The Saguaro Scottsdale, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

4000 North Drinkwater Boulevard | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 [See Map]
#33 in Best Phoenix Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 520 reviews
Property Type Boutique hotel with 194 rooms, 3 floors
Primary View(s) City center
Style Modern
Best For Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

The Saguaro hotel brings a pop of color to the Arizona desert. Featuring bright accent colors both inside and out, this member of the Joie de Vivre family is certainly a treat for the eyes. Visitors praise the guest room decor; each room is designed around one specific color, with elements like old photographs and contemporary furnishings adding a unique twist. Each room also comes equipped with a private balcony or patio, a deep-soaking tub and high-tech amenities like flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. The Saguaro — located on the cusp of Scottsdale's Old Town and Arts District — also pampers visitors with its on-site swim and spa club. Recent guests especially love the hotel's dog-friendly policies. Meanwhile, The Saguaro's inclusion in the Joy of Life Club means that you can use rewards points for free nights and other discounts.

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Critic Reviews


“Surrounded by lush landscaping, this urban resort features two pools that are among the hottest hangouts in all of Scottsdale, and rooms that juxtapose old and new, with flat-screen TVs and retro furnishings that bring you back to the '60s.”

Condé Nast Traveler

“Updated 1960s motel with 194 rooms on the edge of Old Town and adjacent to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Color blocking gone wild. ”

The New York Times

“An urban resort in the suburban desert with a pool-party scene, boutique spa and destination restaurant makes a convivial base for anyone who doesn’t want the isolation of the large local resorts. The vibe is friendly, indoors and out.”

Other Awards:
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 520 guests have reviewed the The Saguaro Scottsdale, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 520 reviews)

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  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

The Saguaro hotel lies in downtown Scottsdale's Old Town, at the junction of the Arts District and Civic Center Mall. The Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art are both about a half mile walk south of the hotel. The hotel’s $22 nightly resort fee includes parking, either valet or self-parking in lot.

  • Galleries, museums, restaurants and shopping are within walking distance
  • Hotel's guest services can arrange golf cart transportation within Old Town
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport about 8 miles southwest

  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

Rooms at The Saguaro are full of bold colors, and contemporary furnishings like handcrafted Mexican pieces complete the retro look. High-tech amenities like 42-inch flat-screen TVs, stereos and iPod docking stations. Each accommodation has either a private patio or balcony and a deep-soaking tub.

  • The $22 nightly resort fee covers in-room Internet access, parking (either valet or self-parking) and use of the fitness center

Standard room size:

325 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


Iron Chef José Garces runs The Saguaro's restaurant, Distrito, which takes its name from the Distrito federal district of Mexico City. The eatery offers shareable dishes of Mexican cuisine, in addition to a margarita bar, which features more than 100 varieties of tequila. Room service is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (October through May) and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (June through September).

  • Garces Trading Company serves coffee and pastries from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The Saguaro offers two large, heated and chilled pools surrounded by cabanas, daybeds and lounge seating. The pool atmosphere is often lively, with a bar, DJ and live music.

  • Ample lounge chairs and umbrellas for guest use

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Saguaro Spa offers unique Southwestern spa "tapas" mini-treatments, including the Margarita Hand Treatment alongside a full slate of facials, massages, body treatments and nail care.

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Rollaway beds cost an extra $50 per night and adjoining rooms are available.

  • No babysitting services at the hotel

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The 24-hour, poolside fitness center at The Saguaro features cardio and weight-training equipment alongside yoga and fitness classes included with the hotel's nightly resort fee.

  • Personal trainers and hiking guides available for an additional charge
  • Desert cruiser bikes available for use

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (free)
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Saguaro hotel has a 24-hour business center equipped with Mac and PC platforms, laptop stations, a printer and an ATM machine. The hotel has more than 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 3,000-square-foot ballroom and five meeting rooms.

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The Saguaro is a pet-friendly hotel. There is no set charge for pets unless damages occur and pets up to 35 pounds are welcome.

  • Pets allowed (free)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


The Saguaro is 7 miles from the Talking Stick Golf Club, a two-course, 36-hole public facility. Both north and south courses are PGA standard.

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


The Saguaro hotel hosts weddings and has several indoor and outdoor locations for ceremonies and receptions of up to 200 guests. Event planners are on hand to plan catering and decorating for the occasion.

  • Wedding planners are available at the hotel

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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The Saguaro Scottsdale, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

4000 North Drinkwater Boulevard | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 [See Full Map]