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Over to Arizona, where there’s more lurking in the desert than just cowboys and cacti…

We watch anything that Sydell Group does with a beady eye, given their reputation for pioneering some of the most interesting projects on the contemporary landscape Stateside (see NYC’s The NoMad, LA’s The Line and The Freehand Miami & Chicago as shining examples). Having recently taken over management of Saguaro Scottsdale, the Group have announced that come October 2016 the hotel will unveil revamped rooms and event spaces with a little Scottsdale swagger.


When it comes to bedding down, from October onwards guests will benefit from revamped amenities including Keurig coffeemakers, Lather bath products and, in true zeitgeisty style, smartphone check-in.

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However, given our penchant for a good bit of hotel art, we’re most excited about the collaboration with photographer Colleen Durkin (among other artists) to pep up the bedroom walls. Chicago-based Durkin (who according to Saguaro, describes herself in the best kind of badass way as a “motorcycle rider, bone collector and true trill beast down for the downest shit”) shot Scottsdale’s native plant life to create the dreamy/spiky images below. It’s a cutting-edge (yep, that’s a cactus pun) complement to the hotel’s existing rotating Art One Gallery, which displays modern art from local artists and students throughout the property.

It’s all part of a renovation that includes the introduction of the Agave Ballroom and Patio, complete with fireplaces, fire pits and multiple outdoor dining and entertaining spaces (looks like the trend for communal, al fresco social spots isn’t going anywhere – see our interview with ARRIVE’s Ezra Callahan for a similar take on creating physical social spaces for the socially networked era). Continuing the art obsession, Agave’s patio overlooks Scottsdale’s Centre for Performing Arts as well as Robert Indiana’s pop art sculpture, LOVE. We definitely do…❤️


[Photos: Saguaro Scottsdale / Colleen Durkin]

Tim Snell

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