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Fountain Valley, California
August 8, 2003
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.
From journal Best Luxury Places in Scottsdale, AZ
April 10, 2001
The resort has a total of 493 rooms, of these there are 25 suites and 7 casitas to choose from. A regular room will typically have a balcony or patio with a view of either the water playgrounds or landscaped areas. Facilities vary from room to room but usually include features such as honor bar, coffee maker and mini-fridge. Decor is contemporary southwestern with large potted cactuses providing the natural touch. There are three restaurants on the premises, one featuring Italian, one American and another Southwestern fare.
This Hyatt resort is great in the off-season (that''s the rate above, by the way) simply because you can do a lot right on-site: aside from large-scale swimming, there is the Regency Spa, eight tennis courts, a golf lover''s paradise of 27 holes of championship greens, plus trails for jogging or biking. Take advantage of the concierge''s desk for any information on off-resort adventures as far as horseback riding or hiking and biking outings into the nearby mountains or reserves.
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