Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North – Hotel Review
Scottsdale, Arizona, located in eastern Maricopa County, may evoke images of retirement living, high-end golf courses, desert landscapes replete with cactus, gourmet dining and dry heat. But there’s another Scottsdale, one that’s a sophisticated business destination with a heavy emphasis on corporate meetings and retreats.
The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, a 40-minute drive from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, is located in the high Sonoran Desert and set on 40 acres offering panoramic views of rugged desert terrain, mountain vistas and city lights. The resort, which opened for business in December 1999, is situated on the grounds and in some of the buildings of the historic Crescent Moon Ranch. Built in the 1940s by noted designer/ homebuilder George Ellis, Crescent Moon Ranch was created for Kellogg cereal heiress Lois Kellogg Maury.
Check-in was efficient and we were offered bottles of water. The front desk sported a self-serve dispenser filled with a refreshing mixture of prickly pear ice tea and lemonade. The rustic lobby provides a series of comfortable seating areas between the check-in and concierge desks as well as a seating area in the back that includes a fireplace; comfortable chaises; all in a southwestern décor.
An electric golf cart brought us to the parking lot (valet parking is available for a fee) and then to our casita.
The resort features 188 guestrooms arranged in one- to three-story stand alone building and 22 suites. The suites provide private plunge pools, outdoor garden showers and outdoor kiva fireplaces. Our casita was located halfway along a circular walkway from the front of the resort. It was on the ground floor and part of a cluster of four units (two each on the ground and second floors) each with its separate entrance.
Entering the modest-sized room, we felt transported to another world. Small desert and native-American themed art adorned the walls and bathroom. There was a chest of drawers with flat screen television and DVD player. Beyond was a gas-burning fireplace with a marble hearth accompanied by two club chairs and brown leather hassock.