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    • HISTORY & HERITAGE

      HISTORY & HERITAGE

      History & Heritage Revised, La Hacienda At The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      SCOTTSDALE,  (August 2, 2018) – The best gets better this fall as La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess unveils an expansion and update to its design and menu September 22, 2018. General Manager Jack Miller assures there is no need to worry, "The leadership at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is committed to making sure the heritage and history of this local dining landmark is honored while bringing the design and menu forward. We are determined to make sure La Hacienda continues to be the top ranked Mexican restaurant in Arizona for another generation."

      The Princess selected Testani Design, a local firm led by Judith Testani, to help re-imagine La Hacienda. She is legendary in the local hospitality industry with a history of successful projects with Tarbell and Sam Fox restaurants, as well as many of the luxury resorts in the region. Ms. Testani says "The goal for the re-design of La Hacienda was to align the interior of the restaurant with the sophisticated palette of the chef and menu. We’ve created an expanded lounge for guests to gather with a newly expanded bar that includes high top communal tables along with comfortable indoor and outdoor lounge seating areas. As a unique addition, the design includes a new tequila display shelving unit and a focal agave wall expertly crafted from a local artisan. The use of light colored stucco walls, blackened steel details, crafted leather seating and newly renovated restrooms all add to the warmth and modern interpretation of the space. Many of the light fixtures, seating and accessories were curated from Casamidy, a high-end furniture and accessory outlet located in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico."

      The most popular menu items will be back when the restaurant makes its triumphant return September 22, including the Lobster Tacos, Filet a la Parilla, Tableside Guacamole and Flaming Coffees. Chef Forest Hamrick and Chef Richard Sandoval recently spent time visiting their families along with several hot, new restaurants in Mexico for inspiration and they are excited to introduce a new menu selection of Barbacoa favorites, including Pescado Zarandeado (barbecued Sea Bass with charred Aioli, heirloom tomato and avocado) and the Short Rib Barbacoa (tamarind mustard barbecue, gremolata and poblano yogurt).  

      An exciting new cocktail menu is also being introduced by Matthew Doerr, Director of Beverage at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, with 21 specialty cocktails simplified to highlight a specific flavor profile using less than four ingredients. The new signature ‘smoked cocktail’ selections are sure to be a highlight. Of course, the restaurant will continue to feature more than 150 Tequilas and with a significant expansion of its Mezcal cellar, all curated by La Hacienda’s beloved Tequila Goddess, Katie Schnurr.

      About Richard Sandoval Hospitality

      Richard Sandoval Hospitality is a leading restaurant group founded by Mexican-born chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval and based in Denver, Colorado. Known for offering guests an unparalleled culinary experience, this internationally recognized contemporary Latin restaurant group successfully owns and operates over 45 restaurant concepts around the globe. Restaurant locations include California, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Washington D.C. & New York – as well as internationally in Mexico, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Serbia and Tokyo. Chef Sandoval’s “made from scratch” approach and passion for introducing Latin cuisine to the world continues to inspire him to combine authentic Latin ingredients with international flavors and inventive techniques to create one-of-a-kind concepts and cuisines that include modern and coastal Mexican, Latin-Asian, Peruvian and Pan-Latin. For a complete list of restaurants and more information, please visit www.richardsandovalhospitality.com

      About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms (including the 102 new guest rooms at Sunset Beach) six heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC of Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval (re-opening September 21, 2018) and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic outdoor fire pit patios.

      For more details, please call (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com.

      Join the resort’s online communities at Facebook.com/FairmontScottsdale, Instagram.com/Fairmontscotsdl and Twitter.com/Fairmontscotsdl. The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale, Ariz.

      For further information contact:
      John Glynn
      Public Relations Director
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      John.Glynn@Fairmont.com

    • labour day dreamcation

      LABOR DAY DREAMCATION

      Say Bon Voyage To Summer, Hawaiian Style At Fairmont’S ‘S.S. Princess’ Labor Day Dreamcation

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (August 2, 2018) – When the last days of summer sail into the sunset, vacationers can wave bon voyage aboard the “S.S. Princess” - the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess - during its 8th Annual Labor Day Dreamcation weekend,, August 31 – September 3, 2018. This AAA Five Diamond resort, known for creating unique vacation experiences, is once again transforming into a cruise ship and this year’s “port of call” is the Hawaiian Islands. Getting away without
      going away, guests can enjoy tastes of Hawaii, Polynesian entertainment, swaying palm trees at six pools and fireworks lighting up the night. Plus, the resort’s new Instagram Concierge can assist in capturing every “share-worthy” moment.

      Aloha!

      Labor Day Dreamcation weekend begins as landlubbers are greeted at the front drive/ship dock by valets in Hawaiian shirts and a special, interactive check-in in the Princess Ballroom with Hawaiian leis, games and decor. Guests then embark on the gangway, where they may take a complimentary photo with a life buoy and a digitally super-imposed cruise ship or Hawaiian Island in the background.

      Playcation Paradise For Kids

      Outside, the Fun Team has a full itinerary of activities on the pool deck and shore excursions throughout the resort including Hawaiian craft making, swimming with Moon Mermaid at Mermaid University, fishing derbies with Ranger Rick, watermelon eating contests, foam parties at the pool and limbo.

      Island Vibes For Grown-Ups

      For the grown-ups, the Princess has two adult-only pools, where sipping Hawaiian happy hour cocktails, enjoying Kahlua pork sliders, fish tacos and listening to the ukulele adds to the island paradise. Rum lovers may also discover more than 150 selections at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar and spa-goers enjoy coconut pedicures at Well & Being Spa.

      Vow Renewals on the Lido Deck

      During the Labor Day Dreamcation weekend, love birds may renew their wedding vows with the resort’s very own ship captain, Thomas Williams, Director of Guest Services, who is an ordained minister. After the ceremony, the couple is toasted with champagne and then whisked away on a decorated golf cart to cruise around the resort. Overnight guests who would like to reserve a complimentary vow renewal ceremony should contact the Princess’ Concierge Desk at 480-585-4848, Ext. 7244.

      Island Nights

      As the sun sets, the resort is lit with tiki torches and the conch shell is blown with fire-knife and drum performers on the Princess Plaza stage. At Sunset Beach, Dive-In movies are shown on a 37-foot screen for families to relax in the cool sand or cool pool on their favorite floatie watching “Moana” or “Lilo & Stitch.” At Sonoran Splash pool, it’s also the last weekend to enjoy the H2/Glow Party, with thrill rides down the water slides with black lights, lasers, fog and the hottest hits played by DJ Splash, along with LED hula hoopers. As the grand finale to a spectacular summer, fireworks light up the sky over the TPC Scottsdale at 9 p.m., Friday – Sunday nights, August 31 – September 2, 2018. The Plaza Bar is the best spot for nightlife after sundown on Saturday and Sunday with a DJ and cigar rollers.

      Vacation Values

      The most popular deal is the “Best. Summer. Ever.” vacation package starting from $179 per night and includes a daily $50 resort credit and complimentary session with the Instagram Concierge, who gives tips and tricks for taking the best photo and will help snap a shot of guests at any of the six summer art installations around the resort.

      For pure luxury, the Gold Deck VIP package offers added extras including upgraded accommodations in the newly refurbished Fairmont Gold Jr. Suites and all of the amenities and benefits of the Fairmont Gold Lounge, plus a tropical welcome amenity and portrait session with professional photographers from Studio Em. This package starts from $329, August 31-September 3, 2018.

      To make room or dining reservations for the Dreamcation getaway over Labor Day weekend or for more information, please call (480) 585-4848, toll-free at (866) 540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale.

      About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms (including the 102 new guest rooms at Sunset Beach) six heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC of Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval (re-opening September 21, 2018) and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic outdoor fire pit patios.

      For more details, please call (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Join the resort’s online communities at facebook.com/FairmontScottsdale, instagram.com/fairmontscotsdl & twitter.com/fairmontscotsdl. The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale, Ariz.

      For further information contact:
      Erin Stewart
      Public Relations & Travel Industry Supervisor
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2782
      erin.stewart@fairmont.com

    • Summer Splash Birthday Bash

      BEST 4TH OF JULY EVER

      8th Annual Freedom Fest At The Princess

      - Six Nights of Fireworks, Three Concerts and Vintage Air Show –

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 6, 2018) – The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess unfurling its 8th annual 4th of July Freedom Fest, featuring six nights of fireworks, three concerts, a vintage air show, all-American fare, military tributes and poolside fun, with vacation packages benefitting military families, June 29 - July 4, 2018. While celebrating America’s birthday, the Princess is also celebrating the "Best. Summer. Ever." with family-friendly festivities and share-worthy moments every weekend through Labor Day.

      Saluting Heroes & Vintage Air Shows

      Saluting America’s heroes, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will host an air show with the Falcon Warbirds on July 4, where 30 vintage military aircraft from World War II, Korea and Vietnam will fly over the resort, piloted by retired veterans. The air show concludes with a military parachutist from the All Veterans Parachute Team soaring through the skies and landing with American and military flags. Miniature flags will be provided to guests on the ground to cheer on the crews. At the Trailblazers Kids Club, veterans will meet with kid campers.

      Fairmont Freedom Fest Tribute Concerts & Fireworks

      Revelers can dance and celebrate with live music under the stars on the Princess Lagoon Lawn at the Freedom Fest tribute concerts. Complete with a patriotic introduction and fireworks intermission, these performances are complimentary for overnight guests or those dining in La Hacienda, Bourbon Steak, Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar or Ironwood American Kitchen.
       

      Friday, June 29 – Wednesday, July 4

      9 pm Fireworks Show

       

      Monday, July 2

      7:45 pm Concert seating on the Lagoon Lawn for hotel & restaurant guests Kids Pre-Show with Grammy award-winning Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
      8:15 pm National Anthem and special military programming
      8:30 pm The Spazmatics - As self-proclaimed “nerds who rock,” this ‘80s New Wave cover band of geeks are high-energy and sure to “blind you with science” and make you party like it’s “1999,” when, really, it was more like 1982.
      9 pm Fireworks Intermission
      9:15 pm Spazmatics concert resumes

       

      Tuesday, July 3

      7:45 pm Concert seating on the Lagoon Lawn for hotel & restaurant guests Kids Pre-Show with Grammy award-winning Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
      8:15 pm National Anthem and special military programming
      8:30 pm Uptown Funk – A Bruno Mars tribute band performing his top hits, capturing the full essence and the exciting signature style of this versatile funk and R&B artist
      9 pm Fireworks Intermission
      9:15 pm Uptown Funk concert resumes

       

      Wednesday, July 4

      4:45 pm Vintage Air Show, best viewed from Princess Pool & Lagoons
      7:45 pm Concert seating on the Lagoon Lawn for hotel & restaurant guests Kids Pre-Show with Grammy award-winning Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
      8:15 pm National Anthem and special military programming
      8:30 pm MJ Live - This Michael Jackson tribute band captures the electricity of the legendary superstar singing all the hits, with moonwalking moves and lighting effects sure to be a "Thriller."
      9 pm Fireworks Intermission
      9:15 pm MJ Live concert resumes

       

      Patriotic, Poolside!

      Celebrating America, poolside is the place to be. Sunset Beach is the resort’s newest and largest pool with 830 tons of cool, sugar white sand, glamorous cabanas, swimming mermaids and sudsy new foam parties at the splash pad. At the Sonoran Splash pool complex, families can have a ball racing down 200-foot waterslides, while the Fun Team is on deck leading games with music from DJ Splash. Red, white and blue frozen drinks and watermelon eating contests round-out the fun. At night, the Sonoran Splash pool transforms into the H2/Glow Party, with fog, lasers and LED hula hoopers.

      Around the resort, the Princess' new Instagram Concierge offers tips for taking the best pics, guiding guests to any of six new summer art installations featuring giant popsicles, a "Catch of the Day" fishing display at the lagoons, an enormous Adirondack chair and a "Best. Summer. Ever." mural, to name a few.

      Freedom Fest Vacation Packages

      The summer’s popular "Best. Summer. Ever." vacation package includes a $50 daily resort credit that can be applied toward spa or dining, and a 20-minute session with the resort's new Instagram Concierge. This vacation package starts from $179, plus taxes, parking and a daily $32 resort fee.

      The 4th of July Freedom Fest VIP Gold Package offers a more exclusive experience and is ideal for couples. This package includes luxury accommodations in the newly renovated Fairmont Gold Junior Suites, along with a patriotic welcome amenity, personalized bath products, complimentary daily breakfast and afternoon hors d’oeuvres in the Fairmont Gold Lounge, reserved VIP seating at the Freedom Fest concerts, complimentary access to Well & Being Spa and self-parking. This package is offered July 2-4, 2018 and starts from $379 per night plus taxes and daily resort fee.

      A portion of the proceeds from Fairmont’s 4th of July Freedom Fest will benefit Friends of Freedom, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting veterans, active duty service members and their families.

      For reservations, please call (480) 585-4848, toll-free at (866) 540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com.

      The 4th of July Freedom Fest is one of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ signature "Legacy Events," a series of annual special events for the local community and resort guests including Christmas at the
      Princess, Summer at the Princess, Labor Day Dreamcation and Bunnyland at Easter brunch.

      About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms, including 102 newly-opened rooms, six heated swimming pools featuring the new Sunset Beach, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC of Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and the new Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic outdoor fire pit patios.

      For more details, please call (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Join the resort’s online communities at facebook.com/FairmontScottsdale, instagram.com/fairmontscotsdl & twitter.com/fairmontscotsdl.  The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale, Ariz.

      For further information contact:
      Valerie Lee, APR
      Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • Best Summer Ever

      NEW INSTAGRAM CONCIERGE HELPS SNAP THE PERFECT PIC

      It’s The Best. Summer. Ever. At Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (May 24, 2018) - Ice cream cones, cannonballs, sunshine, sandcastles and spending time with family: what’s your favorite summer memory? This year, make it your best summer ever at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Now through Labor Day, this AAA Five Diamond play-cation paradise is the perfect backdrop for families to make memories to last a lifetime. Summer weekends bring cool rides down waterslides, wiggling toes in the sugar white sand of Sunset Beach, plus H2/Glow nighttime pool parties, Dive In movies, virtual reality roller coasters, Mermaid University, pirate treasure hunts and fishing derbies at the lagoon with Ranger Rick, with most activities being complimentary for overnight guests.

      Capture the Moments: Meet the Instagram Concierge

      To capture vacation memories, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ new Instagram Concierge has curated a photo tip sheet for the ideal locations, composition, time of day, filters and app recommendations to take the best shots. Guests can pose at six fun new “instagrammable” summer backdrops, which are larger-than-life art installations featuring a giant Adirondack chair, beach ball, flip flops and suntan lotion, popsicles, a lemonade stand, a “Best. Summer. Ever.” mural in Princess Plaza and an enormous “Catch of the Day” fish display at the lagoons. Or, guests staying at the Princess can schedule a 45-minute portrait session with Studio M, the resort’s on-site professional photographers.

      More Fairmont Friends to Meet and Greet

      Everyone loves meeting Bixby and Gibbs, the adoring canine ambassadors who greet guests in the resort lobby and have their own children’s book, “The Adventures of Bixby and Gibbs.” Another favorite friend is Cecil, the resort’s desert tortoise in his habitat near Canyon Lawn and La Hacienda. At the lagoons, nature walks and fishing derbies are fun with Ranger Rick, who introduces families to the flora and fauna of the Southwest.  At Hawk Talk, guests can meet the feathered friends of Fairmont and learn about hawks and falcons from the Sonoran Desert Falconry experts.

      Cool Spots Kids Love

      With water, water everywhere, pools are the place to be and the Princess has six, from it largest and newest Sunset Beach, to the dueling waterslides at Sonoran Splash. These family pools have games from the Fun team, sudsy new foam parties, popular Dive In movies and the H2/Glow parties after dark with fog, lasers, a new interactive Catch the Light game and DJ Splash on weekends. The Trailblazers Recreation Center is a complimentary, indoor family fun zone with BEAM interactive floor games, virtual reality rollercoasters, ping pong, pool table and more. Kids also stay cool when they each receive a free Summer at the Princess ball cap at the children’s check-in desk.

      For The Big Kids

      Sonoran Landing pool is a grown-ups-only oasis with floating bean bags, oversized swan rafts and is surrounded by plush day beds. Refreshing summer poolside cocktails include the Cocojito (made with coconut rum, lime, mint and pineapple), the Tropical Bull Margarita (tequila, lime, agave, mango and upside down Red Bull), Frosé All Day (wine, raspberry, vodka and mango) and Ocean Water (coconut whiskey, blue curacao and citrus soda). Another great escape is Well & Being Spa with a number of rejuvenating treatments and fun, new fitness classes like wall yoga or Float Fit paddleboard yoga at the rooftop pool. Golfers can play like a pro at the famed TPC Scottsdale in the resort’s own backyard. Afterward, summer tasting menus and hand-crafted cocktails can be found at any of the resort’s top-rated restaurants: Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar, Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda or Ironwood American Kitchen. 

      Celebrating Summer Holidays

      Fireworks light up the night every Saturday all summer long with extended displays on holiday weekends.  Fourth of July Freedom Fest celebrates America, June 29 – July 4, with concerts on the Lagoon Lawn by the Spazmatics playing music of the ‘80s (July 2), the Bruno Mars tribute band Uptown Funk (July 3) and MJ Live, a Michael Jackson tribute band (July 4), along with the All Veterans Parachute Team and a vintage air show (July 4). Then, as summer sails into the sunset, Fairmont Scottsdale’s Labor Day Dreamcation weekend (August 31 – September 3) waves bon voyage by transforming the resort into a cruise ship headed to the Hawaiian Islands with traditional luaus and hula dancers.

      Vacation Values

      The “Best. Summer. Ever.” vacation package starts from $179 per night and includes a daily $50 resort credit and complimentary session with the Instagram Concierge. This package is available now through September 4, 2018. For details, call (480) 585-4848 or toll-free at (866)-540-4495 or visit www.scottsdaleprincess.com.

      At Well & Being Spa, summer-inspired treatments at a savings feature the Prickly Pear Quench massage, the Lavender and Lime body scrub and the Coconut Cooler pedicure. Each are 60-minutes and range from $69-$169 and include access to the 44,000 sq. ft. spa oasis for the entire day.

      For dining, not-to-miss summer specials include the Summer of the Burger with four, mouth-watering selections at Bourbon Steak where kids 12 and younger eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée, new weekend brunches both at Ironwood American Kitchen and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar at the TPC Scottsdale, and cool vibes spun by a DJ at Sundown Saturdays at The Plaza Bar. 

      About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms, including newly refurbished 69 Fairmont Gold rooms and suites, six heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar also by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic fire pit patios.

      For more details, please call (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Join the resort’s online communities at facebook.com/FairmontScottsdale, instagram.com/fairmontscotsdl & twitter.com/fairmontscotsdl.

      About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

      Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is where occasions are celebrated and history is made. Landmark hotels with unrivalled presence, grand experiences and unforgettable moments have attracted visitors to Fairmont and its destinations since 1907. The Plaza in New York City, The Savoy in London, Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai are but a few of these iconic luxury hotels, forever linked to the special places where they reside. Famous for its engaging service, locally inspired cuisine and spirited bars and lounges, Fairmont promises heartfelt luxury that will be remembered long after any visit. With a worldwide portfolio of more than 75 hotels, Fairmont takes great pride in its deep community roots and leadership in sustainability. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group which invites travelers to feel welcome at more than 4,300 hotels, resorts and residences, along with some 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe.

      For further information contact:
      Valerie Lee, APR
      Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • Fairmont Gold

      FIRST HOTEL TO HAVE VOICE DIALING AMAZON ALEXA IN ROOMS

      Fairmont Gold Is Shimmering With New Additions At Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (May 23, 2018) – Fairmont Gold, an exclusive hotel within a hotel at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, is shimmering from a spectacular new refurbishment, elevated experiences and sophisticated touches synonymous with luxury. This enclave of 69 Fairmont Gold Junior Suites, Fairmont Gold Lounge and Meeting Center offers a higher level of personalized service within the AAA Five Diamond resort’s 65 acres and total 750 guest rooms.

      Luxurious Fairmont Gold Lounge

      Upon arrival, guests are whisked away to the Fairmont Gold Lounge, where they are welcomed at a private reception desk and offered a “taste of Arizona” drink and canape. Each morning begins with a deluxe continental breakfast featuring house-made crème brulee oatmeal, hot breakfast dishes that rotate daily, toast station, pastries, fruit and cereal selections. Throughout the day, guests enjoy complimentary, non-alcoholic beverages, an honor bar and afternoon hors d’oeuvres with special culinary delights from Executive Chef Conor Favre. Every Friday evening is a flavorful introduction to one of the resort’s award-winning restaurants: Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, Ironwood American Kitchen, La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval or Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar also by Richard Sandoval.

      Fairmont Gold Junior Suites

      The new look of the 69 Fairmont Gold Junior Suites is modern, Bohemian chic, with gracefully tailored Southwest-inspired décor in a light, refreshing cream palette, reflecting the resort’s Sonoran Desert location. These suites have well-defined living and bedroom areas, and the bathroom is spacious with a separate shower, bathtub and large dressing area. All rooms feature patios or balconies inviting guests to enjoy the Scottsdale indoor/outdoor living experience. Fairmont Gold accommodations now come with an in-room mini fridge, so guests may chill a celebratory bottle of their favorite beverage.

      New Technology: Meet Alexa, Kipsu and Princess Navigator

      The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is the first hotel to offer a hands-free, voice-activated calling feature via Amazon Alexa powered by Volara. Now guests may have what they want, when they want it, without ever lifting a finger.  This voice-enabled amenity is customized to the Princess and currently located only in Fairmont Gold rooms. Guests simply say, “Alexa, ask the Princess…” for any myriad of questions or requests, from scheduling turn-down service,  playing music, dialing the Concierge Desk to asking the best place for a great steak.

      Through separate technology via Kipsu, guests can now text message the resort team anytime with requests, questions or comments, providing a new level of service and convenience. In addition, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has a new wayfinding app for smartphones, the Princess Navigator, to assist guests in discovering the 65-acre property with its six pools, five restaurants and bars, cactus garden, lagoons, event space and spa with pin-point GPS technology. It also has up-to-date information on events, hours of operation, menus, direct links to social media platforms and direct booking links for restaurant and spa reservations.

      Fairmont Gold Amenities

      Other inclusions provided with Fairmont Gold accommodations are: complimentary self-parking, access to Well & Being Spa, filtered and locally sourced water in the guestroom, premium high-speed internet access, use of computers, phone chargers, iPads and services such as faxing, photocopying and printing boarding passes, twice daily housekeeping, nightly turn-down, a wide selection of board games and the pressing of two garments.

      Fairmont Gold Meeting Center

      The adjacent 2,600 sq. ft. Fairmont Gold Meeting Center, a stand-alone facility perfect for an executive conference or social event, has also been remodeled with new flooring, wall coverings, granite countertops and floor-to-ceiling, bi-folding glass doors which allow for natural light and open up to a 6,000 sq. ft. patio overlooking the 4th hole/5th tee of the famed TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course and the breathtaking mountain views. Residential in style, Fairmont Gold’s indoor/outdoor meeting space is unique in its inspiring, exclusive location.

      About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms, including newly refurbished 69 Fairmont Gold rooms and suites, six heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar also by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic fire pit patios.

      For more details, please call (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Join the resort’s online communities at facebook.com/FairmontScottsdale, instagram.com/fairmontscotsdl & twitter.com/fairmontscotsdl

      For further information contact:
      Valerie Lee, APR
      Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • Kentucky Derby

      KENTUCKY DERBY LAWN PARTY

      Celebrate 144th ‘run For The Roses’ At Bourbon Steak’s Kentucky Derby Lawn Party

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.(March 1, 2018) – “The most exciting two minutes in sports” will be celebrated in grand Southern style at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with a Kentucky Derby brunch and lawn party, 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 2018.

      Inspired by “Millionaire’s Row” at Churchill Downs, each guest will enjoy the traditions of the Derby atmosphere, including frosty mint juleps, Bulleit Bourbon tastings and activities on the “Winner’s Circle” lawn.

      Executive Chef Sara Garrant’s brunch menu is filled with Southern flair, featuring Kentucky Derby hot browns, pickled shrimp, fried chicken biscuits, house-smoked Andouille sausage sliders, cornmeal fried oysters, deviled eggs and shrimp and grits. Sweet sensations include buttermilk chess pie, red velvet cupcakes, berry cobbler bites and Derby pie. The brunch includes a commemorative Kentucky Derby glass and a complimentary mint julep and a champagne toast.

      Derby fans cheer on their favorites during the world’s premier horse-racing event on plasma screens indoors and out, with complete Derby coverage from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and the estimated race time at 3:34 p.m., Arizona time. There will also be a sing-a-long of “My Old Kentucky Home” just before the post parade.

      Since the Derby is just as much about fashion as it is horse racing, women of grace and taste are encouraged to complete their Derby look with their most stylish hats, while dapper gents might sport seersucker, both with a chance to win prizes from an esteemed panel of judges. Prizes include dinner for two in Bourbon Steak, a day at Well & Being Spa and a weekend getaway to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

      Outside on the “Winner’s Circle” lawn, guests can pose for a “selfie” with a thoroughbred race horse, enjoy a spring day on Bourbon Steak’s patio or play cornhole and other lawn games. For horsepower of a different kind, BMW of North Scottsdale will have the latest models available for test drives.

      Bourbon Steak’s Kentucky Derby Brunch is $109 per person, plus tax and service charge. Reservations are suggested by calling 480.585.2694.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

      Bourbon Steak, A Michael Mina Restaurant, is located at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 East Princess Drive and valet parking is complimentary with restaurant validation.

      About Bourbon Steak:

      James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Mina presents his first Arizona restaurant, Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, led by Executive Chef Jeremy McMillan. The contemporary American steakhouse, winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award, features modern fare with a focus on the finest cuts of beef, poultry, and fish, slow-poached in butter, grilled and finished over seasoned wood-fueled flames. The restaurant also has an impressive wine list with a 3,000 bottle cellar, along with a menu of classic cocktails and innovative bar menu.

      About Mina Group:

      MINA Group is a San Francisco-based restaurant management company specializing in creating and operating upscale, innovative restaurant concepts.  MINA Group is led by Chef/Founder Michael Mina whose accolades include James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage” inductee in 2013, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year, Food Arts Silver Spoon Award Winner, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year, and International Food and Beverage Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year.  Operating since 2003, Mina Group currently manages 30 concepts including MICHAEL MINA in San Francisco (Esquire Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year 2011); RN74 at Millennium Tower in San Francisco and RN74 at the Joshua Green Building in Seattle; PABU and THE RAMEN BAR at 101 California in San Francisco; CLOCK BAR at The Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco; BOURBON STEAK, BOURBON PUB and Michael Mina’s Tailgate at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara; STRIPSTEAK Waikiki at the International Market Place; STRIPSTEAK at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; MICHAEL MINA Bellagio at Bellagio in Las Vegas; BARDOT BRASSERIE at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas; PABU at Millennium Tower in Boston; PIZZA & BURGER and STRIPSTEAK at Fontainebleau Miami Beach; Locale Market and FarmTable Kitchen at Sundial St. Petersburg in Florida; and THE HANDLE BAR in Jackson Hole.  For a complete list of restaurants please visit http://michaelmina.net.

      Follow Michael Mina on Facebook at   Michael Mina, Twitter  at @ChefMichaelMina and Instagram at @ChefMichaelMina.

      About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess:

      Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms (including 102 new guest rooms at Sunset Beach) six heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC of Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic outdoor fire pit patios.

      For more details, please call (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Join the resort’s online communities at facebook.com/FairmontScottsdale, instagram.com/fairmontscotsdl & twitter.com/fairmontscotsdl

      For further information contact:
      Valerie Lee, APR
      Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • Easter Bunnyland

      DON'T BE LATE FOR EASTER BUNNYLAND

      Easter Blooms With Bunnyland And Wonderland Brunch At The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (March 6, 2018) Welcoming spring, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is celebrating Easter with an exquisite brunch featuring cuisine from four different restaurants, Easter egg hunts and Bunnyland activities for the whole family, April 1, 2018.  The events and décor are inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic tales of Alice in Wonderland with Mad Tea Party touches and featuring appearances by Alice, the Hatter, the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledee, Tweedledum and garden fairies.

      Four Restaurants Together at One Spectacular Brunch

      For a fantastic Easter brunch, chefs from Fairmont Scottsdale’s four distinctive restaurants are coming together to create one elaborate culinary feast in the Palomino Ballroom of the AAA Five Diamond resort. With a whimsical indoor garden theme of fanciful trees, tea party sets and parasols, brunch features popular selections from Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda, Ironwood American Kitchen and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar, accompanied by decadent desserts from the resort’s pastry shop.

      Easter Brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The price is $109 for adults or $49 for children ages 6 – 12, plus tax and gratuities. Children 5 and younger dine for free with the purchase of an adult brunch.  Brunch reservations are required and can be made by calling 480-585-2694.

      Bunnyland & Wonderland

      After brunch, guests stroll along manicured hedges and white picket fences to Bunnyland, a Wonderland of family activities. The fun includes rides on the Bunny Express train, meet and greets with Alice and her Wonderland friends, along with a Build-A-Bear Pop-Up Workshop and games such as teapot cornhole, Pick the Grin on the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Heart hat toss.

      Easter Egg Hunts

      For hotel and brunch guests, complimentary Easter egg hunts will take place every half hour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunset Lawn.

      Eggs-ceptional Photo Ops for the Family

      Brunch guests also receive a complimentary photo with the Easter Bunny and families can have their photo taken at the Mad Hatter Tea Party table and Through the Looking Glass.

      About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms (including 102 new guest rooms at Sunset Beach) six heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC of Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic outdoor fire pit patios.

      For more details, please call (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Join the resort’s online communities at facebook.com/FairmontScottsdale, instagram.com/fairmontscotsdl & twitter.com/fairmontscotsdl

      About Fairmont

      Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,100 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 3000 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.

      Become a fan of Fairmont. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Fairmont Moments. For career information and opportunities, please visit fairmontcareers.com

      Media Relations Contact:
      Valerie Lee, APR
      Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • South Pool

      TELLING STORIES

      A News Round Up from the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      Well & Being Spa
      Capturing the essence and elegance of its surroundings, the 44,000 sq. ft. spa is a luxurious retreat. From its distinctive design with river-rocked tile, Sedona sandstone interiors and waterfalls inspired by the Grand Canyon’s Havasupai Falls to the serenity of soothing treatments, Well & Being Spa offers an unparalleled experience inspiring greater vitality. The spa’s “Live It Well” programs utilize Wellness Coaches who create a customized blueprint for fitness and nutrition, combined with pampering and advanced skincare. Innovative offerings include aerial hammock yoga, the Bod Pod body composition assessment, Intraceuticals facials and the Havasupai Falls body treatment, plus a eucalyptus inhalation room, atrium café, boutique, salon, waterfall grotto and scenic rooftop pool. New offerings include Float Fit yoga, wall yoga, singing bowl sound therapy, Himalayan salt stone massage and B12 injections and hangover infusions by Reviv Wellness.

      Aromatherapy Blending Bar
      At Well & Being Spa, create your own customized essential oils, scrub or lotion at the Aromatherapy Blending Bar by Body Bliss, a product line from Sedona, Ariz.  Estheticians use an iPad to ask a series of questions, or by your birth date, to create a custom blend which can be used in a service, taken home or as a special gift. The price is $35 for the 15-minute session with full-sized product.

      Fairmont Gold Shimmers
      The resort has renovated its 69 Fairmont Gold Junior Suites and furnishings, bringing a modern, Southwestern look and clean lines in a cream palette. The adjacent 2,600 sq. ft. Fairmont Gold Meeting Center, perfect for an executive conference or social event, has also been remodeled with new flooring, wall coverings, granite countertops, leather bar fronts, blackened steel shelving and bi-folding glass doors for indoor/outdoor residential style meeting space, with a 6,000 sq. ft. patio overlooking the 4th hole/5th tee of the famed TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course. Nestled in an enclave, Fairmont Gold offers guests an exclusive lounge serving breakfast and hors d’oeuvres along with private concierges offering a personal level of service and recognition and is ideal for executive retreats.

      Roll Out the Barrels
      At the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a variety of cocktail curators offer unique tasting experiences.  At La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval, savor any one of the 240 types of tequila, presented by Tequila Goddess Katie Schnurr. Schnurr is certified by the Tequila Regulatory Council in Mexico and hand-selected a barrel exclusive to La Hacienda, the double-barrel reposado by Herradura. A must-try is the Snake Bite Flight, with a sample of sotol, mescal and tequila on a plate with a decorative rattlesnake head and tail.  At Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, there is a Wine Spectator awarded wine collection, along with a unique tableside absinthe presentation and an exclusive barrel of 10-Year Bulleit bourbon from Kentucky, personally chosen by Bourbon Steak’s General Manager Andrew McLaughlin and resort Cocktail Curator Matthew Doerr. At Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval at the TPC Scottsdale, guests can try any of more than 150 types of rum presented by Rum Princesa Dre Duran and store their special bottle in the restaurant’s rum lockers.

      Golden Friends of the Fairmont
      Known for thoughtful and welcoming service, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts offers resident hotel dogs known as Canine Ambassadors at select hotels. Travelers missing their own furry friends can meet the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ four-legged colleagues: Bixby, a yellow Labrador retriever and his pal Gibbs, a red golden retriever. Both are trained service dogs and can be found in the lobby greeting guests daily. A new book, “The Golden Friends of Fairmont: The Adventures of Bixby and Gibbs” detailing their fun around the resort was just published.  For hotel guests traveling with their dogs, the resort’s Posh Paws program gives pooches the “ruff” life with a special amenity including a plush pet bed, food and water bowls, toy, treat and Pet in Residence door hanger. The price is $25 per night with no weight limit on the dog. The Concierge Desk also provides a special pet check-in with dog treats and recommendations for dog parks, animal clinics and local pet-friendly hikes.

      A Beach in Arizona: Resort Completes Expansion Featuring Sunset Beach
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess completed its latest expansion phase by opening an additional 102 new guest rooms bringing the total to 750, along with Sunset Beach pool, the adjacent Sunset Lawn and new Western town event venue Copper Canyon. The new luxury rooms feature spacious floor plans, contemporary Southwest-designed furnishings, custom art pieces and louvered sliding doors inviting the Arizona outdoors inside. Sunset Beach is the sixth and largest of the resort’s pools at 7,000 sq. ft., with zero-depth entry, a splash pad and 830 tons of fluffy, cool white sand. A new group venue, Sunset Lawn is a large, landscaped grass area offering 35,000 sq. ft. of space for outdoor dining events, receptions and creative team building experiences. The Princess’ 1880s Western town has also been relocated, expanded and re-named Copper Canyon for group events. This brings the resort’s total indoor/outdoor meeting space to 316,000 sq. ft.

      Mommy & Me American Girl Package
      There are few things more special in life than quality girl time. In partnership with American Girl Scottsdale, Fairmont guests enjoy a VIP vacation with their favorite young lady and her best doll friend and delight in luxurious mother-daughter time. The package includes overnight accommodations, an American Girl Doll travel bed, a manicure for mommy and one child (ages 6-12) at Well & Being Salon, round-trip transportation to and from American Girl Scottsdale at Scottsdale Quarter via sedan service. Rates start from $293 per night based on dates/availability.

      Christmas at the Princess
      From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, this enchanting hotel glistens with holiday splendor featuring a four-story musical tree that plays 17 songs to 70,000 synchronized lights, plus the Desert Ice Skating Rink (made of real ice), S’mores Land with the Polar Ice Glide and a new Build-A-Bear Workshop, 4.5 million dazzling Lagoon Lights, new Copper Canyon light & music show, Santa’s Secret Headquarters and holiday friends such as Peppermint Penguin, Princess Noel, Graham the s’more, Shivers the yeti and Selfie Elfie. Lagoon Lights feature swans floating on the water, Santa fishing, a rocking horse, a menorah, dreidels, Nessie the Loch Ness monster, a mermaid, pirate ship and 280 sparkling trees including a candy cane forest, and an infinity tunnel with each LED bulb capable of 256 million color combinations.  Special holiday vacation packages have added extras, exclusive character meet and greets and may benefit the #LoveUp Foundation.

      About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms, including 69 Fairmont Gold rooms and suites, six heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar also by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic fire pit patios.

      Media Relations Contact:

      Valerie Lee – Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480.585.4848
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

      Well & Being Spa

    • AccorHotels-50

      ACCORHOTELS 50TH ANNIVERSARY

      To celebrate its 50th anniversary, AccorHotels opens the doors of its hotels to everyday heroes in 4 establishments in Southern California and Arizona.

      San Francisco, CA, November 15, 2017

      Contributors to community life will be honored: Welcome Heroes!

      On November 19, 2017, AccorHotels will be honoring everyday heroes – men and women, such as firefighters, nurses, teachers, craftspeople, small businesses and local residents – who work each day to serve their communities, by inviting them in close to 2000 establishments around the world, including four hotels in Southern California and Arizona.

      This global event is an opportunity for the Group and its more than 250,000 employees to thank the people who are committed to serving their communities by sharing a moment with them around a breakfast, a barbecue, a concert, etc., or even by inviting them to stay the night as our guests!

      To celebrate 50th Anniversary of Accor Hotels, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, San Diego, will give back to the local community and get to know our neighbors by opening our doors to daily local heroes – teachers! We will host Afternoon Tea for teachers and staff from Carmel Del Mar School to enjoy an elegant afternoon honoring a timeless tradition in the charming setting of our Library.

      To celebrate the 50th anniversary of AccorHotels, Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is happy and proud to open its doors to our local heroes! Agents from the LAPD Wilshire Division under the `supervision of Inga Wecker’, Senior Lead Officer 7A1, and fire fighters from the fire stations of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills are invited to a giant barbecue on Sunday November the 19th from 11am to 2pm for a big THANK YOU Moment! Delicious hamburgers and hotdogs will be offered and different fun activities will be organized, including a photo booth, raffles with amazing prizes including dining experiences and hotel stays.

      Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows will welcome Santa Monica police, firefighters and paramedics by offering half off on all food and beverage all day on Sunday, November 19th. City heroes, (retired or present) are invited to enjoy a Mediterranean inspired menu at FIG Restaurant or seasonal inspired cuisine in the Lobby Lounge. Local heroes are asked to present their badge to redeem their 50% discount.

      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will be serving a brunch at Toro for approximately 80 people including Scottsdale Fire Department, Phoenix Police, healthcare workers and teachers. Each “hero” will receive a thank you gesture of an evening at Christmas at the Princess.

      This will also be an opportunity for hotel staff to showcase their establishments, which are also deeply rooted in the life of their neighborhood, and to encourage local residents to go through their doors more often, without actually having to book a room!
       

      AccorHotels 50th Anniversary key figures

      90,000 guests – 6,650 free nights – 1,000 brunches – 450 cocktails events – 240 concerts/parties

      About Accorhotels

      AccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,200 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe. Benefiting from dual expertise as an investor and operator, AccorHotels operates in 95 countries. Its portfolio comprises internationally acclaimed luxury brands including Raffles, Sofitel Legend, Fairmont, SO Sofitel, Sofitel, onefinestay, Rixos, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman, Swissôtel and 25hours Hotels; the popular midscale and boutique brands Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter and Adagio; much-prized economy brands including JO&JOE, ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget and the regional brands Grand Mercure, The Sebel and hotelF1. AccorHotels provides innovative end-to-end services across the entire traveler experience, notably through the acquisition of John Paul, the world leader in concierge services. With an unmatched collection of brands and a rich history spanning close to five decades, AccorHotels, along with its global team of more than 250,000 dedicated women and men, has a purposeful and heartfelt mission: to make every guest Feel Welcome. Guests enjoy access to one of the world's most rewarding hotel loyalty programs – Le Club AccorHotels. AccorHotels is active in its local communities and committed to sustainable development and solidarity through PLANET 21, a comprehensive program that brings together employees, guests and partners to drive sustainable growth. Accor SA shares are listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (ISIN: FR0000120404) and traded in the United States on the OTC market (Ticker: ACRFY).

      For more information or to make a reservation, go to accorhotels.group or accorhotels.com. Or join and follow us on Twitter and Facebook

      Michelle Heston
      Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
      (707) 939 2477
      Michelle.Heston@Fairmont.com

    • Christmas at the Princess

      INSIDER’S GUIDE - CHRISTMAS AT THE PRINCESS

      The 8th Annual Festival Brings the North Pole to Fairmont Scottsdale

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (October 20, 2017) – As one of the best and brightest places to celebrate the holiday season, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is set to be more magical and more spectacular than ever. This iconic, AAA Five Diamond resort transforms into a winter wonderland in the desert during its annual Christmas at the Princess festival, November 22 – December 31, 2017, glistening with a four-story musical tree, Desert Ice skating rink, Princess Express trains, Lagoon Lights, plus holiday characters, new shows and attractions including Santa’s Secret Headquarters. Here are highlights of the six-week celebration:

      • Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 22, 2017
      Family holiday entertainment begins in the Enchanted Plaza at 6 p.m., with musical performances, Ice Den skaters and the tree lighting. The Desert Ice skating rink, Lagoon Lights, Princess Express Train and all other attractions also open that evening until 9 p.m. The tree lighting event is open to the public and the price for admission/self-parking that evening is a suggested donation of $25 to Cox Charities benefitting the #LoveUp Foundation for children in foster care. The resort is also accepting new unwrapped toys, gifts for teenagers and household items for young adults graduating out of the foster care system.

      • Holiday Characters
      Checking-in are the resort’s holiday friends: the lovely Princesses Angelica and Noel, a huggable yeti named Shivers and the squishable Graham, a walking s’more, plus Peppermint Penguin and Selfie Elfie each bringing their own special charm from the North Pole. All can be met throughout the resort and they come together for a Christmas character farewell in the Enchanted Plaza every evening at 9 p.m.

      • New! Santa’s Secret Headquarters
      Santa spends time in his new Secret Headquarters mapping his flight plans, time zones and toys, where the young and young-at-heart can write their wish lists, learn the secret elf pledge and have their photo taken with him nightly throughout the season. Various photo packages are available.

      New! Copper Canyon Village Light Show
      Located at the resort’s Western town, Copper Canyon, guests enjoy an all-new light show synchronized to holiday music at the new Amazing Christmas Visions Tree. Show dates are Dec, 1-3, 8-10, 15-31.

      • New! The Build-A-Bear Workshop Pop-Up Shop at S’mores Land is where dreams and stuffed animals are made at an interactive bear- and reindeer-creating station, complete with holiday fashion accessories and a “sweet heart ceremony” where guests choose a red satin heart, make a special wish and place it safely inside their stuffed animal. Price for the Build-A-Bears start at $12.

      • Santa Cares Photo Experience – November 26 & December 4
      Santa’s Secret Headquarters welcomes children with all spectrums of special needs to a photo environment supportive of their sensory, physical and developmental needs. The event takes place prior to public hours from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., in a comforting, physically accommodating setting designed to lessen behavioral triggers associated with this bustling time of year. With the purchase of a photo package, the family also receives four photo greeting cards.

      • Paw-sitively Christmas – December 2
      Guests capture holiday photos of their pets with Santa in his Secret Headquarters, along with the resort’s Canine Ambassadors, Bixby & Gibbs from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

      • S’mores Land: Polar Glide Ice Slide Frosty’s Ferris Wheel & New Build-A-Bear Pop-Up Shop
      At S’mores Land, families can visit the s’mores-loving character Graham at his home, roast marshmallows
      around the campfire, take an icy slide down the newly-expanded four lane Polar Glide, a whirl on the
      Christmas Carousel or a twirl on the Frosty’s Ferris Wheel, now with 15 gondolas seating up to six
      passengers. The Build-A-Bear Pop-Up Shop rounds out the fun. (S’mores kits and bears are additional.)

      • Enchanted Plaza Musical Tree & Animated Holiday Light Show
      Custom-designed for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the resort’s Christmas tree has 80,000 LED lights
      that “twinkle and dance” to 18 holiday songs in Princess Plaza, appropriately named Enchanted Plaza for
      the holidays. The musical tree plays from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly throughout the season, while the lit palm
      trees lining the plaza are synchronized to complement the tree’s music. During the day, this stunning fourstory
      tree is a visual experience, with dozens of glistening snowflakes and a five-foot snowflake tree topper.

      Add to that, a high-definition, one-of-a-kind animated video show features five delightful holiday scenes set
      to music and projected against the resort’s façade. This five-minute show plays promptly on the hour from 6
      p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly in the Enchanted Plaza.

      • Desert Ice Skating Rink

      Made with real ice and surrounded by picturesque saguaros, skaters experience magical snowfalls beneath
      a star-filled Arizona sky. The 6,000 square-foot rink is open to the public nightly throughout the festival. The
      price is $20 per person and $5 for skate rental.

      For the ultimate VIP experience, luxury rink-side fire pit tables with s’mores and blankets are available for
      evening sessions and include valet parking. For reservations and price information, please call (480) 585-
      2694 or email SCP.MagicMemories@Fairmont.com.

      • Lagoon Lights

      With the addition of 1.5 million lights this season, the resort shines with 4.5 million LEDs. Visitors enter the
      festivities through a 17-foot long infinity tunnel with ever-changing colors from special RGB LED bulbs,
      capable of 256 million color combinations. They can then stroll or ride the Princess Express Train through
      the majestic Lagoon Lights, a lit fantasy land to see graceful swans floating on the water, a buccaneer pirate
      ship, a whale, dolphin, mermaid, Nessie the 30-foot Loch Ness Monster, 14-foot poinsettias, rocking horse,
      a candy cane forest and more.

      Throughout the resort, 280 trees are wrapped in lights, many draped with icicles and snowflakes. Visitors will
      also see a 20-foot snowman, elves peeking around trees, a giant walk-through ornament as well as families
      of singing trees, singing snowmen and singing reindeer.

      Guests will also see glowing butterflies and hibiscus in Ironwood Circle near the Sonoran Landing Pool and
      lit reindeer on the forest lawn by Bourbon Steak.

      • Princess Express Trains
      Guests board either of two Princess Express Trains nightly for a ride around the Lagoon Lights. Overnight hotel guests receive a priority boarding pass; non-hotel guests require general festival wristbands to ride.

      • Nativity Garden Light Show
      The resort’s Fragrance Garden becomes the Nativity Garden, where an 88-foot-long narrated Nativity light and music show tells the story of Christmas. Seating is provided for the 10-minute program. Shows begin at 5 p.m. and occur every 10 minutes until 9 p.m., nightly throughout the festival.

      • Menorah Lighting
      A nightly menorah lighting with latkes and applesauce takes place in the resort lobby through Hanukkah, 5:30 p.m., December 12-20, 2017. To celebrate, the Lagoon Lights also features a 25-foot menorah, a 4-foot dreidel and 4-foot gelt.

      • The Ice Den Scottsdale Presents “Magical Moments on Ice”
      Guests will enjoy watching skaters from the Ice Den showcasing their talents to holiday music at the Princess’ Desert Ice rink. The shows features youngsters from the Coyotes Skating Club of Arizona, is choreographed by the Ice Den skating staff and is sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating. Please visit the resort’s website for performance dates and times.

      • Seasonal Dining Experiences
      Memorable dining experiences range from Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak (where kids 12 and under eat free) to Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar and La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval, with special seasonal menus, Thanksgiving and Christmas ballroom brunches and New Year’s Eve festivities.

      • Breakfast with Santa & Friends – December 23
      Not to miss is a wonderful and whimsical pajama party breakfast, 9 a.m.to noon, hosted by Mrs. Claus and Fairmont friends Princesses Noel and Angelica, Peppermint Penguin, Shivers the Yeti, Selfie Elfie and Graham the s’more, plus DJ Jingle, reindeer games, a Legoland Discovery Center play area, photos with Santa in his Secret Headquarters, a special daytime skating session, access to S’mores Land and chances to win great prizes such as an American Girl doll. $75 Adults; $50 Children ages 3-12; Children two and under eat free. Reservations are required by calling (480) 585-2694.

      • Kringle’s Korner & Holiday Shopping
      The Christmas Shoppe at Kringle’s Korner is a charming boutique offering wintery wear such as hats, scarves, mittens and pajamas for the whole family, along with seasonal décor, hand-painted collectible ornaments and snow globes, Princess Express train whistles, blinking novelties, Selfie Elfie and Elf on the Shelf toys and gourmet sweets. The resort is the perfect place for holiday shopping with unique items in Maverick for men, Anna J women’s boutique or health and beauty items at Well & Being Spa’s Community Market.

      • Let It Glow at Well & Being Spa
      Sparking at the spa, holiday pampering includes “Mistle-Toe” pedicures, peppermint manicures, s’mores body treatment and creating customized moisturizers and scrubs at the Sugar ‘n’ Spice Aromatherapy Blending Bar. Spa-goers can spend the day relaxing with full use of the facilities, including the exercise classes, steam room, Swiss shower, whirlpool rooftop pool and waterfall grotto.

      • Toy Donation Drop-Off
      The tree lighting ceremony kicks off the annual Fairmont Scottsdale Princess toy drive, this year supporting the #LoveUp Foundation. The resort is a drop-off location November 22 - December 22, 2017. Anyone wishing to make a donation can pull right up to the front drive/porte-cochere, where a bellman is happy to assist.

      • Admission Pricing
      Christmas at the Princess is open to the public. General admission is complimentary for hotel guests who also receive express VIP access to the rides and attractions. General admission/parking for non-hotel guests is $55 per vehicle for self-parking valid up to six people. Valet/general admission is complimentary when dining at any of the resort restaurants (Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda, Ironwood American Kitchen or Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar) with a $75 spend, up to six people. General admission includes access to Enchanted Plaza with the four-story musical tree, Enchanted Plaza video show, a walk-through experience of 4.5 million Lagoon Lights, the Nativity Garden, S’mores Land and the Copper Canyon Village Light Show.

      For guests not staying at the resort, ride sharing or walking in, wristbands are $20 per person to ride the attractions including the Princess Express Trains, Polar Glide, Frosty’s Ferris Wheel and the Christmas Carousel. Skating, photos with Santa, shopping, dining and spa are priced separately. Wristbands can be purchased at convenient kiosks throughout the resort.

      • Cox Charities Benefitting the #LoveUp Foundation
      The Christmas at the Princess festival offers several ways to support the community through Cox Charities and this year’s recipient, the #LoveUp Foundation. #LoveUp, a movement created by nationally-syndicated radio personalities Johnjay and Rich, is a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading love, kindness and support to children living in the foster care system. A portion of proceeds from the tree lighting event, Desert Ice skating and the Princess #LoveUp vacation package, along with the toy drive, benefit #LoveUp.

      • Princess #LoveUp Holiday Vacation Package
      The best way to experience Christmas at the Princess and give back to the community: this package includes overnight accommodations with a $50 daily resort credit, a private holiday character meet-and-greet, express VIP access to the rides and one-hour early access to designated festival attractions. Prices start from $199 per room, per night, plus taxes and resort fees. A portion of every package benefits the #LoveUp Foundation.

      For more information on “Christmas at the Princess,” please call (480) 585-4848, toll-free (866) 540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale.

      About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms (including 102 new guest rooms at Sunset Beach) six heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC of Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic outdoor fire pit patios. For more details, please call (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Join the resort’s online communities at facebook.com/FairmontScottsdale, instagram.com/fairmontscotsdl & twitter.com/fairmontscotsdl.

      About Fairmont

      Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic and distinctive hotels in the world. This extraordinary collection includes The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is part of  AccorHotels, a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,100 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 3000 of the finest private homes around the globe. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.

      Media Relations Contact:
      Valerie Lee, APR
      Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • Halloween Party

      NIGHTMARE ON PRINCESS DRIVE HALLOWEEN PARTY

      Step right up to a ‘carnevil’ under the big top at the ‘nightmare on princess drive’ - 8th annual halloween party at the fairmont scottsdale

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (September 26, 2017) – Step right up, step right up! It’s the grandest (and most twisted) show on earth under the big top at CarnEVIL, as the “Nightmare on Princess Drive” returns to The Plaza Bar, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday, October 28, 2017. This indoor/outdoor nightspot, in the plaza of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, is the perfect place to enjoy fall weather and a spine-chilling Halloween bash.

      This year’s spooky theme is “CarnEVIL,” where party-goers enter if they dare into a vintage, turn-of-the-century carnival gone wrong. DJ Pulse will mix the best lounge and dance music, setting the stage for fun house mirrors, stilt walkers, carnival barkers, fire breathers, contortionists and a Halloween costume contest at midnight with prizes. Harlequin clowns and sideshow servers stir up cotton candy, popcorn and enticing cocktail concoctions ($14) including:

      • Ringmaster - Made with 1 ½ oz. gin, ¾ oz. crème de violette, ¾ oz. lemon juice, ¾ oz. pineapple syrup and absinthe-rinsed glass. To make at home, combine all ingredients and shake well. Double strain in to a martini glass that has an absinthe rinse. Garnish with a lemon peel.
      • Creepy Nights - Made with 1 ½ oz. bourbon, ¾ oz. lemon juice, ¾ oz. of red wine and ½ oz. of simple syrup. Combine all ingredients except red wine and shake well. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and pour red wine to float on top.

      Admission to the party is complimentary and reserved VIP tables with bottle service are available by calling 480-585-2694. The Plaza Bar opens at 7 p.m., with the party starting in at 9 pm, and is located at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale. Self-parking is $5 and valet is $10. For those who want to take the elevator home, the resort is offering a special room rate on October 28 starting from $109 plus tax and resort fees. For more information or room reservations, please dial 480-585-4848 or visit www.scottsdaleprincess.com.

      About Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

      Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas and lush, flower-filled gardens. The resort features 750 oversized guest rooms (including the 102 new guest rooms at Sunset Beach) six heated swimming pools, the luxurious 44,000 square foot Well & Being Spa, championship golf at the adjacent TPC of Scottsdale and the Trailblazers Kids Club. Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bourbon Steak, the AAA Four Diamond steakhouse by acclaimed chef Michael Mina; modern Mexican cuisine at La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and the new Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, serving Pan Latin fare with stunning views overlooking the 18th green at the TPC of Scottsdale Stadium Course. The Plaza Bar in Princess Plaza serves craft cocktails nightly with scenic outdoor fire pit patios.

      For more details, please call (866)-540-4495 or visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Join the resort’s online communities at facebook.com/FairmontScottsdale, instagram.com/fairmontscotsdl & twitter.com/fairmontscotsdl.  The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale, Ariz.

      For further information, contact:

      Valerie Lee, APR
      Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • THANKSGIVING AT THE PRINCESS

      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Presents a Cornucopia of Dining Options This Thanksgiving

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (October 26, 2015) – Families can enjoy the tradition of gathering together to give thanks in luxury at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, where award-winning chefs and an expert staff attend to every detail for brunch, a delectable dinner or a weekend getaway. Celebrating Thanksgiving, families can also enjoy the Christmas at the Princess festival, which will be underway.

      Thanksgiving Bountiful Brunch

      Thursday, November 26, 2015 - Palomino Ballroom

      Four dynamic restaurants and five talented chefs come together for one spectacular Thanksgiving feast held in the Palomino Ballroom. Chefs from Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda, Ironwood American Kitchen and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar each bring their culinary talents to the brunch so every member of the family can enjoy their favorites. Selections include carved turkey, build-your-own mac and cheese, cowboy benedict, brioche French toast and malted Belgian waffles, pescado al la talla, slow smoked and roasted prime beef brisket, sushi rolls, fine meats, cheeses and accoutrements. The Pastry Shop will present 14 signature desserts such as chocolate ganache banana tart, dulce de leche cheese cake, chocolate chip pecan pie, passion fruit pineapple tiramisu cups and traditional pumpkin pie. Kids and families will have fun from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. with arts and crafts, giant teepee decorating, bingo for prizes, hula hooping games, giant bubble making and a special appearance by Gobbles the Turkey. Trailblazers Kids Club, the hotel day camp for guests ages 5-12, will also have a variety of fun adventures as well.

      Thanksgiving Day Brunch welcomes hotel guests and Valley residents alike with seatings from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, November 26. The price is $95 for adults, $40 for children ages 6 – 12 and children 5 and under dine for free with the purchase of an adult brunch. Tax and gratuities are additional. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 480-585-2694.

      Thanksgiving Evening Dinner Offerings

      Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak – By Chef Jeremy McMillan
      Bourbon Steak will offer a choice of their regular a la carte menu or a three-course prix fixe menu: For starters, a butternut squash soup ($15), an entrée of Heritage turkey roulade featuring turkey breast with chestnut stuffing, sweet potato galette, roasted Brussels sprouts and sage gravy ($40) and a pumpkin dessert with fall spices ($10). Dinner hours are 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

      La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval – By Chef Forest Hamrick
      La Hacienda is offering a special Thanksgiving dish of pavo en mole rojo featuring roasted turkey breast in traditional mole with sweet corn tamal casserole, crema mashed potatoes and braised green beans ($36). Thanksgiving dinner hours are 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. In addition to the special entree, the regular dining menu will also be available.

      Ironwood American Kitchen – By Chef William Schultz
      The Ironwood American Kitchen will offer a limited a la carte dinner menu along with three tantalizing entrée specials: salt crusted prime rib (8 oz. $20 / 16 oz. $30), beer battered fish and chips ($19) and chicken pot pie ($18). Dinner hours are 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

      Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval – By Chef Forest Hamrick
      Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar located at TPC Scottsdale overlooking the 18th green offers its regular dinner menu along with a holiday entrée of adobo turkey roulade with Peruvian stuffing, pumpkin puree and haricots verts with toasted almonds ($36). Dinner hours are 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

      Also Around Thanksgiving:

      “Christmas at the Princess” Festival
      From November 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016, this enchanted resort glistens with holiday splendor featuring a four-story musical tree, the Desert Ice Skating Rink made with real ice, Princess Express Train, 2.8 million dazzling Lagoon Lights, a magical snowfall, Christmas Carousel, Santa in his workshop nightly and new characters such as Peppermint Penguin, Christmas Princess Noel and Selfie Elfie. Along the Princess’ Lagoon, visitors can stroll or take the train under lit archways to see beautiful swans floating on the water, 14-foot poinsettias, a pirate ship, rocking horse, a menorah, dreidels, swans, Nessie the Loch Ness monster, Santa fishing and 200 sparkling trees including a candy cane forest and new infinity tunnel.

      “Christmas at the Princess” is open to the public. Admission is complimentary for hotel guests. Entrance fee/parking for non-hotel guests is $30 for self-parking with up to 10 people per vehicle or $40 for valet after 4 p.m. without dining. Valet/entry for local residents is complimentary when dining at any of the resort restaurants. For complete details, please visit scottsdaleprincess.com.

      The Plaza Bar is the place for another holiday tradition: going out on Thanksgiving Eve. This nightspot is ideal for a cool fall evening outside on the couches by the fire pits at the base of the four-story Christmas tree on the plaza. Starting at 5 p.m., The Plaza Bar is open nightly with seasonal hand-crafted cocktails.

      Black Friday Shopping!
      The Christmas Shoppe at Kringle’s Korner is a charming boutique offering wintery wear along with seasonal décor, hand-painted collectible ornaments, new keepsake snow globes, Princess Express train whistles, blinking novelty items and gourmet chocolates. The resort is the perfect place for holiday shopping with unique items for men in Maverick, ANNA J women’s boutique, authentically local offerings in Provisions and health and beauty items at Well & Being Spa’s Community Market.

      Holiday Room Reservations

      • The “Sip, Savor & Sunset” Package is available starting at $299 per night plus taxes and $29 daily resort fee based on availability and includes a $100 daily dining credit.
      • The Magic Memories Holiday Package includes overnight accommodations, a skating session with skate rental for two adults and two children and express VIP access to the Princess Express Train. The best part is $10 from each package will benefit the Boys & Girls Club through Cox Charities. Prices start from $274 per night, plus taxes and a $29 resort fee. Second rooms on this package may be booked at 50 percent off, not including the amenities listed above. This package is based upon availability November 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016.

      For dinner or room reservations, dial (480) 585-4848, toll-free (866) 540-4495 or for more information, please visit scottsdaleprincess.com. The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale. 

      Media Relations Contact:

      Valerie Lee, APR Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • Guestroom Rendering

      FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS ANNOUNCES EXPANSION

      Adding 102 Guest Rooms in 2016

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (July 2015) – The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a distinctive AAA Five Diamond Southwest resort in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, has announced its next phase of expansion. This award-winning resort currently features 648 guest rooms, and in the summer of 2016, will open an additional 102 new guest rooms for a total of 750. This expansion includes three luxury suites, a new pool, Great Lawn and new Western town event venue. The project, which broke ground in June 2015 on the west side of the property, is being constructed where the tennis courts were previously located. Working on the project are the resort’s original architects, Allen + Philp, along with contractor Balfour Beatty and designers, Whitespace Interiors.

      The new guest room design will be consistent with the resort’s contemporary, Southwest décor reflecting its Sonoran Desert location. All rooms will feature patios or balconies with louvered sliding doors to encourage guests to enjoy the Scottsdale indoor/outdoor living experience.

      An exciting element of the resort’s expansion is the addition of a new feature pool, Sunset Beach, which will be the largest of the six pools at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The new 7,000 square-foot pool will have a zero-depth entry with an expansive white sand beach and splash pad water experience. The new pool is designed to be a playful, new venue for group events while providing a fun setting for leisure guests to enjoy Scottsdale’s year round sunny climate in comfort.

      “I have a vision of guests checking-in at the resort…then kicking off their shoes, rolling up their pant legs and wading in from the sand beach with beverage in hand.  The only thing we didn’t have that may be on your travel checklist was a beach…now you can check that off too,” said Jack Miller, general manager at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

      In addition, the Princess’ 1880s Western town is being relocated and expanded with new facilities for private events that can accommodate large groups. Re-named Copper Canyon, the town will have two saloons, an outdoor stage and dance floor, a blacksmith shop, a jail that guests can be “locked up” in, as well as building facades that give the spirit of the Old West with a sheriff’s office, a general store and the undertaker.  Copper Canyon will open for private events in October 2015.

      The expansion also includes the unveiling of a new group event venue, the Great Lawn, a 35,000 square-foot landscaped grass area on the west side of the resort. The Great Lawn will accommodate 1,500 guests for dinner seating or 2,000 guests for a reception, as well as offering new space for team building experiences and creative break-out sessions. 

      The added number of guest rooms, a sixth feature pool, the Great Lawn and expanded Western town will enable the resort to welcome more guests and accommodate larger conferences, housing all of their meeting needs. The addition of the Great Lawn and new feature pool brings the number of outdoor event venues to more than 20 unique locations for 10 to 1,200 people.

      The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess expansion began in June 2015 and will be completed by May 2016, with guest rooms being bookable by July 1, 2016.  Guests and groups in the resort during the build-out are not expected to be impacted, as work is located on the West Side of the resort, not adjacent to current guest rooms, meeting space or outlets. 

      Recent Improvements at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Recent renovations underscore the resort’s owners, Strategic Hotels and Resorts, commitment to the continual evolution of the 27-year-old Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, keeping the property vibrant with contemporary enhancements which complement the resort’s iconic status. This commitment to excellence is evidenced by recent 2014 improvements, including the remodeling of the resort’s Casitas and the launch of its new Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course clubhouse, as well as a five-year renovation and expansion project that concluded in 2013.     

      • Most recently, the remodeling of 120 Casitas included replacement of all furniture and decor. These sought-after luxury accommodations are more secluded and residential in style and are particularly ideal for executive meetings, group VIPs and long-term guests. Three types of Casitas include the Casita Signature room at 700 square feet; the Casita Suite with a separate living room and 1 or 2-bedrooms at 850 square feet and two new Casita Hospitality Suites at 1,150 square feet, with a kitchen, executive boardroom table, queen-size Murphy bed and fire pit patio. The new décor, much hand-crafted in Arizona, is modern Southwest with neutral desert colors.  All Casitas have private covered patios or balconies, many with views of the TPC Scottsdale, desert and lagoons.
      • The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess recently introduced Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval at the TPC Scottsdale clubhouse.  The name Toro, meaning “bull” in Spanish and “tuna belly” in Japanese, sets the stage for specialties spiced with Pan Latin flair.  Overlooking the 18th green of the celebrated and newly renovated TPC Stadium Course, the restaurant has a suviche bar (sushi and ceviche), wok dishes, small plates for sharing, grilled entrees and an impressive selection of 111 types of rum. The restaurant’s décor is warm, yet industrial, combining rustic and modern finishes and the perfect patio for enjoying Scottsdale weather.
      • In 2013, the Princess completed a five-year, $60 million renovation project that brought many new features, including the Palomino Conference Center, adding 52,331 square feet of indoor meeting space anchored by the new 23,000-square-foot Palomino Ballroom. The new $20 million conference center gives the resort a total of 156,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, making it the largest meetings resort in the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts portfolio worldwide. The resort also introduced the innovative Well & Being Spa concept, added a lower patio and fire pit area to Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak; created a “living wall” on the resort’s façade; updated the retail and coffee market; launched a new three-meal restaurant concept, Ironwood American Kitchen and gave the Princess a “new dress,” painting the exterior’s sunset pink to a fresh, more contemporary look of off-white, with slate and gray trim.

      Media Relations Contact:

      Valerie Lee, APR Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

    • TORO LATIN RESTAURANT & RUM BAR

      The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Introduces Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar at the TPC Scottsdale

      SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (February 17, 2015) – The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has introduced its latest culinary achievement: Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, which opened on December 5, 2014. The name Toro, meaning “bull” in Spanish and “tuna belly” in Japanese, sets the stage for specialties spiced with Pan Latin flair. Overlooking the 18th green of the celebrated TPC Stadium Course, the restaurant has a suviche bar (sushi and ceviche), wok dishes, small plates for sharing, grilled entrees and an impressive selection of 151 types of rum, plus sugar cane spirits and Latin wines, and live entertainment and brunch on weekends. Located at the newly-renovated TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course, the restaurant is open to the public, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

      This new restaurant concept comes from acclaimed chef-restaurateur Richard Sandoval, recognized as the “Father of modern Mexican cuisine,” who has an international collection of 35 Latin American-inspired restaurants around the globe. This is the Fairmont Scottsdale’s second collaboration with Sandoval which began with La Hacienda where Chef de Cuisine Forest Hamrick oversees the daily operation of both restaurants. At Toro, he masterfully melds Pan Latin cuisine, one of the top cuisines in the world known for its unique flavor profiles, taking inspiration from all of Latin America, particularly with South American, Japanese Peruvian (Nikkei) and Chinese Peruvian (Chifa) influences. The Toro experience is much like the Latin culture in being lively, interactive and approachable in sharing small plates in a casually sophisticated and vibrant setting.

      This menu ranges from corn empanadas and Catalonia cocas-style flatbreads, to achiote barbecue Atlantic salmon, Mexican campfire whole snapper and the Wagyu skirt steak.

      Popular side dishes include the chipotle pork belly mac ‘n’ cheese, Yuca fries with mojo sauce and a grilled avocado with sweet corn pico de gallo. Golfers coming off the course may also enjoy a twist on their favorite post-play sandwiches, such as the Cubano carnitas or the Toro Toro burger with crispy bacon, chipotle mayo and avocado.

      The suviche bar is an energetic setting where chefs skillfully prepare sushi and ceviche dishes such as hamachi tiradito, the angry tuna roll, shrimp and tuna Nikkei ceviche and smoked swordfish dip with pickled chiles.

      For dessert, the choices are refreshing as they are decadent, including the Suspiro Limena, a classic Lima dish made with Peruvian caramel, vanilla bean, honey meringue and seasonal fruit.  Also delightful is the avocado panna cotta, a combination of crème fraiche ice cream, dark almond cookie crumble, rosemary jelly, dark chocolate truffle and rum-roasted pecans.

      While the cuisine is a flavorful journey throughout Latin America, Toro’s cocktail program is a fun and fascinating expedition of rum. The Rum Princesa offers the largest selection in Arizona with 151 types of rum, featuring rum flights and a rum punch daily. A not-to-miss experience is the tableside presentation of Princesa de Fuega, similar to the TiPunch tradition found in Barbados and Martinique, made with rhum agricole, a pure sugar cane product similar to cachaca in Brazil. This cocktail ceremony cleanses the glass of “evil spirits” with fire, sweetens “the future” with cinnamon sugar then muddles the zest of lime with a swizzle stick. Other signature cocktails include the Toro Toro made with Smith & Cross, lime juice, simple syrup, cilantro, pineapple, ginger puree and garnished with a sugar cane stick; the Running with the Bull, made with Sammy Hagar’s Beach Rum, fresh lime juice and Torres Spanish orange liqueur, or the Princess Manhattan, made with Zaya 12-year reserve, Noilly Prat sweet vermouth, orange bitters and a raw sugar cube, garnished with a maraschino cherry and an orange swath.

      The restaurant’s décor is warm, yet industrial, combining rustic and modern finishes and the perfect patio for enjoying Scottsdale weather. For the interior design elements, raw materials were used to create layers of texture such as blackened steel metal panels on the bar wall and fireplace, cowhide ottomans in the lounge area with 24 rum lockers made from distressed wood and chicken wire, giving a unique backdrop. Adjacent to this is a modern art display of two Texas longhorns, four steel horn and five deer horns. The focal point of the interior is the spacious open bar that seats 38, with high-beamed ceilings and clusters of hanging exposed light bulbs, inspired by Arizona’s starlit skies.

      The restaurant and clubhouse also offers private dining options such as the new Thunderbird Room, named for The Thunderbirds, the civic organization who hosts the annual Waste Management Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament. Outside, the star of the show is the spectacular view of scenic McDowell Mountains and the famed 18th hole of the TPC Stadium Course, where guests can relax in any of the new couch and table seating areas with fireplaces to watch the sunset and golfers sink their last putt of the day.

      Toro’s sister restaurants by Sandoval are in Hong Kong, Belgrade, Serbia and Tokyo. Toro at the TPC Scottsdale is located at 17020 North Hayden Road in Scottsdale and is open to the public for breakfast ($7-$10) lunch ($8-$34) and dinner ($11-$40) 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., daily.  For more information on this or other Fairmont Scottsdale Princess restaurants, please call 480-585-4848 or visit www.scottsdaleprincess.com.

      Media Relations Contact:

      Valerie Lee, APR Director of Public Relations
      Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
      Direct Line: 480-585-2706
      valerie.lee@fairmont.com

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