Comfortable Marriott Hotel Close to Downtown Scottsdale
Palm trees and saguaro cacti line a winding path next to the Fairfield Inn Scottsdale North. The plants are a fitting representation of the Scottsdale landscape as a whole: an oasis amid the dry heat of the desert. The Fairfield Inn is located 8 miles up the road from Old Town and downtown Scottsdale.
Newly renovated in 2010, the hotel has an open layout—balconies just outside the rooms look out to a large pool in the courtyard. The king and double rooms are comfortable and colorful, with pops of lime green on quilts and tangerine-hued walls. Every morning, you can head to the breakfast area to grab a complimentary breakfast buffet of fruit, yogurt, hot and cold cereal, waffles, egg sandwiches, coffee and tea.
Scottsdale, Arizona: Stucco Mansions amid Rocky Desert Landscape
Located just northeast of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale once served as ranch land where farmers grew oranges and lemons and cowboys kicked up dust in the fierce, dry heat. That era earned Scottsdale the nickname of “The West's Most Western Town.” Today, it is an affluent city landscaped with lush green grass and lined with stucco mansions. For a glimpse of the city's Old West roots, head to Old Town Scottsdale, where wooden boardwalks and hitching posts sit in front of a retro ice-cream parlor and rustic specialty shops.
Upon arriving in Scottsdale, you know you're in the desert—cacti and tumbleweeds dot the landscape, and dry shrubs and gnarled trees cover the McDowell Mountains in the distance. To get a closer look at southwestern flora, head to the Desert Botanical Garden. There, themed trails wind past huge cacti and other moisture-hoarding succulents, best seen in the cooler early morning or twilight hours.
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