Mesa, the third largest city in Arizona, offers a broad selection of hotel accommodations for both vacationers and business travelers. Despite its size, Mesa is essentially a bedroom community and suburb of Phoenix, the state capital that lies 20 miles to the west. Whether you’re looking for luxury digs or simply a comfortable place to lay your head, Mesa has lodging choices that are almost certain to meet your requirements.
Arizona Golf Resort & Conference Center
With its own 18-hole golf course and extensive meeting space, this two-story, 187-unit hotel is an ideal destination for both golfing enthusiasts and business groups looking for a laid-back setting for a conference. With three-star and three-diamond ratings from Forbes Travel Guide and AAA, respectively, this resort also has plenty for guests who fall into neither of the above categories. All rooms and suites feature microwave ovens, compact refrigerators and high-speed Internet. Recreational facilities include two swimming pools and a fitness center; the resort also has a day spa with a broad array of treatments. On-site dining options include Annabelle’s, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a dining room overlooking the golf course, and Anna’s Grill and Lounge for lighter fare in a casual setting.
Best Western Dobson Ranch
Set on 10 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, this budget-priced hotel has “just about everything a sun-starved winter visitor could ask for -- green lawns, flower gardens, palm trees, and a big pool surrounded by lounge chairs,” according to Frommer’s. The hotel’s 213 guest rooms and suites, completely refurbished in 2009, are nothing fancy, but more than adequate for most travelers’ needs. The hotel boasts a three-diamond rating from AAA and two stars from Forbes Travel Guide. In addition to its large outdoor pool, Dobson Ranch features two hot tubs, business and fitness centers, and the Cactus Clubhouse restaurant, which serves continental cuisine in a casual setting.
Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa
A good choice for vacationers who also love shopping, this eight-story, 260-unit hotel sits directly across from Fiesta Mall, one of the Phoenix area’s larger shopping centers. Built around a soaring interior atrium, the hotel enjoys a three-diamond rating from AAA and three stars from Forbes Travel Guide. Travelers with pets can bring along their animal companions for a per-stay fee of no more than $75 (as of November 2010). The hotel’s outdoor swimming pool has a waterfall and an adjoining hot tub that is framed by massive Arizona boulders. Other hotel facilities include business and fitness centers, and an executive club lounge that is reserved for guests in the Hilton’s suites. Just off the lobby, the Zuni Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Residence Inn Phoenix Mesa
Only 14 miles from downtown Phoenix, this three-story, all-suites hotel is ideal for family groups or visitors planning an extended stay in Mesa. Accommodations include studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, all of which feature fully equipped kitchens, spacious desk/work areas and high-speed Internet. Recreational facilities include a fitness center and outdoor swimming pool. Although the Residence Inn has no restaurant on site, it does serve a complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning and hosts an evening reception with free snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks. Nearby eateries include Chevy’s, Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Stuart Anderson’s Black Angus.