As someone who has incredibly high standards for travel, I am always a bit apprehensive about new resorts. Have the operating kinks been worked out? How well staffed are they?
However, the Andaz concept has always impressed me. Their property in West Hollywood is incredible, and I wasn't sure how Scottsdale could possibly measure up.
To my surprise, it exceeded every expectation.
My trip: September 28th - 30th
Completely unique and painless?
Gone are the days of waiting in lines to speak with a front desk associate. In true, modern form - Andaz associates float around the lobby with iPads and a few taps later, you are directed to your room. The entire process took under five minutes which is fabulous after a long morning of travel from Washington D.C. (they were also very accommodating with my early check-in request)
You can see a video tour of my room (the bathrooms are incredible), and some snapshots from my tour around the property. Another Andaz touch - all snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are free of charge and are replenished daily. The water comes in extra handy on those hot Scottsdale days.
The property is massive and offers a wide variety of venues for meetings of all sizes as well as various different wedding/outdoor event spaces. You have picturesque Camelback Mountain views from nearly every outdoor venue on the property.
Although small, it is well appointed. Tucked on the outskirts of the property, it offers a quiet retreat as well as a private pool for spa patrons. I sadly didn't have time to schedule a treatment during my stay but it is on my to-do list for my next visit.
Every interaction I had during my stay was five star quality. The staff truly take pride in their jobs. Special shoutout to Kayla at the pool bar - she took me under her wing and made sure my glass was never empty (a must try: the tequila rose, one of the best poolside cocktails) and gave me great recommendations for evening outings.
On November 16th I was invited to an exclusive Chef's Tasting dinner at Weft & Warp. During my stay I never had the opportunity to eat on site so I was very excited to get the complete experience for my review. Once again, the staff were top tier.
However...the food was PHENOMENAL. My favorites were...the grilled bison hanger steak and seared scallops.
Don't sleep on the Andaz! It is INCREDIBLE.
Next stop, Andaz Maui!