My husband, kids (6 & 10) and I stayed at this hotel over spring break. It's a lovely property that feels secluded, yet, close to everything we wanted to do. I had requested a room away from the main pool (the one without the water slide) and away from the bar area because of reviews I'd read about it being loud. They put us in the "B" wing, and it was perfect. If you don't like noise, and having your door open to the outside, definitely request one of these rooms! Our room was B2094, and it was perfect. The rooms are very nice, the bathroom is spacious, our balcony overlooked a fountain and it was great for us. One complaint - "oversized" full size beds. Not really. Definitely a full, no oversized here. My husband and son slept in one bed, and my daughter and I took the other. Tight fit, even with the separation of the adults! Like another reviewer said, this is a little ridiculous. Queen size would be a million times more comfortable and better - especially for the $387 price tag a night. Having read the reviews, I knew that the Starbucks coffee cost extra, so I just used the "house" coffee. And, I agree, $6 for water is ridiculous, so we didn't buy it. Like everywhere in America, if you have a car, you can drive in any direction and find a Target, so that's what we did for snacks, etc.
The pools and pool areas are very nice. Plenty of lounge chairs to go around. The water slide is fun for the kids, but it's pretty tame. Fine by me, but, my 10 year old got a little bored. Those two pools are crowded with families, but, obviously, that's why we chose this resort! The other pool (I think it's the south pool) is larger and we never felt crowded there. Now on to my only other complaint. NO KIDS under 12 in the hot tub. And, there is only one hot tub. This seems ridiculous to me if you're a family friendly resort. And, in my mind, if you have a water slide (and no designated "adults only" pool), you are family friendly. And, guess what? My family loves hanging out in the hot tub. Thankfully, security kicked us out of it (and made us aware of the rule) on our last day, so we enjoyed it our whole trip. This might seem like a stupid point to make, but, it just struck me as ridiculous. I mentioned it to the front desk (because I can think of many families I know who would not pick this resort because of that), the lady, who was very nice, said, "I've heard of kids dying the the hot tub from the heat". Well, it sounds to me like there are some very stupid parents out there, then. Either have two hot tubs - one for adults only, and one not, or have it so that kids have to be with an adult. Just my two cents.
The food on the property is very good. We ate at La Hacienda the first night and it was fine. Oh, only other minor complaint, they served up the weakest margarita I have ever had! I don't drink all that much, so I have never felt this way about a drink - ever. It tasted like lime juice and that was it. And it was $13. The staff was great there, though, and the bill was big. Every employee we encountered was fantastic. They do a great job in this regard. The grounds are lovely, and the fishing is just okay. $5 to rent a pole for 2 hours, and everyone catches the same poor catfish. Fun for the kids, but it's not as exciting as it sounds. Would I recommend this resort? Yes. Are there a couple of things I wish were different here? Absolutely. But, it was nice to not be in Phoenix (we've stayed at resorts in Phoenix, and you really feel like you're just off the freeway) and we had a great trip. With the minor changes of the hot tub rule, the bed size and that margarita, this place would be perfect!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment you set foot on the grounds of the AAA/CAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, you are surrounded by a mystical landscape of lagoons, fountains, fire pits, colorful desert plants and expansive green spaces – all set amid the sun-drenched Sonoran Desert and the majestic McDowell Mountains of Arizona. Blending exquisite pampering and warm, personalized service with alluring Spanish-style architecture and outdoor adventure, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers all of the superb amenities you expect from a world-class destination resort: -Lavish Well & Being Spa, featuring a variety of spa, wellness and fitness services -Two championship-level TPC golf courses, home to the Annual PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open -Six sparkling heated pools, featuring waterslides, cabanas, poolside service and a 9,000 sq. ft. white sand beach -Five award-winning restaurants and lounges, with something delectable for every taste -316,000 square feet of flexible event space, including both indoor and outdoor venues with two conference centers -Trailblazers Family Adventure Center, offering a wide range of onsite activities to keep kids happy and engaged -Personalized Concierge services, offering access to exciting activities to satisfy everyone ... more less
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- Fairmont Scottsdale Hotel Scottsdale
- The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
- Fairmont Hotel Scottsdale
- Scottsdale Fairmont
- Scottsdale Princess