The Saguaro Scottsdale
Unlike most luxurious hotels in Scottsdale, the Saguaro in Scottsdale offers a charming site that separates itself from the rest of the pack through a subdued environment in close distance to old town Scottsdale. If you're looking for something other than a towering hotel, this should definitely be on your list of choices.
Rates start at $89 (May 15 through Sept. 15; $189 otherwise).
Formerly the Mondrian Scottsdale, and a James hotel before that, the Saguaro remains trendy in the new hands of the San Francisco-based Joie de Vivre company. The 194-room hotel, which opened in November 2011, was given a kicky overhaul by Stamberg Aferiat + Associates, drenching seemingly every available surface in a spectrum of bright paint colors inspired by Arizona wildflowers.
The hotel sits in a pedestrian-friendly area of a town that usually requires a rental car. It anchors one end of Civic Center Mall park, and is within walking distance of the shops, restaurants and galleries in the old town.