Resort Report: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

JW Desert Ridge Resort | Resort Report: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

Conveniently located in north Phoenix (just off the 101), JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is a family-friendly, five-star luxury resort that is a hot pick for staycationing among Arizona families.

Looking for a reason to book a room? We have a robust list:

  • AquaRidge WaterPark & Canyon Creek Lazy River (NEW in 2023!)
  • One of the top pickleball facilities in the valley (also NEW in 2023!)
  • Championship golf courses
  • On-site spa
  • Spectacular pool experience
  • Family recreation center

The entire resort underwent an $80 million transportation in 2023 so JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge is quickly becoming one of the most popular vacation/staycation destinations in the Phoenix valley.

Read on for a comprehensive look at the property renovations.


Guests at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa can choose between guest rooms or 1 or 2-bedroom suites with garden, mountain, or pool views.

In-room amenities include: complimentary bottled water, jetted tubs, luxury bedding, mini refrigerator, smart TV, and robes.

Guests can also opt to book JW Griffin Club rooms for an elevated experience, which includes:

  • Club access daily from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Crafted regional and local food and beverage offerings available to enjoy throughout the day within the lounge
  • Full breakfast with Mimosas and Bloody Marys
  • Lunch
  • Evening hors d'oeuvres, crafted cocktails, and bar
  • Dessert offerings nightly from 8:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Snacks and drinks throughout the day
  • Comfortable seating, dining, and conference area
  • Flat screen televisions
  • Wireless Internet
  • Computer and printer
  • Daily access to Revive Spa amenities, fitness center, and classes
  • Personalized concierge services


AquaRidge WaterPark at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa includes Canyon Creek Lazy River, signature pools with cabanas, three multi-story water slides, and multiple poolside dining options. Sky Island, an exclusive adult-only pool, will debut this fall!


Wildfire Golf Club offers two 18-hole championship golf courses.


Five Tennis courts and seventeen pickle ball courts are available for guest use.

The brand new Pickleball Center features 17 lighted courts next to a full service pro shop. The Pickleball Center offers hourly court time, group instruction, and one-one-one instruction. Pickleball court time and group instruction is a complimentary amenity for hotel guests.


Revive Spa offers a full menu of spa & salon services as well as a sauna and fitness center. Offerings include massages, pedicures, manicures, hair/scalp treatments, fitness classes, and a lap pool.


When it comes to family fun appeal, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa has it in plenty!

You and your children will also want to stop in at the Family Escape Center - a small, but fun, space that provides opportunities for your kids to play - with or without you!

JW Kids Camp is a drop-off program, offered daily between 8:00am-12:00pm, for ages 4-12. Kids participate in arts & crafts, games, and sports. Additional fees apply.

In the afternoons, the Family Escape Center is open to families as a complimentary space to have fun and relax together. Families can play foosball, video games, board games, or ping pong. Coloring sheets and crafts are also available.

Be sure to check the activity calendar that you receive upon check-in to see if there are activities that may be of interest to your family - bingo, s'mores, scavenger hunts, culinary creativity, etc.


What fun things are there to do near the resort?

You'll probably be able to stay the whole weekend at the resort without ever using your car, but here are some ideas for things to do if you want to venture out...

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is walkable to the Desert Ridge Marketplace - which is home to AMC Theatres, As You Wish Pottery Painting, Barnes & Noble, and Dave & Buster's. Note that a complimentary shuttle is available from the hotel to the marketplace if you prefer not to walk.

Other attractions in the area include:


There are seven different dining options on-property at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

  • Tia Carmen pays homage to chef Sosa's Aunt (Tía) Carmen and celebrates the local landscape, farmers and community of the Southwest reflecting a mix of tradition and modernity.
  • Kembara (opening Fall 2023) is an exchange of Asian flavors.
  • Meritage, an urban tavern features innovative American cuisine, craft beers, and cocktails, and an expansive outdoor patio and lawn with bocci ball and corn hole. Open for lunch and dinner.
  • Twenty6 is a laidback lounge where you can order appetizers, craft cocktails, and private label beers.
  • Revive Spa Bistro can be found at the Revive Spa. Enjoy healthful and nourishing menu options that will refresh and energize you.
  • Just A Splash Bar & Grill is a poolside restaurant and bar. enjoy smoothies, beer, cocktails, and popular American food fare.
  • There is also a full-service, on-property Starbucks.

Remember that Desert Ridge Marketplace is also just a quick walk or complimentary shuttle away! Some of the dining options there include Chipotle, Cold Stone Creamery, Einstein Bros Bagels, In-N-Out, and Smashburger.


What is the best month/season to visit?

Weather-wise, your best bet would be to enjoy the heavenly winter and spring months – November through mid-April.

That said, you can enjoy spectacular rates in the warmer months. Summer is the best time for a staycation if you are a local.


Can I have my wedding at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort?

Yes! JW Desert Ridge offers 241,100+ sq ft of event space including ballrooms, conference suites, and outdoor reception areas.


  • ADDRESS: 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix
  • PHONE: 480-293-5000
  • CHECK-IN TIME: 4:00pm
  • CHECK-OUT TIME: 11:00am
  • PEAK SEASON: First week of January; February to Memorial Day (starting at $649/night)
  • OFF-SEASON: Memorial Day through the end of September (starting at $349/night)
  • PARKING: Self-parking is $23/day; Valet parking is $39/day. For local residents, parking tickets will be validated if they dine at a property restaurant, visit the spa, or golf.
  • RESORT FEE: $55
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