Hotels by the Light Rail in Phoenix, Arizona

by T.L. Chancellor

The city of Phoenix operates a light rail system that connects the city’s bustling downtown area and airport with northwest Phoenix and the Tempe area. Hotels located along the route offer guests a chance to save money by traveling to city destinations on light rail, which costs as little as $1.75.

Aloft Phoenix-Airport

The ALOFT Phoenix Airport is five minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, but just a few steps away from the 44th Street and Washington light rail station on the east side of the airport. The light rail has stops at both Arizona State University and Tempe shopping areas to the east. The Aloft is a sleek, contemporary hotel that emphasizes technology. All rooms have connectivity stations for multiple pieces of technology, such as laptops and iPods. The entire hotel is set up for free wireless Internet access, and the hotel’s lobby has touch-screen computer monitors with which guests can access local information and check e-mail.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Phoenix Airport

The Crowne Plaza Hotel provides direct access to the 44th Street and Washington light rail station. Heading west, the rail takes guests into the heart of Phoenix, with stops at the convention center, sporting venues and entertainment districts. The Crowne Plaza operates a 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle. The hotel has an outdoor pool and heated whirlpool, a fitness room and a business center. Café Sha Express serves Starbucks Coffee, along with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Days Inn Phoenix

The Days Inn Phoenix on Camelback is located on the northwest side of the light rail system and is within walking distance of two stations: 7th Avenue and Camelback, and Central Avenue and Camelback. From either station, downtown Phoenix is about five miles from the hotel. This location offers a free continental breakfast, has its own restaurant and gym, and allows pets to stay for a fee. Culture and shopping are just three miles away, as guests can hit both the Heard Museum and the Biltmore Fashion Square Mall.

The Wyndham Phoenix

There’s no need for an airport shuttle to get to the Wyndham Phoenix on Adams Street in downtown. The light rail has four different stops down the street from the hotel on Van Buren and Jefferson streets. The Wyndham boasts a Phoenix rarity : a rooftop pool, which is open year-round. Guests can indulge at the hotel’s dry sauna or hair and nail salon. Two restaurants and a lounge take care of guests’ food and drink needs, while 60,000 square feet of meeting space can house almost any size meeting or event. Guests can bring their own computer or rent one from the hotel.

About the Author

T.L Chancellor has more than 12 years of newspaper reporting and editing experience. She has written extensively about education, business and city government. She has also worked at a public relations firm, focusing on environmental issues with clients.