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Sunday, September 24, 2017

ALTO RISTORANTE AND BAR - HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE AT GAINEY RANCH

ALTO 
HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE RESORT AND SPA AT GAINEY RANCH
7500 E. DOUBLETREE RANCH ROAD
SCOTTSDALE, AZ  85258
480-444-1234

Loved the ambiance, food and service at Alto.  Had a great waiter named Booker who seemed to be very knowledgeable on all of the dishes, ingredients and where everything came from.  Started my dinner with the Chef's Salumi and Cheese.  I was blown away by the clean flavors of the Salami and Prosciutto.  Tasted like Italy so I asked Booker where it came from.  He said they bring it in from Tuscany, Italy.  Tasted like it for sure.  The cheese served was one of my favorites on earth and it costs $49 per pound in Hawaii.  I got two nice pieces on the platter and was upset that I could not finish it all.  It was a Truffle Cheese that is just amazing when served on a good toasted bread and with jam as provided.  The bread was also incredible and the butter was salted to perfection.  This could have been my dinner and I would have been so happy and content.  Probably one of best meals in a long time and I only had an appetizer and wine.  Booker told me about the Chef's Special which was a Clams, Mussels and Scallop pasta with fresh made Spinach Linguine and a Lobster sauce.  I went for the special and loved it.  Loved every bite but was so full on bread, cheese and meats that I barely put a dent in the pasta.  Still enjoyed every bite.  This was a great meal.  I would definitely recommend Alto and if you can ask for waiter named Booker.

ALTO MENU
OUTDOOR SEATING WAS PERFECT ON THIS NIGHT.  ENJOYED A NICE JORDAN CHARDONNAY
BREAD WITH BUTTER AND OLIVE OIL
SALUMI AND CHEESE WAS AMAZING
CLAMS AND SCALLOPS (I REQUESTED NO MUSSELS) WITH SPINCH LINGUINE.   AWESOME!

SOUTHWEST BISTRO - HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE AT GAINEY RANCH

SOUTWEST BISTRO
HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE RESORT AND SPA AT GAINEY RANCH
7500 E. DOUBLETREE RANCH ROAD
SCOTTSDALE, AZ  85258
480-444-1234

Loved my lunch at the Southwest Bistro at the Hyatt Scottsdale.  Great service by smiling and very attentive staff.  The Steak Fajitas were fantastic.

SOUTHWEST BISTRO MENU
OPEN KITCHEN 
STEAK FAJITAS
DELICIOUS!
WISH I COULD HAVE MADE THIS DINNER


HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE RESORT AND SPA AT GAINEY RANCH

HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE RESORT AND SPA AT GAINEY RANCH
7500 E. DOUBLETREE RANCH ROAD
SCOTTSDALE, AZ  85258
480-444-1234

Enjoyed my stay at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch.  Great resort with incredible pools, great restaurants and a lively lobby scene with what looked like to be great entertainment at night.  Wish I could have stayed up to enjoy the happenings at this place.  Rooms are nice, clean and bright.  Do not recommend paying extra for the Club Level as the food was not that good and the extra price does not include alcohol.  Beer and wine will run you about $4 each in the Club Lounge.  The lounge was very comfortable with a nice view of the garden.  Indoor and outdoor seating made this nice but at $50 per day extra was just not worth the price.  Staff was friendly and the golf cart driver who drove me to the golf course was exceptional gentlemen who understands what service is all about.  Lots going on here with entertainment, wine tasting dinners and lively scene.  Wish I had my family to enjoy this as I really did not get to indulge in the fun.  Did however enjoy a couple of great meals at the restaurants.  Highly recommend this property if you are staying in Scottsdale.

HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE RESORT AND SPA AT GAINEY RANCH
VIEW FROM OPEN AIR LOBBY
LOBBY BAR GETS PRETTY HAPPENING AT NIGHT
LOBBY SEATING AND STAGE FOR LIVE MUSIC NIGHTLY
CLUB LEVEL LOUNGE
CLUB LOUNGE OVERLOOKS GARDEN
KING BED ROOM
SMALL WORK AREA AND REFRIGERATOR UNDER TV
SMALL BATH 
LIKED THE SHOWER 
LAKE VIEW ROOM
GONDOLA RIDERS GO BY MY ROOM IN EVENING
SPENT TIME ON THE BALCONY WATCHING THE GONDOLAS AND ENJOYING SOME VINO
WITH TUNA SPREAD AND CRACKERS
POOL AREA





RITZ CARLTON DOVE MOUTAIN - MARANA, ARIZONA

RITZ CARLTON DOVE MOUNTAIN
15000 NORTH SECRET SPRINGS DRIVE
MARANA, AZ  85658
520-572-3000
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/arizona/dove-mountain
www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g31274-d1526971-Reviews-The_Ritz_Carlton_Dove_Mountain-Marana_Arizona.html
www.facebook.com/ritzcarltondovemountain/

The Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain is far from a Five Star Resort.  While the hotel is nice, my experience here was terrible.  It started at check in where we were greeted with smiles and everything was good.  Then the front desk clerk told us that we were in the Casitas units away from the main hotel and past the pool.  She instructed us to walk through the lobby and turn left.  We had luggage and backpacks so we did as we were told.  Walked down a few steps with our luggage and turned left.  Looked around and could not figure out where to go.  One employee said to go back up and walk to the left so we did and it was a dead end.  We then were told to walk down through the lobby again and through the glass doors.  We walked there and found around twenty steps that led to a path.  There was no way we were going to lug our bags down those stairs so we went back up and another employee asked where are rooms were.  We told him the numbers and he immediately said that we should be driven to our rooms in a golf cart.  We carried our bags back to the front desk and he led us to the golf carts.  Our rooms were a good walk from the lobby in 95 degree heat past the pool.  We arrived at our Casitas units that were nestled against the rugged hillside.  I got out and the driver pointed to my room which was on the second floor.  I lugged my bags up the stairs thinking what a joke and why didn't they offer to bring the bags up to the room.   No big deal I shrugged this off.  Next up was a shower before going to a dinner reception.   Problem was there was no hot water.  I ran the water for over 30 minutes just to make sure it would not get warm.  Then I checked the sinks and the temperature was the same.. Cold.  Thought it just my have been a peak demand so did not report this.  Got back to room after the reception and wanted to turn on the tv but there was no remote control.  Looked everywhere in the room for ten minutes before calling the front desk to request a remote.  The remote arrived and the person bringing it tried turning on the tv.  It turned on but there was no reception.  He said they have had this problem in my building and left.  No tv for three days.
The thing never had reception.  Reported this to front desk and the gal asked me if the tv in the bathroom was working.  I told her the tv in the bathroom had been removed and there is just big opening in the wall.  Next day wake up to take shower and again the water was cold.  I called front desk and they said someone would take a look.  Nothing happened!  Not even a call back or offer to move me to another room.  Third day again no hot water.  No hot water for three days in a Ritz Carlton and not one person including an assistant manager that I spoke to on the phone gave a shit.  They said and did nothing!  When I checked out of the hotel I requested to speak with the Manager of the hotel.  They said that he was not available and that I should come back again later in the day.  I did and they gave me the Front Desk Manager who I politely and calmly asked if we could sit down and talk.  We went into the lobby and I expressed my feelings about the no hot water, no tv and the check in experience along with the fact that there was no room service menu or hotel info in the room.  He apologized and that was about it.  Amazing.    Cannot imagine my feelings about this hotel after considering the cost to stay here.  Hot water should be basic.

RITZ CARLTON DOVE MOUNTAIN, ARIZONA
LOBBY
LOBBY WALKWAY
MAIN LOBBY SEATING AREA
LOBBY PATIO WITH VIEW.  MY ROOM WAS LEFT ON HILL
WALK PAST THE POOL AREA TO THE CASITAS ROOMS
CASITAS ARE TWO STORY WITH FOUR UNITS PER BUILDING
BEDROOM
LARGE AND COMFORTABLE
LARGE BATHROOM
NICE SOAKING TUB
RECEPTION AT THE GOLF COURSE RESTAURANT 
ENJOYED A DELICIOUS BUFFET
RECEPTION
GRILLED LAMB CHOPS WERE DELICIOUS
SHRIMP WRAPS

THE GOLF CLUB AT DOVE MOUNTAIN - MARANA, ARIZONA

THE GOLF CLUB AT DOVE MOUNTAIN
6501 W. BOULDER BRIDGE PASS
MARANA, AZ  85658
520-572-3500

The Golf Club at Dove Mountain designed by Jack Nicklaus is tough.  Lost a lot of balls in the desert here and also ended up in almost a bunker on every hole.  Challenging for guys like me who cannot hit the ball straight with consistency.  Nice course where the PGA played the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship from 2009-2014.  Good enough for the best pros then good enough for me!
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