Hotel at a Glance: Howard Johnson Old Town Scottsdale
This hotel is a short walk from Old Town Scottsdale’s restaurants, art galleries, western boardwalks, and hitching posts. The lobby has a bit of an old-timey feel itself, with exposed brick walls and a wood-burning fireplace. Guest rooms, in contrast, come with granite bathrooms, contemporary artwork, and other modern touches.
Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms have 37-inch flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini refrigerators, and free WiFi.
Free continental breakfast includes a variety of cereals, baked goods, juices, and coffee.
Go swimming in the heated outdoor pool or take a dip in the hot tub.
Native flora: The hotel’s grounds feature desert plants.
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.
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What You Get
Stay for two in a king room or double room
Kids 17 or younger stay free.
Dates into September
Policies and Fees
Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
Cancellation policy: 48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is nonrefundable; reservations made within cancellation window are nonrefundable.
Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.
Free continental breakfast
Heated outdoor pool and hot tub
The Fine Print
Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
48-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
Must be 21 or older to check in
Credit card required at check-in
Not valid with reward points
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
One king bed
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 3
Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for 1 additional guest 18 or older; 1 kid 17 or younger stays free
Two double beds
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 4
Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for each additional guest 18 or older; kids 17 or younger stay free
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Rollaways: available for an additional $10 per night
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
Room upgrades: not available
Nearest airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX; 9 miles)