The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: The Ultimate Desert Oasis
– By Ashlee Demartino
At the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, five-diamond designation means luxury at its finest, and the hotel’s highly detailed and guest-centric approach is seen in every experience it offers.
“From the moment our guests arrive—meeting our canine ambassadors—to the small details and pampering touches of their pool experience such as sunglasses cleaning, passed chilled fruit and sun recovery, our team is focused on delivering our guests a luxurious and memorable experience,” says Teresa Thompson, director of retail and resort experience.
The Princess offers vast open spaces, lush grounds and perfect sunset views, and more than 750 lavish guest rooms, two premium presidential suites, 66 gold suites, and 119 casitas.
It stands out from other resorts in the Valley not just for its accommodations (although those help): The resort has a Forbes four-star rated “Well and Being Spa,” six sparkling pools and a championship 18-hole golf course, home to the PGA Waste Management Open every year.
When you’re hungry after all of your lounging or playing, one of the property’s five signature restaurants (Ironwood American Kitchen, La Hacienda, Toro Latin Restaurant and Rum Bar, Bourbon Steak and Plaza Bar) has you covered. Executive Chef Conor Favre oversees the dining program.
“It is a unique dining destination not only for our guests, but for locals, as well, because we have so much to offer,” says Favre. “Memories are created through our food and beverage offerings, and the detailed service throughout the resort. Heart and soul is put into every meal created for our guests.”
Serving everything from American to Mexican, sushi to steak, and plenty of kid-friendly comfort foods…every restaurant has its own unique flare. Just don’t ask Favre to name his favorite.
“It’s hard for me to pick! There is so much!” says Favre. “You have to come and experience the magic.” That said, Favre says folks can’t go wrong with Oro’s guacs, tacos and “baller pork chop,” and Ironwood’s entire brunch time experience…especially the don’t-miss donut wall.
Additionally, each restaurant has its own signature liquor or cocktail. Like rum? Toro has 200 options. Tequila more your thing? La Hacienda has more than 200, as well. And whether you’re vegan, keto or gluten-free, the Princess caters to all.
“We can pretty much modify any menu item to accommodate, and if not, we can create options for our guests,” says Favre. “We strive to give all guests, regardless of dietary restrictions or preferences, a memorable meal.”
As for fun, year-found, the Princess has exciting activities for the whole family: According to Teresa Thompson, signature events such as Christmas at the Princess, Springtime at the Princess and the Easter Brunch experience, as well as Summer at the Princess, which features enhanced programming around Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day weekends.”
And don’t be surprised if you run into a celebrity or president while at the Fairmont Princess. “We have had the pleasure of hosting multiple sitting, as well as former U.S. presidents, and we have worked closely with their teams to ensure their safety, security, comfort, and privacy,” says Thompson, adding that the resort also routinely hosts celebrities, athletes, musicians, and pop culture icons.
Despite its famous clientele, don’t let the Fairmont Princess’s luxe oasis-ness scare you away: At heart, she’s an equal-opportunity peacefulness provider just waiting for your reservation.