Desert Princess

The Fairmont Sc­ottsdale Princess in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in Scottsdale, Arizona, is completing the final phase of its full-scale, five-year $60 million property renovation. The improvements coincide with the resort’s 25th anniversary last December.

The final phase of the resort’s renovation included the debut of the Palomino Conference Center and remodeling of the Princess Conference Center; the introduction of the innovative Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa; the outdoor enhancement of Michael Mina’s BOURBON STEAK; the addition of a “living wall” to the resort’s façade; the re-concepting of the resort’s three-meal restaurant LV Bistro and the enhancement of the Fragrance Garden for weddings and group events. 

The Presidential Suite

Center Master Suite

Fairmont Guest Room

The hotel’s earlier phases of renovations, additions and enhancements were completed from 2007-2010. This included renovated guest rooms and lobby, the new Fairmont Gold Lounge, new fire and water features throughout the resort grounds, new Bobcat Billy’s Clubhouse for kids as well as dining and nightlife additions including Michael Mina’s BOURBON STEAK, Stone Rose Lounge and the re-opened La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval.

The new Palomino Conference Center

With the addition of the new Palomino Conference Center that opened in November 2012, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess now offers 156,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor meetings and events space, making it the largest meetings resort in the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts portfolio worldwide.  This equates to 106,000-square-feet of indoor space and 50,000-square-feet of outdoor space, comprised of 21 unique outdoor venues, two 23,000-square-feet ballrooms and 47 meeting rooms, several with their own patios. 

Adjacent to the existing Princess Conference Center near the resort’s main entrance, the new Palomino Conference Center adds 52,331-square-feet of meeting space, anchored by the 23,000-square-foot Palomino Ballroom.  The new conference space also features modern design elements, such as “nano” tech bi-folding glass doors to showcase the outdoor vistas and warm Arizona climate. The center offers larger breakout areas and additional move-in/move-out flexibility for meeting planners’ production staff. The Palomino Conference Center’s dedicated porte-cochere and outside veranda features an artistic fountain and provide seating where participants can relax between meeting sessions.

As part of the multi-million dollar renovation, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess refurbished its existing 23,000-square-foot ballroom and meeting space with contemporary furnishings, lighting, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired carpeting and other fresh finishes.  The renewal incorporates seamless design transitions between existing and new spaces, including private walkways between the two ballrooms to ensure group privacy.

Earlier this year, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess became the first luxury resort to implement Well & Being’s expertly-guided and fully customized wellness experience. Managed by Trilogy Spa Holdings, Well & Being is a wellness and integrated medicine program that allows guests to personalize their spa experiences and to sustain the benefits once they have returned home. With a medical doctor on staff, Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa offers a dynamic array of services to both resort guests and local visitors, ranging from diagnostic health tests and specifically-targeted skincare treatments such as HydraFacial, to acupuncture, massage, beauty services and aromatherapy. Additionally, Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa introduced cooking demonstrations, guest lectures and innovative fitness equipment and classes.

The addition of the Well & Being programming at Willow Stream Spa now gives a great option for promoting wellness and ensuring a powerful ROI for corporate groups.  Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa enables companies to use a specialized spa experience to support the health and wellness of their employees throughout the year, providing a progressively-minded way for a company to invest in its workforce.

Named the “Best Resort Dining” by readers of the Arizona Republic, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess provides exceptional gastronomic experiences. New culinary enhancements include:

Michael Mina’s BOURBON STEAK, AAA Four Diamond contemporary steakhouse, has its outdoor space enhanced as part of the resort’s master renovation.  The revamped patio area features inviting couches and lounge areas with seating for an additional 30-40 guests, a large fire pit as the focal point, as well as retractable sun shades, keeping guests cool during the warm summer months while still allowing them to experience the stunning desert vistas.  The expanded patio is also an ideal venue for private events, such as special occasions and celebrations, or as an intimate setting for corporate groups. Future plans call for an outdoor exhibition kitchen.

The Plaza Bar

LV Bistro – LV Bistro, the resort’s restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner, will be renamed and rebranded, in consultation with celebrity chef Richard Sandoval (who also collaborates with La Hacienda). The new restaurant will be American wood-fired cuisine, offering an all-day menu featuring clay pot frittatas, pressed paninis, wood-oven pizzas, flatbreads and a live omelet station.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with distinctive Spanish Colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas, lush, flower-filled gardens, and scenic fire pits, fountains and lagoons.  New features include:

Living Wall – Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is installing a “living wall,” a unique system of plants and flowers that drape the main resort building in greenery. The design is on the front wall in Princess Plaza, and in back facing the South Pool, making it one of the largest living wall displays in the U.S. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess uses reclaimed water to irrigate this vertical garden, and its full coverage of the façade will add a layer of insulation, promoting energy efficiency and reducing costs. The foliage will integrate native cactus succulents and colorful vinca.

Fragrance Garden – An ideal setting for Southwest destination weddings, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is revitalizing its Fragrance Garden, a cherished venue for exchanging vows due to its visual beauty and unique redolence of its flowering trees and shrubs.  This popular outdoor wedding site will be transformed with tall gates, trellis plantings, fire and water features and arrays of flowers, creating an intimately private space for a memorable and elegant event.

More information here.

- Al Wynant

Photographs courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess