Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is a beautiful setting with gorgeous grounds. The building has a Spanish Old World feel and gives a luxurious first impression. However, I have to say that overall, this resort misses the mark.
When we arrived, we immediately went to check in which went fine. The staff was courteous and friendly, and the valet was great too. We headed to our rooms to get settled in. The beds were comfortable but we oddly found a large carpenters pencil under the bed sheets of one of our beds. We never said anything about it, but it definitely made us question the overall cleanliness of the resort.
The layout of the hotel left a lot to be desired. Maybe it’s just the age of the building, but the room felt like a very long journey to get to. We were overlooking the pool which was playing live music, but we quickly realized that our adults weekend away from the kids, was not going to be well spent with all of the families down at the pool. That’s when I instantly felt that this resort is better for families. We did ask an attendant at the spa to help us find the pool, at one point and she told us we didn’t need a key to enter. We walked what felt like miles in the Arizona Summer heat to find the doors locked, just to turn around and head back to the spa. The woman then without apologizing, walked us back to the pool and showed us how you have to basically break in to get inside, as if we should have known that.
Faculty & Spa
Faculty didn’t really seem eager to please. We called down to request lemons for our drinks we had in the room. They told us to go to the bar in the lobby and ask the bartender, which is OK. However, everything was a very long walk from our room. It would have really been a nice touch if they brought them for us, like ANDAZ would have.
The spa experience was also terrible, unfortunately. The staff was odd and you have to walk through an eye sore of a fitness center to get to the spa. The technicians seemed to be subpar and the robes are horrifically uncomfortable. The inner lining felt like a burlap sack. My massage and facial left a lot to be desired. I have had better at Massage Envy. It was not on the level you would expect at a nice resort to say the least.
Overall the grounds were beautiful and the staff was friendly. You can get a room for a pretty good deal, and it may be a good option for a large family. It is in a nice part of town and just around the corner from the Scottsdale Train Park. Skip the spa and request a room on the lobby side of the building, to avoid walking hallway after long hallway, to get to your room.