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The Scottsdale Resort & Spa Reveals Revitalized Guest Rooms/Restaurants

Driftwood Hospitality Management doubles initial investment for largest renovation in iconic resort’s 50-year history

By Todd R. Berger

11.28.23 The Scottsdale Resort & Spa
The Scottsdale Resort & Spa reaches 50% completion of its $40 million renovation. || Courtesy of Scottsdale Resort & Spa

Nestled within one of Scottsdale’s most sought-after areas, The Scottsdale Resort & Spa has reached 50% completion on its $40 million property-wide renovation and gives a first look at the revitalized guest rooms, plus three new culinary destinations.

Driftwood Hospitality Management acquired the legacy conference resort in 2022 and embarked on the largest renovation in the property’s 50-year history. As work progressed, Driftwood made the decision to expand the original scope and budget, plus scale down the room count, to elevate, restore, and refresh all aspects of The Scottsdale Resort, making it one of the highest-priced renovations currently underway in the Phoenix area. Upon completion, the now 278-room resort that spans across almost 17 acres will join Curio Collection by Hilton, a global set of remarkable upscale hotels hand-picked for their unique character and personality, each one a part of the city they call home.

Taking inspiration from the property’s history as the country’s first conference resort, The Scottsdale Resort’s residential-style guest rooms intertwine legacy with contemporary allure for a fusion of modern sophistication and signature Southwestern charm. Each room boasts rich textures with leather accents, intricately embroidered headboards, and hand-carved wood—all complemented with pops of modern Southwestern patterns. The bathrooms also boast a modern, desert-chic aesthetic.

One of the most notable aspects of The Scottsdale Resort’s transformation is the conversion of The Stillman Building into 12 two-story luxury villas, the first of their kind in the market, each with its own private pool with expansive golf course views.

“With the property’s storied history as our guide, we’re preserving its legacy while authoring a new chapter that brings a revived lifestyle destination to Scottsdale,” says Alan Klein, regional director of operations for Driftwood Hospitality Management. “As we reach this significant milestone in our renovation, we’re excited to welcome travelers and the community to experience the property like never before.”

Renowned Phoenix-area chef Ken Arneson, who serves as the area executive chef for Driftwood Hospitality Management, is leading The Scottsdale Resort’s culinary evolution with the introduction of Barnaby’s Cafe, an inviting upscale cafe and wine bar focused on wellness-oriented cuisine with a holistic approach while highlighting local purveyors and a global wine list; The Madam, a speakeasy harkening the Roaring Twenties offering riffs on classic cocktails alongside modern creations; and La Fogata, the resort’s signature restaurant that embodies the essence of Sonoran fare with locally sourced ingredients, open flame creations, and outstanding Southwestern flavors. Barnaby’s Cafe and The Madam will be the first to open in early December, followed by La Fogata in late December.

With an unwavering commitment to local, sustainable and healthy cuisine, Chef Arneson is partnering with esteemed Arizona-based purveyors, including Laura’s Gourmet Granola, Sonoran Pasta Co., Cutino Sauce Co.Noble BreaBlue Sky Organic FarmsSimple Soda Co.Roastery of Cave Creek—ROC2, and Frites Street.