As an SPG member, the W is one of my fave hotel brands next to the Westin and the Ritz. This particular W is located in a great shopping and dining area in Scottsdale. Just walk out the front door and there are a host of restaurants and cool clubs to walk to.
When you call for airport transfer service you’ll find out that they have a reasonably priced hotel limo service that can pick you up at baggage claim at Sky Harbor and deliver you promptly to the W. It’s about $60 but worth it as you don’t have to wait for an Uber at the airport and you can get right into a cool air conditioned SUV, of late it’s been either a Yukon or a Cadillac Escalade.
The beauty of being a loyalty member with SPG is that there are two separate check in lines, one for regular check in and one for SPG. The SPG line provides you quick service and a nice fresh juice, bottled water or champagne when you check in. In this case, juice and water was provided. Check in is relatively quick and painless unless of course you’re checking in before the start of a weekend. If you are coming in on a Friday, it’s best to check in before 3:00PM as I have seen room check in delays and the tendency for the regular check in line to be full of impatient hipsters.
As far as the room is concerned, you have two choices and you better pay attention if you’re a business traveller and need sleep. First, if you want sleep and need to rest before a big meeting, ask for a room away from the pool area because if your room faces the pool you can kiss any sleep goodbye as the pool club activity goes on all night and you will not get any sleep bc the club goers tend to linger and the techno music never gets quieter as it just seems to get louder. So ask for a room with the city or mountain view. While the view isn’t much, you’ll get sleep. I have had suites in both areas and while it’s fun to see the pool lit up at night and hear all the hipsters partying, it does get old after the first night.
The room I get is the Fabulous/King and I love it bc it’s got a great bed, not a Westin heavenly bed, but it’s a good enough. As far as bathroom space, it’s got a good sized shower and toilet area and one of the best toiletrie sets around. Everything is from the Bliss spa and they give you enough soaps and lotions for you to drown yourself in that fresh clean lemony smell.
This is why the W is my favorite hotel: 1) Best room service food ever. Try any of the salads, nachos and burgers – to die for and always prepared nicely and big portions 2) Best most creative mini bar I’ve seen, you want to take it all home 3) Bliss Spa is on premises for hair care and massage services 4) Sushi Roku is an awesome restaurant which converts to a breakfast and lunch place 5) Pool is great for people watching 6) Gym is small but it does the job with new equipment.
While I use this hotel as a business hotel 3-5 days at a time, I sometimes wish I had enough time to stay here for a vacation, as it has everything one needs to enjoy themselves thoroughly.