Family Hotels in Scottsdale

by Barbara Dunlap
Scottsdale, a suburb of Phoenix, offers the feel of the desert.

Scottsdale, a suburb of Phoenix, offers the feel of the desert.

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You get a twofer when you bring your family to Scottsdale, Arizona. You not only have access to the many attractions in nearby Phoenix, but you also can enjoy kid-friendly activities in Scottsdale itself. Take the kids to a movie at the old-fashioned Scottsdale 6 Drive-in; enjoy a boat ride with a singing gondolier at the Hyatt Regency Resort; and dine on burgers and s'mores outdoors at Greasewood Flat, an eatery that's been a fixture in Scottsdale for three decades.

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is packed with activities for all age groups. Young kids can enjoy story times, arts and crafts, and books to check out for your stay. Elementary-age children can swim and play sports in the kids' club; get cooking lessons from a chef; and have a pajama party sans parents. Teens can join activities from talent shows to tennis. The whole family can take part in s'more cookouts, water-park adventures and interactive programs with live desert animals.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

At the Hyatt in Scottsdale, parents can enjoy some time in the spa, on the golf course or on the tennis courts while their children play and learn at Camp Hyatt Kachina. This supervised program teaches kids about the plants, animals and culture of Arizona through games and art projects. One day youngsters may make Native American headbands; the next day they find out all about reptiles. When families play together at the Hyatt, a popular spot is the water playground. It includes 10 pools, a soaring water slide, waterfalls and a sand beach.

Chaparral Suites

With its two outdoor pools and arcade-game room, Chaparral Suites offers family-friendly surroundings at less than top resort prices. Families can enjoy the main heated pool, while tykes play in the kids' swimming area. Other activities for families include complimentary bikes, hiking on nearby trails and horseback riding for a fee. The hotel serves a full breakfast without charge, and its restaurant has a kids' menu with spaghetti, hamburgers and hot dogs.

Holiday Inn Express Scottsdale

The conveniently located Holiday Inn Express is within a few miles of the Phoenix Zoo, the Scottsdale 6 Drive-in and Scottsdale Fashion Square, a mall with movie theaters and kid-friendly restaurants. The Holiday Inn Express has an outdoor heated swimming pool to enjoy after a day of play, and it offers free hot breakfasts, plus free cookies and milk in the evenings.

About the Author

Barbara Dunlap is a freelance writer in Oregon. She was a garden editor at "The San Francisco Chronicle" and she currently specializes in travel and active lifestyle topics like golf and fitness. She received a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been a Knight Foundation Fellow.

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