Hotel at a Glance: Newly Remodeled Hotel in Phoenix
At this recently renovated hotel, you can sunbathe by the outdoor pool during the day and relax in a hot tub beneath the stars at night. There’s another hot tub by the indoor pool and waterfall in the atrium. Inside the hotel, contemporary decor in desert hues of burnt orange, gold, and red-orange offset royal-blue carpets and accent walls.
- Use your $15 dining credit at the onsite Spice restaurant.
- Enjoy happy-hour specials and snacks in the lounge.
- Watch a movie on the 32-inch LCD flat-screen TV.
- Starbucks coffee and snacks are available at the onsite cafe.
- Work out anytime in the 24-hour fitness center.
- Complimentary shuttles will take you to any stop within a 5-mile radius of the hotel.
Phoenix, Arizona: Bustling Metropolis and Native American Culture Surrounded by Desert
Phoenix enjoys about 300 days of sunshine a year, which has helped it to balloon into the sixth-largest city by population in the United States. It’s also 1 of only 12 US cities with at least four major sports teams: the Arizona Cardinals (NFL), the Phoenix Suns (NBA), the Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), and the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL).
Though the topography of the Phoenix area is all desert, it’s by no means desolate. Camelback Mountain is a designated city park area with scenic trails that wind past boulders and red-sandstone formations; climb to the very top for a view of the entire city. Or hit the themed trails at the Desert Botanical Garden filled with southwestern flora such as huge sonoran cacti and other moisture-hoarding succulents. Either way, plan hikes in the early morning or twilight hours to catch the most stunning sunlit views and stay cool.
For an in-depth look at the cultures of Arizona’s indigenous population, browse the 12 exhibition galleries and sculpture garden at the Heard Museum.The collection’s nearly 40,000 pieces of art range from 500 Hopi katsina dolls to a full-size Pueblo oven. In nearby Scottsdale, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West was the renowned prairie-style architect’s winter home as well as a campus for his architecture school.