on June 30, 2006
A special on hotels.com netted me a room on the 1st floor, with the pool right outside my door. I called the Southwest Inn directly, and it couldn’t beat the Internet price of $113 including tax. The king-size bed with lodge pole headboard has a comfortable pillow-top mattress. This unit, #133, has a jetted tub and separate shower. Above and beyond the usual amenities, each room in this small hotel (28 rooms) has a gas fireplace, a small refrigerator, and wireless Internet service. Décor is very southwest in design and color.Breakfast is included and is available every morning until 10am in the breakfast room above the lobby. A Belgian waffle maker is heated and ready for guest use. Assorted uncut fruit (apples, bananas, peaches), a variety of cereals and yogurt, assorted breads and bagels, and several choices for hot and cold beverages round out the choices. Approximately 8 tables in the breakfast area and a few tables outside on the patio were plenty for this June morning. The property is in a great location right on Hwy 89A. A concierge in the lobby was quick to give us a list of their top-twenty restaurants, and she highlighted the top three for us. The pool hours are 9am to 9pm, with the separate spa open from 9am to 10pm. Plenty of towels are supplied in the room so you don’t have to go searching for a pool towel. There is a fitness room, but although I brought my workout clothes, I was too lazy to utilize it or even peek in.One of the things I really liked was the way the hotel was constructed with each unit on the ground floor having its own patio with table and chairs facing the front of the property and the red rocks. Not only does it make for a nice view, it means that no one is walking right past your window on their way to their own room. Each unit feels private and cozy. The upstairs units have their doors facing the back of the property, but a patio facing the front. The upper floor has better views, and is priced accordingly.
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