We hope that you will choose our property again in the future.
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VF wrote a review May 2022
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Everyone was friendly from check in to check out. One person that stood out specifically was Giles. By far the nicest person at the resort and the driving factor for me to recommend folks to this resort in the future. I was heading to the pool one day and left my key in the room, I came across Giles and without hesitation or hassle, he went ahead and got new keys made while I was laying by the pool. He continued to check in on me during the rest of my stay to ensure I was having a great experience. I’ve had many good experiences with hotel staff in the past but never had one that blew me away like this. Can’t say enough great things about him. His determination to ensure customers have a great experience, does not go unnoticed
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from , Owner at Saguaro Scottsdale
Responded May 17, 2022
Thank you so much for the great remarks, and especially for Giles! He is the heart and soul of the Saguaro and we are fortunate to have him here! We cannot wait to see you again. Kind Regards, The Saguaro
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Karen M wrote a review May 2022
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If you're looking for a hookup then this is your place otherwise this hotel is TERRIBLE! I just returned from 4 days of misery at The Saguaro Scottsdale. The bachelor and bachelorette pool parties start at 11:00 AM and go until well after 5:00 PM. Forget taking a nap or enjoying a quiet afternoon by the pool. Our poolside sliding glass door rattled with each thump of the bass all afternoon. Don't waste your money on a poolside room. There is a 6-foot fence between the poolside rooms and the pools. The gates were locked so you can't access your room directly from the pools. Gotta keep the riff-raff out somehow! The rooms are small and not maintained. The phrase rode hard and put up wet, truly applies to these rooms. There was at least a 6-inch crack in our desktop. I don't want to think about what someone did to crack a solid piece of wood. We had 4 rooms for our stay and all of them were dirty and grimey. All the rooms had stained tubs, bedding, and carpets. There's a reason the floors are black carpet or black tile... they have to hide the dirt. If you like your morning latte then be prepared to walk into Old Town Scottsdale because the cafe is closed. Why would you close the cafe on a busy weekend? If you're not physically able to walk uptown then make sure they bring you fresh half & half. We were served curdled cream the only morning we stayed on property for breakfast. Also, the menu is very limited so be prepared to eat off property a lot. We were given a "deal" to book 3 nights but only pay for 2. All three nights were billed to my account. The front staff tried to tell me they had "averaged" our nightly rate. When you average something to account for a "free" night then the nightly rate drops, it doesn't increase, that just ins't how math works.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Avoid anything near the main pool.
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Response from , Owner at Saguaro Scottsdale
Responded May 17, 2022
Hi Karen. I am sorry to hear this was not up to your expectation this time. We do have an upbeat vibe here at The Saguaro including a Live DJ at the pool Friday-Sunday 12:30-5:30pm. I am sorry if this was not communicated clearly on our webpage or welcome letter at check in. All hotels are required by law to have a latched gate between room doors and pool areas for safety precautions. We do our best to communicate this at check in and welcome letter. Our buy 2 package is the price for 2 nights spread over three days, and your total should have matched the total from your confirmation. If this is not correct please let us know asap so we can correct! Thank you for sharing the feedback and allowing us to review. We are starting renovation this month and look forward to a refreshed vibe! Kind Regards The Saguaro. I have brought these points up to the rest of the team to address for our future guests.
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KellyK0510 wrote a review May 2022
Milwaukee, Wisconsin12 contributions6 helpful votes
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I had recently checked in to the hotel in Scottsdale for a long-awaited girls trip. We had seen photos online and it looked like a great place to enjoy some pool time and relaxation. Unfortunately, it felt as though my room was a far cry from what is shown on the website. OR, certainly not what I expect for $300+ per night. The room had a musty, dirty smell, walls were scratched up and filthy, bathtub filthy, hooks ripped from the walls and a smoke detector that didn’t appear to be working and was nearly pulled off the wall, which is surely a safety/code issue. As other reviewers mentioned, the doors are flimsy and as two women staying, we also felt unsafe with the weak chain to secure it. Given all this, I immediately booked a room at a nearby hotel so we could enjoy our room and trip and left. Do yourself a favor and don’t waste your money. We ended up spending double (non-refundable rate; though I’ve emailed asking for some refund) and we booked the Canopy nearby-it was amazing with a gorgeous rooftop pool and lounge for the same price!! It’s interesting management keeps responding to the negative reviews that a refurb is coming, but that doesn’t help those of us getting duped between now and then. Maybe close the hotel or lower your rates until the issues can be addressed.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded May 17, 2022
HI Kelly, Thank you for this feedback. I am sorry that we were not up to expectation during your visit. I would love an opportunity to discuss further, and perhaps have you back on a future date. Kind Regards, Clint Sparks The Saguaro
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Guest wrote a review May 2022
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Pros: The front desk staff were super friendly and even let me check in early. The lobby was beautiful and the pool was cool. The bed was clean and comfortable. Cons: The rooms need serious deep cleaning if nothing else. There's a lot that needs updating. I came from a Holiday Inn Express the night before and it felt like luxury compared to this. See attached photos. The toilet didn't flush unless you pushed down really hard and held it for the entire flush. I was woken up every night by groups coming in yelling around 4 a.m. If I hadn't been here for a conference I would have left before my 3 nights were up. Note: I noticed that housekeeping was coming in and leaving fresh towels and making my bed. While that was nice, I would rather have come into a cleaner room and made my own bed each day. Maybe re-evaluate where you have time being used.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from , Owner at Saguaro Scottsdale
Responded May 12, 2022
Good afternoon, Thank you for providing your feedback. I am happy to hear that our team took great care of you! Our team does there best to service each room daily to ensure cleanliness and comfort. I am happy to share that we are performing a renovation over the summer and will address the concerns you listed. We hope you will consider us for future visits! Kind Regards, Clint Sparks Director of Rooms
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Guest wrote a review Apr 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
As a lot of people have said previously, if I could give a ZERO star rating, I would. The people who give 3-5 stars must be insane, drunk kids or friends of the staff. This place is old, dirty, rundown, lacking ANY of the positive aspects they try to display on their fake website. In the warmer spring to summer months, expect pool parties with a DJ literally blasting bass pumping music all day. That’s fine, lots of young people come here to party, I get it. But the walls and sliding glass door are so thin, there is NO way one could possibly relax in the room before going to dinner. I’m more annoyed with the lack of cleanliness and lack of safety I felt while staying here. The door to my room seemed like someone with medium strength could kick it down easily, it barely sealed when shut. The room itself was beyond outdated and dirty. There was a bloodstain on the bedsheet. YES, A BLOODSTAIN. The carpets, walls, molding and ceiling have various big stains. The bathroom is disgusting, the sink got clogged, the handles were loose and took some maneuvering to turn off. There are curtains on the wall. On a bare wall. The hallways are trashy, stained and dirty. This place feels like a rent-by-the-hour roadside motel. There is an A/C unit in the room that I can only think is 30yrs old, it cycles on & off all night with a clanking sound like a motor barely being able to rev up. It woke me up almost every time. They seem to attract patrons with no respect for others as one of the nights I was here, a group of about 10 rowdy, loud, obnoxious, entitled, disrespectful “boys” were in the pool from 3-4:30am. Way after the pool closed. They were playing music, swearing and yelling until they finally decided to leave. Being solo, I didn’t want to nicely say anything to them for fear of retaliation. That’s how unsafe I felt. While the pool bartenders and servers were very friendly, the drinks were watered down, SMALL and WAY overpriced. $14 for a sugary drink. I paid less for a larger size at an upscale resort on Maui. Bottom line: STAY AWAY. I’m not kidding. I changed my non-refundable flight, car and this crappy hotel to go home early losing close to 1k in order to just GET OUT.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded May 12, 2022
Good Afternoon, Needless to say, we are disappointed to hear this type of feedback. Our location in Old Town Scottsdale does provide a fun location and vibe that is more active than some of the Arizona resorts. I am sorry if you were looking for a more relaxed quiet visit. During our warmer months we are very popular for our Picante Pool parties and live Dj's poolside on the weekends, which does attract a more upbeat environment. We have listened to our guests and are happy to share that the hotel will be performing a full renovation over the summer and should address the concerns listed above. I hope you will consider us for a future visit to Scottsdale. Kind Regards, Clint Sparks Director of Rooms
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Martin Niemoller wrote a review Apr 2022
Los Angeles, California526 contributions239 helpful votes
Nice location. Friendly staff that work the grounds. Great Resignation: Their understaffed! Their front-desk seem to be staffed by interns getting school credit or new-hires to the hospitality industry. Pool has a jacuzzi. Pool party with DJ cool, if you like that but another pool across the way for chill. Rooms are meh; out-dated and stains in sink and tub with questionable mold/mildew. Would not return but can be budget friendly for others.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from , Owner at Saguaro Scottsdale
Responded Apr 26, 2022
Hi Martin, Thank you for the feedback. I am happy that you enjoyed our pool areas and staff. We are all working very hard in this industry to maintain and obtain the appropriate staffing to ensure we are 100% at all times. I understand if this had an impact on your stay, and we are sorry if that was the case. We do hope you will consider us again, as we are going to perform a room renovation this summer to resolve the rooms concerns you had! Kind Regards, Clint Sparks
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HPSGene wrote a review Apr 2022
Palos Verdes Estates, California227 contributions118 helpful votes
This hotel is next to Olde Town. I kind of liked the exterior vibe of the hotel. They have good pool areas with a convenient bar. Nice sized and well equipped gym! Check in was ok, a little slow. One of the front desk staff was dealing with some sort of issue so wasn't in the greatest mood, not the best first impression. The room was ok sized and the bed was pretty comfortable. It was dated and didn't have the best decor and maintenance. Nothing egregious or interfering with the stay, just a little surprising I would say, All in all we enjoyed the location and had a decent stay.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded Apr 26, 2022
Hi Gene, Thank you for your feedback. I am happy you enjoyed the hotel vibe and offerings! We are looking forward to some updates the the rooms over this summer and hope to have you back to enjoy! Kind Regards, Clint Sparks
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PRICE RANGE
$132 - $211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
The Saguaro, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
LOCATION
United StatesArizonaCentral ArizonaScottsdaleDowntown Scottsdale
NUMBER OF ROOMS
194
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Frequently Asked Questions about Saguaro Scottsdale
Which popular attractions are close to Saguaro Scottsdale?
Nearby attractions include Scottsdale Center for the Arts (0.1 miles), Old Town Scottsdale (0.2 miles), and See's Candies (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Saguaro Scottsdale?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Saguaro Scottsdale?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Saguaro Scottsdale?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Saguaro Scottsdale?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Saguaro Scottsdale?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rehab Burger Therapy, Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor, and Daily Dose.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Saguaro Scottsdale?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Is Saguaro Scottsdale located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Scottsdale.
Are any cleaning services offered at Saguaro Scottsdale?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Saguaro Scottsdale?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Saguaro Scottsdale offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.