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This downtown bar has become quite a phenomenon to sports fans because Dan Majerle, a legend among the Phoenix Suns, owns it. Anytime I go to a game, whether it be the Diamondbacks or the Suns, I pop into Majerlie's. You should too and say hi to the manager, Jesse! Tell him I sent you!
A fun bar with lots of energy. Courteous bouncers grabbed us a VIP table right when we walked in. A good local band played 'the hits' on a stage above the bar. Say 'hi' to one of the barkeeps, Michael. Tell him Anne-Marie sent you!
A lovely little place close to downtown with an artsy feel and a garden seating area. Fancy cocktails and fresh, local food. Try the flatbread.
The location isn't ideal but the sushi is simple and fresh. No fancy rolls. More Japanese than the other sushi places about town. A hidden little gem.
I wouldn’t let the exterior of this hotel confuse you. While it has a very simple feel on approach, it’s actually quite plush inside. It kind of reminded me of an uptown New York City boutique hotel - it’s tastefully elegant in its simplicity. With dark wood furniture and marble floor guest room entryways, you can relax in sophistication. Right in the Biltmore area of Phoenix, a free shuttle will take you to any of the nearby restaurants and shopping areas from 7am-10pm. They also have a free shuttle from the airport. There is a small lounge, a complimentary breakfast and, if you get a suite, you can relax in a Jacuzzi right there in your room (ask for room 137). Have a chat with Fernando (the hotel chauffer, tour guide and all-around great guy), – I did. He was as kind and informative as he could be.
I feel like I’m in a dream world. No, really, this place is beautiful. It is everything you could want in a resort, except the beach (and the mountains). OK, it’s everything you want a desert resort to be. It has the best reputation in town and from my experience, they lived up to it. Ultimate luxury surrounded by a special Cactus Garden, a 27-hole championship golf course, tennis complex, nine pools, ten restaurants and/or lounges (including the world famous chef, Jean-George’s J
South Phoenix has a few nice areas with decent resorts. Fortunately, this is a golf resort and, boy, does Phoenix know how to do a golf club. With a great number of them in town, the Legacy Golf Resort might be one of the more inexpensive options, but it’s a good, solid choice. I mean, it’s just fine; especially for a golf trip. The rooms felt to me on the bland side. Kind of like your aunt’s tract home. It does has either a full kitchen or kitchenette. I wouldn’t say it’s in the best area for nightlife, if that’s on the agenda, but the resort, itself, has food, drink, pool and spa, so you don’t really need to leave. The staff is friendly and helpful and seems to want to be there (that’s a plus). And, this is different than a number of resorts in town - there is no additional resort fee! That alone deserves three stars. I guess it makes the stay feel a little more honest. Let’s talk the golf course: designed by Gary Panks; 6,908 yards; par 71 and the sight of an LPGA tournament in the 2000. If I played golf, I’d probably consider checking in.
Although The Clarendon is an older building, I think the intended charm of the designers is apparent. I wasn’t expecting much due to the sub-par reviews for this close to downtown Phoenix hotel. Maybe that’s why I was pleasantly surprised by the kindness and welcome I felt from the moment I entered until I left. The style is unique to the area (it’s closer to the style of Old Town Scottsdale Boutique Hotels). It’s in a great location for a fun evening. Start by hanging out at the pool and catching the sunset on the sundeck. Then, get yourself pretty and hit Postino Wine Bar for bruschetta and wine. Move on to a couple of hipster lounges, The Vig and The Garage. It makes for a chill evening of good food, good wine, entertainment and a cool place to lay your head.
Do you mean “Hotel San Historic?” I swear a ghost floated past me as I walked down the lavish corridor…but that’s what happens when the Old World meets the new. This ornate downtown landmark oozes history and whispers stories of the past. From its velvet draperies to gaudy (but cool) mirrors, traditions of the 20s, 30s and 40s fill the air, kitty cat. I was part of a film project that was shot in downtown Phoenix and The Hotel San Carlos was courteous enough to allow us to use their rooms to do hair, make-up and costuming. I guess they respect the movie-making process considering Marilyn, Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart would frequent the place back in the day! If that isn’t alluring enough, the hotel sits in the heart of downtown Phoenix, which is making a name for itself with all of the action happening there now. Sports venues, restaurants, entertainment and museums are all within strolling distance.
I love going out here (it’s south of Phoenix) because the area envelops the true tribal spirit of the Southwest. The Gila River Indian Community is active and owns land in this area so many things are fashioned after their essence. The inspirations for this Resort came from Pima and Maricopa Indians (hence – Maricopa County) and the surrounding atmosphere whispers tales of past cultures. I think the concept is somewhat original because it brings in Indian décor, not the typical Southwest styles. I was disappointed to find out the very famous Kai Restaurant was closed for the summer months. There are other café style eateries, which are fine. There is so much activity here – tennis, 4 pools with a big waterslide, tracks, trails and the Koli Equestrian Center, where you can take horseback riding lessons and go on trails by horseback. I love this! Also, the Aji Spa is fabulous. And, very close by…A casino! Dingdingdingdingding (that’s the sound of a slot machine)