There are definite advantages to taking a vacation rather than a vacation this summer.
With gas at $5 a gallon and rising, the idea of a road trip just doesn’t hold much appeal. Choosing a local hotel or resort as your getaway destination dramatically reduces travel time, allowing you and your family, friends or whoever to maximize the time spent relaxing .
Whatever your reason for staying in town, you’re in luck – Phoenix’s metro stations offer plenty of incentives for you to avoid the trip and enjoy a few days off close to home.
2400 East Missouri Ave
It may be almost 100 years old, but the Arizona Biltmore still looks pretty amazing. This historic resort knows how tough it is to get through the sweltering Valley summers, which is why they’re offering Arizona residents a 25% discount on rooms through 9/11. There’s some fine print – you need to book at least three days in advance and the deal is good for Sunday-Thursday stays – but meet the conditions and you’ll treat yourself to a relaxing getaway at a deep discount. And while you’re there, you won’t be bored: The Biltmore has seven pools and a full calendar of events for all ages, including fitness classes, kids’ activities, live music, and more.
The Clarendon Hotel & Spa
401 Clarendon Ave West
If a boutique hotel appeals to you more than a sprawling resort, the Clarendon Hotel & Spa in downtown Phoenix is the place to be. The Clarendon is offering Arizona residents 20% off their stay through September 17. You can get a regular room or one of the cannabis-friendly rooms where you can smoke, dab or vape as you please. Once you’re well and relaxed, you can enjoy a service at the Lazy Bee Spa, listen to live music nightly at the Latin-inspired Fuego Bistro, or relax by the rooftop pool or lounge.
5532 road north of Palo Cristi,
If a quiet, luxurious getaway is what you’re looking for, consider The Hermosa Inn. Nestled in an enclave of Paradise Valley, the hotel was originally the home of artist Lon Megargee. Now it’s an upscale oasis offering Arizona residents a special staycation package. The Locals Linger Longer offer is: 15% off your stay (minimum two nights) through September 1, plus a $50 food and beverage credit per day, two welcome cocktails and sweets by the swimming pool.
Hotel Valley Ho
6850 Main Street East, Scottsdale
The mid-century modern aesthetic is all the rage right now, and there’s no better hotel to experience it than the Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale. The property is offering 10% off its lowest rates until August 31; the offer also includes free welcome drinks and a room class upgrade if available. During your stay, you can swim in one of the hotel’s two swimming pools, be pampered at the VH Spa or indulge yourself at the ZuZu.
Kimpton Palomar Hotel Phoenix
2 Jefferson Street East
Here’s a way to relax and show off your Arizona pride at the same time: The Kimpton Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix is offering a summertime special in partnership with beloved local apparel company State 48. State 48 Staycation is available through August 31 and requires a minimum of a two-night stay — the first night is regular rate and the next at 48% off. The offer also includes two complimentary cocktails from the hotel’s Blue Hound Kitchen and two complimentary State 48 T-shirts. While you’re there, be sure to head up to the rooftop pool and relax to enjoy spectacular views across the valley.
Rise Uptown Hotel
400 Camelback Road West
Rise Uptown is already a hot spot to hang out, but the Sun & Cider Summer Special might be the thing to convince you to stay a few nights. You’ll receive a pair of Schilling Guava Lemonade ciders in your room, along with two Rise Uptown koozies and a free homemade popsicle from the Pop Stand. The offer comes with a $50 credit for Lylo, the hotel’s bar and restaurant, where guests can enjoy Asian-inspired dishes and tropical cocktails.
Royal Palm Resort & Spa
5200 Camelback Road East
It’s all luxury all the time at Royal Palms Resort & Spa, and this summer you can experience what it has to offer at a discount. Arizona residents receive a 20% discount on their room rate for the season. While you’re there, you can dine at the legendary T. Cook’s restaurant, visit the Alvadora Spa, take mixology classes, swim in the pool, and enjoy cocktails at the Mix-Up Bar.
7501 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale
Old Town Scottsdale’s newest hotel tries to get along with the locals, well, mission accomplished. The Hilton property is offering 15% off the room rate and free parking for Arizona residents through September 1. While you’re there, you can explore what Senna House has to offer, including Sonora Swim Club, its upscale rooftop pool lounge and day club and CALA Restaurant, the resort’s new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. Chief Beau McMillan.
Talking Stick Resort & Casino
9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
If you like your stay with a side of blackjack, poker or slots, the Summer Playcation Special at Talking Stick Resort & Casino may be for you. Through September 11, Arizona residents receive reduced rates, food and beverage credits, and no resort tax. And if exploring all the hotel has to offer isn’t enough, the staycation package also includes discounts on nearby attractions including the Odysea Aquarium, TopGolf, Medieval Times, Octane Raceway, and more.
The Westin Tempe
11 East Seventh Street, Tempe
The Westin Tempe is celebrating its first summer with a special offer for Arizona residents through September 30. The package includes 15% off your room rate and a $50 credit for one of the hotel’s three restaurants. The hotel’s summer lineup also kicks off, which includes special events Thursday through Sunday — think Brews + Views + BBQs on Saturday afternoons, movies on Sunday nights, and Thirsty Thursdays with drink specials and music .