Business travelers might help keep it quiet enough during the week, but when the weekend rolls around, the W Scottsdale earns its rep as a party hotel. By day, a young, trendy, and sometimes noisy crowd hangs at WET, the rooftop pool, keeping well oiled with sunscreen and bar drinks. By night, the scene remains trendy, and noisy, at the lobby’s Living Room Lounge, or at Shade Lounge upstairs by the pool, often to a background of live music or a DJ, until the revelers are off to bed, or off to some of the many bars and clubs within walking distance. Rooms have all the tech gadgets, and the use of color and frosted glass makes them feel light and playful without going overboard.
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There’s nothing a party crowd appreciates more than bars and clubs they can walk to. Less than a mile away, at the Mint, a champagne bar helps keep the dance floor crowded. Even closer, at the Red Revolver Lounge, the pace is relaxed and the DJ spins a mix with wide appeal. Visitors on a different mission can step over to the Scottsdale Fashion Square, one of the largest shopping malls in the Southwest.
Need to Know
Rooms: 197 rooms, 33 suites. From $149 low season, $229 high season. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Except for the kind of nibbles that help inflate a bar tab, the only place to dine at the W is Sushi Roku. To best appreciate the food, though, (the shrimp-wrapped spicy tuna roll is a favorite), as opposed to the scene, visit during the week. Spa and gym details: Bliss Scottsdale Spa has seven treatment rooms, separate men's and women’s lounges, and for guests who feel they’ve earned it, a brownie buffet. The FIT Fitness Center is state-of-the-art, but when the weather is right, guests can move equipment outside, adding a view of Camelback Mountain to their workout.
Who’s it for:During the week, the W’s central location draws executive-level business travelers. On the weekend, the clientele gets younger and more fashion forward and doesn’t mind nearly as much the noise that can accompany a room overlooking the pool. Our favorite rooms: Thanks to the marketing geniuses at the W, all guests comes away saying at least that they stayed in a Wonderful room, as that’s what the least expensive are called. But a Wonderful room is a small room, so moving up to a suite can be worth it. Most Wow category rooms (another W moniker) are the new VIP suites, on a private-access wing of the sixth floor. They have separate living rooms, kitchens, hardwood floors, and floor-to-ceiling views leading to Wow-size balconies.