I’m a sucker for a luxury hotel, but when I travel with my children, it’s important that the hotel is also kid-friendly. On our recent family vacation to Phoenix, Arizona, we stayed for two nights at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a AAA Five-Diamond hotel with a world-class spa. The resort appealed to both adults and children, with the spa and golf courses for adults, and a kids’ club, and pools for the children.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers 649 beautiful guestrooms, including two Presidential Suites, 69 Fairmont Gold Rooms, and 119 Casitas. We stayed in one of the one-bedroom Casitas, which are perfect for families. They offer two double-beds, a workstation, a fireplace, a balcony, a huge bathroom with shower and oversized tub, a flat-screen television, and a pull-out couch. It was plenty of room for my four-person family, but two-bedroom Casitas are also available.
On our first full day there, my children spent the morning at Bobcat Billy’s Clubhouse, the on-site kids’ club. They went fishing, did arts and crafts, fed the turtles, and ate lunch in one of the restaurants. During that time, I enjoyed a Hacienda Retreat Treatment with massage at the Willow Stream Spa – a totally luxurious experience. I definitely could have spent the entire day there – the waterfall room alone is worth the admission cost of $35 per day (for guests, or free with a treatment). The kids really loved the kids’ club, and were begging to return the next day.
The food at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is fantastic. While we did not eat at Bourbon Steak, it definitely looked great. We enjoyed dinner at La Hacienda and lunch and breakfast at the LV Bistro. Both were wonderful, and I would absolutely return. The kids especially enjoyed the food at the LV Bistro, and we appreciated the kid’s playroom toward the back of the restaurant. For those without kids, the Stone Rose Lounge is a definite hotspot – it was packed both nights that we were there.
We also really enjoyed the heated pools and two waterslides on property. In total, there are five pools, including an adult-only pool at the top of the spa. On one afternoon, we had a poolside cabana where we were able to relax and get out of the sun as necessary.
I’d definitely recommend a stay at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess – it’s luxurious, comfortable, and kid-friendly!
Article and photos by Jodi Grundig of Family Travel Magazine. I was a guest of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.