Yet another opportunity to take advantage of Scottsdale’s great summer rates emerged in early June, as the Canyon Suites at the Phoenician were made available under SPG’s “Hot Rates.” While rates in the winter can approach $1,000 for the exclusive “Resort-within-a-Resort,” our summer time rate was only $280. While that’s more than what we’d normally pay for a hotel stay, we thought it would be helpful to check out what a stay at the Canyon Suites was actually like, given the Phoenician is what most people usually stay at on property.
We decided to play some golf before checking in, and arrived to the Canyon Suites side of the resort around lunchtime. We were greeted at the gate by a very friendly guard, who congratulated us on our engagement (we’re still celebrating…). At the porte-coche, we were greeted with cold waters and several bellmen to help us with our overnight bags.
The lobby of the resort is one soaring room, stretching back to the bar, and then the pool area beyond.
To the right are the check-in desks, where we were asked to take a seat. Check in was thorough, but quick, and we were informed we had been upgraded to a One-Bedroom Canyon Suite (about a $200 upgrade!). There, they also offered to make us any reservations that we may need during our stay. It’s clear that this resort is about personal attention.
The room was on the first floor (there are only two at the Canyon Suites, and only 60 rooms), and overlooked to pool area.
As you entered, to the right was a closet and the guest bathroom. Further on, you entered the living area, which featured a wet bar, couches, a giant television, and a dining area.
Sliding doors separated the bedroom from the living area, where another TV and an oversized king bed awaited.
Moving through the bedroom led past more closets, and a bathroom with full bath, shower and two sinks, as well as a separate room for the toilet.
Waters by the bed were in glass bottles- fancy!
The Canyon Suites has several exclusive amenities, just for guests. For one, they have a library of books, that you can rent at your leisure. If you can’t finish in time, they’ll give you an envelope to mail it back, stamped. Also, there’s a Gibson guitar available for any impromptu jam sessions. Finally, there are no resort fees here, and rates include a breakfast in the lobby each morning. We slept in, so we used my Platinum amenity to get room service breakfast (we still went over, though). It was an experience, complete with them setting our table for us with linen, and toasting our bread in-room!
A makeshift gym in one of the conference rooms also is available.
Also exclusive to guests is the Canyon Suites pool, which is a simple oval.
There is a hot tub located off in the distance, secluded away as well. Cabanas are available to rent, and include their own bathrooms.
Available too is the entire Phoenician Resort, which features many more restaurants, pools, and activities. But, this summer, the resort is undergoing massive renovations, and much of that is closed. We’ve stayed there in the past, and enjoyed our time. We had lunch at Relish, the burger place, which came with a great dessert- a churro ice cream sandwich!
But, this entire side of the resort felt so much more elegant and intimate. The resort also took care of us for our engagement with some sparkling wine and chocolates.
We ate off property during our stay there, and loved using the resort’s complimentary Mercedes transportation to the Old Town area. It runs on a schedule, and picks up and drops off until about 8 PM at night.