JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Seven restaurants, ranging from a casual wine bar to an Asian fusion option
- Fitness fanatics will love the range of classes available, from mat pilates to tai chi
- Kids will be entertained for hours with four acres of swimming pools and a Lazy River with water slide and whirlpools
What To Know
- There’s a resort fee of $25 per room per night
- WiFi is free in the lobby and lounge
- One-on-one personal trainers are available for an extra charge
- Breakfasts are not included in the rate, and start from $17
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With its gorgeous desert setting and wealth of fresh air activities, this mammoth, 900-room family-friendly resort is aimed at golf and wellness enthusiasts. Enjoy two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo, or spend the entire day at the spa, with its Southwest-centric treatments like mesquite clay wraps and turquoise blue sage body rituals. Those with heartier appetites can restaurant-hop between the resort’s seven dining experiences, sampling everything from North Italian comfort food to Hawaiian-Asian cuisine at Roy’s.
In the Area
Even those who don’t count themselves as music aficionados will be wowed by the show-stopping Musical Instrument Museum, or MIM, a fascinating and well-curated journey through the history of music, with a collection that includes instruments from music icons like John Lennon and Elvis Presley. See one of the world’s greatest wonders from a great height on a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, many of which depart from Phoenix. Then come back to earth – deliciously – at Kona Grill, a fun Phoenix standby dishing up everything from fresh sushi to flatbreads with fancy toppings like brie, figs, and red onion jam.
How to Get There
Today is my son’s 12th birthday so I booked breakfast at Stonegrill assuming that we could have the buffet (we are staying at the Marriott Canyon Villas adjoining the property and have access to the hotel). We arrived to find that there was no buffet and that the buffet would only be available over the weekend due to occupancy levels.
We were disappointed, however, we made no fuss and after deliberating we decided to stay and eat the a la carte breakfast.
Wow!! Firstly, the food was phenomenal, pancakes to die for and the breakfast burrito was first class. Then we had some bacon brought over along with sausages all because there was no buffet - such a nice touch along with fantastic attentive service from the team.
Then my son was given a cake with his name and happy birthday written on it.
Finally, we were then approached by Michael (I believe one of the f&b managers?) who wished my son a happy birthday and then went above and beyond in ensuring that my family and I had a terrific day by the pool.
I cannot thank the guys at the Marriott enough for going that extra mile for my son and my family today - truly memorable.
Pros: Beautiful landscaping and fountains. The lazy river and pools were excellent. Loved the movie by the pool & the s'mores. Food quality was outstanding. Enjoyed the breakfast buffet & the meals at Stonegrill which had excellent service. Free laundry facilities with free supplies. Self-parking made it easy to come and go.
Cons: Food service by the pool was erratic.
Attended a recent national conference on the property and couldn’t have been more impressed with the lodging/conference facility and service of the staff. Would recommend for both vacation and business travel.