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The Saguaro Scottsdale Featured on the Cover of Conde Nast Traveler Hot List Issue

The Saguaro Scottsdale has been named as part of Conde Nast Traveler's 16th annual May Hot List issue - the ultimate insider's guide to the hottest new hotels, spas, and restaurants of the year. The Saguaro is one of only 12 hotels chosen from the United States, and is also featured as the issue's cover photo. The property is Joie de Vivre's first hotel outside of California.

Out of the thousands of new hotels that opened over the past year, Conde Nast Traveler editors traveled anonymously to 49 countries to visit 172 new hotels. The properties were evaluated on a standard set of criteria including service, food, atmosphere and amenities, all part of their mission to find the best hotels in the world.

The Hot List 2012 features 121 new hotels and resorts in 49 countries. The editors highlighted The Saguaro's colorful design, reasonable price and indigenous spa treatments. Chef Garces' Mexican street food-style dishes at Distrito were also featured.

"We are honored to receive the endorsement of such a fantastic and respected publication as Conde Nast Traveler," said Alan Klein, General Manager of The Saguaro Scottsdale. "To be recognized so soon after the hotel's opening, it's a testament to our entire staff. We look forward to continuing to offer our guests the best possible accommodations and experiences here in Scottsdale."

The designers of The Saguaro, Peter Stamberg & Paul Aferiat of New York based Stamberg Aferiat Architecture, were also featured on the Hot List 2012 as The Predictors - an elite group made up of five industry tastemakers and trend-spotters from within the Hot List Class of 2012. Asked to forecast hospitality design trends for 2013, Stamberg Aferiat predicted the resurgence of color, as well as more welcoming hotel lobby areas. 

Joie de Vivre, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, manages both The Saguaro Scottsdale, which opened November 2011, and The Saguaro Palm Springs, which opened in February. Both hotels are owned and were developed by Sydell Group Ltd, a New York based owner, developer and manager of lifestyle-oriented hotels.

The Saguaro Scottsdale will be hosting a Hot List party to celebrate the release of the issue on Friday, May 4th, 2012 from 7-10pm, with a VIP/press reception from 6-7pm. The party will be a special edition of the hotel's Swim Social series, and will feature a fashion show, poolside entertainment and a DJ.

To get the full Hot List experience, The Saguaro is offering the Hot List package. Guests can stay in one of Conde Nast Traveler's recommended pool-facing rooms, experience one of The Saguaro Spa's Hot Stone massages and sip two of Chef Garces' Hot Hemingway cocktails, either served poolside in their private cabana (with complimentary cool towel service) or in Distrito. Packages start from $199.00 per night.

ABOUT THE SAGUARO SCOTTSDALE The colorful, vibrant character of the Southwest is reflected in The Saguaro, Joie de Vivre's first hotel property outside of California. Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, within a thriving cultural hub that includes the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and numerous art galleries, The Saguaro's 194 guest rooms channel the palette of the indigenous wildflowers of Arizona. The bold Southwestern hues are the work of renowned architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat, of New York- based Stamberg Aferiat Architecture, whose design connects six wings of guest rooms, a reception pavilion, the Distrito restaurant run by celebrity chef Jose Garces, and the intimate Saguaro Spa, which offers services such as massage, body scrubs and yoga. Whether venturing out to the nearby world-class golf courses, exploring the hiking trails of Camelback Mountain, or experiencing the exciting nightlife and culture of Old Town Scottsdale, The Saguaro is the perfect retreat - a thoughtful desert oasis where guests can relax with all of the comforts and sophistication of a boutique hotel.

ABOUT JOIE DE VIVRE Joie de Vivre Hotels embarked on its mission to "create joy" for guests and employees in 1987, when Chip Conley founded the innovative hospitality company in San Francisco. Each one of Joie de Vivre's more than 30 hotels is an original concept designed to reflect the local community and engage the five senses so that guests enjoy authentic, memorable experiences. Today Joie de Vivre manages the largest collection of boutique hotels and resorts in California and is expanding outside the state with the opening of The Saguaro in Scottsdale, AZ in November and Hotel Lincoln in Chicago in March 2012. www.jdvhotels.com

ABOUT STAMBERG AFERIAT ARCHITECTURE Stamberg Aferiat Architecture is a New York-based studio with a broad portfolio of schools, museums, galleries, showrooms and private houses. Mixing the crisp steel-framed aesthetic of high American Modernism with color inspired by Matisse and Hockney, Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat have carved an individualistic niche in contemporary American design. They have long felt that the disappearance of color is a great loss to the built environment, with color bringing emotional resonance to people's lives. For this reason, Stamberg Aferiat have brought the colors of native wildflowers to The Saguaro and designed the hotel around the color and light of the surrounding landscape, making the space, inside and out, a joyful place to be. www.stambergaferiat.com

ABOUT SYDELL GROUP LTD. Sydell Group Ltd. is a New York based owner, developer and manager of lifestyle oriented hotels. Sydell's core expertise is its ability to identify the highest quality talent within the hotel, food & beverage, and retail creative communities and align them with best in class development, asset management and financial discipline to maximize value in the creation of compelling new business models in lifestyle oriented hospitality. Sydell's objective is to assemble, cultivate, and enable the creative talents of its partners in the production of true classics that are respected for their originality and authenticity. www.sydellgroup.com