Bask in the Sun at Desert Icon Mountain Shadows

Mountain Shadows natural landscape

Named in honor of the afternoon shadows cast daily by its striking neighbor, Mountain Shadows knows how to show off its backyard. Set in Arizona’s sought after Paradise Valley, the resort’s good looks are brag-worthy, but just minutes from downtown and a handful of other popular Scottsdale locales, its prime desert location makes exploring easy.

Throughout the resort, windows are plentiful. Some floor-to-ceiling, they succeed in bringing the outside in. You get your first glimpse of mountain living when you step in the lobby, but it’s really just the beginning.

Guest rooms at Mountain Shadows

Mountain Shadows features 183 modern guestrooms in half a dozen room categories. Signature Deluxe rooms are the property’s standard equivalent. Rooms are spacious and have an open feel thanks in part to the glass showers, with only one solid wall. There is a door separating the toilet, but there’s no wall between the bathroom and sleeping/living area of guestrooms. Curtains can be pulled if privacy is a concern, and in some rooms with two queen beds, the shower glass walls are frosted. Red Flower shampoo and body wash are provided in re-fillable bottles.

White bed linens pop in contrast to a mostly gray color scheme. Easily accessible power outlets and USB ports make plugging in bedside, simple. Along with coffee and tea making supplies, bottled water is offered nightly with turndown service. There’s no overhead lighting in the main living area so rooms can feel dark at night.

Two pools at Mountain Shadows

Mountain Premium Guestrooms offer the same amenities and design style as Signature Deluxe Guestrooms, but they look directly toward Camelback Mountain and come with a patio or balcony.

A Hollywood hot spot in the 1960s, even though the property has been rebuilt from the ground up, it still has a retro charm that simply makes it a fun place to be. Along with two umbrella and cabana lined pools, the resort boasts a large fitness center, and an 18-hole golf course.

meal time patio and pool view at Mountain Shadows

On-site Hearth ’61 is named after the hearth the restaurant uses for cooking and the year 1961, when its hometown of Paradise Valley was incorporated. By night, the open kitchen grabs diners’ attention, but during the day floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors make it hard to take your eyes off of the patio and hip pool area. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Signature Deluxe Guestroom rates range from $169 to $349. A daily $30 resort fee covers the fitness center, pools, Wi-Fi, valet parking, and a list of other amenities. Make your reservation at the hotel website or through a site like Travelocity.

Review and photos, except where noted, by Dana Rebmann. Her stay was hosted by Mountain Shadows, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.

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