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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 resort that is a hot pick for staycationing among Arizona families. Enjoy championship golf, an on-site spa, five pools, a lazy river with waterslide, and a family/kids center.

ROOMS

Choose a standard guest room, a 1-bedroom suite, or a 2-bedroom suite. The decor is modern with subtle sandy tones against white bedding and backdrops.

In-room amenities include:

  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Jetted tubs
  • Luxury bedding
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Smart TV
  • Robes

ON-SITE ACTIVITIES

Most people who book at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa are drawn in by the appeal of the lazy river and waterslide. Since this resort features five different swimming pools, there are plenty of opportunities to swim, splash, lounge, or sunbathe.

If you enjoy golf, the Wildfire Golf Club offers two championship golf courses.

Five Tennis courts and twelve pickle ball courts are also available for your use. Equipment rental is complimentary for hotel guests.

The 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, a lap pool, etc.

KID-FRIENDLY

The lazy river and waterslide will likely account for hours of water play. Note that the waterslide has a 42" height requirement and tandem riding is prohibited. Waterslide hours are 11:00am-7:00pm, daily.

If you are traveling with kids (12 and under), be sure to stop in at the Family Escape Center at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The Center is 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. Cost is $45 for the 1st child; $40 for each additional child in the family.

In the afternoons, the Family Escape Center is open to families as a complimentary place 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 you and/or your kids - family bingo, s'mores, scavenger hunts, culinary creativity, etc.

ACTIVITIES

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 also available from the hotel to the marketplace if you prefer not to walk.

Other attractions in the area include:

DINING

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

Stonegrill, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offers an American menu in a relaxed restaurant environment.

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.

Roy's Pacific Rim offers an asian-fusion menu with outdoor and indoor seating.

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.

RATES & DEALS

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 optimal time for a staycation if you are a local.

EVENTS

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.

SNAPSHOT

  • 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 ($299-$819/night)
  • OFF-SEASON: Memorial Day through the end of September ($179-$509/night)
  • PARKING: Self-parking for $16 (+ tax)/night; Valet Parking for $35 (+ tax)/night. For local residents, parking tickets will be validated if they dine at a property restaurant, visit the spa, or golf.
  • WIFI: Highspeed guest room internet is complimentary with daily resort fee
  • RESORT FEE: $35.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on Facebook.
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