SCOTTSDALE, AZ—Classic Hotels & Resorts has renamed FireSky Resort & Spa, a boutique property the company acquired in April 2016. The 204-room resort, located in Old Town Scottsdale, is now The Scott Resort & Spa.
Over the next two years, Classic Hotels & Resorts will invest $15 million in the property. The reinvention will consist of all guestrooms, suites and public spaces, including the resort’s 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, two pools, lobby bar and restaurant.
The reno will maintain the resort’s vibrant Sonoran style, according to the company. The first phase will begin in May 2017 and be completed in September 2017.
The lobby will be upgraded from the inside out. With caning screens that contrast against the modern curved brass of Bauhaus-inspired chandeliers and rattan settees scattered throughout, the lobby will reflect an eclectic style of traditional front porch Havana, said the company. A hand-crafted, Spanish-tiled bar and existing arches will reflect the traditional, original architecture of the space. Vintage artwork and paintings will compliment signature rattan and wicker furniture.
The signature lobby bar and restaurant will be completely renovated and re-concepted, while still capitalizing on its indoor-outdoor layout. A large tree will serve as the bar’s focal point in the center of the open-air space, surrounded by succulents and indigenous plant life. The fireplace will remain intact. The new furnishings and decor will be met with an all-new menu, designed by Executive Chef Christopher Bailey.
Several upgrades to the resort’s two lagoon-like pools will include additional cabanas and new landscaped surrounds.
The resort’s meeting and function space will receive custom Axminster carpeting and custom decorative light fixtures that echo the property’s overall Spanish and Moroccan inspired ambiance. Landscaping and outdoor lighting upgrades are also underway for the event lawn, the resort’s main wedding venue. Smaller common public spaces and patios will be refurbished, with additional fire pits for lounging.
The second phase will revamp all 204 guestrooms, each of which features private outdoor patios or balconies. Significant upgrades will range from new furniture packages and casegoods to redesigned bathrooms. The renovation will also unveil an all-new Presidential Suite and the addition of four one-bedroom suites.
“This historic property is an elegant and fun addition to our portfolio, and we feel honored to restore and update it in ways that enrich the guest experience—not only through elevated and comfortable design, but also through new amenity and programming concepts that speak to this unique desert destination,” said Classic Hotels & Resorts President John Grossman. “The Scott is a modern incarnation of an Arizona classic with a fresh, design-forward concept that will attract both locals and visitors alike.”
Designers responsible for the resort’s new concept include New York and San Francisco-based AvroKO, local architect firm Synectic Design, and Hart Howerton, which is overseeing the meetings and events spaces. Rinker Design crafted the resort’s rebranding and played an important role in concept visioning and programing.
“This is such an exciting project for us to be involved with,” said Greg Bradshaw, founding partner of AvroKO. “We took the approach of wanting to keep intact some elements that are already very much a part of the hotel—particularly the beautiful Spanish Revival inspired architecture—and have incorporated several new layers into the overall design, including beautiful staple pieces that are inspired by the Bauhaus movement and old Havana, which guests will see immediately upon arrival and get a true sense of the place right away. We can’t wait to see the finished product and how it all comes together.”