Downtown Area: Motel 6 Scottsdale (6848 E. Camelback Rd. at 69th St., 480/946-2280 or 800/466-8356, $50-70 s, $56-76 d) has a pool; shopping and sights lie close at hand. Ramada Limited Scottsdale (6935 E. 5th Ave., 480/994-9461 or 800/528-7396, call for rates) offers a pool, fitness center, and a central location. Rodeway Inn (7110 E. Indian School Rd., 480/946-3456 or 800/228-2000, $89-110 d) provides a pool, hot tub, and a business center.
Downtown Area: Days Inn Scottsdale Fashion Square Resort (4710 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480/947-5411 or 800/325-2525, $104 d) offers a pool, hot tub, and tennis next to Scottsdale Fashion Square shopping.
North of Downtown: Comfort Inn Scottsdale (7350 E. Gold Dust Ave., one block east of Scottsdale Rd., 480/596-6559 or 888/296-9776, $109 d) provides a pool, hot tub, and exercise room; it's great value for this part of the Valley.
South of Downtown: Hospitality Suite Resort Scottsdale (409 N. Scottsdale Rd. in south Scottsdale, 480/949-5115 or 800/445-5115, www.hospitalitysuites.com, $69-89 d studio, $89-119 d suite) features a restaurant, kitchens, three pools, a Jacuzzi, and lighted tennis and basketball courts.
The Phoenician (6000 E. Camelback Rd., 480/941-8200 or 800/888-8234, www.thephoenician.com, $395-725 from Jan. to May, $179-355 from June to Sept. 12, and $395-585 from Sept. 13th to Dec., incredibly luxurious suites are also available) spreads across 250 landscaped acres at the base of Camelback Mountain. The Valley's most lavish resort, it's has been rated one of the top 10 in the world. Fountains, pools, and waterfalls grace the grounds, which also hold a 27-hole golf course, nine pools, a 165-foot water slide, and a tennis garden with 11 lighted courts. Savor Italian cuisine at Il Terrazzo or steakhouse classics at J&G Steakhouse. Other attractions include additional dining areas, afternoon tea, a mineral water/juice bar in the spa, poolside snacks, and an ice cream parlor. The Center for Well Being offers a fitness center, spa treatments, and a beauty salon. Kids will love the water and the Funician Club activities.
Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa (5402 E. Lincoln Dr., 480/948-1700 or 800/242-2635, www.camelbackinn.com, $399-529 casitas and $700-2000 suites from Jan. to May, $129-199 casitas and $350-750 suites from June to mid-Sept., and $199-299 casitas and $600-1500 suites from mid-Sept. to Dec.) opened in 1936 and became Marriott's first resort in 1967. It features pueblo-styled casitas and suites, some with private sundecks or pools. Dining options include the Chaparral restaurant for continental fine dining, the Navajo Room for Southwest cuisine, and four other restaurants and cafes. Guests play at two 18-hole golf courses, six lighted tennis courts, three pools, whirlpools, and a large spa/fitness center.
The Boulders (34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr., 16 miles north of downtown Scottsdale, 480/488-9009 or 800/553-1717, www.theboulders.com, $349-699 casitas and $549-1100 pueblo villas from Sept. to May, then $149-225 casitas and $299-630 pueblo villas from June to Aug.) has a picturesque setting among natural rock formations. Dining options include the formal Latilla Room for American cuisine, the Palo Verde for Southwestern food, and Boulders Country Club for meat and seafood. Known as a premier golf and spa resort, The Boulders offers two 18-hole golf courses, a driving range, four pools, eight tennis courts, jogging and hiking trails, and the Golden Door Spa, which has a fitness center. Individual casitas and pueblo villas fit in with the natural terrain and offer fully stocked mini-bars, patios or balconies, and wood-burning fireplaces. The resort is in Carefree, one-third mile north of el Pedregal and the Scottsdale Road-Carefree Highway junction.
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