It’s that time of year again. This month, Condé Nast Traveler unveiled its sixteenth annual Hot List, a selection of the very best hotels around the world. Forty-one reporters anonymously visited hotels in 49 countries, resulting in 121 properties making the list of their favorite picks.
According to Condé Nast Traveler, “…a good hotel is more than just a blissful temporary roost: It’s also a bellwether, an important peek at what you…are really looking for in your travels, not to mention in the very destinations you’re traveling to.” And not only did Joie de Vivre’s The Saguaro Hotel make the list, the Scottsdale-based hotel also landed the cover of the magazine!
The 194-room Saguaro is an updated 1960s motel on the edge of Old Town and adjacent to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. While the Scottsdale building code requires its buildings to have a natural desert look, The Saguaro did not want to be another building along the sand-tone cityscape. With an okay by town planners, the hotel shines bright with colors of desert wildflowers—dozens of eye-popping hues dominated by oranges, pinks, yellows and purples. The same contrasting color blocks continue inside the hotel along with handcrafted wood and leather furniture to honor the Southwest theme.
The Saguaro is the first effort outside of California for the Joie de Vivre hotel group.
Check out Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Hot List to discover the other best new hotels of 2012!
“…all have one thing in common: We never wanted to leave.” -Condé Nast Traveler