I am from the Las Vegas area and always drive the 4 1/2 hour route down US-93 into the Phoenix metro area and this is my second stay at the SpringHill Suites in as many games I've seen in Glendale. It is so much less expensive than flying (for gas, I spent a total of $70 round trip for the whole journey), plus you have the added freedom of having your own car to drive around the metropolitan area instead of depending on taxis or buses. Anytime I need a Starbucks, maybe an Asian buffet or a grocery store for snacks, I just punch it right into my GPS and I'm there in a few minutes. The Glendale and Peoria area have countless restaurants, shopping and services for all budgets. Its really a well developed area. I attended game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators on 4/29. The Coyotes ripped the Preds to shreds in a really exciting game.
I checked in to the SpringHill Suites after arriving in the evening on 4/28 and all the details of the reservation were confirmed by the kind front desk agent. I stayed for two nights at $111 a night + tax, which seemed reasonable given it was a big playoff hockey weekend. What a nice touch for the staff to write me a hand written letter with a bag of chocolates next to it that I found on the desk stating that they hope I have an enjoyable stay. I imagine this is due to me being Silver Elite with the Marriott Rewards program. The room was clean and looked very much up to date with useful appliances including a microwave and refrigerator. I stayed in a king room and I found it to be extremely spacious with a huge bathroom and a large separate sitting area. The bed was perfect, not too soft and not too hard. When I first walked in though, they had the a/c jacked up way too much and it felt like walking into an icebox, so I had to turn that down right away. I did not use breakfast because I sleep in late, but there are plenty of places to eat lunch around town if you have your own car. The public areas are also well kept and there are two free computer terminals in the lobby to browse the Internet to look up information or check email. Apparently, there is also a pool and fitness room but I did not use them this time. This hotel seems like the best value for those out of town auto travelers that come to events at Westgate. I know its always going to be my choice in the future.
When it comes time to go to the game, don't drive if you are able-bodied. It is an extremely easy 10-15 minute walk from the hotel lobby to the turnstiles and the distance is a total of 0.9 miles (I measured). So the hockey arena and Westgate Center might appear far away, but it is in fact very close and the easiest walk back and forth. Plus since it was a packed sold out playoff game, I had the added benefit of not getting stuck in the huge lot of cars trying to get out. I just walked past the endless line of trapped cars right back to my room and about 10 other people were walking back with me to the exact same hotel.
Earlier in the day I also visited Cabella's right next door to the hotel and it is not only a outdoor store, it is an attraction you can spend hours enjoying. In my opinion, it blows the Bass Pro Shop right out of the water in terms of the selection of everything they sell and the events they have.
Can't wait to come back in a couple weeks if the Coyotes make it to the Western Conference Finals. It looks very promising right now.
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