The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch is a luxury Hyatt hotel just right for families, with the new “water playground” definitely the focal point. With a large selection of oversized rooms, moms of many children don’t have to give up luxury to find a place to fit their family.
Hyatt Hotel in Scottsdale
The magnificent McDowell Mountains and spectacular Sonoran desert provide the perfect backdrop for a luxury stay at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. Set on 27 acres near downtown Scottsdale, this resort has amenities for both families and couples and manages to please everyone. I spent a weekend there with my two older sisters and while we had a blast, we kept saying “we’ve got to come back with all the kids!”
What Works For Families
- Great “water playground” with sandy beach, zero entry pool, and 10-story waterslide
- Shaded outdoor playground for dry family fun
- Multiple room options for big families
What Doesn’t Work For Families
- Not many casual and affordable food options for kids
- Rooms during high season (October-April) can be pricey, especially if you need a suite or two rooms
- It’s hot in the summer. (But it is a “dry heat”.)
The oversized rooms at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale have subtle luxurious touches like upgraded bathroom amenities (Kenet MD) and sweet views of the resort or mountains. Cribs (free) and rollaway beds ($15) are available by request. For large families, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale has connecting rooms, multi-room suites, and free-standing casitas with up to a 4-bedroom configuration. Many of the suites can only be reserved by calling the hotel directly (480-444-1234). Want a deal? Visit during summer for special offers including huge discounts on connecting rooms.
There are eight restaurants or bars at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale. SWB, a southwest bistro, is a casual and kid-friendly restaurant, while also serving food adults will love too. The food is fresh and local and the tableside guacamole presentation is totally delicious and fun too. Sit outside so the kids can run around when “all done” happens.
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When hanging out poolside, you don’t have to drag all the kids out of the water to get some food. H2Oasis kids menu has food kids know, like, and will actually eat. Peanut butter and jelly, turkey and cheese, and hot dogs are some of the kids’ entrees. At $6/meal, they aren’t too hard on the wallet either.
Typically, I don’t order room service because of the cost, however, I was surprised at how affordable room service is at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale. Ordering from the menu on the TV using the remote was great because it let me see exactly what I was ordering and how much the final bill would be including tax and delivery fee. For breakfast, go for the pastry basket. There were six yummy pastries in the basket for only $9.
The pools. Oh the pools! There are 10 of them interconnecting in the new 2.5 acre water playground that is fun for kids and adults. The sandy beach (yes, real sand!) is perfect for little ones, as is the zero-entry pool. Got some thrill seekers with you? Dare them to take the plunge on the new 3-story high speed water slide!
The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale has tennis clinics, 27 holes of golf, and the shaded Lost Dutchman’s Playground. They also have bikes to rent and miles of trails around the resort. At night, try a gondola boat ride on the resort’s seven-acre lake. A classically-trained gondolier will even serenade you!
Want some time away from the kids? Carve out an hour (or four) and visit Spa Avania, named one of the Best Spas in the World by Condè Naste in 2014. The services are top-notch, but it’s the spa facilities that make me want to come back. They have hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, and outdoor showers in each locker room, as well as a relaxation room with refreshments. Spa Avania also has an outdoor mineral pool exclusively for spa guests. Only guests 16 years old and older are allowed to use spa facilities. (Sorry/Not sorry, kids.)
Camp Hyatt Kachina
Camp Hyatt Kachina is a supervised activity program for children ages 3-12 offered for half or full days year round. It’s where you send the kids when you want to hit the spa! Children can explore the environment, make friends, and have interactive experiences throughout the day. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.
If visiting Scottsdale is on your list, check out the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. For great deals, visit in the summer. Want to see more of Scottsdale? Check out these 8 Free Things to Do in Scottsdale and Phoenix!
This post was written by Maria Smith. She’s a wife and on-the-go stay-at-home mom to four children ages 8 to 3. Maria lives in Atlanta and blogs at MamaliciousMaria.com. She is a freelance writer for several other websites and is a former television producer. When not writing, Maria can be found on the tennis courts, reading a book, or traveling the world with her family.