Relaxing weekend near Phoenix
February 24, 2016 8:05 PM   Subscribe

I want to get away with two good friends for a sunny, relaxing, pool and food-centric weekend in April. Two of us coming from Oregon, one from Denver-we are looking in and around Phoenix because we can get there cheaply on Allegiant. Feeling pretty overwhelmed by Tripadvisor so am turning to you folks.

Criteria: Probably a Thursday-Sunday (Allegiant flight schedule) in April. We would like to have three actual beds if possible (so a suite/timeshare unit might work well), though a place with a great sofa bed and two other beds is possible. We love a nice pool-lazy river and cabana rentals would be golden. We would kind of like to just hang out once we get there, so decent food and wine on site or really close are essential. Budget probably $500 a night or so but some flexibility. We'd love a spa on site. I've stayed at the Westin Kierland Villas in Scottsdale before and that was a great choice but last time we stayed in August which was much cheaper than April seems to be, understandably. Help!
posted by purenitrous to Travel & Transportation around Phoenix, AZ (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I haven't been to Phoenix recently (other than passing through), but one of my favorite food bloggers, Pinch of Yum, just posted about her recent girls' weekend in Scottsdale. It looks pretty much like the itinerary you're describing - food, drinks, pool, spa, hang-out time - so there may be some good recommendations there.

Have fun!
posted by bananacabana at 8:39 PM on February 24, 2016

The Mesa airport is about 2 hours from Tucson. We've stayed at the JW Marriott, which is gorgeous and has a fantastic spa. Rooms run about $280 a night. Hacienda del Sol is also fabulous, as is the Arizona Inn.
posted by honeybee413 at 11:25 PM on February 24, 2016

Best answer: You want the Pointe Hilton at Squaw Peak. Lazy river! More pools than you can shake a stick at! Multi-bedroom casitas at reasonable prices! Underrated part of North Phoenix with great restaurants and amazing hiking trails nearby! There is an on-site spa, although I can't vouch for its quality. (My family has been vacationing at this resort approximately once a year for 20+ years, so I guess you could say I like the place).

Hotel Valley Ho in Old Town Scottsdale is another very solid idea, especially if you and your friends would enjoy more of a kitschy, mid-century take on a cocktails-by-the-pool vacation. It's a little more expensive, but the spa is excellent and it's in the middle of Greater Phoenix's most walkable arts/food/shopping district. The on-site restaurant, ZuZu, is also very highly regarded.

MeMail me if you want any suggestions of places to check out while you're in the area!
posted by Pizzarina Sbarro at 2:18 AM on February 25, 2016 [2 favorites]

It's not just the weather, some rates are higher the first week of April because of spring training.
posted by SandiBeech at 4:15 AM on February 25, 2016

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