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Spring Training in Arizona

A March 2005 trip to Phoenix by Kathy

Fairfield Inn by Marriott: Downtown Scottsdale Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona More Photos
Quote: I visit Phoenix every year to visit my grandmother. She passed away at age 92 this July, so I don't think I will be making my annual spring-training visit anymore. She always joked that I didn't really come to visit, her but to go to spring training.

Spring Training in Arizona


Trolley's Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix is great if you like to golf, and there are lots of fancy resorts to enjoy.

Quick Tips:

I know that it’s brutally hot in the summer, but the hotels have pools and the rates are as low as a night.

Best Way To Get Around:

They have a trolley, but really you need a car to get around.
Fairfield Inn by Marriott: Downtown Scottsdale Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
I always stay here when I visit. I like the location, a 10-minute walk into old town Scottsdale.

They have a nice pool, and it’s a typical Fairfield-type room. You also get a continental breakfast.

The off-season rates are $59 a night. That same room is twice as much in March.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 2, 2005

Fairfield Inn by Marriott: Downtown Scottsdale
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250
(480) 945-4392

Hampton Inn Phoenix Scottsdale at Shea Blvd Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
The Hampton Inn Scottsdale is located in the center of Scottsdale 1.5 blocks south of Shea Boulevard on the east side of Scottsdale Road. It has a buffet breakfast with the usual bagels, fruit, cereal, etc.; heated outdoor pool and whirlpool; exercise room; valet service available Monday through Saturday; and room service provided by Romano's Macaroni Grill. The hotel also features a business center with free high-speed Internet access. There are a number of nice restaurants in the area, but it’s a little farther from old-town Scottsdale, but still okay. Again, the prices from low season to high season range quiet a bit, but I find the Fairfield has a better location and better rates...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 3, 2005

Hampton Inn Phoenix Scottsdale at Shea Blvd
10101 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85253

Kazimierz Wine Bar


Atmosphere: comfortably plush sofas and chairs in vineyard colors, stone walls softened by candlelight; wooden wine casks evoke the feel of a European wine cave; subtle lighting; and interesting mix of jazz, Latin, and world-beat music at levels that don't strain conversation. I came in here with a friend for some wine and cheese, and it was rather expensive at $8 for a glass of wine and about $8 to $10 for a plate of cheese and bread, but it was nice and they had music. I wouldn't say that they have a full menu, but there are lots of snacks that can make up a meal. This could be a very romantic evening with the right person. The location is easy to find in old-tow...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2005

Kazimierz Wine Bar
7137 East Stetson Drive
Phoenix, Arizona 85251
(480) 946-3004

NYPD Pizza


This is in the shopping center right next to the Hampton Inn, so it was convenient for lunch.

The pizza was really excellent. Though reviews are mixed on the deep-dish, when it comes to thin-crust, there are few equals. Their NYPD Blue pizza is arrestingly decorated with roasted red peppers, eggplant, and mounds of ricotta. Their white pizza, tinged with garlic and olive oil, draws raves. Also, try their authentic, made-to-order calzones and their hefty Italian-bread sandwiches, such as sausage, peppers, and eggplant parmigiana. I can't vouch for anything other than the pizza, but the place seemed to be crowded, so that is good sign.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 3, 2005

NYPD Pizza
10433 North Scottsdale Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85253
(480) 609-8666

Spring Training


Cubs Spring Training Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
Check the team schedules when they come out, usually after Christmas. A lot of teams have spring training here, including the Cubs and Giants. The Giants play in Scottsdale, and they have a trolley that takes you from the mall right to the game and back. The Cubs play in Mesa, about a 20-minute ride away. The fun thing about the spring training games is that you can get up close and personal with the players, and after the game, they come to the sidelines of the stands and will sign autographs for the kids and stand there for pictures. The tickets are usually about $10 or $15, but the concessions aren't any less than the regular season games. I still paid $5.50 f...Read More