Canopy Scottsdale, Old Town Scottsdale’s first new hotel in over a decade, was designed to capture the vibrant spirit of the Southwest — resulting in a stunning hotel that celebrates Arizona’s splendid scenery with cues from the surrounding artisan community and dreamy desert landscapes.
Designed by Studio 11 Design, an internationally-acclaimed design firm with a diverse portfolio of prominent hotel, restaurant and resort clients around the world, with the goal to weave a narrative highlighting the craftsmanship of the locals with a color scheme pulled from Arizona’s sun-drenched vistas. The dramatic landscape of the desert is paid homage through natural and locally-sourced materials.
Throughout the hotel’s public spaces, local stone, tile, wood, copper mining and glass promote a sense of modern elegance and intimacy. The color palette plucks from the property’s natural surroundings with rich crimson, deep golds and soothing grays. In the lobby, floor-to-ceiling windows color the ambiance with the shifting shades of the desert. Open bookshelves are artfully arranged around soft seating spots to create different nooks for gathering and socializing. To play upon the vastness of the desert just beyond the walls, floating wood ceiling panels draw the eye upwards while stacking doors at the entrance smoothly fold open to bring the environment in.
Tucked into a corner of the hotel’s lobby level lies a small library room, Retreat. Mixed material tables, library shelves, sleek built-in desks and lavish floor lamps make for cozy relaxation. An expansive 2,000 square feet of meeting spaces feature sleek wood frame chairs, nesting tables and settees to inspire comfort and creativity. Artwork enveloping the space includes hand-built clay forms with hand-painted imagery and paintings by native Arizona artist, Frank Gonzales. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the desert in for the completion of meetings spaces that feel energetic and inspiring.
Guest rooms in the 177-room hotel strive to strike the balance between simplicity, the elegance of nature and the familiarity of home. In each room, desert-inspired artwork adorns the walls along with painted nightstands and lounge chairs in buttery tones. An original concept was designed for the canopy beds with wood paneling pulled from the headboard across the ceiling, inspired by the geometric lines of Scottsdale’s iconic Camelback Mountain.
“The design of Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town speaks to the multitude of elements that characterize Scottsdale as a destination for the arts and natural beauty. Designing the property was an opportunity to design a home-away-from-home for guests seeking an immersion into the area’s special culture,” said Kellie Sirna, co-founder and principal of Studio 11 Design.
Situated within the Scottsdale Arts District, Canopy Scottsdale is adjacent to Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and is located near the galleries comprising the famed ArtWalk, the oldest continuous art walk in the country. The hotel honors the artistry of the city with hallways embellished with local works featuring laser-cut wood wall artwork representing traditional Western Native American symbolism. The gallery walls offer a fresh perspective into Western Art and complementary pieces influenced by the dynamic cultural exchanges that have marked the transition of the Old West and the New West.
There’s also an open and airy café and bar, Cobre Kitchen + Cocktails, with a multitude of seating options — solid wood bar stools, communal tables and horizontally tufted banquettes along with simplistic lounge chairs that are offset by ombre side tables. Dimensional tile walls and the bar’s shimmering copper facade bounce the sunlight throughout the space. A dramatic angled ceiling opens to the sky, providing a sense of the desert’s boundlessness with architectural intensity.
The hotel’s crowning piece is Outrider Rooftop Lounge, the rooftop bar and patio. Turf flooring gives way to a muted navy wall covering depicting desert flora. The shades of deep blue are carried through the space for an oasis feel, in the form of fabric accenting the pendant lights and tiling on the bar’s facade. Beyond Outrider, the pool area is complete with luxe components for all-day lounging, including cabanas in cooling shades of white, lounge furniture and loveseats clustered around a firepit for taking in the stars. Throw pillows in pops of red and orange are a nod to the fiery sunsets Arizona is famous for, which are best enjoyed from the rooftop.
“Capturing the extraordinary beauty of Arizona is no easy feat, but Studio 11 Design executed the vision spectacularly,” said Devin Mahoney, general manager and chief enthusiast of Canopy Scottsdale. “From the moment guests arrive, they’re engulfed in the glamour and majesty of the desert. Canopy Scottsdale embodies everything that makes the Southwest an enchanting escape.”
For more information about Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town, visit hilton.com/en/hotels/phxotpy-canopy-scottsdale-old-town. To learn more about Studio 11 Design, visit studio11design.com.