Phoenix is the gateway to popular destinations and landmarks in Arizona, namely the Grand Canyon and other national parks. The city itself, however, is worth a few days of your time, as are the luxurious resorts (many of which have water parks) for which it”s truly known. If you”re considering a stay, let this list — chosen by our team of experts and other family travelers — be your guide.
Written by Amanda Geronikos
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa Phoenix
The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is one of the most prominent -- if not the most prominent -- resorts in Phoenix. The all-embracing resort sprawls across 316 acres, and features gorgeous desert and mountain vistas. While the views alone are worth a visit, so are the resort"s countless services and amenities, such as deluxe swimming pools, restaurants, a full-service spa, and golf course. Families also enjoy organized activities daily, as well as spacious guestrooms and suites with private balconies.
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
Kids love The Falls Water Village at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, where there"s a 40-foot waterfall and enclosed waterslide; there are two free-form swimming pools, as well. The resort also offers Kids Korral, a seasonal activities program, and parents can have their own fun at the spa or golf course. Together, the whole family will enjoy meals at three onsite restaurants, along with luxurious accommodations.
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort features an activity complex called Hole-in-the-Wall River Ranch, where families enjoy pools, a lazy river, waterslide, tennis courts (and lessons) and mini-golf. This area also houses Coyote Camp for kids. Families enjoy three restaurants with kids" menus or kid-friendly fare; try Hole in the Wall for an authentic Western experience. If traveling with a large group, book a bi-level casita with a kitchenette.
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
There"s an all-inclusive package at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, with meals, parking and a spa discount included; it"s designed for two people, but others can be added to the package. The hotel regularly offers other packages, as well, and they"re certainly worth every penny, considering the hotel offers six pools, including one just for families, a kids" program, golf, bike rentals and organized excursions, such as trips to the Grand Canyon. There are four dining options and four accommodation variations, including villas with balconies or patios. Pets are welcome in select rooms.
Homewood Suites Phoenix North - Happy Valley
It"s not a resort, but Homewood Suites Phoenix North - Happy Valley is a budget-friendly hotel option for families looking for a place to sleep between visits to the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden, and the Grand Canyon. The hotel even provides shuttle service to attractions within 5 miles. It also offers a swimming pool, basketball court, and an onsite market, plus complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Accommodations are apartment-style and have fully equipped kitchens for preparing meals and added savings.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Biltmore
Families enjoy spacious suites with full kitchens at Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel Phoenix Biltmore, along with complimentary, made-to-order breakfast -- perfect before a busy day in Phoenix. When families return to the hotel, they can attend evening receptions with light snacks and cocktails, or take a dip in the heated, outdoor pool.
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Phoenix
The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Phoenix is located just 5 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and is also located by a metro stop, providing ease of access to attractions and restaurants downtown. Guestrooms feature kitchenettes, and many also feature balconies or patios that overlook the swimming pool. There"s a restaurant onsite.
Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown
It"s all about convenience at Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown, located within close proximity of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the Phoenix Convention Center and the University of Phoenix Stadium. Other family-friendly conveniences include accommodations with mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers; free Wi-Fi; free parking; local shuttle service; an outdoor pool with waterfalls; and complimentary breakfast.
Hampton Inn Phoenix Biltmore
Guests of the Hampton Inn Phoenix Biltmore enjoy complimentary breakfast (or On-The-Run Breakfast Bags, Monday to Friday), a swimming pool, onsite market and free Wi-Fi. All guestrooms have mini-fridges, microwaves and free Wi-Fi. With a location in Phoenix"s Biltmore, the budget-friendly hotel puts families close to restaurants and stores and boutiques.