10 Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Phoenix That Kids and Parents Will Love

Family vacation time in Phoenix should be relaxing, fun and full of adventure.

You'll certainly find adventure at our number one pick, the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. The desert sprawling resort is home to a championship golf club, but for kids, the main attraction is certainly the four acres of swimming pools, the lazy river with water slide, and the fun poolside dining service.

Speaking of water slides, no other luxury resort in town does summer better than the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. This all-suite resort in North Phoenix boasts a full water park and family entertainment zone called River Ranch.  River Ranch has a four-acre water park and recreation area, an 18-hole miniature putting course, 3,000 square feet of shopping and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Float along in the lazy river, or muster up the courage to brave the 130-foot water slide. Either way, it's a safe bet to say your kids will not want to leave.

If you want to stay near downtown Phoenix attractions, there several good, family-friendly options. The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown is a business class hotel that also attracts families, and is steps away from downtown museums and sports venues.

Meanwhile, the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix offers family suites and a guaranteed comfortable stay in one of downtown's glitziest highrises.


Drury Inn & Suites has long been a popular option for travelers on a budget who are not willing to sacrifice comfort and convenient. This popular chain offers weary travelers the comforts of home, and then some: free hot breakfast anyone? Other perks of staying at Drury Inn brand hotels include free soft drinks and popcorn every afternoon in the lobby, a 24-hour business center, free wireless internet, free long distance and local calls, and flat panel TVs in every room. Don't miss the popular 5:30 Kickback, featuring a rotating menu of free hot food & cold beverages for guests.


The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel is conveniently located next to the Phoenix Convention Center and within walking distance of many major downtown attractions, including the Arizona Science Center, U.S. Airways Arena, Chase Field, Copper Square and downtown restaurants. The 31-story hotel features over 1,000 modern guest rooms, many offering unrivaled views of downtown, along with surrounding mountain ranges. Amenities include an onsite fitness center, outdoor pool, gift shop, modern meeting spaces and the hip new District Restaurant and Bar. Spectacular views and the hotel's excellent location make this one of the most appealing business-class hotels in Phoenix's downtown business district.


This historic hotel resort, located in Phoenix's westside in the community of Litchfield Park, offer a private and luxurious getaway. Rose gardens and citrus trees surround the Wigwam Resort and the traditional Territorial Adobe architecture harken back to the region's Old West and Spanish roots. The property has 331 spacious and private guest casitas, all with a personal or patio or terrace with views of the golf course, gardens or pool. Wood furnishings and Southwestern pottery fill the rooms with Western charm. All rooms feature wireless internet and advanced Incentient touchscreens, which provide guests with instant access to concierge services and resort event information.


The Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix/Avondale offers a convenient location, just off the 101 Freeway on the Phoenix's west side. The hotel is situated near the University of Phoenix stadium, the Ak-Chin Pavilion, Westgate City Center, the Tanger Outlets and west side shopping and dining. The hotel has a swimming pool, fitness center, Starbucks coffee and free hot breakfast (including a kid's menu). Cribs and high chairs are available for families, making it easy to travel with the tikes. Like all Hilton Garden Inn hotels, the hotel is also designed to bring comfort and convenience to business travelers. There is a business center and meeting centers available, making it easier to stay efficient on the road.

The Arizona Grand Resort is the only hotel resort in South Phoenix and the state's only AAA Four Diamond and Gold Key Award winning all-suite resort. This is a great family destination, featuring a popular seven-acre water park and athletic club. Golf enthusiasts will love the challenging 18-hole golf course. This is also a popular destination for business travelers. The hotel resort boasts nearly 117,000 square feet of mixed indoor and outdoor meeting space, and with over 740 total suites, there is enough room to host even very large groups. The resort's proximity to Tempe and central Phoenix make it a convenient base for business travelers, while also offering respite from city life.

The Arizona Biltmore is the oldest resort in Arizona and Phoenix's most iconic hotel resort. Built in 1929, the resort has played host to presidents, celebrities and aesthetically-minded guests for over 83 years now, enchanting visitors with it's singular beauty and luxurious environs. Championship golf, 39 acres of desert gardens, award-winning spa amenities make this one of Phoenix's premiere destinations. Relaxed yet undeniably elegant, the Arizona Biltmore also benefits from a conveniently central location, making it easy to venture out into all corners of the city. Frank & Albert's, one of the best restaurants in the city, is located at the Arizona Biltmore.

Tucked away in the northern hills of Phoenix, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort provides guests with stunning views of the surrounding desert scenery. The sprawling hotel resort features 584 suites, all elegantly appointed with a separate living room, executive work desk, coffee maker, refrigerated minibar, two televisions, two telephones, ironing board and hair dryer. The intimate Tocaloma Spa & Salon encourages guests to unwind with a full menu of services designed to relax and rejuvenate, while the resort's fine dining restaurant, A Different Pointe of View, offers diners incredible desert and city views. There is also an excellent, more casual dining destination, Pointe in Tyme.


Tucked away on 32nd Street in South Phoenix, the Legacy Golf Resort offers stunning views of South Mountain and a quiet retreat in the middle of the city. Families will love the kid-friendly amenities, including swimming pools (including a children's wading pool) and a children's play area. The resort has plenty to keep adults occupied, as well, including a well-maintained Gary Panks-designed par 71 championship golf course. There are more than 300 oversized, fully furnished condominiums let you spread out and settle into this charming resort. A fitness center, spa services and no resort fees makes this a popular resort for travelers.

The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is as exciting as it is relaxing. Kids will love River Ranch, the on-site water park and entertainment center, especially the thrill of riding the 130-foot slide. There is also a lazy river for afternoons of floating and relaxation. River Ranch offers shopping, dining, and plenty of family-friendly activities, including the 18-hole miniature putting course and kid-friendly dining options. With so much to see and do inside of the resort, you'll be hard-pressed to find a good reason why you should stray much farther than the lobby. The resort also helps arrange guided tours of Arizona's most popular sights.

This northern Phoenix resort offers luxury and privacy to travel-weary visitors. Tucked away in the hills and mountains of north Phoenix, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa was designed to offer guests the full spectrum of resort amenities. The stunning grand lobby leads guests onto the sprawling resort grounds, where splashing fountains, palm-tree lined walkways and fire pits welcome guests to take pause and unwind. The hotel is home to Arizona's largest ballroom, as well as a championship golf course, several restaurants, a spa salon and, for families, a water park with four acres of sparkling waterways. Whether you're set for a adventure and recreation, or rest and rejuvenation, the JW Marriott Desert Ridge accommodates all guests.


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