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Phoenix resort recommendations

Old Apr 28th, 2006, 09:13 AM
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Phoenix resort recommendations

Hello all,
My husband and I want to come to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area this summer and I would love your recommendations for a nice resort to stay at. We want to take advantage of summer prices and stay somewhere nice. We are going to a Diamondbacks game and we love hiking, nature, nice swimming pools to lounge at and pretty grounds. I'd love hiking close to the resort and just a relaxing, nice place to be. I've read about many places but what place do think best suits us? Thanks for your help!
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Old Apr 28th, 2006, 04:21 PM
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What are the places that sound the best to you. There is such a wide range here that knowing what you are considering would make it far easier to help. And what time of year?
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Old Apr 28th, 2006, 04:51 PM
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The best rates I have found in the summer in Phoenix are on Expedia and I would do either the Phoenican, the Fairmount Scottsdale Princess, AZ Biltmore, Royal Palms, the Boulders at Carefree or the Hyatt at Gainey Ranch..
I have never tried Priceline but alot of people on this forum seem to like it so you can try that too..
Great deals for 4-5 star resorts..
We always go to Phoenix in the summer and stay at the 5 star resorts and enjoy the pools and the restaurants and the DRY HEAT..
We took in a Diamond Backs game and we always make time to have lunch at the Grand Hotel in Jerome at the Asylum Restaurant and then cruise to Sedona for our vortex fix and then head back to the resort..
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Old Apr 28th, 2006, 07:14 PM
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Thanks for your replies! I liked the look of the Four Seasons - I know it is a bit secluded, which I like - the Sanctuary and the Fairmont Princess. Do any of these have hiking close to the resort? All seem to have nice grounds and good accomodations. Thanks again and I look forward to hearing more suggestions!
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 08:13 PM
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Rockie - Forgive me for overstating the obvious....if you like to hike you should plan on getting up early and taking lots of water. May I suggest that you take a day trip to Sedona where it is cooler and do some hiking there. Slide Rock park provides the opportunity to slide down the rocks in the water if it is flowing. And there are amazing hikes there.

As for resorts, I consider the Princess and Boulders much further from downtown Phoenix. The Royal Palms, Phoenician, and Biltmore are all a lot closer to downtown Phoenix. I have not been to the Four Seasons or the Sanctuary. There are a lot of great places to stay and you won't be disappointed with any of them.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 04:35 AM
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Have stayed at the Phonecian and thought it was a very nice hotel and grounds.
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Old May 22nd, 2006, 02:14 PM
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we have stayed at the 4 seasons a couple of times... once in peak season (between xmas and new years) and once in low season (this past weekend)...

One of the things I like about the hotel, as compared to the Phoenician or the Hyatt, is how it integrates itself into the environment.. it is very "desert-like" with lots of different kinds of cactus... as opposed to the Hyatt and Phoenician which ahve very lush "tropical" grounds with palm trees. When I visited the Hyatt and Phoenician, I felt liek I could have been at a Hyatt anywhere - it actually looked similar to a couple of the Hyatt Regency's I had visited in Hawaii years ago...

As for hiking, I agree - in low season, hiking in mid-day in the Phoenix area is unheard of... but you will have plenty of company if you go in the early morning - around 7-10AM or so...

The nice thing about the 4 seasons is that one of the nice hiking areas (Pinnacle Peak) is adjacent to the property, and the resort even has a walking trail connecting the resort to the trailhead... very convenient...

Another great hike is Camelback mountain, which is not that close to the hotel, but doesn't take too long to drive there as long as you're not driving in rush hour traffic...
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Old May 25th, 2006, 09:04 PM
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I would recommend Sheraton Wild Horse Pass. It's slightly out of the way off the I-10 close to Chandler, but not more than 30 minutes to downtown, etc. They have horse trails, hiking, golf, spa & casino in a native american theme.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 02:37 AM
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Wild Horse Pass is wonderful. As previous poster said, it is not located in Scottsdale but I haven't gone back to Scottsdale since I have been staying at Wild Horse Pass on trips to Phoenix. Lovely Native American inspired bldgs. and rms., ex excellent showcase restaurant, rooms that overlook the golf course and then mountains beyond it (making for fantastic sunsets on your balcony), wonderful spa (very relaxed and calming atmosphere), nice pool w/bar by it (also looking on to mountains), Veru nice grounds to walk on and a boat that runs on a man-made river around the hotel (taking you to a low-key casino but you would never know it is on the ground unless you go there- I just took the boat for fun), an equestrian center on the grounds. Lovely rms. I love this place.

I went hiking at South Mountain trails, about 7 min. from the hotel in Chandler. Very nice trails! And hotel is short ride to/from airport.

So if you want to get out of the Scottsdale area and think outside that box, I highly recommend Wild Horse Pass.

Look at the website and see what I mean. If you stay there, get a rm overlooking the mountains w/balcony.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 08:18 AM
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Yes, but you'll have to drive 30 minutes for anything to eat outside the hotel dining rooms.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 08:32 AM
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When in the area, check out Frank Lloyd Wright's Taleisin West tours if you are at all interestd. It's an amazing place. They have evening tours on Fridays - and it is amazing to see the place all lit up with stars above.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 09:45 AM
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Actually, I had business in Chandler on one of my visits (one exit away on the hwy, btwn Wild Horse Pass and South Mountain hiking) and ate two good meals there, and one more close to Point South. But with the two good restaurants on site (Kai for dinner and the other one, Ko'Sin, which is also very good for all meals, including dinner) and good room service and Starbucks in the lobby and the lobby bar that serves good bar food, I don't think you'd have to leave to go out to eat if you chose not to.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 08:05 PM
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We just stayed at the Princess and it was beautiful. The staff is awesome. It was very relaxing. Camelback Mtn is about 20 minutes from there. If you can get a back issue of Phoenix Magazine,December 2004 it is all about hiking Arizona.
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Old May 27th, 2006, 10:01 AM
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Thanks for the recommendations! We have reservations at the Four Seasons in early June. The Pinnacle Peak hike sounds great, we'll just go early! We also have plans to go to a Diamondbacks game. Will do a trip report when we return. Thanks again!
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