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Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Recently, Arizona Health & Living had the opportunity to visit The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, a 404-room resort situated on 40 acres of flowering gardens.

Guests at the resort can enjoy time in one of the five heated pools or hit the gym in the 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, which includes weights, cardio equipment, strength training machines, along with complimentary group Yoga, Zumba and Barre classes. The Scottsdale Plaza Resort also features The Salon & Day Spa to alleviate the stress of the outside world and two lightened tennis courts.

Situated minutes from Old Town Scottsdale, The Scottsdale Plaza Resort gives fingertip access to shopping, education and entertainment for guests who would rather get out and explore. Locations include Scottsdale Fashion Square, the Museum of the West, and golf clubs and courses with transportation and tee times arranged by the resort for the ease and convenience of guests.

“Whether you’re ready to hike Camelback Mountain, explore the distilleries of Cave Creek, stroll the Desert Botanical Garden, take the kids to an aquarium, railroad park, or water park, tons of exciting attractions are all within easy reach of The Resort,” according to The Scottsdale Plaza Resort website.

Golf fans in town for the Waste Management Open can book a suite with Scottsdale Plaza for a two-night minimum stay and will have access to a breakfast buffet for two adults, additional suite upgrades at discounted rates for the event and waived resort fees. Baseball fans visiting Scottsdale can plan a visit to the Salt River Fields starting in February to catch spring training entertainment. The stadium hosts the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies for the pre-season training and games. The resort offers a spring training “stay and play” package.

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort’s dining options are described as “fresh modern fare with a traditional southwestern flare.” With four on-site locations, poolside service and in-room dining available, guests can enjoy friendly services in a variety of settings throughout the resort.

The social hub of The Scottsdale Plaza Resort dining scene is JD’s Restaurant and Lounge. Open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight, the lounge features flat-screens with the latest in sports and a daily happy hour from 3-6 p.m.

The food available in the lounge is comfort food, with the American fare including items such as St. Louis Style Ribs or Slow Cooked Pulled Pork, both served with coleslaw and fries. Featured dishes on the menu are the Arizona Crispy Chicken sandwich, crispy chicken on a cheddar-jalapeno bun, pepper jack cheese, jalapeno aioli and smashed avocado served with a side of fries, or the Sizzin’ Scottsdale Fajitas, rajas, ranchero beans, guacamole, cheddar cheese and sour cream served with warm flour tortillas.

Open daily from 7 to 11 a.m., the Garden Court is the place to go on site for breakfast. With a classic breakfast buffet in addition to favorites like French toast, chorizo skillets, and more, the Garden Court is a great way to start your day.

The resort also boasts 50,000 square feet of event space and a 10,000 square foot Grande Ballroom that can be rented for corporate meetings, weddings or other special events. Couples planning their big day at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort can expect the expertise of seasoned event managers, customizable catering options, private town car service, bachelorette and bridal party packages, and special rates available to wedding guests staying at the resort.

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, home to JD’s Restaurant and Lounge and Café Cabana, is located at 7200 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. For more information on the happenings at the resort, wedding and event packages, or planning a stay, visit For regular updates, follow along on social media; Facebook: The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Twitter: @scottsdaleplaza and Instagram: @thescottsdaleplazaresort.

By Michelle Talsma Everson
Photo Courtesy of Scottsdale Plaza Resort