Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town (SMSOT) is a nice hotel working to become even better. Right now there is some continuing renovation that makes it a bit noisy during the day, but this is a reasonable, clean place that provides a business traveler with a large suite where you can meet, work and sleep in peace. Although I heard some other guests in the elevator complaining of the renovation noise, it was not so noticeable and, at any rate, it should be finished soon.
As the name suggests, SMSOT is on the edge of the Old Town shops in downtown Scottsdale, about 25 minutes from Sky Harbor Airport and as close to the main Phoenix metro thoroughfares and interstates as any other neighborhood in the region. Self parking is $9.00/day, valet $13.00/day. The neighborhood seems safe and simple common sense should be all you need; I noticed the room door did not always close without an extra push or tug.
The staff tends to be young and casually polite. Of course, if you’re one of those people who need to be attended by liveried staff hanging on to your every utterance while sputtering “sir” or “ma’am,” Phoenix may not be for you anyway.
As mentioned, the lobby is being renovated so check-in is at an odd end of the hall; this will be resolved soon and, since it’s near the valet, it’s not inconvenient. The “business center” consists of several computers and printers in a public hall, and I assume that will be corrected with the renovations.
The lobby, elevators, halls and outside grounds are well-maintained and were always clean. The fitness center has plenty of Life-Fitness and Precor machines as well as dumbbells and a partial nautilus. The outdoor pool appeared to be clean. No reason for the average person to seek a public gym during your stay.
Although I did not use them this time, during a winter 2011 trip I found the restaurant and bar about as good as any you will find in Marriott, with the local weather advantage of being able to dine outside for breakfast.
The rooms were spotless, with attention to details that indicates someone checks up on the work. A small refrigerator (again, clean) is provided in the sitting room; I’d recommend they install microwaves, but also suspect you could ask for one. HD televisions in the sitting and bed room receive HBO and HD Net. All of the plumbing drained well and there was no shortage of hot water. The bed linen was clean, no bugs, and a firm mattress. The thermostat worked and the cooling system was quiet. Sleep quality was excellent.
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- Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town Hotel Scottsdale
- Marriott Scottsdale
- Scottsdale Marriott Hotel Old Town
- Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town Arizona