Is it time to sneak away with the dog to a Phoenix or Scottsdale resort and take advantage of some of their summer deals?
Does it get to 120 in the shade in Phoenix? Heck yes!
Happy Dog Phoenix has already done the homework for you; we have a handy-dandy list of pet-friendly resorts in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson and Sedona.
But beware: It pays to do some homework beforehand. Some resorts say they are dog friendly but what they really mean is “We are friendly to the extra bucks you must fork over to us to have your dog stay with us. Have a stale dog biscuit on us.’’
We randomly selected seven Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson resorts and checked on their sites or called their staff to figure how much it really cost to have the dog stay there.
Resorts were selected by placing a list of resorts in the path of our assistant, Miss Beagle, and having her walk over the piece of paper. Names closest to where she walked were selected. Science, that’s how we roll, at HDP.
|Name||Fees||Weight restrictions for dogs||Limit on number of dogs|
|The Boulders||$100 flat fee||75 pounds|
|Fairmont Scottsdale Princess||$25 fee per day||None||None|
|Loews Ventana Canyon||$100 fee||None||None|
|Omni Montelucia||$100 fee per dog||30 pounds||None|
|Wigwam Resort||$25 fee per dog per day||None||None but if you leave the room, you must kennel the dog|
Some resorts say they charge deposits. But what they mean to say is that they charge non-refundable deposits, which is just the same as a fee.
But some places seem genuinely happy to have dogs there. They offer special beds, treats and lists of nearby dog-friendly places.
At Hotel Valley Ho, for example, pets stay free, with no restrictions on number or weight of dogs. Dogs’ swag bags include treats, a double-sided bowl for water and food, clean-up bags, and a ‘Pet in Room’ sign. The hotel’s grounds are great for a stroll and it is close to the Arizona Canal for a longer walk if weather permits.
Just remember to ask some questions before selecting a resort and all of you, including Fido, can have a great break from the summertime heat. See you all for cocktails!