PHX Architecture, SB Design collaborate for Scottsdale Resort update

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel reopened following a renovation. As part of the $10-million renovation, the resort now has two new restaurants and a bar, a transformed main pool, additional outdoor meeting and event space, enhanced guestrooms and a more open, welcoming feel throughout the property.

Formerly known as the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, the property designed by Scottsdale architect Bennie Gonzales opened 39 years ago. The designers at PHX Architecture in Phoenix and SB Design in Scottsdale updated the look of the resort.

The resort’s main entrance, tucked away in a Scottsdale neighborhood, was completely redesigned with new signage and ranch-style landscaping.


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The renovated lobby has new furniture, décor and accessories. Off the lobby is the new Bar Six40. Adjacent to the lobby entrance, guests can now access Bennie’s Courtyard (named for the original architect) through multiple doors. The transformed courtyard is now a social space.

Additionally, the main pool area was completely remodeled and now has a full-service restaurant and bar called Twisted Vine. It has eight new cabanas available for private rental, a shaded trellis in the water and a bridge-like water feature dividing the new pool, which is 2.5 times larger than the previous one. The pool area was also modernized with water features.

The Scottsdale has 326 guestrooms and suites. The property’s 54 king rooms were completely renovated, 76 of the double-queen rooms were converted to king rooms, and all rooms in the McCormick building were renovated. All 266 updated guestrooms received new artwork and bedding, a headboard, carpeting, two chairs, a window table, new color schemes and desks. Twenty first-floor rooms now have private patios with access to the main pool. The guestroom corridor was repainted, and now has new carpeting and historical Scottsdale artwork.

The Scottsdale’s renovation also expanded and upgraded the outdoor event facilities. The property now has two event lawns and one sport court. The larger main lawn offers more than 10,000 square feet of event space and can accommodate up to 1,200 people. The new community lawn near the resort entrance has views of the Camelback Mountain.

Kitchen West Restaurant, the new dining establishment on-property, also debuted.

In the middle of the lobby, The Scottsdale has a new lobby bar serving as an extension of the restaurant, Bar Six40.

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