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The Saguaro Scottsdale, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

4000 North Drinkwater Boulevard | Scottsdale, AZ 85251  [SEE MAP]Scottsdale, AZ  [SEE ADDRESS]

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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.
Scottsdale, AZ
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 194 rooms
Primary View
City center


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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.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 1080 have reviewed the The Saguaro Scottsdale, a Joie de Vivre Hotel, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1080 reviews 4.0 (based on 1080 reviews)

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
Nightly resort fee$29

Standard room size325 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

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


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 restaurants2

Cuisine TypesMexican

  • 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
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • 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 offering 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.
      • Kids Club
      • Free Kids Club
      • Fee for 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 that are 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)


      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 rooms7

        • 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.
        • Pets up to 35 pounds are welcome
        • Pets allowed (free)
        • Dog walking
        • Pet-sitting


        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.
        • Anchusa can accommodate up to 300 people for a reception and up to 240 people for a banquet

        Maximum wedding guest capacity300

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

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