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Anonymous1 Aug 2011
I’m planning a holiday in a resort just outside Tuscon and have got a few nights to stay in Phoenix.
Having never been to Phoenix, I’m wondering if there’s a neighbourhood/region of the city that’s the best place to stay (just want to roam around for a few days and see what’s to see in the city).
I did a similar stop over in Atlanta once and stayed in a downtown location only to find that it was probably the worst location to stay in the city.
On the other hand, if there’s really nothing worth seeing/doing in Phoenix, I’ll head out to the resort a day or two earlier.
Thanks1 Aug 2011
Scottsdale is where many of the resorts are situated; and there are some crackers there.
I would recommend the Starwood affiliated Canyon Suites at the Phoenician, which is where I stay. It’s an excellent retreat.
If you have time for sightseeing, be sure to visit Taliesin West on the evening tour:
http://www.smoca.org/ is also top notch.
If you’re in downtown Scottsdale, try the W which is proximate to the Old Town tourist area http://www.wscottsdalehotel.com/Scottsdale1 Aug 2011
All good recommendations above; downtown Phoenix is not a place of innate loveliness – like many US state capitals. Having said that, the Capitol itself is worth a quick look around – but not on a weekend when it is closed.
If you simply need a place to stay then all the majors have good value options close to the airport in satellite cities such as Tempe and Chandler. The former is home to Arizona State University, so is not bereft of culture or interest.
It would be a shame to miss Scottsdale though; the aforementioned Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, The Phoenician itself, the Biltmore, InterContinental, W, Westin Kierland are all superb – if differing in style and atmosphere.
Scottsdale is also best placed, as VK notes, for Taliesin West and also, though slightly further afield, a day trip North to Sedona and its red rock scenery. Although not as close as Tempe to it, it’s easy to head West on the fun Apache Trail to Roosevelt Dam from Scottsdale too.
There’s some background on my blog at:
– if you’re interested.1 Aug 2011
Scottsdale again – I stayed at the JW MArriot Resort. Review here on Trip Adviser:1 Aug 2011
Quite right, edi-traveller,and I’d also forgotten about the Camelback Inn – also a JW Marriott – which has been recently refurbished and is very highly regarded too.
So much choice in one desert!1 Aug 2011
Scottsdale, and my choice would be the Phoenician. If cost isn’t an issue then go with VK’s suggestion of the Canyon Suites @ The Phoenician. Short complimentary car ride away from Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and it’s restaurants/bars. Fantastic golf facilities too. Great resort but not cheap.1 Aug 2011