Property Fact Sheet
Description: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel reopened on Sept. 8, 2015, after completing a massive renovation that transformed the independent resort and revitalized its amenities. As part of the $10 million transformation, the resort boasts two new restaurants and a bar, a transformed main pool, a significant addition of outdoor meeting and event space, enhanced guest rooms, and a more open, welcoming feel throughout The Scottsdale.
A AAA Four Diamond resort, The Scottsdale has provided a superior guest experience for 39 years. It is the first resort built in Scottsdale that is still in existence today. The property boasts 326 guest rooms and suites, each with the elegant décor and residential ambiance of private haciendas. Amenities include four restaurants and bars, two pools, Luna Spa, and preferred tee times at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. With more than 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, groups and meetings have their pick of 50 meeting rooms accommodating groups of 10 to 1,200. The Scottsdale is one of the newest properties in the Destination Hotels portfolio.
Location: Located in beautiful Scottsdale, Ariz., The Scottsdale is ideally situated between the pristine Sonoran Desert and only five minutes from the burgeoning shopping, restaurant, arts and nightlife scene of downtown Scottsdale. The resort is centrally located but just off the beaten path 12 miles northeast of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Amenities: Spa & Fitness Center – At The Scottsdale’s Luna Spa, guests can take a break from their work and leisure activities to enjoy peace and serenity. The spa offers a multitude of services and treatments to refresh both mind and body, under the expert hands of experienced therapists. Guests can enjoy rejuvenating treatments such as a hot stone massage, antigravity facial, desert mineral hydration body wrap and the spa’s signature Sonoran body rejuvenation. Guests can also squeeze in a sweat session at the Fitness Center, which boasts cardiovascular machines, treadmills and strength training equipment, or play volleyball and basketball on the resort’s new sport court.
Golf – Located adjacent to McCormick Ranch Golf Club, The Scottsdale offers guests preferred tee times on two championship golf courses. The 18-hole Palm and Pine courses feature four sets of tees and dazzling views, as well as a pro shop, practice facilities, and expert instruction. The resort concierge can arrange tee times at any of the nearly 200 golf courses in the area.
Recreation – Conveniently located in the upscale McCormick Ranch neighborhood, guests can grab a complimentary bicycle on property and go for a leisurely ride or take a jog along the 11 miles of trails, parks and lakes at the nearby Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt. Numerous hiking options are just minutes away, including the iconic Camelback Mountain and Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Additionally, the concierge can make private arrangements for excursions such as hot air balloon rides, horseback riding, desert jeep tours and day trips to nearby Sedona, Ariz.
Pools – The Scottsdale boasts two refreshing heated outdoor pools: the centrally located McCormick pool, and the Stillman pool located along McCormick Ranch Golf Club’s 18th fairway of the Palm Course. In summer 2015, The McCormick pool area was completely remodeled and now features 8 new cabanas available for private rental, a shaded trellis in the water and a bridge-like water feature dividing the new pool, which is 2.5 times the size of the original pool. The pool area now includes a full-service restaurant and bar called Twisted Vine, where guests can order poolside food and beverages throughout the day.
Guest Rooms: Combining modern lodging accommodations with amenities that capture the elegance of historic haciendas of the past, this intimate and inviting resort is both a luxury vacation getaway and an exceptional meeting destination. The Scottsdale features 326 spacious guest rooms and suites, each with the elegant décor and residential ambiance of private haciendas. Many of the sophisticated accommodations offer spectacular views of fairways, gardens and pools.
During summer 2015, the property’s 54 king rooms were completely renovated, 76 of the double-queen rooms were converted to king rooms, and all rooms in the main building were renovated. All 266 renovated guestrooms received new artwork and bedding, a headboard, two chairs, a window table, new color schemes for a brighter look and feel, and desks. Private patios were added to 20 first-floor rooms providing guests with private access to the main pool. Guestroom corridor received fresh new paint, new carpeting, and historical artwork.
Meetings & Groups: Ideal for gatherings of all sizes, The Scottsdale is a world-class meetings destination, boasting 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, with state-of-the-art technology. Originally designed and built with meetings in mind, the resort’s conference center features 50 versatile meeting rooms, from a conference suite for 10 to the dramatic 10,000-square-foot Grand Coronado Ballroom. For groups who want to take advantage of the 330 days of annual sunshine in Scottsdale and clear, starry desert skies, the Alameda outdoor event space is ideal for groups up to 600 people.
The Scottsdale’s renovation significantly expanded and upgraded the outdoor event facilities, and the property now features two event lawns and one sport court. The larger main lawn offers more than 10,000 square feet of event space and can accommodate up to 1,200 people for weddings, receptions, events, and team-building exercises with stunning views of the majestic McDowell Mountains. The new community lawn near the resort entrance boasts clear views of the iconic Camelback Mountain and can now host a variety of public events open to resort guests and locals along with private events for groups and meetings.
Restaurants: Kitchen West Restaurant, the new premier dining establishment on-property, opened in December 2015. The restaurant offers an authentic experience that embraces the boldness of the Western spirit and adopts a welcoming communal vibe for guests and locals seeking bold flavors and a modern interpretation of American Western cooking. True to its name, Kitchen West is an expression of the modern American West, influenced by the boldness, tradition and sense of adventure that made the West what it is today. Guests can choose between single or family-style dishes, and the restaurant serves both lunch and dinner along with weekend brunch. Executive Chef Rick Dupere has created a seasonal menu of unique American Western fare, and sources the freshest products possible from the Western United States.
In the middle of the lobby, The Scottsdale’s new lobby bar serves as an extension of the restaurant. Bar Six40 – named after the number of acres of land that Army Chaplain Winfield Scott purchased that would become Scottsdale – serves coffee, juices, and light breakfast options and snacks in the morning and afternoon. Guests enjoy craft beers and wines on tap with live entertainment during the afternoon and evenings along with delectable bites from Kitchen West.
History: The land currently occupied by The Scottsdale was part of a large tract of land purchased throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s by Anne and Fowler McCormick, who built a ranch that served as their winter home, where they raised Angus cattle and Arabian horses. Fowler McCormick was the grandson of Cyrus McCormick who invented the mechanical reaper and of oil baron John D. Rockefeller. Anne McCormick loved Arabian horses, and devoted 150 acres at the northern part of the ranch as an equestrian center for Arabian horses. Called Paradise Park, it was the site of the Arizona Arabian Horse Show from 1956-1978. After Anne’s death in 1969, the ranch was sold to Kaiser-Aetna, who later sold off 1,120 acres, now known as Scottsdale Ranch.
On Sept. 4, 1976, The Scottsdale made its debut on the land that was part of the McCormick’s sprawling ranch. It was the first resort in the McCormick Ranch area, and the first conference resort in the country to open. The property was originally designed by legendary Scottsdale architect Bennie Gonzales whose work includes significant Scottsdale buildings like Scottsdale City Hall, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Civic Center Library. The recent renovation revitalized this beautiful property to continue its evolution as a premier hospitality fixture, all while preserving this rich history.
Green: The Scottsdale is a member of the Green Chamber, Greater Phoenix, and certified Green by the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association. The property is dedicated to sustainable business practices, which decrease environmental impact through efficiencies and innovation. As a certified eco-friendly resort, The Scottsdale focuses on future initiative expansion by always thinking “environmental impact first,” in all purchasing decisions and use of all chemicals, electrical/gas powered equipment, lighting, and disposition of any recyclable material. As a participating member of Clean the World, the resort is reducing the waste created by discarded soap and shampoo products following guest stays by donating products. The recycled product donations are delivered by Clean the World to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries suffering from high death rates due to poor sanitary practices.