Located near one of the largest wilderness preserves in the US, the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa is the only AAA Four Diamond all-suite resort in Arizona. It’s a luxury resort with modern amenities, including six restaurants, a spa, golf courses, and a 7-acre water park among others. The clean, contemporary design and décor gives the resort an extravagant feel and my first impression was that staying here should cost more than it actually does. All this makes the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa a great staycation destination and a great choice for families. If you’re planning to stay here, keep reading; this detailed Arizona Grand review should help you decide whether this resort is a good choice for your vacation.
About the resort
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa is situated on the doorstep of the South Mountain Preserve. The largest municipal park in the US and one of the largest urban parks in the world (17,000 acres). The resort’s unique location serves some absolutely stunning views of the park and the South Mountain and even though it sounds like the resort is remote, it’s quite easily accessible. Arizona Grand is located 10-15 minutes away from the Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix and can be easily reached via most major freeways.
The water park reserved for the resort guests is great for families. Golf enthusiasts will just love the 18-hole golf course. And with over 700 suites and 120,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor meeting space, the resort has something in store for every kind of traveler. Another thing that makes Arizona Grand a great choice for a staycation is the fact that it offers guests the possibility to get a respite from city life without being too far away from the heart of downtown
Suites at The Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
The resort has three different types of suites. All of them are quite spacious and have their own private balcony/patio. You can choose between a guest suite, a grand suite, and a villa. The guest suite is a two-room suite with either, one king-size bed or two queen-size beds, a private balcony (or a patio), and some very interesting artwork decorations that blend in with the interior.
The grand suites are a bit bigger than the guest suites. Most of them are three-room suites but there are some grand suites that have two spacious rooms. These suites have a more residential feel, they come with king-size beds, large working desks, and a beautiful pool view.
Finally, the villa suites are the most luxurious type of accommodation in the resort. They are perfect for bigger families/groups that want their own space and deliver a residential experience like no other. It’s also worth mentioning that the villas have fully-equipped kitchens and offer some amazing views of the golf course. Interestingly, guests can even purchase some of the villas and use it as a second home or a seasonal retreat.
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The amenities at the Arizona Grand Resort provide everything you might expect from a staycation destination. The resort features a 7-acre water park, an incredibly well-equipped Athletic Club, an 18-hole golf course, a soothing spa, six different restaurants, and numerous meeting & events facilities.
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Oasis Water Park
If you’re traveling with kids, they’ll definitely love the big water park that spreads across seven acres. You can have a meal or a drink inside the water park, but you can’t bring your own. When you book a room in the Arizona Grand, four wristbands for the water park are included in the fee. If you want more wristbands, you can purchase them additionally or ask them to be included in a special package.
The water park features a lot of different facilities. Some of them are: the lazy river, a wave pool, water slides, and 8-story thrill slides including the tallest resort water slide in the southwest. The water park is reserved only for guests and there seems to be enough space for all guests, even when most of the suites in the resort are booked. And if you don’t like the crowds, you can always book a private cabana.
My personal favorite facility is the Arizona Grand Athletic Club. Covering an area of 20,000 square feet, the Athletic Club is one of the largest fitness facilities I’ve ever seen. There are a lot of different weight machines, cardio machines, yoga rooms, specialty sports rooms, etc. Fun fact: The Seattle Seahawks stayed here before the 49th Super Bowl and used the Athletic Club as their training facility.
The Arizona Grand Spa is a great place to relax and forget about all of your problems. Here, you can choose from a range of different treatments and they even have spa packages for children and teens! This is another reason why this resort is a great destination for a family vacation.
The Arizona Grand Resort has six unique dining venues for guests with different preferences. Guests can enjoy all kinds of high-quality food, from traditional Mexican food to delicious barbecue and seafood. In this section, we’ll give some basic information about the different dining options in the resort.
The Mexican restaurant Aunt Chilada’s is the oldest restaurant onsite. They have some delicious Mexican food, award-winning salsa and more than 50 different kinds of tequila.
Next, the Lobby Bar is a cozy lounge bar with a Caribbean atmosphere. The bar has a pool table and it’s a great spot for golfers to hang out after their round. They have a wide assortment of snacks and desserts, as well as continental and Caribbean food.
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If you like to eat by the poolside, Oasis Bar & Grill is part of the water park and it’s famous for their mouth-watering, juicy burgers, fresh salads, and their signature Typhoon ice cream.
Marketplace Café is a great choice for breakfast and is actually one of the finest cafes within the Phoenix area. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for some good coffee or tasty pastries and cakes.
The newest restaurant in the resort is the Lobby Grill. The restaurant has an open-air kitchen and serves a range of delicious dishes. This includes wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, teriyaki salmon, steaks, seasonal kinds of pasta, etc.
Finally, if you don’t fancy any of the dining options onsite, you can check out The Rustler’s Roost; a restaurant decorated in an old-western style that serves some delicious stakes and has a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. The Rustler’s Roost is located only a 10-minute walk away from the resort.
Even though I’m not a big fan of golf, the golf course in the resort are nothing short of spectacular. Not only are they well-equipped and maintained but they also feature beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding desert landscape. Guests can also participate in both, intimate and large tournaments (organized by the resort on demand), depending on their preference.
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Meetings & Events
As mentioned earlier, Arizona Grand Resort features 120,000 square feet of meeting and event venues, both indoor and outdoor. The resort has 28 conference suites designed for small groups but also large event venues that can accommodate up to 1,000 people. Additionally, Arizona Grand also has 16 outdoor event venues for all kinds of different occasions. If that’s what you’re looking for, you can organize different kinds of events, including golf tournaments, themed events, and even weddings.
Things to do in and around the resort
As you could see, there are a lot of things to do inside the resort itself but the good location provides visitors with a range of different outdoor activities that they can indulge in. There are a lot of hiking and biking trails in the mountain preserve, which is right next to the resort. If you’re an avid hiker, the resort also organizes guided hikes for guests where you can explore the area surrounding the resort and learn a lot about the plants and wildlife you might come across during the hike. Alternatively, if you’re not an outdoor person, you can head to the Arizona Mills Mall which is only one (complimentary) shuttle away from the resort.
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If you don’t want to leave the resort (which might happen after you stay here for a while), there are also some additional activities which I didn’t mention in this review, such as the stay and play package that includes a $50 per day resort credit; a great choice for families traveling with children! Or, you can also watch movies by the pool every evening or join a fitness class if you want to try something new.
Looking for similar accommodation further away from downtown?
If you like the Arizona Grand Resort but would prefer a resort that’s further away from the busy streets of downtown Phoenix, another great choice is the Scott Resort & Spa. Located in the heart of Scottsdale just a few steps away from the Fashion Square Mall, the Scott Resort & Spa is a charming resort surrounded by some of the most interesting attractions in the Phoenix Area. So, if you’re looking for luxury accommodation like Arizona Grand Resort that’s located in a more urban area, Scott Resort & Spa is a great value-for-money option.
The Scott is brand new and just underwent a complete, property-wide remodel last fall (2018). After the renovation, the resort is one of the most photographed and instagrammable spots in all of Phoenix
Rooms & Suites at Scott Resort & Spa
The resort has four different types of suites and all of them are quite spacious with their own private balcony/patio.
Pool View Guestroom
On first sight, the Pool View Guestroom looks like the perfect beachside retreat (at least until you realize there’s no ocean around). However, the pool view guestrooms (as their name suggests) overlook the two large pools, have their own private balcony (or patio), and are available with one King-size bed or two Queen-size beds.
Lagoon View Guestroom
The Lagoon view guestrooms are situated around the resort’s lagoon that will make you feel like you’re somewhere in the Mediterranean. The suites are very spacious, covering an area of 400 square feet and needless to say, have an amazing view.
If you’re looking for a place where you can relax and forget about all of your problems without ever leaving the city, consider booking the courtyard guestroom. These spacious guestrooms are situated in the lush green garden of Scott Resort & Spa and will make you feel like you’re in some tropical paradise.
If you want to get your own secluded oasis that will satisfy all of your needs, the suites at The Scott Resort & Spa are a great choice. The suites are decorated in Old Havana-style, they all have their living area as an addition to the bedroom and they also come with custom-designed Murphy bed. However, if you plan to book a suite, keep in mind that you need to book it at least three days prior to arrival.
Amenities at Scott Resort & Spa
The amenities at the Scott Resort & Spa might not be as good as the ones in the Arizona Grand but let’s not forget that Scott Resort is located near downtown Old Town Scottsdale, where you can find anything you might need. Anyway, the resort still features two large pools, private cabanas a poolside club, meeting & events facilities, and a fabulous spa.
Pools & Private Cabanas
Scott Resort & Spa has two large outdoor pools which are surrounded by lush gardens. The pools are open every day between 6 AM and 10 PM. Additionally, there’s also a restaurant inside the pool (The Canal Club) where guests can have a meal in one of the private cabanas that can accommodate up to 4 people. You can select from a variety of sandwiches, Caribbean-inspired classics, appetizers, salads, local beers, cocktails, and more.
Spa & Fitness Center
The resort’s fitness center isn’t as well-equipped as the one in the Arizona Grand but it has everything you’d expect from a resort fitness center. The spa, on the other hand, is on par with the one in the Arizona Grand. Here, visitors can get rejuvenating massages combined with contemporary spa therapies. There are six sun-washed treatment rooms onsite and all visitors to the spa can also enjoy complimentary use of the resort pools and fitness center.
Meetings & Events
Scott Resort & Spa has 13 flexible venues with more than 14,500 square feet of indoor meeting space and an abundance of outdoor event space. There are boardrooms, ballrooms, conference rooms, and a lot of other indoor meeting areas that can easily be decorated for many different occasions. Whether you’re looking to organize a gala dinner, a family celebration, a corporate event or even a wedding, Scott Resort & Spa is a great choice. In total, the resort can comfortably host up to 350 guests for a dinner party or up to 600 guests for a standing cocktail reception.
The price range of both resorts might sound a bit high but with all the amenities they provide, it’s more than realistic. Overall, the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa and the Scott Resort & Spa are superb value-for-money options and resorts with a “home away from home” kind of a feeling, and I would recommend it to all travelers who are looking for a place to stay within the Phoenix Area.
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