Arizona Grand Resort
What We Love
- Cozying up after dark beneath a palm tree beside an outdoor kiva fireplace
- Plenty of lifeguards on duty at the water park, supervising the wave pool, lazy river and waterslides
- Huge portions, often big enough to share, served in all six dining venues
- Kid-friendly cowboy meals at Rustler’s Rooste with live country music
What To Know
- Seasonal hours apply to Oasis Water Park
- Family-oriented, not the spot for a romantic honeymoon
- Dial the operator before leaving the room to arrange for a golf cart to transport you around the grounds
- A $45 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
With a guests-only water park (complete with lazy river, wave pool and slides) and six restaurants serving everything from BBQ to Mexican, the Arizona Grand Resort is designed for family fun at every turn. Tasteful Southwestern hacienda style is on display throughout 740 spacious and comfortable desert-hued suites. All have large flatscreen TVs, private patios or balconies and separate bedroom and living rooms. Add a sophisticated spa and an 18-hole golf course with mountain vistas, and a family vacation here practically plans itself.
In the Area
The hotel runs a free shuttle to the popular Arizona Mills Mall (ask for a schedule at the bell desk). Check out the Sea Life Aquarium, which features a 360-degree ocean tunnel and more than 5,000 sea creatures, from sharks and rays to sea turtles. Marvel at the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright while walking through his desert masterpiece and former winter home, Taliesin West. Sip champagne and nosh on a gourmet breakfast in a beautiful hot air balloon over the desert. Saddle up with the whole family to explore the desert, pan for gold and traverse Superstition Mountain with Arizona Trail Horse Company.
How to Get There
When it comes to family travel (especially with young kids), it is difficult to find a place that satisfies everyone’s needs. Over spring break, our family traveled to Phoenix, Arizona and found the perfect desert oasis at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa.
Walking around the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, I was blown away by all the charming corners, hidden gems, water fountains, tiles, and greenery that encompass the expansive resort. From the tropical ambiance of the swaying palm trees, to the European feels of lush greenery crawling up the walls, and the Spanish tiles on staircases and fountains, I fell in love with every corner of this resort. Every morning I woke up and took a lovely stroll to the lobby to get my Starbucks latte, enjoying the tunes of chirping birds and relaxing waterfalls.
All 744 Guest Suites and Villas were renovated in late 2017 to offer a true “home away from home” experience. For our family of five, we thoroughly enjoyed the spacious two-bedroom Villas facing the lush golf course and conveniently located right across from the Oasis Water Park. The Villas at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa offer the most generous rooms with full kitchens and spacious bathrooms in comparison to the Guest Suites. They are the ultimate luxury lifestyle and truly feel like home.
If you have kids, you know that all they really want is to go to the pool and if there is a slide or lazy river, their dreams have come true. Arizona Grand Resort & Spa’s Oasis Water Park has been voted as one of the country’s Top 10 Water Parks by the Travel Channel and I can see why! Covering more than seven acres, Oasis Water Park has a gigantic, zero-entry Oasis Wave Pool featuring two-foot swells, cascading lagoon-style waterfall and separate sports area with water volleyball and basketball, an eight-story Slide Canyon Tower with THREE thrilling water slides for the young ones to grown adults, and The Zuni lazy river which duplicates the rolling effect of an actual river along with arching water jets and misters. You’d better believe we spent pretty much every day here at the pool from morning till night for their dive-in movies. And for those of you that want some quiet, there is an adult pool located next to the Athletic Club.
Additional features of The Oasis include:
Wild Cat Springs for kids
25-person Caliente Springs hot tub
Private Cabanas available for daily rental
Oasis Bar & Grill
Dive-in movies starting at 7PM
Daily family activities during pool time
There are so many other amenities that the Arizona Grand Spa & Resort has to offer that we didn’t have time to take advantage of. They have an incredible par 71 golf course with panoramic views of the desert landscape which has won numerous accolades by Golf Digest and travel magazines. The enormous Athletic Club is 20,000 square feet (voted one of the “Top 10 Fitness Facilities in Arizona”) offering more than 30 fitness classes per week (including hikes you can do with the whole family). The Spa at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa is a great place to relax after a day at the pool or a round of golf. The Spa offers a variety of services including body treatments to massages , facials, makeup, and nail treatments. In addition to all of the above amenities, if you are looking for a wedding venue with stunning backdrops for photos, the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa has jaw-dropping ballrooms (five total) with marble staircases, garden settings, majestic entrances, and more.
If you are looking for a memorable getaway for family travel or spending time in Phoenix, AZ, I highly recommend you stay at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa to experience luxury and all the comforts of home.
On New Years Eve, my friend and wife decided to take a visit to the Arizona Grand to get some golf in. We booked a tee time well in advanced but was not told there would be a wedding that would impact our game.
We arrived to a half full parking lot but the other half of the parking lot was blocked off forcing us to go up the hill or pay for valet. We decided to pay for valet as we wanted it to be easier to move our bags to the car.
We were told that we couldn't tee off at the tee box because they were going to be setting up the wedding at the tee box and was told we had to go to another area.
That was the first downfall, now we were struck by heavy rain and winds which would not affect this review, until we finished our round and came back. We were told we could not stop by the clubhouse and had to go around the entire parking lot and stop in the empty parking lot to unload our bags. This was because of the wedding that was happening.
It was raining, we paid for valet, but still had to carry our bags all the way from the parking lot back to the hotel, in the rain. It would have been easier to park at the top of the resort, after unloading our bags at the bottom.
When I went to speak to management, they told me they could not help me but would have someone call me, I was never called. Not once. They just brushed me aside, and did not care.
It's why I won't be returning to play at this course or stay at this hotel.
The grounds are beautiful and my room was great. Loved watching the baby ducks. The food and drinks were expensive and mediocre. The staff did a good job taking us wherever we needed to go such as to see Legoland.
We had a good two day trip to enjoy some sun, slides, and golf. The pools and slides were well maintained and lines were short. There was a good selection of pool food to enjoy, and lots of cabanas to allow us to get some shade. Golf course was in great shape, but the driving range was pretty limited.
Stayed at the resort for a conference. Checkin was smooth with my reservation accurate. The resort is a large complex without great signage. The layout is somewhat confusing to navigate. Room was clean. Upon checkin, I checked the minibar which was not sealed as it was suppose to be and had items missing. I called the front desk and they said there would be no charges but did not want to know what was missing. Room was fairly comfortable but bed a bit soft (personal preference) and there is a lot of stray light in the bedroom area. The room was quiet especially since you can turn the HVAC. Clearly the resort wants you to spend your money on grounds at typical resort prices. It is a fairly long walk to get off property with no side walks on the main entry. It would be nice if they would at least trim the trees so that you don't have to walk in the street. Conservation is a bit questionable on the property. There are cards to let you not have towels and sheets changed every day but it appeared that towels were changed either way. Grounds are well groomed pleasant to walk around. The resort appears to cater well to families wanting a variety of activities. The lobby areas seem to always be dark/poorly lit perhaps to make it feel cooler?