Gazing upward I see palms silhouetted against a cobalt blue sky, deep as a well, clear as water. It is twilight in the Sonoran desert and I am at The Gainey Suites in Scottsdale, Arizona. I am looking for the first stars of the evening.
Flickering yellow light from tiki torches and open fire pits illuminate the palm trunks from below. The warmth from the fires feels good as the evening turns cooler. There are small candles too on the tables which rim the hotel’s central courtyard. It is that heavenly time of evening when all is well, the day’s efforts are done.
Children dash from the shadows among the tables where the grownups talk over the vestiges of the hotel’s buffet dinner, sipping a last glass of wine. The kids play on the grass, tumble and spin and laugh, then dash off again to their family’s table for a bit of dessert. Unseen a bit further down is a swimming pool. Add swimming pool sounds to the mix.
There is a boy peering down from a second floor window. He too is silhouetted, a shadow against the yellowish dim light of a bedside lamp.
The parents and grandparents outside feel benevolent. Their conversation is gentle. There is no scolding. Their children play in that safe haven only children know, surrounded by parents, safe from school and responsibilities and worries, looking forward to their dreams and tomorrows. Some people never truly know unbridled joy like this ever again. Dads and moms look on, enjoying their kids’ evening play, remembering a courtyard and an evening wen they were children.
This is how I remember my stay at this hotel. There were moments of pure heaven. Add decent breakfast and dinner buffets, an exercise room, a swimming pool, and a laundry room, and it’s a great place for a family to meet for a few days in Scottsdale. Rent a car either at the airport or from the nearby Enterprise (they’ll pick you up). It’s just 15 minutes to old Scottsdale, the Mayo Clinic, and several shopping areas. Trails are not far away either. The staff was fine. No complaints. At $169 per night (Mayo rate during our stay), it was a bargain compared to some of the fancy resorts in this town.
Ask for a room on the second floor, facing away from the courtyard for quiet, or towards the courtyard for that view should you prefer it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in exclusive Gainey Ranch in the heart of all that makes Scottsdale a world class destination, the hotel offers a more intimate and relaxed upscale alternative to the large resorts. Well-appointed suites feature the new Gainey Suite Dreams bed with hypo-allergenic "Touch of Down" pillows, 300 thread-count linens, elegant marble baths & vanities, comfortable living areas with free Wi-Fi, HDTV with Chromecast technology, and fully equipped residential style kitchens. Guests also enjoy a full hot breakfast buffet and evening reception with hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, beer & wine daily, served in our Hearth Room & Patio. Relax in our lush oasis-like pool and Jacuzzi, or kick back at the Terrace Bar overlooking the beautiful courtyard and desert gardens. Next door, explore the Shops-Gainey Village and a collection of great restaurants. Pamper yourself at The Spa-Gainey Village or tee it up nearby at some of the best courses in the "Valley of the Sun". We hope to see you soon! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gainey Hotel Scottsdale
- Gainey Suites Hotel Scottsdale, Arizona