Stuck in Phoenix, seeking pool..
July 14, 2011 10:24 AM   Subscribe

Travel-snafu-filter... I'm going to be in Phoenix, AZ for about 5 hours between flights today - is there a good place to hang out near the airport? In the best of all possible worlds it would involve an outdoor pool and some drinks :)
posted by oreonax to Travel & Transportation around Phoenix, AZ (5 answers total)
For God's sake, don't go outside! Are you crazy? You will immediately catch on fire!

Really, though, Sky Harbor's not super convenient to anything very cool. I think the best thing that I could recommend would be taking a cab down to Mill Avenue in Tempe and hanging out in one of the many mister-cooled outdoor bars. Watch the pretty boys and girls go by. A cab from Sky Harbor to Mill will probably be on the order of $15-20; alternatively you could take the Silver Metro shuttle from the airport to the Light Rail, and take the Light Rail east towards Tempe/Mesa, and get off at the Mill Ave stop. That'll run you $2.75, but will take about forty minutes total time (incl shuttle and train).

Sky Harbor itself is not bad, for an airport, depending on what terminal you are in. Terminal 4 is the big one, and outside the security area is a rather pleasant mall with art installations and reasonable food. I mean, it's still an airport, but if I had to hang out in an airport for five hours I'd prefer it over most. (I'm looking at you, Las Vegas, you miserable excuse for a transportation hub.)
posted by Made of Star Stuff at 10:36 AM on July 14, 2011

Pool + bar = hotel, yes?

There are a ton of hotels with pools within a reasonable distance of the airport. But you'll have to book a room or try to sneak in.

Though I do remember as kid that some of the bigger resorts (which are dead in the summer) would sell day-passes to use the hotel pool. Try the Arizona Biltmore. Maybe try the Clarendon too--I believe theyy have a swanky pool and have hosted pool parties at night.
posted by mullacc at 10:40 AM on July 14, 2011

Best answer: Whoops, I screw up the Clarendon link. And actually, I found this review suggesting that the Clarendon does indeed offer a day pass for the pool.
posted by mullacc at 10:45 AM on July 14, 2011 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Well, the Biltmore's website keeps crashing on my phone so the Clarendon it is! Anyone want to join me for a midday drink? My flight lands at 2:15 and i don't take off til 8:15...
posted by oreonax at 11:35 AM on July 14, 2011

I am sorry I am late to see this question, but I am glad you got good advice. For future googlers, the Clarendon has in it's lobby the best local-oriented Mexican food restaurant in the valley: Gallo Blanco. Street tacos, a totally awesome pool, and a bar? What more could you want from 5 hours in Phx in the middle of summer? I live here and that is pretty high on my list of great ways to spend an afternoon.
posted by LyndsayMW at 10:56 PM on July 14, 2011

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