To continue on with our summer of staycations, we checked in for a Thursday night stay at the Four Seasons, Scottsdale at Troon North. Rates were $179 plus the required resort fee and taxes, but coupled with Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits by booking through a travel agent, we saved big with a free room upgrade, $100 food and dining credit, and free breakfast. We paired this with a Travelzoo voucher ($45 for $100 in food and beverage) for their lobby bar Onyx to have a truly free 5-star dinner.
The resort is located in the foothills of North Scottsdale, just far away enough from the city to feel secluded, but close enough to still take advantage of shopping and dining in the area if you so wished. It advertises itself as being “at” Troon North, but in reality it’s just down the street.
The resort property is definitely sizable, but not sprawling like the Boulders was. It’s nestled between two craggy peaks in the mountains, and actually, a popular day hike leaves directly from the resort to Pinnacle Peak. A few dozen rooms and villas spread out around two pools, a spa complex, the main lobby, and two tennis courts.
Arrival and the Room
We drove up to valet and walked inside to check-in, but first were offered iced tea by the bellman. Our front desk clerk offered us a $200 upgrade to a suite with private plunge pool, but we declined. After an overview of the resort on their map, we were shown where to complimentary self-park (valet is over $30).
We stayed in an upgraded regular casita in building 1, the closest to the main building. It felt very private; you do share the building with about 7-8 other rooms, but never do you feel like others are present. The casita had a great view of one of the desert mountains from its patio.
Inside the room were lots of Southwestern motifs. Native American art hung from the wall, and lots of desert tones made you really feel as if you were in Arizona. A welcome amenity was waiting for us when we arrived- three peach-flavored gifts (peaches, cake, and peach tea) to note the in-season fruit. I thought this was a great idea and wish more hotels would localize amenities a bit more.
The king bed was very comfortable, and the sheets were obviously of top quality. The bathroom was large, with a separate shower and tub, two sinks, and a separate toilet with door.
Overall, I felt that while the rooms weren’t the “newest” I’ve ever seen, it didn’t detract from their utility.
Armed with our dining credit and Travelzoo voucher, we headed to Onyx to take advantage of their happy hour specials. Laura had a peach sangria, and I had a classic margarita. Both felt freshly made and were worth the $10 happy hour price.
For food, we were lucky enough to find out that their fine-dining restaurant, Talavera, has an abbreviated menu for Onyx, featuring their steaks and seafood options.
First, we had queso fundido from the Onyx menu.
We elected to try the salmon and the filet mignon for our main dishes, and were glad we did. It was, no doubt, the best steak I’ve ever had in my life, and I grew up in Texas and spent 8 weeks in Argentina. It was perfect, with a horseradish crust and mushroom marsala topping it all off. Oh, and the bread served was A+.
We splurged on desert as well, with their home-made chocolate “bar” that was also tasty.
For breakfast, we were able to try Proof. I loved the interior design of the place, which felt very laid-back and comfortable. Overall, this is how the resort felt- luxurious without being pretentious.
Proof doubles as the late night “bar” on site as well, so there’s a shuffleboard table in the middle of the restaurant. Our breakfast credit covered $64 worth of items, which went surprisingly fast. Laura had the Huevos Rancheros, while I had bacon, sausage, hash browns, and toast. We each had a mimosa as well.
The pool was open 24 hours, so we tried it out after dinner. The water was a comfortable temperature, and the complex was lit up great for night-time. They’re careful not to ruin the view of the stars above.
On the note of stars, the Four Seasons brought in an astronomer with a powerful telescope to view the moon, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter on the night we were there. This was an excellent free activity for the resort to plan. While not heavily advertised, lots of resort guests were wowed by the planets above them. Other free amenities available at the resort include fruit skewers by the pool during the day, margarita and beer tastings on the weekends, and lots of kid activities.
This was my first stay at a Four Seasons property, and I must go to more now! The service was on point, the food delicious, and the stay relaxing overall. Unfortunately for the wallet, most Four Seasons are out of my price range, but we’ll see in the future if there are more deals to be had.