If you’re new to the area, here’s a locals hack: All the incredible resorts across Scottsdale, Phoenix and Paradise Valley offer incredible deals during the summer for locals to take advantage of (because it’s too hot for anyone else to book a stay here for triple digit temps).
If you’re looking for a family-friendly resort to book this season, here’s a few of our contributors favorite local picks.
East Valley Moms
Amy’s pick: Best resort if your kids go to bed at 7, but you don’t want to sit in a dark hotel room
The Scott (in old town Scottsdale) is the best for early to bed kiddos because every room has a patio for parents to escape from the less-than-glamorous part of hotel living with small kids: sitting in a dark room while your baby sleeps.
Other perks of the property: Last summer we stayed midweek for two nights and it was a quiet pool scene and felt very family friendly for us. They have two resident ducks that the staff told us come back every year, and Maverick loved watching during our stay.
Tiffany’s recommendation: Best staycay for feeding a family on a budget
The Drury Inn and Suites is a perfect place in the East Valley for a staycation (Chandler and their are several locations). We have utilized this place several times, even bringing my in-laws there so we could leave for a date night during the staycation.
They have a nightly dinner/social hour, and then breakfast in the morning that is all included in the stay! That’s 2 free meals plus pre-gaming per day! It’s pretty reasonably priced and they have large rooms. We love the one bedroom suite with a master bedroom with a door that closes and locks for parents, wink wink.
Cara’s suggestion: Best hotel to entertain school aged kids
We stayed at the Phoenician in the past and my two kids enjoyed their kids programming for elementary aged kids. Half day drop-off programming for kids ages 5-12 was ideal for parents to have a few hours of relaxing pool time, while kids can craft, play and have their own break from parents, too.