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Five nights in Phoenix/Scottsdale - advice needed

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Five nights in Phoenix/Scottsdale - advice needed

Hi,

We are a couple in our 50s and we will be spending five nights, (leaving on Memorial Day), in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area at the end of a three week vacation in Arizona and California.

We will be visiting outdoor areas such as Cave Creek Regional Park, McDowell Sonoran Preserve and Usery Mountain Regional Park. We will be exploring Cave Creek, Carefree and Old Town Scottsdale. We will be shopping at the large malls and outlet centers.

We have visited Arizona a few times previously but have only stayed in the Phoenix airport area to catch our flight to the UK. The vast variety of accommodations in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area is a bit overwhelming and I don't want to make a poor selection for this five night stay.

We are looking for a moderately priced hotel with good access to the freeways to get the above attractions. I was thinking locating close to Loop 101 is the way to go.

We prefer quieter hotels with pleasant outdoor areas for relaxing outside in the evenings.

We are not looking for large upscale resorts, although I have found a good deal at the Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in North Phoenix. The other hotels I have on the short list are; The Gainey Suites and The Chaparral Suites.

Any advice regarding these three or any other hotel suggestions are welcome.

Thanks

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1. Re: Five nights in Phoenix/Scottsdale - advice needed

We have always enjoyed staying at the Chaparral Suites although have found recently that the rooms although very comfortable, really do need updating but if that does not bother you it is something to consider. The staff are wonderful there too with many of them having worked there for years. Job satisfaction! Very convenient for the 101 loop and for getting about in general in the Scottsdale area. We love it there and always find somewhere different to explore however many times we go.

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2. Re: Five nights in Phoenix/Scottsdale - advice needed

Thanks for the quick reply. The Chaparral looks good value with free breakfast and evening reception but it seems to be on a busy intersection. Is this something to be concerned about as the other two options seem to be in a more quiet setting.

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3. Re: Five nights in Phoenix/Scottsdale - advice needed

You are right about the Chaparral Suites being value for money.

We have never stayed in May , always to the end of September so going by our experience - although yes the intersection can get busy, it really depends on where abouts your room is in the hotel as there are 2 sections to it. We always ask for a top floor room in the East complex which is further back. We don't care for the ground floor rooms as they seem a bit exposed to everyone walking past . It is quieter there even looking out to Chaparral Road leading up to the intersection. It has it's own pool area but of course is further to walk to clubhouse for breakfast, the evening reception and the front desk.

The only drawback is there is no where to sit in the evenings apart from the area outside the clubhouse or round the pool again. If price does come into consideration (which it does with us after taking the cost of the flight alone into consideration!) have you looked at the Days Inn and Suites on Pima Road? It all comes down to personal preference but it's worth having a good look on Google maps and use the peg man to have a close up look at different hotel addresses to try and get a 'feel' for all the different areas of Scottsdale.

Hope this all helps.

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4. Re: Five nights in Phoenix/Scottsdale - advice needed

Thanks again, I have used Google Earth to look at the locations and the east wing of the Chaparral Suites looks suitable. There appears to be a few tables by the pool and the tennis court.

I also looked at your suggestion of the Days Inn and Suites North Scottsdale which again seems a good proposition in a nice area.

Does anyone have any information regarding the outside areas at the Gainey Suites.

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5. Re: Five nights in Phoenix/Scottsdale - advice needed

Gainey suites are set back off Scottsdale Rd, so you should not have any issues with traffic/noise once on the resort grounds. My big plus for staying there, especially for five nights, is the walking access to my increasingly favorite corner for restaurants at Gainey Village Shops. They recently added five new places, so aside from the long-time favorite (Village Tavern-which has everything!), you have Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood, Mexican, ..so many choices! I have not stayed at GS, but toured the outside and the feedback in here is consistently good.

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6. Re: Five nights in Phoenix/Scottsdale - advice needed

Agreed that Gainey Suites are a great place to stay if you don't really care about staying in a "resort", and the closeness to the shops at Gainey Ranch are a real plus.

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8. Re: Five nights in Phoenix/Scottsdale - advice needed

We have decided to give the Chaparral Suites a try on this vacation, maybe stay at the Gainey Suites next time. Thanks again for all replies.

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9. Re: Five nights in Phoenix/Scottsdale - advice needed

Did you consider Firesky? Glad the Hilton didn't make it to the top of your list, it's not what you are looking for.Chaparral does meet your criteria, but you might want to weigh in on Firesky for your outdoor seating area.

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