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3 Palms 3.5

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

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The 3 Palms may look like a motel on the outside, but this affordable Scottsdale boutique has tasteful, contemporary rooms, solid freebies (including self-parking and Wi-Fi), and friendly service. The big, heated pool is impressive, and downtown Scottsdale is only a five-minute drive away. The bathrooms are a bit small, though.

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A popular mid-range property with great rates and an impressive pool

The 119-room, family-friendly 3 Palms fills to near capacity year-round, which is saying something in this land of 110-degree summers. The low rates are very attractive, especially in summer, but it’s the amenities and customer service that draw people back. There aren’t any hidden fees for Wi-Fi or parking, the pool is inviting and spacious, and the staff is cheerful and attentive. Add a location only five minutes from downtown Scottsdale, and it’s easy to see why the 3 Palms is so popular.


A five-minute drive to downtown Scottsdale

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The 3 Palms is two miles from Old Town Scottsdale in a business district on the busy artery of McDowell Road. El Dorado Park, an extensive city park with walkways, Frisbee golf course, and lakes, is across the street. A grocery store is within walking distance.

  • 5-minute drive to hot nightclubs like Axis-Radius
  • 10-minute drive to the Scottsdale Center for the Arts
  • 10-minute drive to Old Town Scottsdale
  • 10-minute drive to Scottsdale Stadium for Giants spring training baseball games
  • 15-minute drive to Fashion Square shopping mall and Scottsdale Waterfront
  • 15-minute drive to Echo Canyon Park, a popular hiking trail
  • 20-minute drive to Sky Harbor International Airport
  • 30-minute drive to Scottsdale Airport


Contemporary decor and flat-screen TVs with DVD players

The rooms here aren't luxurious, but they're are tastefully decorated with granite surfaces, dark wood furniture, and a color scheme of orange, purple, and gray. Beds are a cut above in terms of comfort, with 400-thread-count sheets and down comforters. All rooms have mini-fridges and microwaves, making it possible to save money on food. If it weren’t for the small bathrooms, there would be little to complain about.

All rooms include:

Room types:

  • Deluxe Queen: Queen bed; shower/tub combo; wheelchair accessible unit available
  • Deluxe King: King bed; shower/tub combo; wheelchair accessible unit available
  • Deluxe King Whirlpool: King bed; in-room jetted Jacuzzi tub for two


A great pool and free parking


A restaurant featuring coastal cuisine

  • The Avalon Restaurant serves coastal cuisine and American dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hours are 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Menu items include the five-spice crusted Hawaiian Ahi ($28). Entrees range from $21 to $34.
  • Room service available 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Many dining options are available nearby in Old Town Scottsdale

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7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, Central Arizona 85257-3743, United States

Room Types

  • Deluxe Dual Queen Room
  • Deluxe Dual Queen Suite
  • Deluxe King Room
  • Deluxe King Suite Whirlpool
  • Deluxe King Whirlpool
  • Deluxe Queen Room

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