Stay at a Brand New Luxury Resort in Scottsdale for 20,000 Points
When I was invited to the Andaz Scottsdale's opening night event, I immediately sent back my RSVP. I'd been anxious to check it out since I first heard the boutique-inspired Hyatt property was coming to Scottsdale. As both a local and a Diamond member, I'm always looking for future spots to book stay-cations.
I'd booked myself a stay in November, when the hotel was originally supposed to open, but they had to push back the launch and as a result I got 20,000 Hyatt points for the inconvenience. Pro-tip: more often than not, new Hyatt resorts open later than expected, so you may be able to snag some free points out of a speculative booking!
Otherwise, if you're looking to book a stay here after reading this post, you can apply for the Chase Hyatt card, that will get you two free nights at any Hyatt worldwide after meeting spending requirements, or two nights (and 10,000 leftover Ultimate Rewards points) from the Chase Sapphire Reserve's 50,000 point sign up bonus.
When we got to the event, we were welcomed with a delicious flowery vodka cocktail, edible flower included.
We received an itinerary of sorts letting us know what stations Hyatt had set up around the resort for us to peruse. We arrived just as the ribbon cutting with various executives was wrapping up, and the food and cocktails began flowing soon afterward.
Our first stop was the Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, the main hub of activity of the evening. There, we found an open kitchen concept connected to the check-in area of the 201-room resort. We dined on a few small plates, like blue corn bread, fresh trout and gourmet fried chicken and watermelon. We also had a chance to try the specialty cocktails, like a bourbon-y take on a Moscow Mule, and a fresh-tasting Pimm's Cup.
After noshing on some ostrich, lamb, and brisket jerky, we wandered out to the Turquoise Bar, located in the resort's main pool area. There, a separate cocktail list awaited us, which we dutifully sampled, as we tested out the churro bar. I consider myself an amateur churro expert, and I can say that the ample sauces and toppings we could dress our churros in made them some of the best I've ever had.
Next, it was time to check out two of the resort's available rooms. One was a standard suite (one of four), with its own pool cabana, private patio with outdoor shower, and an indoor "party shower" with two shower heads. We were told the room itself was a bit bigger than the normal room.
My first question for one of the Andaz employees was which suite, if any, were available to Diamond members to use suite upgrades on. Sadly, Diamond Suite Upgrades (DSUs) are not allowed to be used at this property. Unfortunate, but understandable given there are only four suites. We'll have to wait and see whether Diamond members can be upgraded to a suite for free after the new Hyatt Globalist status benefits kick in March 1st.
Our next stop was the resort's biggest room, which is a two-bedroom apartment of sorts with glass walls on two sides that can be opened to enjoy Scottsdale's amazing year-round weather. During my brief tour of the room, I glimpsed a private patio, two cabanas, and fireplace -- not bad!
The resort also features an art gallery, which exhibits only local artists, for guests to check out. They also have a (yet to be completed) spa, and in typical Andaz fashion, treatments will be tailor-made for the individual. While touring the fitness center, I noticed garage doors built into one side to allow natural air in on nice days, which I loved.
All in all, this Andaz looks like it will be a nice addition to Hyatt's portfolio. Andaz rooms all offer a free (non-alcoholic) mini bar with snacks replenished daily, and free wifi. Points rates start at 20,000 points a night, or 10,000 points plus $125 for cash and points rates. Fans of the brand will not be disappointed, in my opinion, this resort is on track to become one of the more popular properties among the fashionable in the Phoenix area.