by Michaela Christensen | April 01, 2017


Local Update
 The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa opened in December 2016. The resort features 201 bungalow-style guest rooms, a full-service spa and salon, and some 46,000 square feet of meeting and event space on 22 acres. A signature restaurant, Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, offers an assortment of small plates and shareable dishes.

 The new 183-room, full-service boutique Mountain Shadows hotel is set to open this spring. The original resort on this spot was the Marriott Mountain Shadows Resort, built in 1959. The rebuilt property will have a lounge, a 5,000-square-foot fitness center, 12,500 square feet of indoor meeting space and 25,000 square feet of outdoor event space. The property includes a redesign of the neighboring 18-hole Mountain Shadows Golf Club.

Meeting Hotels: Among Scottsdale's many properties are the 750-room Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 732-room Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 493-room Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch and 453-room JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Also in the region is the 497-room Talking Stick Resort & Spa, operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit

Airport Transit: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, approximately 10 miles from downtown Scottsdale. Transfer cost to Scottsdale by taxi, $28

Taxes: Room tax, 5%; sales tax, 5.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13.92% (includes 1.77% Maricopa County transaction excise tax and 1.65% City of Scottsdale transaction tax)

Group Venues: Lusso Fine Motorcars is a 26,000-square-foot facility offering open space with high ceilings and exposed rafters. Dinners for up to 500 people can be arranged, surrounded by a stellar vintage-car collection. Custom menus and bar service, A/V, décor, staging and entertainment are available. (480) 659-2373

El Samaritano Equestrian Ranch has 28,800 square feet of covered event space in the beautiful Sonoran Desert and can host private groups of up to 2,500 for a seated dinner. A presentation by the Royal Andalusian Riding School offering a taste of Spain is included with booking. (206) 604-3034

Information on both of the above facilities also is available from Karen May, of Venues of North Scottsdale, an event-production supplier. (602) 296-8000

Contact: Experience Scottsdale, (480) 421-1004 or (800) 782-1117