Phoenix, Arizona, in the Sonoran Desert, beckons visitors with an average 310 days of sunshine each year. Intrepid sunbathers will find reason to lounge by the poolside even in winter, when the average temperature is 67 degrees. Family hotels in the area provide more than just pools, however, offering amenities geared to appeal to both children and parents.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix/Chandler
Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix/Chandler offers families more elbow room than the average hotel space. Suites have one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms and a full kitchen, including dishwasher, stove and large refrigerator. The DVD rental library in the gift shop can help keep the kids occupied, along with a menu of children’s movies available on demand through the TVs in the suite. The hotel also offers packages for families that include popcorn, one movie-on-demand or DVD rental, sodas and a large pizza. Budding train enthusiasts may enjoy a visit to Chandler’s railway museum and a ride on the miniature train that operates in Desert Breeze Park, which also has a fishing lake.
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa
The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa is in Phoenix, near McDowell Mountain Regional Park, a public park with hiking and biking trails. At the hotel’s spa, teens and adults can get facial and massage treatments or take tai chi and Pilates classes. Dining options include family-friendly choices such as a poolside grill, an Italian restaurant with pizza and pasta, and a bakery serving up cookies, cupcakes and other treats. One of the hotel’s swimming pools features a lazy river and a water slide, and the resort offers family activities such as stargazing nights, poolside movie nights and watercolor painting sessions. Packages for families with young children include access to live shows with characters such as Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Hotel Tempe Phoenix Airport
The Hotel Tempe Phoenix Airport offers a free shuttle for families flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, about 10 minutes from the hotel. The hotel has basketball and tennis courts, as well as a playground for young children. The outdoor pool is heated year-round and includes a hot tub. Families that want to save money on dining out can use the hotel’s free gas grills or book a suite that includes a kitchen. All rooms have a microwave and coffeemaker. A half-mile from the hotel, a 16,000-acre municipal park has 51 miles of trails for horseback riding, biking and hiking.
The Arizona Biltmore lies near the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, a nature preserve with horseback riding trails. For families with teens, the hotel has packages that include treatments at the hotel’s spa or shopping vouchers to local stores. Kids can play a game of croquet or bocce ball on the resort grounds or take part in a children’s program that includes arts and crafts and water games. The hotel also offers salsa-dancing lessons, tennis lessons and bike rentals. A poolside restaurant serves kid-friendly options such as hot dogs, and a bar/restaurant on the property features board games and live piano.