I have probably stayed in 100 Marriott Hotels in the last 5 years, and tend to prefer the brand. While in Phoenix for Spring Break, I could not get the JW Desert Ridge on points, and instead decided to try out the Buttes for two nights. I had just come from two nights at the Phoenician, but I think I can judge the property for many.
This is a bit of an "odd ball" resort. It's location is alongside a major highway near the airport, yet you are absolutely stranded at the resort without a rental car. It is literally built in to the side of a mountain, and while it has some cool architechure, I found it more "Holidome" than Frank Lloyd Wright. The pool is very nice, and big and has a water slide that kept the kids busy. Most of those staying seemed to be in town to see the California Angels, who has a Spring Training Facility just down the road. That seems to be what this hotel would likely be best for.....watching Spring Training games.
A couple of things of note. First, you will have great access to the airport and Phoenix Zoo if you stay here. Second, this hotel is literally built on a side of a mountain and ifyou have little ones or older travelers, there are stairs EVERYWHERE. You will get a workout staying here, especially if you go to the pool.
The Buttes just wasn't my cup of tea. I didn't have a bad experience, but this place would likely have been better off left in its natural state.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Impressive Mountaintop Conference Resort with view of Phoenix & Valley of the Sun located in center of historic Twin Buttes area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Buttes, a Marriott Hotel Tempe
- Marriott Hotel Tempe
- Marriott Hotel Buttes
- Marriott Tempe
- Tempe Marriott