Triple-digit temperatures are easier to handle when you’re sleeping on high-thread-count sheets, cranking up someone else’s air conditioning and sipping on tropical drinks delivered poolside.
That’s the lush life travelers can experience in metro Phoenix in the summer, when hotel rates plunge as temperatures soar. Resorts that charge more than $250 a night in peak season drop their rates by half or more, and resorts with winter rates topping $500 a night charge about $200 a night and up and throw in some perks.
Tips for finding the best deals
• The lowest rates are not available on every date. The cheapest rates generally are offered Sunday through Thursday nights.
• Compare room-only rates and package prices to find the best value. Resorts often pile on the perks and cover certain fees in their summer packages.
• When comparing rates, make sure to factor in resort fees and other nightly charges. Typical resort fees are $25-$30 a night but some go as high as $50 a night. Here’s our annual resort-fee roundup.
• Amenities covered by the fee vary by resort but generally include Internet service and parking. Some places, though, charge a resort fee plus charge for parking and even internet so check all fees online or call the resort.
• Keep an eye on Travelzoo, Groupon and other daily deals sites for specials throughout the summer. Some resorts put their best deals there.
• Looking for the cheapest getaway possible? Check out our 11 rock-bottom deals around Phoenix.
1. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak
Scene: The north Phoenix all-suite hotel is a family favorite for its sprawling River Ranch water park, which includes a water slide, lazy river and poolside activities.
Deal: From $124 per night with the code SUNSP.
Details: 602-997-2626, squawpeakhilton.com.
2. Westin Kierland Resort
Scene: Family central with non-stop activities at the pool, which has a water slide, lazy river and FlowRider surf simulator. Weekend activities will include an ice-cream truck, wintery games and the Polar Plunge, where hundreds of pounds of ice are dropped into the pool.
Deal: The Big Chill package starts at $149 a night. It includes a $50 dining credit or two sessions on the FlowRider.
Details: 480-624-1202, kierlandresort.com.
3. Arizona Biltmore
Scene: The historic central Phoenix resort offers lush grounds; pool activities including a water slide, margarita cart, DJ and movies; plus golf, nearby hiking, and restaurants and shopping at Biltmore Fashion Park.
Deal: From $125 a night. The best deal is the all-inclusive package, which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for two, self-parking and the $28 resort fee. Prices vary by date. For a weekend stay in mid-July, I found the all-inclusive package for $215 a night.
Details: 602-955-6600, arizonabiltmore.com.
4. Hermosa Inn
Scene: Intimate hideaway in Paradise Valley that began as the residence of famed cowboy artist Lon Megargee. The resort restaurant named after him, Lon’s at the Hermosa, is a special-occasion and business-dining hot spot that draws locals and visitors.
Deal: The Summer in Paradise package starts at $139 a night. It includes two drinks and a $25 daily food and beverage credit.
Details: 844-423-3981, hermosainn.com.
5. JW Marriott Desert Ridge
Scene: The northeast Phoenix resort, one of the state’s largest, is a magnet for families given its water playground with a lazy river, water slide and poolside activities. The resort also is popular with golfers, and shoppers like the proximity to Desert Ridge Marketplace.
Deal: From $169 per night. Like to golf? Check out the Come to Life package, which starts at $179 a night and includes a $50 resort credit, unlimited golf for up to four guests in the room, free kids meals and the $29 resort fee.
Details: 480-293-5000, jwdesertridge.com.
6. Arizona Grand Resort
Scene: All-suite resort with water activities galore, golf and hiking, all with a South Mountain backdrop. The big draw is the Oasis Water Park, which features a lazy river, wave pool and the biggest water slides in Arizona.
Deal: From $109 per night but climbing past $200 for some summer weekend dates. On Tuesdays, the resort posts last-minute deals on Facebook.
Details: 602-438-9000, arizonagrandresort.com.
7. Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes
Scene: Mountainside resort with poolside activities including live music and free yoga, plus a marquee special-occasion restaurant, Top of The Rock.
Deal: The Summer Splash package starts at $149 a night. It includes a $50 resort credit, parking ($10) and internet ($14.95).
Details: 602-225-9000, marriott.com/phxtm.
8. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Scene: Camelback Mountain retreat with chic rooms, serene pool and spa and destination dining spot in Elements, run by celebrity chef Beau MacMillan.
Deal: From $215 per night with 14-day advance purchase. The room must be prepaid and is nonrefundable.
Details: 855-245-2051, sanctuaryoncamelback.com.
9. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scene: Families galore enjoying pools, water slides, a fishing pond, nighttime events and a beach. Adults will love the Well & Being Spa, golf courses (home to the PGA’s Waste Management Phoenix Open) and restaurants including Bourbon Steak from celebrity chef Michael Mina. The Princess goes all out on holiday weekends, with an unparalleled lineup of activities.
Deal: The Summer Splash Birthday Bash package, which celebrates the resort’s 30th year, starts at $169 per night. It includes a $50 resort credit.
Details: 480-585-4848, scottsdaleprincess.com.
10. Found:Re Phoenix
Scene: Hip new downtown Phoenix hotel with an artsy vibe and a popular indoor/outdoor bar.
Deal: The Summer Staycation AZ Luv package starts at $129 a night. It’s packed with perks: a $50 food and beverage credit, valet parking ($25 a night), a welcome cocktail and late checkout.
Details: 602-875-8000, foundrehotels.com.
11. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Scene: A laid-back luxury resort adjacent to Pinnacle Peak Park in north Scottsdale, with poolside pampering including complimentary cabanas (first come, first served) and frozen treats and a complimentary kids program. Summer activities include sunrise hikes, Saturday night poolside movies and discounted spa treatments.
Deal: From $189 per night.
Details: 480-513-5039, fourseasons.com/scottsdale.
12. Hotel Valley Ho
Scene: Hip mid-century modern hotel with a happening pool, chic rooms and an ideal location near downtown Scottsdale.
Deal: From $149 a night.
Details: 480-376-2600, hotelvalleyho.com.
13. Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
Scene: Family central with poolside activities galore, including pedal boats, water bikes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and live music throughout the summer. Special events include a pop-up water park on holiday weekends. Foodies will love Kai restaurant, the only Arizona restaurant to earn five diamonds from AAA and five stars from Forbes Travel Guide.
Deal: The You Stay, We Pay package starts at $149 a night. It includes a $50 resort credit (Kai is excluded). The rate code is WEPAY. The We Love Teachers package starts at $99 a night. Teachers get a room upgrade, late checkout and $25 gift card to teacherspayteachers.com. A $99 package is also available for military members.
Details: 602-225-0100, wildhorsepassresort.com/summer.
14. Mountain Shadows
Scene: Arizona’s newest resort, on prime Paradise Valley land that drew Hollywood stars to a prized hotel with the same name in the 1960s, is for those seeking a relaxing spot with awe-inspiring views of Camelback and Mummy mountains, adult pools and golf.
Deal: From $159 a night.
Details: 480-624-5400, mountainshadows.com.
15. Andaz Scottsdale
Scene: This new resort, one of 22 new U.S. hotels named to Conde Nast Traveler’s 2017 Hot List, is a tucked-away, art-filled hotel aimed at creative types looking for something different. The resort, whose casita-like rooms are arranged in clusters, has a partnership with the nearby Cattle Track Arts Compound. Members of the 81-year-old collective participate in an artist-in-residence program at the resort.
Deal: From $189 in June, $159 in July and $139 in August.
Details: 480-368-1234, scottsdale.andaz.hyatt.com.
16. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch
Scene: Family central thanks to a sprawling pool complex with a beach, water slide and activities galore. An adult pool has its own bar, and there are gondola rides and a spa.
Deal: From $199 in June, $159 in July and $139 in August. Shop for the Splash into Summer package, which includes a $50 resort credit and self-parking ($21).
Details: 480-444-1234, scottsdale.hyatt.com.
17. W Scottsdale
Scene: Adult pool-party fun in a downtown Scottsdale location convenient to restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Deal: The Arizona Residents package starts at $169 a night. It includes valet parking ($22), two drinks and internet service ($10.95). On holiday weekends, the package includes tickets to the hotel’s weekend pool parties on the WET Deck. Ask for rate plan AZRES.
Details: 480-970-2100, wscottsdalehotel.com.
18. Omni Scottsdale Resort at Montelucia
Scene: Mediterranean-style resort with two pools and unbeatable views of Camelback Mountain from the pool, rooms and even the cycling classes at the fitness center. Spa lovers will want to book treatments at the tranquil Joya Spa, which is offering daily specials throughout the summer.
Deal: The Slumber & Save package starts at $129 a night with a two-night minimum stay. It includes $50 to spend on food and drinks at the pool, parking ($22), a reduced resort fee ($15 instead of $29) and 4 p.m. checkout.
Details: 480-627-3200, omnimontelucia.com.
19. The Boulders
Scene: Recently renovated adults getaway near Carefree with Instagram-worthy views, golf and spa. Summer activities include complimentary poolside treats, moonlight biking and paddleboard yoga.
Deal: From $129 a night. The Truly Boulders package starts at $179 a night. It includes a $25 dining credit, valet parking ($25) and resort fee ($30).
Details: 480-488-9009, theboulders.com.
20. The Camby
Scene: Artsy high-rise with a lively pool scene and prime central Phoenix location in the Biltmore corridor, home to hiking, restaurants and shopping including Biltmore Fashion Park across the street. Summer activities include nightly outdoor movies and a guitar loaner program.
Deal: From $139 a night.
Details: 602-468-0700, thecamby.com.
21. Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix
Scene: A hip downtown Phoenix hotel with a happening rooftop bar and pool scene. Summer activities include free yoga, DJs and holiday pool parties. The Palomar is part of the CityScape dining and entertainment complex and within walking distance of Chase Field, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Talking Stick Resort Arena, host to many concerts.
Deal: From $136 per night. The rate code is FFSUM.
Details: 602-253-6633, hotelpalomar-phoenix.com.
22. JW Marriott Camelback Inn
Scene: Legendary Paradise Valley resort, a favorite of Marriott Chairman Bill Marriott, with casitas, a destination spa, mountain views and more.
Deal: The Experience Your Way package starts at $169 a night and includes a $50 resort credit. Packages that include massages or golf are also offered.
Details: 480-948-1700, camelbackinn.com.
23. Royal Palms Resort & Spa
Scene: Intimate adult getaway in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, known for its lush grounds, spa and marquee restaurant, T. Cook’s. The pool was recently renovated.
Deal: The Spa and Dine package starts at $189 per night. It includes a $50 spa credit and $25 food and beverage credit. Use special offer code LLXE.
Details: 602-283-1234, royalpalmshotel.com
24. The Phoenician
Scene: The Phoenician is family central in summer, but this year will be a little different. A multimillion-dollar makeover of the luxury resort at the base of Camelback Mountain began in May and will close the resort’s stunning pool, lobby, some restaurants and the spa until the fall. The resort has set up a temporary “Pool at the Park” at its tennis garden. Relish Burger Bistro and J&G Steakhouse remain open and are offering specials. Food and drink service also will be available at the pool.
Deal: Renovation rates start at $119 a night. They include a renovated room, half off the Funician Kids Club and a free in-room movie.
Details: 480-941-8200, thephoenician.com.
25. The Scott
Scene: A tropical resort with a one-of-a-kind pool setting and prime location near downtown Scottsdale restaurants, bars, shopping and attractions. (The Scott is the former FireSky Resort, which was part of the Kimpton chain.)
Deal: From $119 a night for a package that includes a $30 resort credit. The Time Out for Teachers package starts at $99 a night.
Details: 480-945-7666, thescottresort.com.
26. Talking Stick Resort
Scene: Casino resort near Scottsdale known for its adult pool parties on weekends. Talking Stick also offers concerts, golf, a spa and Orange Sky, a 15th-floor special-occasion restaurant with stunning mountain views.
Deal: Packages start at $129 a night with a $25 food and drink credit. That package requires a two-night minimum but other options are available.
Details: 480-850-7777, talkingstickresort.com.
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