University Motel (902 S. Mill Ave., 480/966-7221, $40-45 s, $45-55 d) features a pool and a handy location for downtown and ASU. Hideaway Lodge Motel (1461 E. Apache Blvd., 480/829-8829, $45 d and up) offers a pool and some kitchenettes east of ASU. Econo Lodge of Tempe (2101 E. Apache Blvd., 480/966-5832, 800/207-1317, $59-69 s, $69-79 d) has a pool about two miles east of ASU. Motel 6 (513 W. Broadway Rd., 480/967-8696 or 800/466-8356, $44-50 s, $50-56 d) includes a pool about a mile southwest of downtown and ASU. Also nearby with pool and hot tub are Super 8 (1020 E. Apache Blvd., 480/967-8891 or 800/800-8000, $69-75 d) and Days Inn (1221 E. Apache Blvd., 480/968-7793 or 800/329-7466, $60-69 d).
Holiday Inn (915 E. Apache Blvd., 480/968-3451 or 800/465-4329, $99-109 d) has a pool, hot tub, and Ducks Restaurant & Sports Lounge just southeast of ASU.
Fiesta Inn (2100 S. Priest Dr., 480/967-1441 or 800/528-6481, $179 s, $189 d) provides a pool, hot tub, exercise room, tennis courts, and business center in southwestern Tempe.
Country Suites by Carlson (1660 W. Elliot Rd., 480/345-8585 or 800/456-4000, $90 d studio, $110 d suite) is in the far southwestern part of town convenient to I-10. Guests have a pool, hot tub, and nearby fitness center.
$150 and up
Tempe Mission Palms (60 E. Fifth St., 480/894-1400 or 800/547-8705, www.missionpalms.com, $155 d and up) features a very central location close to both ASU and downtown with a restaurant, pool, exercise room, tennis courts, and business center.
Towering seven floors just south across from ASU, Twin Palms Hotel (225 E. Apache Blvd., 480/967-9431 or 800/367-0835, www.twinpalmshotel.com, $95-159 d) offers guests a pool and use of ASU recreation facilities.
Courtyard by Marriott (601 Ash Ave., 480/966-2800 or 800/321-2211, $149-179 d) provides a pool, hot tub, fitness center, and business center near downtown and ASU.
Three places lie about one mile east of the ASU campus: Families can pull in at Apache Palms RV Park (1836 E. Apache Blvd., 480/966-7399, www.apachepalmsrvpark.com, $22-$29 RV w/hookups), which offers a pool and hot tub. Adults stay at Tempe Travel Trailer Villa (1831 E. Apache Blvd., 480/968-1411, $24 RV w/hookups) and Green Acres RV Park III (1890 E. Apache Blvd., 480/829-0106, $20 RV w/hookups).
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