This hotel has awesome swimming pools, probably unmatched by any others in Phoenix/Scottsdale area. It is a wonder why they didn’t turn the hotel into a water park like the Knott’s Soak City.
Dubbed the oasis of Sonoran Desert, Hyatt Regency of Gainey Ranch boasts of 2.5 acres of "water playground" with water falls, two-story high water slide and numerous swimming pools, including a sand beach pool. Bougainvillea trees with bright red, pink, and purple leaves decorate the pool area, reminiscent of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Surrounding the pool area, a large man-made lake pervades the hotel ground and a 27-hole championship golf course. Some hotel units are right next to the lake surrounded by pine trees, creating an illusion of a lodge in a forest.
The hotel is said to have been inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural style. FLW’s trademarks are evident—the juxtaposition of verticals against horizontals, the progression of entrance from compression to expansion, and the use of materials that blend with the desert environment. International collection of artworks, carefully littered throughout the ground and building, transform the hotel into a museum.
The hotel offers standard hotel room to suites with multiple bedrooms (as many as four). As of 2003, the price for a standard room ranged from $165 in the summer months to over $300 in the fall and around holidays. As a connoisseur of fine food and architecture, I was satisfied to just visit the hotel without paying a premium for its room. However, if you love water, golf and/or much that luxury has to offer, you should find Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch a nice home away from home.
For some impressive photographs of the hotel, visit this website.
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