"Townie" doesn’t have to be a bad word. Plenty of people come to metro Phoenix for spring training, golf, and spas. So when’s our shot? This summer, 10 Valley hotels are offering staycation specials that'll give you a chance to indulge in their world-class on-site spas and cool off in their lavish pools.
Whether you're looking for a solo getaway, a romantic weekend, or a couple days of chilling with your crew, the Phoenix area is teeming with options.
225 East Apache Boulevard, Tempe
Set your sights on a summer staycation on Arizona State University’s turf at Graduate Tempe. The hardest decision you’ll have to make? Garden or campus view.
Stay cool with the Stay Local package, where you’ll get a daily $25 credit to The Normal Diner or Tapacubo – the Graduate’s poolside cantina complete with rooftop bar overlooking campus. There’s also complimentary parking and upgraded Wi-Fi. What’s more, the good people at The Graduate offer an All Business Package, where you get a daily $15 credit to The Normal or Tapacubo, access pass to ASU’s gym (which is within walking distance), and complimentary airport shuttle service, Wi-Fi, and yes, a cocktail.
Other specials at Graduate Tempe include the Romance Rendezvous Package and Gammage Theater Package. Find more details at Graduate Tempe's website.
Hotel Palomar Phoenix CityScape
2 East Jefferson Street
If you haven’t hit the LUSTRE Rooftop Bar and third-floor outdoor pool at the Hotel Palomar Phoenix CityScape, this summer is your chance.
Hotel Palomar is offering the “Fast Forward to Summer" staycation option good from April 4 to September 3. The offer includes lower room rates and 20 percent off at Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails and LUSTRE Rooftop Bar. Other special offers include the Long Weekender, the Sweet Suite Life, and $5 Breakfast or Cocktails.
The pool is open daily at 11 a.m., and closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and midnight on Friday and Saturday. Guests get complimentary morning coffee and tea, and free Kimpton PUBLIC bikes for cruising around downtown Phoenix. Other perks include hosted wine hour every evening and a Gaiam yoga mat in every room. Find details at Hotel Palomar Phoenix's website.
Hotel Valley Ho
6850 East Main Street, Scottsdale
That familiar Scottsdale hotel at the southeast corner of 68th Street and Camelback Road is offering its own summer deals for those looking to hang around the area and maybe hit Scottsdale Fashion Square.
For all of 2017, the Hotel Valley Ho is offering the 60th Anniversary Special. Celebrate with the classic hotel with 10 percent off your room, a $10 room upgrade upon arrival, an evening arrival amenity (mysterious), two welcome drinks, and $10 in hotel bucks for each night you stay. The offer is valid for stays till December 31.
Staycationers can also get pampered at the VH Spa for Vitality + Health, or take in such weekend events as live music and DJs at the OH Pool, and ZuZu’s weekend brunch. See details at the Hotel Valley Ho website.
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa At Montelucia
4949 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale
The Scottsdale resort is not only fun to say, it’s fun to stay at. The Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa At Montelucia is offering a number of summer packages for those sunny middle months, including the Slumber & Save.
Book between June 1 and September 30, and you’ll get to “Dine, Unwind and Check-Out Late” thanks to cabanas and pool, trips to Joya Spa, and poolside events like fashion and boutique trunk shows. The package is available to 21-and-over guests, and offers $15 reduced daily resort charge, complimentary daily and overnight covered parking, a $50 poolside credit, a 4 p.m. checkout, two nights of luxury accommodations, and all the other amenities of the resort. See the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa At Montelucia website for more information.
Royal Palms Resort and Spa
5200 East Camelback Road
Formally Royal Palms Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel, this upscale Phoenix resort gives off an estate vibe at the base of Camelback Mountain. And Royal Palms is offering the public a summer package called “Luxe Lounging.” Ooh la la.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, rooms are going for $189 a night, and of course include plenty of additional amenities. Featured accommodations for this summer special include a $50 credit to Alvadora Spa and a $25 food and beverage credit to T. Cook’s, the Royal Palms on-site restaurant. Find more information at the Royal Palms website.
Read on for deals at Sanctuary, The Camby, and Saguaro.
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort
5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley
Summer at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort sounds pretty good, and this place is bustling with summer specials, as well as a recent addition – Spa House. Sanctuary is also known for its on-site eateries: Elements (and the picturesque Elements Deck) and Jade Bar, which is ideal for cocktail hour.
This summer, the Arizona Residents Offer features 20 percent off the best-available rate (this does not apply to private homes) as long as you stay two nights between June 1 and August 31. Guests must present a valid Arizona ID at check-in.
The Advance Purchase Offer provides gives you 20 percent off best-available rates (full payment of room is required) for stays booked at least 14 days prior to your arrival. The offer is also valid between June 1 and August 31. See Sanctuary's website for details.
The Camby Hotel
2401 East Camelback Road
This is the second summer for The Camby Hotel, and they have it all planned out. Within walking distance of Biltmore Fashion Park, The Camby is offering summer packages for dining-out types, the outdoor types, and yes, the indoor types.
Some creative hotel perks at this Biltmore-area hotel include the Check In. Jam Out (meaning guests can borrow a Gretsch guitar at no charge for indoor acoustic sessions). Some activities include Skywall Movies (where guests can check out full-screen movies each night at dusk at the 24-hour pool), The Bees Knees (signature, honey-infused cocktails paired with live music Fridays from 8 to 11 p.m.), the Wade Poolside Bar (drinks, eats, and cabana rentals), and of course just walking to Biltmore Fashion Park.
Those looking for a staycation and planning to check in between Thursday through Sunday can try the Dine & Elevate package, which offers an accommodation upgrade to a Mountain View Room, a nightly $50 food and beverage credit for dinner at Artizen, and a half-off valet parking discount. See more at The Camby's website.
The Saguaro Scottsdale
4000 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale
This cute, desert flower-themed boutique hotel is offering some staycation deals for us locals in downtown Scottsdale.
Till September 30, the Local Staycation Offer features $40 off the nightly rate, a $40 food and beverage credit, and a 2 p.m. late check out on Sunday through Thursday – all available with an Arizona ID. In-room luxuries include organic bath products and linens, and modern furniture and décor. Other summer specials include the Saguaro Sun & Spa Package (two-night stay, couple massage, and poolside daybed) and the Daybed & Night (two-night stay complete with a daybed, food and drink, and watermelon cups).
Guests can always take a dip in a heated or chilled pool — or spread out on one of the private cabanas, daybeds, and open lounge seating. The on-site spa is open Monday from noon to 5 p.m., and Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Saguaro Restaurant serves from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and the Vault Coffee & Juice Bar is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other amenities include a 24-hour gym and desert cruiser bikes available to guests.
If you’re looking for something to do, explore the nearby arts district or Civic Center Mall for live performances, galleries, and this being Scottsdale, shopping. The weekly Scottsdale Art Walk also runs on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. See The Saguaro's website for more.
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
7700 East McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale
Rock fans can find more fun than just pools, drinks, and robes at Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. The spread at McCormick Ranch is offering Rockin Staycations every weekend from May 26 to Labor Day.
Enjoy live music by the Mark Long Band, and on select Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy flicks like The Buddy Holly Story and Walk The Line. And since this is summertime, you'll also find oversize beer pong games, cornhole, horseshoes, bocce ball, ping pong, and Guitar Hero. There are also spiked snow cones, hourly drink specials at the Twisted Vine Pool Bar & Grill, and featured cocktails at Bar Six40. See details at the Scottsdale Resort website.
We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
10438 North Fort McDowell Road, Scottsdale
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Need a little poolside service and casino free play during your summer stay? Try the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, which is offering two summer staycation packages that include access to the Ahnala Mesquite Room, the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, and Fort McDowell Casino.
If you plan on spoiling yourself for a night, try the one-night Summer Staycation Package, offering a deluxe king or queen guest room, a waived resort fee (usually $25 a night), a $25 food and beverage credit (for Ahnala Mesquite Room and poolside or room service), 25 percent off regular-price spa treatments, and $10 of casino free play.
If you stay two nights under their Summer Staycation Package, you get all the same perks, but with a $75 food and beverage credit for the Ahnala Mesquite Room or poolside and room service. Valid dates are May 1 to August 31, with the exception of July 1 through 3. See more at We-Ko-Pa's website.
Editor's note: This post has been updated from its original version, which first appeared in May 2016.