The Saguaro, Scottsdale

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • This retro-style hotel charms with bright, loud colours and mod furnishings
  • Two pools, offering either a party atmosphere or a calm retreat
  • The shops, restaurants and galleries of Old Town are only a few blocks away
  • The vibrant restaurant serves up American fare and a spa takes inspiration from the desert

"The vibe is friendly, indoors and out" -- The New York Times
Enjoyed This
(50 Member Ratings)
"Location and staff"
Oct 09, 2018
Sacramento, CA, USA

Map & Directions

The hotel is about 15 minutes by car from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Rooms & Rates

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It’s “colour blocking gone wild” (Conde Nast Traveller) at the Saguaro in Scottsdale, where retro style was pulled into the modern age with a 2011 renovation. This town was a celebrity haven in the 1950s and '60s, and the hotel offers a heaping spoonful of that poolside-beneath-the-palm-trees languorous glamour.

Vibrant primary colours spill over accent walls, across furniture and into the weave of handcrafted Mexican textiles in guest rooms, which have vintage issues of Arizona Highways magazine and sliding glass doors leading to a balcony or patio facing the city or pools. The mod rooms are decked out with flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and organic bath products. Hallways here are open-air walkways.

The hotel’s restaurant offers an American bistro concept, serving locally sourced seasonal dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu offers salads, flatbreads and entrees, as well as an extensive tequila list, a variety of wines and handcrafted cocktails. A small coffee kiosk serves up specialty coffees and pastries in the mornings. 

In the courtyard are two pools. Upbeat music pulses around the main one, which has lounge chairs, day beds and more of a festive atmosphere. Things get calmer at the second pool, which is tucked to one side in a grove of palm trees, where the splashing of a concrete waterfall is a perfect soundtrack for frittering away an afternoon beneath the sunshine. This is definitely the place for the trendy 20- to 30-something set who want a pool party scene rather than a family-focused affair.

Spa treatments take inspiration -- and ingredients -- from the Southwest desert. Prickly pear sugar scrubs feet, margarita salt exfoliates hands, chilies and Mexican chocolate envelope the skin and chaparral and yucca detoxify the body.

From the press:
  • “The genius of this redesign is in its interpretation of the Scottsdale building code ... [it's] the colours of desert wildflowers -- a dozen eye-popping hues dominated by oranges, pinks, yellows and purples” -- Conde Nast Traveller
  • “An urban resort in the suburban desert with a pool-party scene, boutique spa and destination restaurant makes a convivial base for anyone who doesn’t want the isolation of the large local resorts. The vibe is friendly, indoors and out” -- The New York Times



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station

Internet Resort fee inclusion.

  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
  • Internet access


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Minimum age to check-in is 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children 16 and under stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding on request. Crib available free of charge.

Extra person charge is $20 plus tax per person per night. Extra beds are not available. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged $250 for any damage.  A Pet Registration form is required to be completed at check-in. There is a $250 charge for any damage incurred.

Fees: A resort/facility fee of US$33.04 inclusive of tax, per stay will be added to the total price of your stay upon check out.

The Daily Resort Fee includes:

  • 24 hour state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Use of Saguaro desert cruiser bikes
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking
  • In-room coffee
  • Daily newspaper offered in the hotel lobby
  • Local telephone calls.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(50 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Saguaro, Scottsdale (AZ) (part of Joie de Vivre) over the past 15 months.
3.9 Ambiance
4.8 Location
3.6 Rooms
4.3 Quality of Service
4.1 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Location and staff
Jen Oct 09, 2018 Sacramento, CA, USA
Other Comments
The hotel was very outdated and they overcharged us for our stay.
Jessica Sep 25, 2018 Prescott, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
good value
Other Comments
Place is run down and in need of a re-furb. But well worth what we paid ($69 + $15 resort fee)
Michael Sep 18, 2018 Street, MD, USA
Enjoyed Most
Best location for Old Town Scottsdale.
Mary Sep 24, 2018 Tucson, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
location and pools
s Sep 18, 2018 Sierra Vista, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
Location was terrific
Jennifer Sep 22, 2018 Payson, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
I would have liked to get an early check in, but it did not work out. However, we got a very nice room by the pool and it was an excellent value and convenient location
mary jo Sep 15, 2018 Peoria, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
Great atmosphere by the pool. Fun and relaxing
Perry Sep 17, 2018 Mesa, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
The staff and bed is comfy
Other Comments
The pool area is small and crowded, not well kept a lot of cobwebs around the pool area. The gym looks nice but didn’t get a chance to use it, totally my fault. The restaurant is over priced and only a few menu selections. Staff on the other hand is very nice and handful.
maria Sep 10, 2018 Mesa, AZ, USA
Enjoyed Most
Room service breakfast
Other Comments
My only negative comment is they did not have childrens bikes. The seat height on the adult bikes cannot accommodate a person of my small stature. Not having a childs bike is the only thing that kept my stay from being perfect.
Rose Sep 04, 2018 Glendale, AZ, USA

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