Photo credit: Kim Orlando / TravelingMom Founder

Photo credit: Kim Orlando / TravelingMom Founder

On my recent trip California to tour colleges with my teen daughter, I was focused on looking ahead. So it was appropriate that when we hopped a cheap flight to Arizona to drive through ASU and to tour UA, we stayed at the Scottsdale Resort, also preparing for the next stage in life.

The resort, which boasts gorgeous grounds, huge fireplace patio, tennis, basketball and golf and lovely pools needs a refresh to match its public spaces to its surroundings. As it is, the hacienda feel of the hotel makes the courtyard dark and the hotel look dated.

But the promised renovation, ambitiously scheduled to start July 1 and end 60 days later, will transform the resort. Expect more open communal spaces and lots of light and fresh air.

Photo credit: Kim Orlando / TravelingMom Founder

Photo credit: Kim Orlando / TravelingMom Founder

The rooms won’t change, which is a good thing. They have a very comfortable, homey feel, with luxurious queen size beds, a fridge and a coffee bar. The rooms are spacious and airy.

The spa also needs an update; the Asian flavor doesn’t fit the Spanish style exterior. That said, the treatments were terrific. My daughter and I both had excellent massages and my masseuse paid close attention to my congested head.

When I toured the resort, the manager promised to share photos of the renovation when  it is done. I am eager to see them, and return to experience the new Scottsdale Resort and see more of the surrounding area.

Note: we were guests of the Scottsdale Resort and treated to the massages. Opinions expressed are my own.

Photo credit: Kim Orlando / TravelingMom Founder

Photo credit: Kim Orlando / TravelingMom Founder