My wife and I live west of Phoenix and wanted to do a quick stay-cation for our 11th anniversary. I booked the Hyatt through Hotwire and got a great deal.
The grounds and atmosphere at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch are superb. This is a great place in the evenings because of the live music and the general buzz of the night life. The gondola ride was enjoyable, but be ready to share the ride with at least one other couple.
Our room was immaculate and well-appointed. The A/C unit was not particularly powerful, which could become more of a problem in the hot summer months. The staff was courteous and responsive.
The one disappointing thing about our experience was the Alto Risorante, on property. I had heard from many that this was a great restaurant so we decided to give it a try.
We had a reservation, arrived 5 minutes early, and were seated immediately. Once seated, we sat there for 20 minutes before a server from another table noticed us and said he would serve us because he wasn't sure where our server was. The food is good, but pricey in my opinion ($30 for a small plate of pasta with shrimp). To top it all off, I got a 24-hour stomach bug from something I ate.
I'm guessing this was just an off day for the restaurant, but I really don't think I'd go again if I was given the chance. At least we got a free gondola ride out of it. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amidst flowering cactus, breathtaking sunsets and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa features a 2 1/2-acre "water playground", 27 holes of championship golf, world-class tennis, Spa, the Native American Learning and Environmental Center, an international art collection and four distinctively different restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort And Spa At Gainey Ranch Hotel Scottsdale
- Gainey Ranch
- Hyatt Gainey Ranch Resort