Fairmont Scottsdale Princess—Outstanding

There cannot be very many places to stay in this country better than the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

This distinctive AAA Five-Diamond resort set in the heart of the Sonoran Desert with TPC Scottsdale course sitting right door might be the nicest place that this writer has ever stayed. Granted, we were housed in the Casita Signature rooms (there are 69), but we had the opportunity to see one of the 315 guest rooms, one of the 124 deluxe rooms and a Casita Suite (50 with one or two bedrooms available), and they all were richly appointed.

If you can afford to upgrade to Fairmont Golf, I would recommend it. Private check-in/check-out, extended check-out, lounge with breakfast, and hors d’ourves and desserts throughout the day are just a few of the many amenities you will receive.

The property has just completed a $60 million renovation. “We are proud to unveil the exciting additions to the resort,” said general manager Jack Miller of this spectacular property that just celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Included in the renovations were new meeting rooms and conference center. “The expanded and upgraded facilities will further establish Fairmont Scottsdale Princess as a preeminent meetings and events destination, and our cutting edge spa and wellness offerings will serve as great assets to planners and guests alike,” added Miller.

We had dinner in Michael Mina’s BOURBON STEAK an AAA Four Diamond contemporary steakhouse and LaHacienda by Richard Sandoval. Both were superb.

The Willow Stream Spa is the first luxury resort to implement Well & Being’s expertly guided and full-customized wellness experience. Managed by Trilogy Spa Holdings, Well & Being is a wellness and integrated medicine program that allows guests to personalize their spa experiences and to sustain the benefits once they have returned home. There is a doctor on staff and the array of services includes diagnostic health tests, skincare treatments, acupuncture, massage, beauty services and aromatherapy.

We were there last December and there was a Christmas display with over one million lights (See picture). We thought we might have ventured to Disneyland another few hundred miles west.

With the golf course next door and the McDowell Mountains as a backdrop, this Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and flower-filled gardens is like no other place. There is also a world-class tennis center. If you are fortunate enough to go when the golf tournament is going on, you can watch the event right from your window or venture to the end of the property that sits right along many of the holes. Visit www,scottsdaleprincess.com or call 866-540-4495.

 

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