Phoenix Journals

The Shadier Side of the Valley of the Sun

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A July 2004 trip to Phoenix by Puss N Boots

Quote: Having called Phoenix home for 6 years, I can wax sentimental about the vast beauty and glorious weather that becomes the area. However, travel here can be costly, so for those travelers confined by a budget, I have outlined some options in the area.

Hampton Inn Phoenix-Airport North

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Hotel | "Hampton Inn @ Phoenix Airport"

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This hotel is located very close to the airport…a deduction of proximity can be made from the name of the hotel itself. A couple of minutes after you retrieve your luggage from the airport carousel, you can be basking in the glory of your very own room at the Hampton Inn; the ride to and from the airport is courtesy of the hotel. The facility is located directly across the street from the Chinese Cultural Center. This center is huge and provides to you anything Chinese, to include food and shopping. The exterior of the building is highlighted by traditional Chinese gardens complete with replicas of pagodas and statues. The Hampton does offer a "Romance Package" for those of you attempting ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2004

Hampton Inn Phoenix-Airport North
601 N 44TH STREET
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
602 267-0606

Days Inn Phoenix Airport

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Hotel | "Days Inn @ Phoenix Airport"

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Upon arrival, a group of very friendly personnel will assist you at the Days Inn lobby. No, I am not referring to the “Ladies of the Night” that call Van Buren Street home. Rather, I am impressed with the staff that is gainfully—and legitimately—employed by the hotel. This friendly service is perhaps the best thing this place has going for it. As aforementioned, the hotel sits squarely in the center of “prostitute pass” (this is the name with which I personally baptized the area. This is not common nomenclature; so do not ask for directions referencing the “pass”. Your request will be met with odd looks and much head scratching). There are classroom, banquet, and theater style facilities on...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 13, 2004

Days Inn Phoenix Airport
3333 E VAN BUREN
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
602-244-8244

Holiday Inn Select

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn Select @ Phoenix Airport"

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The Holiday Inn Select boasts the closest hotel to the airport. Now, I cannot be sure that this is an accurate statement as I do not travel with any kind of measuring device—one bad experience with a man who was "measurement challenged" and I vowed to keep the measuring tape at home—but I will take their word for it. The hotel is all of 2 minutes from the Phoenix Airport terminals and unlike most of its neighboring hotels, actually has more than two floors. Therefore, if you ask for a room in one of the higher floors, you could have a nice view of The Valley. This facility is one of the nicer airport-convenient hotel locations and they even have plans to upgrade the color scheme and décor in 2004....Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 13, 2004

Holiday Inn Select
4300 E Washington St
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
(602) 273-7778

La Quinta Inn Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport South

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Hotel | "La Quinta Inn"

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Located 2 miles from the airport, the La Quinta Inn is convenient. However, I don’t think that it is merely coincidence that the address is 911 South 48th Street. Emergency services may be needed to resurrect this facility. In order to attract guests, they offer complementary continental breakfast and airport transportation. They also boast movies on demand, Nintendo and data port phones in each room. The La Quinta graciously allows for small domestic animals. You need not worry about any urine or fecal matter left behind by these furry travelers, the human remains will be more overwhelming and unsanitary if I were guessing. The standard outdoor swimming pool is upgraded with heating. J...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 13, 2004

La Quinta Inn Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport South
911 South 48th St
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 967-4465

Hawthorn Suites Ltd

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Hotel | "Hawthron Suites"

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Apparently, at the Hawthorn Suites, every day is Bring-Your-Child-to-Work Day. The front desk is manned by a young mother and her toddler. This allows the visitor to observe multi-tasking at its best. Between directions to your room and the pool, you may witness a scalding or two. Obviously, I say this tongue in cheek. I am fairly certain that this babysitting routine happens fairly infrequently, my timing may have just been perfect and it was only a one-time thing….RIGHT! Although this facility is not a five star location, it is nice—relatively speaking. All of the rooms are suites and provide refrigerators, wet bar (a.k.a. sink), and microwaves. Some rooms house a small kitchen. With...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2004

Hawthorn Suites Ltd
2301 E Southern Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85282
(480) 633-2744

Ramada Limited Tempe University

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Hotel | "Ramada Limited"

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Ah…what’s in a name? This question has been pondered by much wiser minds than this author; however, it is a question worthy of reflection. Where the Ramada Limited is concerned, the name says it all. Tranquility, relaxation, romance, cleanliness, and ambiance are all severely LIMITED at this Ramada. The drive from the airport to the Ramada Limited will offer such beautiful sights as the plentiful trailer parks just walking distance from your hotel room. Also the traveler can bask in the vast vacant lots that surround the building itself. Sweet success is realized when you visit this well-appointed hovel (or is that the sweet aroma of dirty socks?). One will exult in glorious pride when...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 13, 2004

Ramada Limited Tempe University
1915 East Apache Blvd
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 736-1700

Travelodge Tempe/University

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This Travelodge is located in the heart of the East Valley, making it very conveniently located to some desirable destinations. An easy drive from the airport, the Travelodge is also close to ASU, Phoenix Zoo and Botanical Gardens, casinos, malls, theaters and several golf courses (then again, EVERYTHING in Phoenix is located near several golf courses). This is your bare bones kind of hotel that offers just the essentials. Room rates reflect the limited number of amenities and start at just $41. This makes the Travelodge a cost effective alternative to the high-end hotels and resorts in the area. Unfortunately, you always get what you pay for. The rooms come with limited bragging rights. ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 13, 2004

Travelodge Tempe/University
1005 East Apache Blvd
Phoenix, Arizona
1(800) 219-8821

Sleep Inn at Phoenix Airport

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Hotel | "Sleep Inn @ Phoenix Airport"

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Here is another cookie-cutter airport hotel for the taking. Nothing fancy, nothing fabulous. Just the essentials: roof, bed, sink, toilet, shower. This hotel does suffer a bit from the stiff competition along the short stretch of 47th Place road. From the airport, it is a quick five-minute trip—specifically it is 3 miles from the tarmac. Once you are on 47th Place road, you meet the Hilton, Courtyard Marriott, and Fairfield Inn before arriving at the Sleep Inn. All four of these hotels are within spitting distance from one another. Based on the condition of this facility in comparison to the other three, this would be my fourth choice in travel destinations. Rates are standard and range...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 13, 2004

Sleep Inn at Phoenix Airport
2621 South 47th Place
Phoenix, Arizona

Ramada Inn Downtown

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Hotel | "Ramada Inn Phoenix/Downtown"

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Here is a facility that harkens back to the good old days of two-level motels. The exterior of the building gives away nothing. You could be looking at virtually any downtown building in Anywhere, USA. There are storefront windows that have bee blacked out as to not see inside. On the other side of these windows are the several banquet rooms, meeting rooms, and ball rooms that are housed in the facility. Nearly every one of the 163 rooms faces the courtyard and pool area. The exterior paint is the same faded pink that can be found throughout the vast expanse of the Phoenix metro area. The rooms are surprisingly spacious and the staff takes great pride in pointing out that there is new ca...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2004

Ramada Inn Downtown
401 N FIRST ST
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
602 258-3411