Does Pointe South Mountain still share "sister properties" privileges with Pointe Tapatio? We stayed at Tapatio a few years ago and spent an afternoon doing the water park stuff at South Mountain. We had a great time, but since we were not traveling with kids, we were glad we were at the slightly more sedate hotel. Tapatio, combined with an outing to South Mountain, might be a good alternative for couples without kids. Assuming the reciprocal privileges are still in place.
Hi Jenna!! Great question. Years ago, Tamatio, Squaw Peak and Pointe South Mountain were all "related". That has changed. South Mountain is no longer affiliated with the other two from what I have been told. You are correct, South Mountain has A LOT of children! The park was so crowded. Remember that this was also spring break for many schools so it might have been more than normal. Tapatio is definitely more sedate. If you are travelling with a family, South Mountain is definitely the choice. The water park is truly a lot of fun. Its also nice because it really isn't opened to the public. Just guests at the Pointe and members of the club there.
Thank you for this. I had no idea. They used to be all Hiltons...are any of them part of Hilton any more? Funny story...do you know the restaurant at Tapatio, "Different Pointe of View"? It's way at the top of the hill with a fabulous view out over the valley. Well, we went to dinner there one night, before we actually stayed at the resort. And as it was nighttime and pitch dark, we had no idea of the layout of the resort and just assumed it was similar to other resorts, so we parked our car near reception and began to walk to the restaurant. For those of you who haven't been there, one drives (not walks)to the restaurant as it is up a very long, winding, steep incline...steep enough to challenge your transmission. I started this walk in three inch heels. Every time we came around a curve, I'd expect to see the restaurant and it was nowhere in sight. Finally, when I was convinced I'd have a stroke if I climbed another step, Fred hiked back down to get the car while I waited halfway up the hill. I think I was out of breath through the first two courses and the maitre d' was positively aghast that we tried to walk it.
Hi Jenna; First, I was reading your post and thought about "Fred" in heels! I quickly remembered it was Jenna! Ok.... on to business. Yes, they used to all be Hiltons. The Pointe at South Mountain is not a Hilton (that I am aware of.) I believe it is the only property that broke away. Loved your story. All of the properties are lovely. South Mountain is very amazing. They have lovely tennis courts and a great waterpark for kids and adults. (The waterpark is just used by hotel guests or members of the pointe recreation.) They also have a large lap pool (maybe for adults.) I saw sand volleyball and basketball courts also. I would recommend this property especially for people travelling with children. There are cute restaurants such as the Rustler's Roost basically on the property.
LOL! Serves me right for forgetting to sign my name!
We spent one afternoon at that water park, and it was a lot of fun. And when we left there, we went to a Mexican restaurant with nice outdoor patio just down the street from that hotel. And don't I wish I could remember the name of the place! It was terrific.
Hi Jenna. The restaurant you are referring to is called "Aunt Chiladas" (like enchiladas!). It is a great place for Mexican food and it is very close to the resort. Glad you enjoyed the place. The water park is great for kids as well as adults. Be careful though the time of year. It was spring break for some schools so the place was SO crowded with kids. Even the adults only jacuzzi was filled with kids (and even toddlers!) Not too happy with this but oh well.
If you are not looking for secluded-- try the Westin Kierland. Its a newer resort and has all the fun amenities, like spa, golf, and tennis. There is also a lazy river rafting component to the large pool.
A couple of other spots to check out-- Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and the Biltmore
Hi Kellycart. How far is the Westin Kierland from Phoenix Airport? Is it in a secluded location or Scottsdale location? I had seen some information on the property but never stayed there. Another property that is beautiful is the Four Seasons Troon. It is a little north of Phoenix and not near too many other resorts. We have had lunch there. Beautiful views to Phoenix. It seems a little cooler than than Phoenix proper. I like the location. My sister has stayed there and loved it. Great service, location, privacy, etc. Anyone else with feedback?