The four-pearl Arizona Grand in South Phoenix is a family haven. It has one of the biggest water parks in the country, complete with slides and lazy river tubing, and the comfortable (if slightly dated) rooms all have separate living areas with sofa beds. But the daily resort fee -- which includes Wi-Fi, passes to the water park, and other extras -- can add up.
The water park is the highlight of this kid-friendly resort
This 740-room resort in south Phoenix sprawls across a huge property containing a golf course, one of the country’s largest water parks, and six restaurants. Although the tan stucco exterior is pure 1980s, the well-groomed grounds help make up for the outdated look.
The bustling seven-acre Oasis Water Park draws hundreds of people in season (it's closed from Labor Day to late winter) and forms the focal point of the resort. An eight-story water slide, wave pool, and lazy river offer a perfect remedy to Arizona’s scalding summers. There are also adult pools, an 18-hole golf course, and tennis -- but they're not the main draw here.
The hefty daily resort fee includes Wi-Fi, four passes to the water park, and other amenities, but it's considerably cheaper when the water park is closed.
Nestled against South Mountain in South Phoenix, close to Sky Harbor Airport
The Arizona Grand is in South Phoenix, just off the I-10 Freeway and Baseline Road, on a large property surrounded by businesses. Shuttle service is only offered to the neighboring Arizona Mills shopping mall.
Rooms are decorated in a bright, almost beach-y style, with bamboo and rattan furniture, striped fabrics, and both blonde and white woods. But they're showing their age, with nondescript art on the walls, and some minor wear and tear. All rooms include: