With its southwest location, Arizona provides a warm getaway for visitors year-round. Accommodations throughout the state range from a historical hotel where John Dillinger stayed to some of the top golfing resorts in the country, as well as water park attractions for those traveling with younger guests.
Grand Canyon Hotels
The smoke-free Canyon Plaza Resort, a mile from the Grand Canyon, offers rooms with Nintendo game stations, satellite TV and free Internet. Hotel amenities include complimentary airport transportation, complimentary breakfast and an outdoor swimming pool with a hot tub. Pets 40 lbs. or less are allowed for a nonrefundable deposit. The smoke-free Holiday Inn Express Grand Canyon is a half-mile from the Grand Canyon. The three-story hotel has 196 rooms featuring satellite TVs, free Internet and daily newspaper delivery. A complimentary breakfast, indoor swimming pool and a business center are part of the amenities. Both hotels are located in Grand Canyon, Arizona.
The 50-room Historical Hotel Monte Vista opened in 1927 in Flagstaff and became the site of Mary Costigan's daily radio show, gambling events and the town's only slot machines, and provided emergency signals to the town from a light on the roof. Visited by Bob Hope, Anthony Hopkins and John Wayne, guest rooms boast dining tables and private bathrooms with either a shower or bathtub. The hotel's a block from Route 66, one-block away. The smoke-free Historic Hotel Congress in downtown Tuscan was once frequented by mobster John Dillinger, who was arrested in 1934 after a fire broke out in the hotel's basement. The two-story hotel offers 40 rooms with free Internet and designated pet-friendly rooms for an additional fee. The casual, on-site Cup Cafe provides cocktails and a menu ranging from shrimp cocktail to mushroom risotto.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess boasts outdoor activities with two championship golf courses, seven tennis courts and five pools. The Fairmont provides a golf concierge to reserve tee times during your stay. The 649 rooms, decorated in soft tans and warm yellows, include private terraces, sitting areas and wet bars. Located in Litchfield Park, the adobe-style Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa, built in 1930, offers three 18-hole golf courses with canals, lakes and bunkers. Stroll past the rose gardens and floral-lined walking paths to one of the 331 rooms with private patios, stone fireplaces and living areas. On-site recreational activities include a fitness center, nine tennis courts and three outdoor pools.
The Arizona Grand Resort's Oasis Water Park is 7 acres of three water slides, a wave pool, an oversize hot tub that accommodates 25 guests and a lazy river. The 740 smoke-free guest rooms consist of an open floor plan with white walls and brown furnishings accented with colorful pillows. Rooms include separate living rooms, private patios and Internet access. Additional hotel amenities include a spa, an 18-hole golf course and a conference center. The Pointe Hilton Squaw Resort's 4-acre water park offers a lazy river, a water slide and waterfalls. The 563 rooms feature Internet access, robes and sitting areas. Services include laundry facilities, a fitness room and two casual restaurants that provide cocktails and American-style dining such as burgers and steaks. Both hotels are located in Phoenix.
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