The Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center embarks on $9M renovation

    A view of the coming Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. (Submitted graphic)

A view of the coming Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. (Submitted graphic)

The Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, A Destination Hotel, is embarking on a massive renovation July 1 aimed to transform the independent resort and revitalize its amenities.

The resort is the newest property in the Destination Hotels portfolio and the only resort in the Phoenix metropolitan area to undergo a substantial renovation in 2015, according to a press release.

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A view of the coming Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. (Submitted graphic)

In September, the property will be unveiled as The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel, and it will have an updated look to accompany its new name.

The first phase of the renovation will inject $9 million into the property, introducing a new restaurant and bar, transforming the main pool, adding significant outdoor meeting and event space, and enhancing guest rooms, the release states.

The property is owned by Cornerstone Advisors, which also features Motif Seattle, A Destination Hotel in its resort portfolio.

“The goal of the renovation is to maximize the aesthetic potential of the romantic, Spanish architecture and beautiful grounds of The Scottsdale Resort elevating the overall guest experience and amenities,” said Kevin Regan, senior vice president of operations, western region, for Destination Hotels.

“This property is situated in an upscale community centrally-located but just enough off the beaten path that it is a bit of a hidden gem within this world-class travel destination. We cannot wait to share this property’s new look with our guests, neighbors and the local community.”

The designers at PHX Architects in Phoenix and SB Design in Scottsdale developed plans to update the look of the resort and introduce new amenities, while staying true to the rich history of the property originally designed by Scottsdale architect Bennie Gonzales, the release states.

The architects drew inspiration from Mexico and South America, incorporating the romance, history and architectural splendor of Mexican haciendas into the design, color palette and furnishings.

The outdoor space will tap the grand fazendas of Brazil from the Colonial period. These farms featured ancient stone walls, arcaded portals, cobbled courtyards and grande salons.

The resort’s new look and feel also draws inspiration from Argentinian estancias, which were magnificent country estates and working ranches that guarded the nation’s cultural heritage from its Spanish-colonial beginnings.

Accompanying the physical changes to the property, The Scottsdale resort will experience a brand overhaul including new names and logos for the resort, restaurants and spa.

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