I had such a great mini trip to Scottsdale last week. Very fast and furious but super productive and luckily, I was able to explore a little during my first stay at Joie de Vivre's Saguaro hotel. The Saguaro is visually very energizing...stepping out of the rental car at 10pm after 3 hours of sleep, 5 shots of espresso, and 10 hours of running my mouth non-stop was like experiencing a sugar rush from a jumbo sized peanut butter cookie (and I should know because I ate one earlier that day). The hotel has a great retro-contemporary kind of Palm Springs vibe going on (which is not so ironic because #1 it's also in the desert and #2 there's a Saguaro in Palm Springs as well!)...it's got an eye-popping color palette that was inspired by Arizona's desert wildflowers and feels like it was plopped down in the middle of nowhere even though its steps away from the restaurants, shops and galleries in Old Town Scottsdale.
As a frequent traveler, the things that matter to me the most at hotels are service, comfort, cleanliness and convenience (and, of course, I want it to visually blow my mind). The Saguaro accomplished all of this. The staff, from valet to front desk to the barista that sits at the little coffee counter off of the lobby, were all fantastic and extremely present (by this I mean they had great guest awareness and I felt very welcomed and taken care of). It was easy for me to take a morning meeting in the lobby at their open conference table...there were endless plugs for all of my electronics and the coffee counter in the lobby ensured I was set up for a successful and caffeine-charged day. As an added bonus, there's also an amazing restaurant, Distrito, at the opposite end of the lobby that serves delicious modern mexican cuisine by Iron Chef Jose Garces so you don't have to sacrifice quality for convenience.
Did I mention walking through the hallways to your room is like navigating your way through a bag of neon Skittles.