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Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites 3.0

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

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Pros

Cons

  • Bathrooms are small
  • Older property with some wear and tear
  • Some tube TVs

Bottom Line

The Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites is an unexceptional mid-range hotel next to the Scottsdale Airport, near a popular shopping and dining area. The freebies are numerous and the clean two-room suites have kitchenettes. But the bathrooms are small and narrow, and the rooms are dated and showing wear and tear. For the price, the Hotel Indigo offers more style and a more central location -- but it's not as quiet and rooms aren't as large.

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Scene

Older hotel next to the Scottsdale Airport, with soundproof construction

The 120-room Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites was the first hotel built in the Scottsdale Airpark area over 25 years ago. Because the hotel is located adjacent to the Scottsdale Airport (the name of the hotel comes from the Air Force Thunderbirds who were once based in Scottsdale), the hotel was constructed using a soundproofing method known as the “Outinord System” which eliminates noise not only from the jets and planes, but also between rooms. Guests can expect a quiet stay.

Overall, it's a fine, but unexciting, pick for the price.

Location

Next to the Scottsdale Airport, eight miles north of downtown

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The hotel is eight miles north of downtown Scottsdale, adjacent to Scottsdale Airport, and is surrounded by business parks. The popular boutique shopping district of Kierland Commons is within easy walking distance, as are a variety of restaurants. Shuttle service is offered within a 5-mile radius.

  • 10-minute walk to Kierland Commons
  • 15-minute drive to McDowell Mountain Park, a popular hiking area and nature preserve
  • 15-minute drive to the Music Instrument Museum in Phoenix
  • 15-minute drive to Taliesin West, an architectural center built by Frank Lloyd Wright
  • 20-minute drive to Fashion Square shopping mall in downtown Scottsdale
  • 45-minute drive to Bartlett Lake, a nearby reservoir with fishing and boating
  • 30-minute drive to Sky Harbor International Airport

Rooms

Dated two-room suites with balconies and kitchenettes

Standard King

Despite a partial renovation to the interiors in 2007, the rooms still feel vintage 1980s. Decor is mid-range and unremarkable. But the two-room layout, and the kitchenettes with sinks, mini-fridges, Keurig coffeemakers, and microwaves, draw business travelers and families alike. Rooms facing east will have a splendid view of the nearby McDowell Mountains. On the downside, the bathrooms are smaller than average: Squeezing oneself into the small toilet space requires overcoming a bit of claustrophobia.

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Features

All the Scottsdale mid-range basics: Heated pool, fitness center, and business center

Food

The Silver Wings Restaurant serves typical American hotel fare in a generic space.

  • The Silver Wings Restaurant serves typical American hotel food for breakfast and dinner. Menu items include pizza ($11) and fajitas ($14). Entrees range from $10 to $19.
  • Room service between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Many dining options are available in Scottsdale

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Address

7515 E Butherus Dr, Scottsdale, AZ, 85260, US

Room Types

  • 2 Double Suite
  • King Suite
  • King VIP Suite
  • Queen Suite

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