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JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

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At a Glance


  • perfect for luxuriating with family or groups
  • close to north Valley restaurants, entertainmnent, and attractions


  • large size makes it a bit impersonal for the price tag
  • lots of walking and stairs required to get anywhere

Fodorite Reviews

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JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa Review

Arizona's largest resort has an immense entryway with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the sandstone lobby, the Sonoran Desert, and the resort's amazing water features to meld together perfectly. This sprawling and busy property includes 4 acres of water fun with a popular "lazy river," where you can flop on an inner tube and float the day away. Young 'uns love the kids program, while adults can rejuvenate at Revive Spa or tee off at the on-site golf courses. Each elegantly decorated room has a balcony or patio.

2011 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

A Desert Playground
Some people think the desert is a vast wasteland, devoid of water or anything welcoming. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa quickly changes this assumption: it shows the desert as a breathtaking, soothing oasis. "Big" doesn't even begin to describe this 316-acre Sonoran desert playground. A private sanctuary where you can tickle your taste buds at 10 restaurants, stimulate your pores at a luxurious spa, perfect your stroke at championship courses, and float in 4 acres of pools, the resort embraces all that's beautiful about the desert. Facing west as a theater for the dazzling sunset each evening, Desert Ridge awakens anew each day ready to make its guests forget about the faraway world.

    Hotel Details

  • 869 rooms, 81 suites
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 04-02-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    Convention Resort

    Recently visited this 5-star property. The room, bathroom, and balcony wer in excellent shape. Lobby gorgeous. "Roy's" restaurant on-site is excellent. Pool area a definite plus with fountains and lazy river. Staff best I've seen in a while. BEWARE, THOUGH: This hotel is a big convention resort as well, and tour/convention there when we were as well caused a major downside to our vacation. Be sure to call and ask if a large conference will be there if you go. Otherwise, we would definitely go back to this property. Marriott did an excellent job.

    by kellyhayes, 4/27/07
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    Fun for the kids and Luxury for the adults!

    I chose this hotel for two reasons. 1) the Marriott brand and 2) the pools and lazy river. The employees were helpful and friendly. Our room was beautiful and very clean. I love the toiletry products. The breakfast buffet was wonderful albeit a little expensive. I have never had so many choices for oatmeal toppings in my life! We had a great time playing in the pools and lazy river. Friday night we made s'mores at the fire pit. Property very large. Lots of walking. Pool area dark at night.

    by traylana, 9/10/12

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