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The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona

Editor's Pick
Arizona, United States, North America
6000 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale , Arizona
Tel: 800 888 8234 (toll-free)
Tel: 480 941 8200's insider take:

While newer resorts stumble over themselves to satisfy current trends, this grande dame holds fast to old-world luxury and a Reagan-era feeling of prosperity. The architecture and guest room design haven't changed much since the resort's inception in 1988—though there's certainly nothing tattered about the place. The Italianate architecture, ornate upholstered furniture, and huge marble bathrooms definitely speak to the old guard. Guests can also opt to stay in the newly designed Canyon Suites—sort of a boutique property within the Phoenician. Guests in this bank of 60 rooms (of the resort's total of 654) get a daily wine tasting with a master sommelier, a black S550 Mercedes to shuttle them around, freebies that main resort guests pay for (Wi-Fi, parking, access to the fitness center, long-distance calls), and a separate porte cochere, lobby, pool, and cabanas. Plus, a Phoenician Ambassador will call you 72 hours before your arrival to arrange any plans.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 89.2
  • Activities: 90.2
  • Design: 90.5
  • Food: 85.4
  • Location: 90.2
  • Rooms: 89.3
  • Service: 89.6
Guests at this 250-acre resort at the foot of Camelback Mountain can hike, stroll through the cactus garden, play tennis on 11 courts, or tee up at one of three nine-hole golf courses. "Friendly and professional staff treat you like royalty," but some complain pool and restaurant service can be "incredibly slow." There are eight bars and restaurants, from the formal Il Terrazzo to the casual new Relish Burger Bistro.

(643 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Golf, Pool, Spa, Tennis

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