Stepping Back in Time at El Dorado Scottsdale

El Dorado Scottsdale

If I get to choose my hotel, I’m likely to choose one with a lot of history, a little bit of class and a touch of personality. That’s how I ended up at El Dorado in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Built in 1960, El Dorado was one of several resorts constructed during Scottsdale’s boom town days as a vacation destination. There’s no question what era this hotel is from with its square stature that is now considered to be vintage. El Dorado recently underwent the knife and got a bit of a facelift, and I’m happy to report that, though it has the potential to be a bit dated, this resort is definitely cool.

There are one- and two-bedroom suites as well as a three-bedroom casita with a private garden available. They’ve all been outfitted with classy, modern furnishings, and no two are alike. Some of the two-bedroom suites are themed, and we happened to get the Frank Sinatra Suite. I’m not sure if that was a coincidence or not, given the fact that we’re from Las Vegas, but it was very fitting and a lot of fun. The suite was incredibly roomy with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a large living room, a dining room and a kitchen.

el dorado poolThough we definitely enjoyed the suite’s ample space as a family, what we enjoyed even more was all the space outside. As awesome as the accommodations are at El Dorado, the resort seems to be designed to get people out of their rooms. A large common area has a hot tub and swimming pool as well as a BBQ bar, a croquet set, lots of comfortable furniture and a shaded pool patio and cabanas with televisions, a fire pit and board games.

We spent our evening at El Dorado going from yard games to dinner in the sunshine to playing Yahtzee in the cabana to watching a little television in the same cabana while sitting near the fire pit to hopping in the hot tub. We sucked in all we could of this little slice of outdoor heaven. We were there in March, and I imagine in the hot summer months, the shade and the pool are a very welcome reprieve from the brutal sun.

If your travels take you to Scottsdale, I recommend El Dorado. The suites are more than ample and all the added amenities—plus the splash of charm and character—make it a good choice for accommodations.

I paid a media rate at El Dorado, but all opinions are my own. Visit El Dorado’s website for more information.

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