A Review of the Andaz Scottsdale

The Andaz Scottsdale is another representative of Hyatt’s Andaz Brand (I’ve had the pleasure of staying in several Andaz properties in the past, including the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica and the Andaz 5th Avenue in New York). With one opening up this year only a few miles away from me, and needing one night to trigger Hyatt’s Spring “Double Points” promotion for my much longer second Hyatt stay, I booked a one-night staycation to check it out.

Booking

The Andaz Scottsdale is a Category 5 property for Hyatt, which translates to 20,000 points per night, or a Cash + Points rate of 10,000 points and $125. This puts it on par with other Andaz properties in the US, like Andaz Napa and Andaz West Hollywood, as well as the Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch up the street from the resort in Scottsdale. I elected to use “Cash and Points” for my stay, as rates were $329 plus tax a night. While I’d normally recommend using a credit card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred/Reserve or Chase Hyatt card for the cash co-pay, I actually found discounted gift cards for Hyatt online at CardCash.com, which saved me 20% on every dime I spent on property.

Since I’m a Hyatt Globalist member, I received a few perks on the property, including waived resort fee ($44 with tax), free breakfast at Weft & Warp Art Bar for two, and a room upgrade.

Check-In

The Andaz Scottsdale is located in a great area of the city, walking distance to many great restaurants and bars, as well as being a short 5-minute ride to Old Town Scottdale’s nightlife. We arrived by car at the “Guest House,” where we were instructed to leave our car with the valet while we checked in, as there was parking around the perimeter of the resort close to our room. There is the option to valet there, and be golf-carted to your room, though.

When we entered, we noticed that the Andaz Scottsdale adhered to the brand standard of not having a typical check-in desk, but rather all formalities are handled while you sit and relax. We were offered red or white wine, and gladly indulged.

The Guest House also hosts the Weft & Warp Art Bar, the only restaurant on the property besides the Turquoise Pool bar, adjacent to the Guest House. Bungalow-style rooms spread out from there over the sizable resort.

Our check in agent returned and I was happy to learn I’d been upgraded to an Andaz XL room (about a $30 upgrade during my dates). We were handed our keys with a color-coded hand-stamped location on the key jacket, and off we were.

Room

We were located in 29D, which is on the north side of the resort, about a 3-minute walk from the major focal points of the resort, being the Guest House and Turquoise Pool.

The Andaz XL room category features two terraces- one out front with a couch and table, and a completely private one behind your room with two lounge chairs. I noted that European sunbathers would love this room category- no one could see their au natural sunbathing if that was their wish.

Upon entering the room, you’re in the main bedroom. We had a king bed, a couch, and a lounger in this area, as well as a gigantic 65” television, which was dutifully put to use for the Masters that weekend.

Walking deeper into the room took you to the minibar, which at all Andaz properties is complimentary (except alcoholic beverages).

Ours featured some taffys, a Peanut Butter and Date bar, local BBQ potato chips, as well as one Pepsi, one Sierra Mist, a tonic water, and a Club Soda.

There were also several alcohol options, including a Camelback Blonde beer.

I enjoy how Andaz tries to keep it as local as possible. There’s also an open-air closet and complimentary Andaz sandals to use around the property across from the minibar.

Moving into the bathroom, on the left was the toilet, behind a separate door.

One large sink area, with plenty of counter space and mirrors to get ready were next to that.

Then, an amazing shower, with dual shower heads that was very unique. The feel of the entire room was midcentury Southwest- I liked how the art in the room was called out in the property amenities book in case you wanted to explore an artist more.

What to Eat

As mentioned, breakfast, lunch, and dinner could be served at the Weft & Warp Art Bar. In addition, the pool bar has a food menu. We chose to eat off-property for our dinner, but returned in the morning to take advantage of our Globalist breakfast. Here’s what we had:

Green Chile Pulled Pork and Hash Browns (Fried Egg not pictured)

Delicious Bread Pudding and Kouign Amman

Avocado Toast not pictured.

Menu with Prices. For Globalists, we were told to order what we wish.

All told, our bill came out to over $75, which was completely taken off at check out.

Property Features

The property is fairly large, and features a couple of great amenities to keep guests on property. For one, the Turquoise Pool has great views of the surrounding desert, and lots of fun pool toys that the resort has included to liven the fun.

The resort has a schedule of activities, which has at least two things scheduled each day, including an “adult treat” at 11:30 each morning to get the day started. On our check-in day, that meant a Prickly Pear Moscow Mule, which was delicious.

On our Sunday checkout day, we were welcomed at breakfast by a Bloody Mary shot, which was spicy but scrumptious (and came with a giant Queen Green Olive).

Further afield, there’s the resort’s gym, which I thought was a standout. One wall of the gym is actually see-through garage doors, that open up to a separate pool area for the spa and perfect views of Camelback.

The spa is nearby, but we didn’t venture in. Further past that is the “Retreat” area, which is made for corporate summits and has its own private pool area too.

Included in your resort fee ($44 with tax), is unlimited Go Pro rentals, parking, Artists-In-Residence, admission to the ASU Kerr Cultural Center, and many activities on the schedule that the resort puts out. While $44 a day is ridiculous, at least there are a few free alcoholic drinks involved each day, as small as they are.

Overall

Overall, I think the Andaz is a great addition to the Hyatt portfolio in the desert. I haven’t visited Hyatt’s Royal Palms yet, but I will soon and compare. I would say that the Andaz is definitely more adult-oriented, and families are better suited at the Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch. If you’re Globalist or Explorist and looking for a club lounge, the Hyatt Regency also features that.

If you’re interested in booking the Andaz Scottsdale, let me know below:

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