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Scottsdale Princess invests $60 million in changes

Courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess celebrated its 25th anniversary in a big way in December. It entered the final phase of a $60 million improvement project.

Over the past five years, the AAA Five-Diamond, 649-room resort in the Sonoran Desert has made changes from top to bottom. Among the most noticeable to returning guests is its change of hue, from its well-known sunset pink to an off-white with trim of desert sage and slate gray.

The final $25 million phase is partly complete and should be wrapped up this spring. Included is the Palomino Conference Center, which debuted late last year; the remodeling of the Princess Conference Center; the introduction of the Well and Being at Willow Stream Spa; outdoor enhancements at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak; a new concept for the LV Bistro; and the enhancement of the Fragrance Garden for group events.

Earlier improvements, done from 2007 to 2010, included the renovation of the guest rooms and the lobby, a new lounge, new fire and water features, and new dining options.

With the addition of the Palomino Conference Center, the resort has 156,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and events space, making it the largest meetings resort in the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts portfolio.

Of the total space, 106,000 square feet is indoors. Next to the existing Princess Conference Center, the new conference center’s 52,331 square feet of meeting space is anchored by the 23,000-square-foot Palomino Ballroom.

The conference space features modern design elements such as nanotech bifolding glass doors to showcase the outdoor vistas and the Arizona climate.

In January, the resort became the first to implement Well and Being’s expert and customized wellness programs. Managed by Trilogy Spa Holdings, Well and Being is a wellness and integrated-medicine program. With a medical doctor on staff, the spa will offer services to both resort guests and local visitors ranging from diagnostic health tests and specifically targeted skincare treatments such as HydraFacial to acupuncture, massage, beauty services and aromatherapy. Well and Being at Willow Stream Spa will also offer cooking demonstrations, guest lectures and fitness classes.