Camelback Inn Basics
Address: 5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ., 85253
Getting to the Camelback Inn
Whether you are flying in to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, or driving to the Scottsdale area, you'll find the Camelback Inn easy to access. I recommend using their contracted town car service. After arriving at the airport, just call the front desk and within 10 minutes you will be wisked away in a luxury towncar with a knowledgeable driver. It's less than a half hour drive to the resort. Contract rate? Only $30.
Camelback Inn History
There's something about staying at a resort where Hopalong Cassidy stayed (his photo greeted me in the lobby women's room) or where President and Mrs. Dwight Eisenhower vacationed. Families, the same families, have been coming to the Camelback Inn for generations. Even the Marriott family (the Inn is now a Marriott property) vacationed at the Inn long before it was owned by the corporation and continue to make an annual family pilgrimage back to the beautiful desert oasis they have come to know and love.
The Camelback Inn was a more simple desert destination when Jack Stewart had it built in the 1930's. Interestingly, on opening day room rates were $10-16 per night single, and $18-25 double, including meals. Mrs. Stewart served as hostess putting on western-themed balls and founding the resort's childrens' programming. More History.
What's Happining Now?
As a guest, you wouldn't know it, but right now the Camelback Inn is undergoing a 35 million dollar transformation. This follows an eight million dollar renovation in 2003 of the resort’s 32,000-square-foot Spa at Camelback Inn. It's an exciting project which will provide guests with two new restaurants with contemporary décor, outdoor seating among gardens and fireplaces and award-winning cuisine.
I love the indoor-outdoor living at Camelback Inn and believe it will only get better. What I find commendable is that the traditional desert inn ambiance, landscaping and beautiful mountain views will not be lost as the Inn adds ballrooms with high-tech amenities and the new courtyard with high end restaurants. In fact they are taking special care to preserve the original lobby building and integrity of the pueblo look to the buildings. The renovation will be finished in Spring of 2008. The resort has a website where you can follow the progress.