Best Western Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites - Sweetwater Ranch

Two- or Three-Night Stay at Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites

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

Between 1942 and 1945, young WWII pilots took off and landed more than 600,000 times on the runways of the Thunderbird No. 2 air base, situated in the desert outside of Phoenix. Today, jet setters of a different kind frequent the historic base, which has been repurposed as the Scottsdale Municipal Airport. The base also contains the Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites, a four-story tawny stucco hotel with soaring ceilings, thick oriental rugs, and nods to the property's aviation history throughout.

Considering its proximity to the runway, each of the hotel's standard suites is rather quiet. That's because each room has been soundproofed with thick concrete walls to reduce the sound of engines and the cries of babies who want their pilot's licenses. All of the spacious suites include a living room and separate bedroom, as well as a wet bar, fridge, and microwave.

Before heading off to bed, stop by the lounge next to Silver Wings Restaurant to grab a nightcap and browse the hotel’s WWII aviation memorabilia. Among the relics are photographs of pilots and a table crafted from an aircraft rotary-cylinder-engine top. In the morning, you can fill up on fresh eggs, bacon, pastries, and coffee at the complimentary hot breakfast buffet.

Scottsdale, Arizona: Stucco Mansions amid Rocky Desert Landscape

Located just northeast of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale once served as ranch land where farmers grew oranges and lemons and cowboys kicked up dust in the fierce, dry heat. That era earned Scottsdale the nickname of “the West's most Western town.” Today, it is an affluent city landscaped with lush green grass and lined with stucco mansions. For a glimpse of the city's Old West roots, head to Old Town Scottsdale, where wooden boardwalks and hitching posts sit in front of a retro ice-cream parlor and rustic specialty shops.

Upon arriving in Scottsdale, you know you're in the desert—cacti and tumbleweeds dot the landscape, and dry shrubs and gnarled trees cover the McDowell Mountains in the distance. To get a closer look at southwestern flora, head to the Desert Botanical Garden. There, themed trails wind past huge cacti and other moisture-hoarding succulents, best seen in the cooler early morning or twilight hours.

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

What You Get

Stay for two in a king or two-doubles suite

  • Option 1: $109 for a two-night stay (up to a $218 value)
  • Option 2: $149 for a three-night stay (up to a $327 value)

Book by: 12/28/12
Travel by: 1/10/13

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 snacks and sundries market
  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 12/28/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 1/10/13
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy multiple as gifts
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 24-hour cancellation notice required or fee of applicable one-night’s stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Valid only for King or Two Doubles Suite
  • 14.92% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

King Suite

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for each additional guest

Two-Doubles Suite

  • Two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for each additional guest

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 an additional $15 per night.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • By plane: about 23 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • By cab: about $50 from PHX

Customer Reviews

Close proximity to work; friendly staff
Dan G. · December 28, 2012
Breakfast was great!
Alyson B. · December 5, 2012
I feel it was a good value for the price and the staff was friendly and helpful.
Laura S. · August 14, 2013
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