Fun Hotels for Kids in Phoenix

by Mary Freeman

Because of Phoenix's scorching-hot weather, with an average temperature of 105 in July, the city's resort hotels have lots of kid-pleasing water features. Some of them go beyond swimming pools to offer up mini water parks. Other common amenities include day-care programs for children and kid-oriented entertainment.

Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa

Arizona Biltmore features 740 guest rooms and 78 villas occupying 39 acres of lush, green grounds. Most accommodations have full kitchens, a fireplace, large bathrooms, patios and multiple bedrooms. The front desk arranges baby-sitting through non-hotel agencies, upon recommendation, and the on-site Kids Korral supervises and entertains children ages 4 to 12 with activities ranging from golf to swimming to arts and crafts. Other organized activities at the hotel include hot air ballooning, lawn checkers and croquet, and the grounds also have a playground.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort

The JW Marriott Desert Ridge is a high-rise luxury resort with nearly 1,000 guest rooms, which range widely in square feet and amenities. Guests can escape the hot and dry desert climate in one of several swimming pools and ride an inner tube on the 89-foot-high water slide, which turns into a long, meandering river. The hotel's Nickelodeon package caters to children with interactive shows and play sessions with such characters as Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants. The hotel also offers tennis lessons, bike rentals and watercolor lessons. Every Thursday night, guests can go stargazing as they listen to a storyteller weave tales about astronomy. On Saturdays, a geologist leads a nature walk on the resort property.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is a sprawling luxury property dotted with an assortment of desert vegetation. Partially hidden by the vegetation are eight swimming pools, some of which feature slides for tubing down. Coyote Camp teaches children ages 4 to 12 about Western folklore and culture. Children can also participate in activities ranging from swimming to cooking. Three restaurants adjoin the hotel, serving American, Southwestern and Western cuisine.

Arizona Grand Resort

This 17,000-acre resort's main feature is an extensive system of swimming pools, water slides, rivers and wave pools that wind their way around the property. In total, the hotel features nine hot tubs, including one that accommodates 25 people, and six pools. Among its six restaurants, the Rustler's Rooste steakhouse offers kitschy, Western-themed entertainment aimed at a younger audience. The hotel has won numerous honors for its family appeal, including the Fodor's Choice Gold Award for Best Hotel for Kids and Families.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.