The Vibe: Authentically “of place” without tapping into the cliché southwestern hacienda aesthetic you see all over Scottsdale.
The Area: Centrally located, against the backdrop of Camelback Mountain.
The DNA: Set against the sunbaked Camelback Mountain and towering palms, the newly launched Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is inspired by the Arizona city’s mid-century heritage, with 201 cabana-style rooms set over 23-acres. The airy Guest House serves as the central gathering place and blurs the transparent boundary between the outdoors and the midcentury-inspired interiors. Here, chef Adam Sheff (formally of Park Hyatt New York) serves plancha grill fare at the Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen while mixologists pour local microbrews like Scottsdale Blonde kolsch as well as iced coffee on tap. No worries if you can’t peel yourself from your custom chaise-lounge to make it to the Guest House, though. The staff circulate the property on a bike pulling a nitro coffee cart.
Suite-Me-Up: The whitewashed walls and grey salvaged wood roofs of the boxy bungalows – which are called ‘studios’ – serve as perfect canvases for one-of-a-kind textile pieces by local artists and colourful modernist furniture that pays homage to the artisans of the nearby Cattle Track Arts Compound, whose works grace the walls.
Accolades: Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2017
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 201 rooms & suites (31-167m2) (335-1800 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2016 (originally Cottonwoods Resort, 1989) • architecture: delawie • interior design: EDG Interior Architecture + Design ✅ free on-site parking • pets allowed on request • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible