Best Western Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites - Sweetwater Ranch

$99 for a Two-Night Stay at Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites in Scottsdale, AZ (Up to $258 Value)

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Spacious Suites on Historic WWII Air Base in the Heart of Scottsdale

Between 1942 and 1945, close to 6,000 young WWII pilots took off and landed more than 600,000 times on the runways of the Thunderbird II Air Base, situated in the desert outside of Phoenix. Today, the historic base is frequented by a different brand of jetsetter, as the area has been repurposed as the Scottsdale Municipal Airport. The base also contains the Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites, a four-story, tawny stucco hotel. Soaring ceilings, thick oriental rugs, and a massive candelabra make up the grand entrance area, and there are nods to the property's aviation history throughout the hotel.

Considering its proximity to the runway, each of the hotel's standard suites are rather quiet; that's because each room has been soundproofed with thick concrete walls to reduce the whirring sound of engines and the cries of babies that want to hear the planes but can't. All of the spacious suites are split up with a living room and separate bedroom, and new, cushy couches and chairs lend a homey feel to the ambiance.

Before heading off to bed, it's worth it to stop by the lounge next to the Silver Wings Restaurant to grab a nightcap and scope out the hotel’s aviation memorabilia from WWII. Among the relics: photographs of pilots, more than 50 model airplanes, and a table crafted from an aircraft rotary-cylinder-engine top. In the morning, guests can load up on eggs, bacon, pastries, and steaming coffee at the complimentary hot breakfast buffet.

Scottsdale, Arizona: Upscale Desert Oasis with High-End Shopping

The city of Scottsdale is situated slightly northwest of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert. Though it was once a vast tract of ranch land lined with citrus farms and cowboy settlements, Scottsdale today is a lush desert oasis studded with glittering outdoor fountains, a vast manmade lake, emerald-green golf courses, and an active nightlife scene. Many of the city's neighborhoods are flooded with construction workers, putting the finishing touches on red-tile-roofed mansions.

For many vacationers, "sightseeing" in Scottsdale translates to "window-shopping." A few steps from the hotel, you can wander past palm trees to find designer stores such as Cartier and Anthropologie. A few minutes away is the charmingly quaint Old Town Scottsdale, its winding streets dotted with art galleries, a mammoth used bookstore, and public sculptures on nearly every corner.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

  • $99 for a two-night stay for four in a standard suite

Book by: 8/16/12
Travel by: 9/30/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Minutes from Old Town Scottsdale
  • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet
  • Lounge and restaurant decorated with authentic WWII aviation memorabilia
  • 24-hour snack and sundries market
  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 8/16/12
  • Must complete travel by 9/30/12
  • Valid for stays starting 4/15/12
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy multiple as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • 24hr cancellation notice or fee up to 1/2 of Groupon price may apply
  • Subject to availability
  • Must be 18 or older to check in or stay
  • Valid only for a standard suite
  • Not valid with reward points
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • 14.92% tax not included.

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites by 8/16/12.
  3. Choose a date prior to 9/30/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per person
  • Separate living room and bedroom
  • Refrigerator and microwave

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets up to 25 pounds may be added for $15 per pet per night.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: upgrade to deluxe suite for an additional $10 per night.

What It's Worth

$99 for a two-night stay for four in a standard suite (up to a $258 value)

Getting There

  • By plane: about 30 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • By cab: about $65 from PHX
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