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An iconic resort to receive a $15 million reinvention to match the finest location in Scottsdale

Located within walking distance of all that Old Town Scottsdale has to offer, guests of The Scott Resort & Spa can Experience Scottsdale to its fullest.  From the exquisite shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square to the best restaurants and night life in town, this Scottsdale resort sits in the heart of it all.

Built in the 1960s and revered as one of the premiere resorts in Arizona, The Scott Resort & Spa continues to be a favorite among tourists and locals alike.  Over the next two years, Classic Hotels & Resorts will invest $15M to make this already beloved resort even better.  The reinvention will consist of all guest rooms and suites, public spaces including the resort’s 14,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as the lobby, lobby bar and restaurant.

The newly reinvented resort will marry a fresh design with the timeless elements that have been a foundation of the resort over the past 50 years.  Inspired by Spanish Revival-architecture, the resort’s new look will incorporate Old Havana-style furniture, colors, and textures, along with a spattering of Bauhaus-inspired graphic patterns and lighting. A liberal use of natural light and greenery will bring elements of the surrounding outdoors into the resort’s main lobby, creating a fun and lively gathering spot for resort guests and Scottsdale locals alike.

Phase 1 – Summer of 2017

Renovations in the first phase of the new design will include:

    • The lobby will be upgraded from the inside out. With caning screens that contrast against the modern curved brass of Bauhaus-inspired chandeliers and rattan settees scattered throughout, the lobby will reflect an eclectic style of traditional front porch Havana. Blue-glazed olive jars and indoor landscaping create an intimate seating oasis for guests. A hand-crafted, Spanish-tiled bar and existing arches reflect the traditional, original architecture of the space. Vintage artwork and paintings compliment signature rattan and wicker furniture.
    • The signature Lobby Bar and Restaurant will be completely renovated and re-concepted, while still capitalizing on its ideal indoor-outdoor layout. A large tree will serve as the bar’s focal point in the center of the open-air space, surrounded by abundant succulents and indigenous plant life. The fireplace will remain rightfully intact, as a gathering place for morning coffee or evening cocktails. The new furnishings and décor are met with an all-new menu, designed by Executive Chef Christopher Bailey.
    • The resort’s 14,000 square feet of meeting and function space will receive all new custom Axminster carpeting and custom decorative light fixtures that echo the property’s overall Spanish and Moroccan inspired ambiance.
    • Landscaping and outdoor lighting upgrades are also underway for the beautiful event lawn, the resort’s main catering venue. Smaller common public spaces and patios will be refurbished, with additional fire pits for lounging.
    • Several upgrades to the resort’s two lagoon-like pools will include additional cabanas and beautifully new landscaped surrounds. Guests and locals will continue to enjoy creative cocktails and light bites from the Aqua Pool Bar and are welcome to dip their toes in the resort’s signature sandy beach pool.

Phase 2 – Summer of 2018

The second phase of the reinvention will focus on all 204 guestrooms and suites, each of which features private outdoor patios or balconies.  Upgrades in each room will include:

  • All case goods
  • New furniture package
  • Redesigned bathrooms
  • All-new Presidential Suite
  • The addition of four NEW one-bedroom suites.

“This historic property is an elegant and fun addition to the Classic Hotels & Resorts portfolio, and we feel honored to restore and update it in ways that enrich the guest experience – not only through elevated and comfortable design, but also through new amenity and programming concepts that speak to this unique desert destination,” said Classic Hotels & Resorts President John Grossman. “The Scott is a modern incarnation of an Arizona classic with a fresh, design-forward concept that will attract both locals and visitors alike.”

A talented team of designers is responsible for the resort’s new concept, including New York and San Francisco-based AvroKO, local architect firm Synectic Design, and Hart Howerton, which is overseeing the meetings and events spaces. “This is such an exciting project for us to be involved with,” said Greg Bradshaw, founding partner of AvroKO. “We took the approach of wanting to keep intact some elements that are already very much a part of the hotel – particularly the beautiful Spanish Revival inspired architecture – and have incorporated several new layers into the overall design, including beautiful staple pieces that are inspired by the Bauhaus movement and old Havana, which guests will see immediately upon arrival and get a true sense of the place right away. We can’t wait to see the finished product and how it all comes together.”

Rinker Design crafted the resort’s re-branding and played an important role in concept visioning and programming.


Becoming The Scott
An Iconic Scottsdale Resort for More Than 50 Years

1961 1970s 2005 2007
Opened as the
Executive House Arizonian
Re-named
SunBurst Resort
Renovated and Re-named
Caleo Resort
Renovated and Re-named
FireSky Resort
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Purchased by Kimpton
Often referred to as the
“Kimpton Scottsdale”


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