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Going solo in Phoenix

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Going solo in Phoenix

Been wanting to get out of the colder weather and thinking about traveling to the Phoenix area for the first time. Just a quick getaway 4-5 nights to regroup, and have some down time. Looking for a place to stay that is safe, can do some hiking and some spa treatments. My budget is mid-range $250 night. Didn't want to rent a car, would take shuttle/taxi to hotel. Just kind of want everything in walking distance if possible. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.!! Thanks!!

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1. Re: Going solo in Phoenix

Are you talking about right now? It's gunna be pricey because we are wearing shorts and sandals now. Try the Arizona Biltmore because you can hike Piestewa peak and then take the shuttle to the best shopping and dining in the state. Other places have this or that, but they don't have it all.

Happy Trails!!!

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I would encourage you to think about renting a car. You'll be able to see and do so much more, much cheaper and more conveniently than taking a taxi everywhere. Otherwise, look at at Mill Ave in Tempe for a good selection of shops and restaurants as well as access to the light rail or Old town Scottsdale for all of the above minus the light rail.

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3. Re: Going solo in Phoenix

Planning my trip in the beginning of April, I will try the Biltmore. Thanks for the response!

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Look at Old Town Scottsdale. Its perfect.

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ugyved2- This is a FORUM. Look up the word if you're unsure of the meaning. People here have the right to express their opinions and suggestions within TA guidelines and they don't need you policing every reply. This is not a competition. Thank you.

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I agree that Old Town is a good place to stay if you really don't want to rent a car, and wish to be able to walk to restaurants, etc. (Ignore ugyved's comments about it only being for a middle aged male - that's complete bunk.)

That said, and as Ron mentioned, you might consider renting a car, as it will definitely give you more options. The places where you can hike right from your hotel are also not the places where you can walk to restaurants.

As for spas, since you mentioned that as your criteria, you should know that the spa at the Arizona Biltmore isn't that great; they will soon be in the process of building a new one, which will be a welcome addition. For great spas and hiking right from the resort, you might consider the JW Marriott Camelback Inn, which has one of the top rated spas in Metro Phx. There's also the Montelucia, which is very close to Camelback Mountain for intense hikes; they also have some guided hikes and various fitness classes for resort guests. Their Joya Spa is fantastic, and offers gorgeous mountain views.

For both of those resorts, you may have to search a bit to find deals anywhere near $250 if you're coming in the next month or so. (They both generally have package spa deals; also sign up for their email newsletters.) Otherwise, consider staying in a hotel near Old Town, (check out the Hotel Valley Ho), but have a spa day at another resort. There's also the Firesky, which is more of a very nice hotel than a resort, but they do have a lovely pool area, and it's not far from OT.

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9. Re: Going solo in Phoenix

There are few areas around PHX and Scottsdale that can be considered comfortably walkable. Old Town Scottsdale is probably the best. However, it will probably be more cost effective to rent a car than to rely on local taxis when you want to venture beyond a comfortable walk, especially for a hike or local attraction. These cities are the definition of sprawl.

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