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Insider Guide

Scottsdale

Pools, parties and pristine desert surroundings - from sunrise to sunset to sunrise.

Scottsdale

Insider Guide Scottsdale

When In Scottsdale, You Must

Know Before You Go

Try the 'Ancho Girl!' cocktail at W Scottsdale. It's sweet with a serious kick.
Ingredients: Flor de Cana Anejo Oro, Ancho Reyes Chile, blueberry puree, lime and bitters.

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Take a sip

Talk Like a Local

Learn the slang from the city.

Saguaro

suh-gwahr-oh noun
a tall, horizontally branched cactus of Arizona, yielding a useful wood and bearing an edible fruit
The little unincorporated community sits in a lonely stretch of hot desert amidst black rocks and saguaro cactuses.

Neighborhoods to Explore

1. Old Town Scottsdale

Located in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, Old Town is known for its very lively atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, award-winning restaurants, and historic architecture.

2. North Scottsdale

North Scottsdale is a mecca for the area’s best golf clubs and courses, and it offers several new restaurants and outdoor shopping centers.

3. Phoenix

Thanks to its natural beauty and climate, Phoenix has several outdoor attractions and recreational activities, including 200 miles of hiking trails. Located just 15 minutes from W Scottsdale, Downtown Phoenix boasts several of the Valley’s sporting arenas, concert venues, and museums. The culinary scene also features a long history with some establishments dating back to the 1940s.

4. Arcadia

Explore cozy, trendy restaurants, many of which feature patio seating, in this charming neighborhood at the base of Camelback Mountain.

W - Scottsdale
7277 E Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
wscottsdalehotel.com

Ultimate Access To Scottsdale

Live it up like a Scottsdale local.

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Ocotillo

3243 N 3rd St

Focuses on a new American seasonal cuisine with a touch of local Arizona influence, bringing special attention to fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.

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Be sure to stop by their Coffee Bar to grab a pick me up.

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Stephanie’s Boutique

4142 N Marshall Way

Stephanie’s is the only three-story boutique in Scottsdale. The first story is for women, the second story for men, and the third level is an outdoor patio with a perfect Camelback view. Take a break from shopping to unwind with a cool cocktail on the patio.

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Play ping-pong on their inside table and pick a lemon from their fresh indoor tree while you are shopping.

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Rustler’s Rooste

8383 S 48th St

Located on a scenic overlook in Phoenix, Rustler’s Rooste is a cowboy western experience unlike any other. Founded in 1971, the steakhouse and saloon is still family owned and operated to this day. They really have it all, from a live bull, to a unique layout that includes part of an old mine shaft. Let your inner kids loose and take a ride down their legendary slide to your dinner table. Rustler's also features live country music seven nights a week.

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Try the fried rattlesnake—it tastes like chicken.

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Tour De Tavern

3622 N Scottsdale Rd

Hit the streets of Downtown Scottsdale on this 14-person pedal bike. Ideal for bachelor and bachelorette groups, drink and socialize with friends while you explore Old Town.

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BYOB. Make sure to bring your favorite beer or wine to sip on throughout Old Town on your pedaled pub crawl.

Scottsdale Essentials

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All you need for a sunny Scottsdale escape.

1. Sunscreen

Keep that beautiful glow and don’t go out without it.

2. Hat

Protect yourself in style in the Valley of the Sun with a woven hat.

3. Cool shades

Keep your vision straight with the hottest shades.

4. Swimsuit

Suit up at our rooftop WET Deck.

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University of Phoenix Stadium

1 Cardinals Dr

The University of Phoenix Stadium with its retractable roof and field is unlike any other stadium in North America. It's a marvel of design, engineering, and technology.

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Gila River Arena

9400 W Maryland Ave

Gila River Arena is home to the Arizona Coyotes hockey team. The arena anchors the 223 acre, $1 billion development Westgate Entertainment District, the “crown jewel” of sports and entertainment complexes.

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Topgolf

9400 W Maryland Ave

Topgolf is a global sports entertainment community creating the best times of your life. Players hit golf balls with computer microchips that track each shot’s accuracy and distance.

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The Phoenician Golf Course

6000 E Camelback Rd

A 27-hole championship golf course designed by Ted Robinson, this course at The Phoenician pairs a challenging experience with the breathtaking scenery of the Sonoran Desert.

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Camelback Mountain

6131 E. Cholla Ln

Once a sacred site of the Hohokam Culture, Camelback Mountain now offers Arizona residents some of the best hiking in the greater Phoenix area.

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Desert Botanical Gardens

1201 N Galvin Pkwy

Featuring over 50,000 desert plant species spanning 145 acres of land, Desert Botanical Gardens has been teaching visitors about desert flora and fauna for more than 70 years.

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Phoenix Zoo

455 N Galvin Pkwy

Voted one of the top five zoos in the nation for kids, the Phoenix Zoo features rides, a petting zoo, and much more to keep us all entertained.

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Taliesin West

12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd

A national historic landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale. This is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin as well as The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

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SHADE Lounge and Bar

W Scottsdale

Sophisticated and swinging meets sexy and sultry. Party indoors against a dramatic backdrop of desert-inspired water and fire design elements or socialize al fresco cool in the stylishly landscaped patio.

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Main image by Thomas Pierre