Fall Break is here so my daughter accompanied me for a weekend away at the popular Phoenix resort, The Phoenician. Together, we scoped out the property to give you a report on the resort’s family-friendly features. But first before you book here, or at any resort, beware of what is called the Occupancy/Tourism Tax. When we booked our 2-night stay, our travel agent quoted us the room rate, but that didn’t include the nightly $42.88 extra charge called the Occupancy/Tourism Tax rate. That was an unwelcome surprise! But here is what we did like…and we liked a lot of the resort’s amenities. We will show you in pictures…
The Phoenician also offers a Funician Kids Club if parents need some adult/spa/business meeting time. My tween liked the room that contained an air hockey table, foosball, WII games and camp counselors that take kids swimming. The counselors do arts and crafts with the kids, will take them duck feeding and more. My girl told me that her favorite part of the Kids Club was the woman who was in charge and played with her. As a Mom, I sure loved hearing that! The 1/2 day rate for the club is $45.00.
While she did the Funician, I enjoyed a manicure at the resort’s Salon Mila and the nail tech did a very nice job. Do be warned to check prices first. Later when I grabbed my girl, I took her to the Salon to have her hair braided. It has been my experience that a lot of resorts either do a french braid at no cost or for around $20. Salon Mila charged me a whopping $75 for her piggy tailed french braids! Ouch! My fault for failing to ask the price first. I guess I was too relaxed when I took her in! When I questioned the charge, I was told that braids count as an updo charge. Note to self – – learn how to french braid!
While there, we also tried J&G Steakhouse and it did not disappoint. In addition to the beautiful city view you get with dinner, the steak is perfectly cooked and the a la carte side dishes are to die for. Try the asparagus and macaroni and cheese if you visit. Dinner will cost you, so this is best for a special occasion night out, but the quality rivals that of Morton’s and Ruth Chris and was better than Fleming’s, in my opinion.
All in all, I give The Phoenician a hearty thumbs up for accommodations, family friendly activities, fine dining, a creative and delicious homemade ice cream flavor and top notch service and friendliness from the attentive staff.
To see the different pricing specials and promotions visit http://www.thephoenician.com/specials-packages.
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