As its name suggests, the Bespoke Inn, Café & Bicycles is one of the more eccentric accommodations in downtown Scottsdale. This compact bed-and-breakfast, opened in 2013, has just four rooms. Each is decorated with homey, eclectic details that reflect the creativity of owners Rob Taynton and Kate Hennen, who designed and built most of the inn’s furnishings themselves, including the 48-foot copper-topped bar in the café. The result is a surprising blend of style and comfort, reinforced by the couple’s ability to make guests feel they have all become friends. (Admittedly, making friends is easier with four rooms than with 400; but that’s one of the attractions of a B&B.) There are other surprises, too. In 2013 Esquire magazine called the café—which has its own odd appellation, Virtù Honest Craft—one of the 20 best new restaurants in America. And the full-service bike shop is a good place to look for Rob and Kate when the registration office is unmanned.
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The inn is within walking (or pedaling, which is why locks are provided) distance of downtown Scottsdale restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Worth getting on a bicycle for are the pork shoulder tacos at the Mission and farm-fresh plates paired with Arizona wines at FnB.
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Rooms: 4 rooms; from $189. Check-in: 3 p.m.–7 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: It would be hard to imagine another four-room inn with a better dining option than the 25-seat Virtù Honest Craft. Owned and operated by James Beard–award nominee Chef Gio Osso, whom Esquire food columnist John Mariani has praised for his ability to interpret Mediterranean fare “with Arizona swagger,” the café is open for brunch and dinner. For inn guests, a real delight is that the brunch is included in the room rate. Spa and gym details: There’s a small gym and a stainless-steel lap pool. But for many guests, the exercise of choice—temperature permitting—is bicycling. Guests have complimentary use of classic British Pashley city bicycles, and Rob can arrange and sometimes lead tours on more advanced bikes, for more serious riders.
Who’s it for:Cyclists are made to feel special here, like canines at a dog-friendly hotel, with bags of snacks and other necessities prepared for morning rides. Conversely, anyone who likes to wake late to a gourmet brunch then head out to “do” downtown Scottsdale will be at home, too. Our favorite rooms: Every room has its own character. For any of the three on the bottom floor, guests should consult with Rob or Kate about the backstory of the parents or grandparents after whom they are styled, and choose accordingly. Probably the favorite, because of its space and privacy, is the second-floor Signature Flat, whose supreme comfort is not dimmed at all by its pieces' reclaimed status from consignment stores and the Salvation Army. Bike speak: To most enjoy time with the hosts, Bespoke guests should learn to speak a little bicycle geek. (Hint: carbon fiber equals mass production equals boring; steel equals craftsmanship equals the best ride forever.)