Phoenix, Arizona Hotels & Resorts

by Cicely A. Richard

Phoenix serves as the epicenter of the Arizona region called the Valley of the Sun. The city is boasts a mixture of mountain landscapes and metropolitan entertainment. Hotels and resorts in Phoenix provide accommodations for travelers on family getaways or romantic vacations. It gets more than 300 days of sunshine, giving visitors a chance to enjoy area golf courses, hiking trails and downtown attractions. Hotel and resort concierge provide tour assistance for guests.

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Kid-Friendly Lodgings

Arizona Grand Resort, a AAA Four Diamond Award resort, features a green landscaped property next to the 17,000-acre South Mountain Preserve. Oasis Water Park, a seven-acre facility, has an eight-story interactive water play with three slides, a wave pool, a lazy river and a 25-person hot tub. Concierge staff members help guests arrange hiking and biking along the preserves 60 miles of trails. The hotel has a golf course, spa treatments and fitness facilities. All suites have bamboo furniture, living rooms and private balconies. Courtyard Phoenix Camelback is in Phoenix’s upscale Biltmore area. The hotel features Nickelodeon Your Stay packages that give kids activity books and access to special websites. Hotel amenities include laundry facilities, restaurant delivery and a business center. All guest rooms have sofa beds, multiple telephones and high ceilings.

Golf Vacations

Arizona Biltmore, built in 1929, is one of Phoenix’s first resorts. The Arizona Biltmore Country Club has two 18-hole golf courses -- The Adobe and The Links. The Adobe features wide fairways with cross bunkers while The Links contains rolling fairways, five lakes and desert ravines. The resort has eight pools, dance lessons and spas. Guest rooms showcase a desert color palette of beige and ivory and plush furniture. Radisson Hotel Phoenix City Center showcases a landscaped garden with seated areas. The Phoenix City Center golf package offers a round of golf for two, range balls and a golf cart. The hotel helps arrange golf tee times at local courses. It also has two heated outdoor pools, a children’s playground, a fitness center and tennis courts. Select rooms have refrigerators and microwaves.

Romantic Accommodations

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort features views of surrounding mountains, and its elevation offers a lot of natural greenery and plants among granite bluffs. Pointe Hilton Resorts Romance Package includes welcome champagne or sparkling cider, a full American breakfast and lunch/dinner for two. On-site wedding planners help couple arrange their wedding and receptions, even scheduling spa treatments for couples and bridesmaids. The Falls Water Village offers three-and-a-half acres with pools, waterfalls and whirlpools. Select suites have fireplaces, wet bars, dining areas and living rooms. Ritz-Carlton Phoenix is located in the Camelback Corridor and offers mountain or city views. Its special-occasion package includes a bottle of champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries and breakfast for two at Bistro 24 or in room. Guest rooms contain marble and granite bathrooms and wall safes. Select rooms have whirlpool tubs, refreshment bars and living rooms.

Making Reservations

Phoenix hotels and resorts let guests reserve rooms online or via telephone. The Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau website has tools that allow visitors to search for hotels and resorts according to desired amenities and location.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .