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Scottsdale Resort Getting Makeover

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, A Destination Hotel will begin a major renovation  on July 1 that will include guestroom updates and the addition of outdoor meeting and event space. The resort is the newest property in the Destination Hotels portfolio and the only resort in the Phoenix metropolitan area to undergo a substantial renovation in 2015.

In September, the 326-room property will be unveiled as The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel. In addition to the refresh of the guestrooms and addition of outdoor event space, the first phase will introduce a new restaurant and bar and transform the main pool area. The property is owned by Cornerstone Advisors, which also features Motif Seattle, A Destination Hotel in its resort portfolio.

“The goal of the renovation is to maximize the aesthetic potential of the romantic, Spanish architecture and beautiful grounds of The Scottsdale Resort elevating the overall guest experience and amenities,” said Kevin Regan, senior vice-president of operations, Western region, for Destination Hotels. “This property is situated in an upscale community centrally-located but just enough off the beaten path that it is a bit of a hidden gem within this world-class travel destination. We cannot wait to share this property’s new look with our guests, neighbors and the local community.”

The designers at PHX Architects in Phoenix and SB Design in Scottsdale developed plans to update the look of the resort and introduce new amenities, while staying true to the rich history of the property originally designed by legendary Scottsdale architect Bennie Gonzales. The architects drew inspiration from Mexico and South America, incorporating the romance, history and architectural splendor of Mexican haciendas into the design, color palette and furnishings. The outdoor space will tap the grand fazendas of Brazil from the Colonial period. These farms featured ancient stone walls, arcaded portals, cobbled courtyards and grande salons. The resort’s new look and feel also draws inspiration from Argentinian estancias, which were magnificent country estates and working ranches that guarded the nation’s cultural heritage from its Spanish-colonial beginnings.

The new event and meeting space is being created via the removal of the property’s four tennis courts. They will be replaced with two event lawns and one sport court (for volleyball and basketball). The larger main lawn will offer more than 10,000 square feet of space and will be able to accommodate up to 1,200 people. It will have views of the McCormick Mountains.

The new community lawn near the resort entrance boasts clear views of the iconic Camelback Mountain and will host a variety of public events open to resort guests and locals along with private events for groups and meetings.

The guestroom reno will include the complete overhaul of the existing 54 king rooms and the conversion of 76 double-queen rooms to king rooms. All 130 new king guestrooms will have new artwork, bedding, headboard, two chairs, a window table and desks. Private patios will be added to 20 first-floor rooms providing guests with private access to the main pool. Guestroom corridor carpeting also will be replaced.

The main pool area will also be completely remodeled and include a new full-service restaurant and bar.


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