This famous Scottsdale resort is getting a luxurious upgrade. Here's what to expect

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Travelers seeking a private escape will soon have a new way to de-stress at a reimagined "hotel within a hotel" at Arizona's largest AAA Five Diamond hotel.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess announced on July 5 that it will debut a new boutique lodging option within the hotel this fall called Privado Villas.

The 119-room Privado Villas, named for the Spanish word for "private," promises what hotel staff describe as "bespoke offerings" in a new class of rooms for the hotel, ultra luxe.

Construction began in May. Developing the villas is part of an ongoing renovation at the Princess, which is Arizona's longest running AAA Five Diamond hotel.

The villas will replace the current casitas with newly renovated, residential-style rooms. The casitas, on the property's west side, were last renovated in 2015.

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A new class of luxury

Having a higher class of rooms redefines the most luxurious experience the hotel can provide, hotel spokesman John Glynn told The Arizona Republic.

A rendering of the living room in the signature studio at the Privado Villas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
A rendering of the living room in the signature studio at the Privado Villas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

"Ultra luxe means higher touch service," he said. "You'll be able to customize the stuff that goes in your fridge. The linens are going to be of a higher echelon. The pre-arriving communication will be more detailed. The concierge experience will be elevated."

Privado Villas will have its own separate check-in process in a private reception area, Glynn said.

The attention to detail begins before check-in. Guests will receive a pre-arrival phone call from a concierge to help them with their transportation needs, dining and spa reservations and destination planning.

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Sneak peek at the Princess's new rooms

Renderings highlight a homey look and feel, from the ample living space to small details like a bookcase in the parlor adorned with plants and figurines, as well as fireplaces under the mounted televisions.

A rendering of the bedroom in the one-bedroom villa at the Privado Villas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
A rendering of the bedroom in the one-bedroom villa at the Privado Villas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

The desert-inspired colors recall the look of the casitas, though the layout and aesthetics of the Privado Villas appears more modern.

There will be two types of rooms: 50 one-bedroom villas and 69 studios. Villas are 850 square feet and studios are 700 square feet, according to hotel staff.

All rooms will include a walk-in closet and a bathroom with two vanities and a walk-in shower. Full-size bathtubs will be available in 31 of the rooms. First-floor rooms will have hard surface flooring and second-floor rooms will have carpeting.

An in-room coffee cafe includes a Nespresso machine equipped with a frother for specialty drinks.

Guests will have complimentary champagne, cold brew coffee, regular and sparkling water and fresh seasonal fruit waiting for them in their refrigerator.

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Other amenities available

The renovation of the former casitas isn't limited to the rooms.

The casita pool is also getting a facelift. It will include a bar and have a new name, the Privado Relaxation Pool. Only Privado guests can use it.

A rendering of the living room in the one-bedroom villa at the Privado Villas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
A rendering of the living room in the one-bedroom villa at the Privado Villas at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

Other highlights of the Privado Villas include morning delivery of juice, milk and pastries; a minibar with gourmet goods; complimentary valet parking; complimentary laundry service; and complimentary access to the resort's Well & Being Spa.

The numerous amenities and privacy aim to redefine the Princess's own luxury offerings, Glynn said.

"When you're a luxury traveler, you're not just looking for a comfortable bed," he said.

Reach the reporter at Michael.Salerno@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @salerno_phx.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: New rooms coming in 2022