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The capital of Arizona and the fifth-largest city in the United States, Phoenix is famous for its cacti-studded deserts, rocky red mountains and over 200 landscaped golf courses.

Phoenix is home to plenty of parks where you can explore the rugged terrain and take in the natural beauty of the 'Valley of the Sun'. One of the largest urban parks in the world, the South Mountain Park and Preserve offers sweeping vistas and miles of trails for hiking, horse riding and biking. For more desert panoramas and outdoor activities, head to Papago Park, featuring tranquil oases, desert wildlife and the native saguaro cactus. This recreational haven is also home to the intriguing Hole-in-the-Wall rock formation, Phoenix Zoo and the sprawling Desert Botanical Garden, featuring thousands of plants amidst red rock buttes. If you’re after a more challenging hike, try scaling the Camelback Mountain for 360-degree views of the dramatic landscape.

Phoenix has a lot in store for lovers of art, architecture and culture. The Musical Instrument Museum is the only one of its kind in the world, boasting over 8,000 musical instruments spanning 200 countries. Alternatively, you can admire classical and contemporary works from around the globe at Phoenix Art Museum or visit the Heard Museum for an introduction to the country’s Native American roots. Architecture aficionados should check out Taliesin West – the UNESCO-listed winter home of celebrated architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. The futuristic structure of the Phoenix Convention Center is also worth taking a look at.


From per night

This weekend

From £923 per night

Next weekend

From £1,714 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency US$10 = £8.32
Average weekend price £2 per night
Average weekday price £2 per night
Typical stay 1 night

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Not much to do.

21 January 2023

Not much to do. We came from camping in a van around Arizona and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We were ready for some urban life again but there's not much to see or do downtown. I wished I had another day of camping and hiking instead.

K AL M Canada

The desert botanical gardens were amazing.

14 January 2023

The desert botanical gardens were amazing. Wish we had more time to spend in this area, the hikes looked like fun. The area we stayed was not too busy or noisy, we found cabs pretty easily to get around. I'd definitely stay in this area again if necessary.

Rexann United States

We were in Midtown which we found to be very quiet.

9 January 2023

We were in Midtown which we found to be very quiet...the issue was that most of the restaurants within walking distance of our hotel closed early evening, but we were there to help with an exhibit for the Heard Museum which is a must see for any visitor.


Great value.

4 January 2023

Great value. Excellent staff. Corbin at the front desk is a amazing, always cheerful and prompt with the service he provided. Overall great staff here. It really does make the stay better when you have a awesome front desk clerk. Thank you Corbin for your help with everything, it did not go unnoticed.


We stayed twice within a week.

27 December 2022

We stayed twice within a week. Restaurant was not open for dining, we were served in the bar area. Very small, not enough seating to accommodate very many guests. Menu was very limited, but food ordered was good. The return trip we waited nearly two hours for our food. The stormy weather that caused flights all over the country contributed to the wait. The hotel was dealing with MANY MANY Southwest Airlines travelers that were pretty much stranded in Phoenix. The room was so so. Only one towel in the room both visits. No toiletries in bathroom, weak batteries in TV remote, non functioning coffee machine, USB ports at desk and lamps non working. Poor stay over all… both times. Would look for another hotel in future stays.

Anonymous United States

Went to the Phoenix Zoo on Thanksgiving.

30 November 2022

Went to the Phoenix Zoo on Thanksgiving. It was an amazing day. Then went and stayed with friends and ate at a great local mexican restaurant. Freeways were a bit crowded but it was a holiday weekend.

Harold United States

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