The inspiration behind Scottsdale's new Scott resort redesign

In Old Town Scottsdale, Ariz., The Scott is slated to complete the first phase of a $15-million redesign in September—just in time for the area’s peak travel season.  

Previously known as the Firesky, the property was purchased by Phoenix-based Classic Hotels & Resorts last year. The team of designers responsible for the resort’s new concept includes New York- and San Francisco-based AvroKO, local architect firm Synectic Design, and Hart Howerton, which is overseeing the meetings and events spaces. Rinker Design crafted the resort’s rebranding.

The 204-room resort’s new design will emphasize a “lively, social vibe” and a nod to the local Sonoran style, including with the colors and comforts of old Havana, the edge and flare of New Orleans and the elegant geometry of Bauhaus.

Phase One

The first phase of the renovation includes all public spaces, including the resort’s main lobby, 14,000 square feet of meeting space and event space, the two lagoon pools and the signature lobby bar and restaurant.  

The lobby will be upgraded from the inside out. With caning screens that contrast against the modern curved brass of Bauhaus-inspired chandeliers and rattan settees scattered throughout, the lobby will evoke a traditional front porch in Havana, with blue-glazed olive jars and indoor landscaping. A hand-crafted Spanish-tiled bar and existing arches reflect the traditional, original architecture of the space. Vintage artwork and paintings will complement the signature rattan and wicker furniture.

The signature lobby bar and restaurant will be completely renovated and reimagined, while maintaining an indoor-outdoor layout. A large tree will serve as the bar’s focal point in the center of the open-air space, surrounded by succulents and indigenous plant life. The fireplace will remain intact as a gathering place.

Several upgrades to the resort’s two lagoon-like pools will include additional cabanas and new landscaped surrounds.  

The resort’s 14,000 square feet of meeting and function space will get all-new custom Axminster carpeting and custom decorative light fixtures that echo the property’s overall Spanish- and Moroccan-inspired ambiance. Landscaping and outdoor lighting upgrades are also underway for the event lawn, the resort’s main wedding venue. Smaller common public spaces and patios will be refurbished, with additional fire pits for lounging.

Phase Two

The second phase of the renovation, set for summer 2018, will revamp all 204 guestrooms. Upgrades will range from new furniture packages and case goods to redesigned bathrooms. The renovation will also include an all-new Presidential Suite and the addition of four one-bedroom suites.