There is certainly no shortage of luxury resorts in Scottsdale, but only a select few are so special and memorable that they make you want to return. This modern elegant resort, Mountain Shadows is just that place. From the moment you walk through those front doors and see that wall of glass that frames the mountains, you know this is one special hotel. Located in the upscale neighborhood of Paradise Valley nestled between Camelback mountains and Mummy mountains, this resort offers the most amazing majestic views from every angle.
The resort is steeped in the history of its previous namesake resort, which catered to the likes of international globetrotters and Hollywood stars including Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy David, Robert Stack, and Del Webb. In its Hollywood days, Mountain Shadows’ Chef Victor Basil delighted locals and visitors alike while Dick Halleman’s Orchestra serenaded diners and dancers. After the original hotel opened in 1959, Mountain Shadows became a part of entertainment history when it was used as the primary backdrop for “The Brothers Brannagan,” a detective drama. The property had another brush with fame when The Monkees shot an episode of their TV show on location.
Stepping into the lobby, you will be welcomed by the gorgeous mountain views. I love how the details of the hotel are modern and simple, letting the natural beauty of the surrounding shine through.
We learned a bit about the interesting history of the resort. The resort was originally built in 1959 and reopened in early 2017 after being redone from the ground up. The hotel underwent a $100 million remodel to restore the property’s historic roots while also breathing new life into the mid-century design and amenities of this iconic resort.
Mountain Shadows Modern Elegance Guestrooms
The resort offers 183 modern mid-century modern and contemporary designed guestrooms that feel open and airy with a luxurious feel. Most of the rooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass for natural light as well as private patios or balconies for taking in the stunning desert scenery. We were lucky to stay in a guestroom with a patio overlooking the golf course with mountain views. The rooms have a unique open bathroom layout with the glass shower in the middle of the room. There is a large curtain that can be closed for privacy. The rooms are very spacious and comfortable.
Laze by the Pool
The 75-foot pools are connected by a modern waterfall feature. It is the perfect location to sit and admire the dramatic views of Camelback Mountain. There are plush loungers that will make your poolside lounging comfortable while basking in the Arizona sunshine. If you feel the need to workout during your stay, the 4,000 square foot fitness center will entice you with the high tech machines and the magnificent pool views.
The Mountain Shadows boasts the only 18-hole, par-3 course in Arizona. It is also known as The Short Course. This course has an emphasis on fun for the casual golfer, as well as the serious player. The newly configured and rebuilt course was designed by renowned golf course architect Forrest Richardson. He combines more difficult Diamond Tees, intermediate Square Tees, and easier Circle Tees to be selected by the golfer to form their personal course layout. Personally, if I was golfing I would be distracted by the beautiful views of iconic Camelback Mountain that begin to cascade into the round of golf.
Dining Hearth 61′
We dined at Hearth ’61 for breakfast. Renowned Chef Charles Wiley takes his inspiration from the flavors of local and organic ingredients.
We decided to order the banana ricotta pancakes with caramel pistachio compote topped with bacon as an appetizer. How could we resist this stack of pancakes? These were too delicious to pass up. Followed by the skillet-baked eggs with creamed spinach, shiitake mushrooms, and smoked cheddar.
Simply put, this resort is extremely classy! Considering that the resort is so new, it is the epitome of modern and yet it has that oh-so-cool retro style that will make it timeless for years to come. We kept thinking we would turn a corner and find a film set of Mad Men. From the gorgeous furnishings in the public areas to the sleek, spacious suites, Mountain Shadows is everything that you would expect and more from the whole modern Scottsdale experience but with a special nod to its storied past. This place is the definition of class!
Thank you Mountain Shadows for an incredible stay.
5445 E. LINCOLN DRIVE
PARADISE VALLEY, AZ 85253
Disclaimer: My stay was hosted by Mountain Shadows. As always, all opinions are my own.