So far this year the velvety gray draping over us has overstayed its welcome.
Without a single day with 70-degree temperatures in almost 200 days, I jetted out of here to my favorite land of sun, Scottsdale. It had been awhile so I wasn’t sure what that huge orange ball in the sky was, but it sure looked beautiful and radiated some much-needed heat.
When I reserved a room at the Kimpton FireSky before I even left, I knew I would be in for a treat. I was asked to register for the In Touch guest loyalty program. Ho-hum, I thought – more forms to fill out and did anyone really care or use them anyway? Well, Kimpton surely does. The questionnaire asked what type of pillow I liked – firm, soft, feather, foam; where I’d like my room – upper floor, lower floor, near the elevator, corner; and which newspaper I’d like delivered to my door each morning – Wall Street Journal, USA Today or the local paper. Such an easy way to make sure guests were taken care of, yet this had never happened to me or to anyone I know before. Rest assured, all my choices appeared when I arrived, so the form was not filled out in vain.
My Kimpton FireSky experience just kept getting better and better. When I stepped inside the entrance, I found myself in their lobby/living room. Designed as a warm welcoming place to gather with comfy couches and chairs, the lobby resembles a gigantic living room. With the bar at one end, you can pick up a drink or appetizer and take it to a cushy chair to enjoy.
At the front desk, you might be greeted with the resident Cocker Spaniel, if he’s not hunting down treats. He oversees the welcoming of canine guests, which receive just as royal a treatment as human guests.
Taggia, the onside restaurant, offers both indoor and outdoor seating. I enjoyed my first meal in Scottsdale on their patio, which was so relaxing and warm, that I wanted to linger.
Anyone could easily stay at FireSky and never want to leave. With a lagoon, two pools (one with a sandy beach), the Jurlique Spa and well appointed guest rooms, why go anywhere else? It’s secluded yet you’re in the center of town, you can make s’mores in the fire pits and I really want to go back.