10 Hotels for a Phoenix Staycation
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort
Summer in Phoenix means one thing: Everyone's pretending they're somewhere else. If you can't actually get out of town to escape the heat, make the most of the Valley of the Sun at one of these top hotels and resorts. There are staycation destinations for fine dining at gourmet restaurants, whiling away the morning on the golf course, entertaining the whole family, and getting back to nature with hiking and biking in the mountains. And every resort on the list has one thing in common -- pools galore with shaded cabanas, food and drink service, and water slides.
Camelback Mountain is easily taken for granted when living in the Valley of the Sun. Get more acquainted with the majestic landmark at Sanctuary, where you can stay at the foothills. There's a spa with indoor and outdoor treatments, tennis resort with classes like Zennis (yoga + tennis), and fitness services like assisted stretching. There's even a three-day guest package for triathlon training in the 25-yard outdoor lap pool, guided desert bike ride, and tandem run with an instructor. The day begins with a power breakfast for maximum performance, and at the end of each training day aspiring athletes get pampered in the spa. Running not your thing? The Mi Casa, Mi Chef package might be more your speed with two nights in a private mountainside home, a trip to the local farmers market with a chef to shop, and an interactive cooking session with a customized menu and wine pairings.
Complete with pool and bar, the rooftop at this CityScape getaway is over the top.
Staycation often implies a resort getaway, but that leisurely pace isn't for everyone. If you want to explore downtown Phoenix during your getaway weekend, Hotel Palomar is just the place. Located in the heart of CityScape, it provides easy access to Chase Field, US Airways Center, the Arizona Science Center, and a lot of great restaurants, clubs, and venues, including Crescent Ballroom. Of course, you don't have to leave the premises to have a good time. On the roof, there's an outdoor pool with views of the city skyline, or there's a large living room lounge area serviced by the Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Other special accommodations include an evening wine hour for guests, pet-friendly amenities, and complimentary access to Gold's Gym Elite. Take advantage of summer deals like $102 and a Round of Brew, which includes deluxe accommodations + a round of four beers (code: BREW).
Summer after summer, this is one of the most popular pools in Phoenix.
Don't have a lot to spend but need to get out of the house and, preferably, into a pool? The Clarendon in Central Phoenix has everything you need to relax. The retro boutique hotel has been updated with contemporary art and amenities like iPod docks and Philosophy brand toiletries. And there are plenty of places to while away the day without leaving the premises. Sunbathe on the rooftop deck, cool off in the pool (complete with underwater speakers and constellation of thousands of glowing stars), and indulge in a poolside cabana. Or eat and drink the day away at Gallo Blanco, one of Phoenix's best modern Mexican restaurants.
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