Donald Draper could have a field day here.
If you tend to romanticize the past and yearn for the times of Slim Aaron’s glamorous poolside photography, you’re in luck.
Slim Aaron’s Photography, Palm Springs circa 1970
The El Dorado Resort is a hidden gem located in Old Town Scottsdale, and we just can’t get enough of its mid-century charm.
The new, boutique hideaway was converted from a 1960 vacation rental property and opened to the public in Fall 2012. The rooms are decidedly retro and super spacious as they’re converted from condos; they feature large kitchens, dining rooms and beautiful bedrooms and living areas, each unique in their colors, furniture and feel. Many open directly to the pool area, and some even have expansive private balconies. The hospitality is extraordinarily accommodating, offering beach cruiser bikes for quick spins around town and expert advice on the area.
But the true highlight of a stay at El Dorado are the cheeky indoor/outdoor living spaces and poolside ambiance that bring to mind the specific appeal of Slim Aaron’s landscapes. At least a dozen separate seating areas sit on the property, some in the shade near flat screen TVs and fire pits, some in the sun next to the pool and in private cabana areas separated by curtains. It’s easy to spend hours poolside with cocktails, or taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi under the covered patio.
Yes, it is a fantastic place to stay, if visiting the Valley of the Sun. Luckily, those of us who live in the area will soon have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful El Dorado in-between staycations, as El’s Cafe opens this January in the resort. Anybody can stop by the new hangout to enjoy:
- Breakfast baked goods like muffins, croissants and coffee cakes
- Other breakfast goodies like cereal and fruit
- Sandwiches and salads like Greek and tuna salad, frittatas and turkey sandwiches
- Espresso, cappuccinos, lattes, hot chocolate, soft drink and tea options
- Happy hour any time of day, with wine by the glass and beer
About El Dorado Scottsdale
El Dorado is a vintage boutique resort, located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, originally established in the mid-century period and now revitalized in 2012 to create a unique location for traveling or local guests wanting a “home away from home” atmosphere with personalized services. El Dorado is an ideal venue for business meetings and group parties. You’ll find the El Dorado in the private hidden alcove amongst Fashion Square Mall, the Night Club District, 5th Avenue Shopping, and Southbridge. The hotel offers four-star standards in a unique and personal getaway experience, with immediate access to attractions in Old Town Scottsdale. The Garden style suites, decorated in eclectic retro chic furnishings, offer fully equipped kitchens, luxury bedding, organic bath products, and complimentary nightly turndown service. Guests have full use of the property’s crystal-clear swimming pool, hot spa, bbqs, cabanas, cafe, beach cruiser bicycles and other amenities. Come experience El Dorado Scottsdale…“A Timeless Old Town Scottsdale Hideaway”.