In heaven, you will wake up in the morning, take a shower in a fantastic bathroom adorned with beautiful marble, and then you'll get dressed (in shorts, I might add, because it's always sunny in heaven). Next you'll walk down a flight of stairs to your own, private, yes, I'm not kidding...Starbucks!
We're not talking that "we proudly serve Starbucks coffee" ruse you've seen at other hotels. We're taking a bona fide, pleasantly staffed real Starbucks.
Then it gets better. You take your coffee and go to the lobby and sit in one of those comfy chairs and just people watch. Or you might stroll through the grounds that were absolutely breathtaking. (If you think of a desert as scruffy cactus and sagebrush, this will turn you around.) Or you might just go watch the kids having the times of their lives floating down the Lazy River on their inner tubes.
You might have a well-prepared, reasonably-priced meal outdoors. You might watch the Final Four in the lobby on special big-screen TVs they brought in for the occasion. Or you might just sit in the sun and blow off the spring training baseball games you thought you came to see.
Now, a word about the rooms: We thought they were nicer than average, despite what you'll read on this site. Our room was lovely, with a great view of the gardens.
More important, the people were lovely. Upon checking in at around 6 pm we were at first thrilled to find out about the Starbucks, and then disappointed to hear that it had just closed for the day. Standing there looking forlorn, a Marriott employee walked by and said "oh, did you want a Starbucks?"
He then opened the door and asked the staff to make one more latte which they cheerfully did. When we reached in our wallet to pay, the Marriott employee smiled and said "this one's on us." Can you ask for better than that?
So was there anything wrong at all with our stay at the J.W. Marriott? Yes. It ended too soon.
P.S. - In the spirit of adventure we decided to check out the Hyatt Regency in Scottsdale for a couple of nights. An unfortunate decision on our part. Go read the reviews of that hotel and you'll recognize ours (quack!), and then make your reservation ONLY at the Marriott.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Without peer among Phoenix resorts, the award-winning, AAA 4-Diamond JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa welcomes guests to its stunning 316 acres in the Sonoran Desert. Our captivating resort takes you to a place where luxury, personal service, invigorating recreation and excellent dining are in abundance. Guest rooms and suites feature private balconies or patios with dramatic desert vistas, mountain views, and tech-friendly amenities. This premier resort also impresses with the award-winning Revive Spa and championship Wildfire Golf Club, home to the LPGA Founders Cup. Families, couples and friends will find a variety of activities designed for all ages including our Wildfire Pool Complex complete with Lazy River and water-slide. Or just relax and enjoy each others company indoors or outside on one of many patios with our inviting fire-pits overlooking the resort's waterways. Among the leading North Phoenix, Arizona resorts, JW Marriott Desert Ridge is your one-stop vacation haven. ... more less
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