Booking 1 night at the Westin in downtown Phoenix was sort of a gamble. I didn’t need to stay downtown, but since I had never done it before, I thought it might be fun to try it. Long story short, it was one of the best inner-city hotel experiences I’ve had in a while.
A full review of my 1 night stay at the Westin Hotel in downtown Phoenix
I’m terrible when it comes to making graceful appearances, and in typical form, I accidentally left my wallet in the taxi cab and didn’t realize it until it was driving away from the entrance of this Westin. “WAIT!!” I yelled, clumsily running after the taxicab realizing that this trip was about to come to an abrupt end if I didn’t get it back.
I can only imagine what the door man (and the crowd of other hotel guests standing at the entrance) must’ve thought as they saw me chasing that taxi cab down the street waving my arms in the air like a hysterical 8-year-old girl.
I had a bit of time to compose myself while standing in line to check in, and during that time I was starting to notice that this was a pretty fancy hotel – a lot fancier than I was expecting. The nice guy who checked me in was, well…a nice guy.
I always feel a little bit uncomfortable when checking into fancy hotels, mainly because of the way that the staff over exaggerates their politeness to the point where the entire interaction seems forced and awkward. But not this guy. He was super friendly, down to earth, and got me on my way feeling right at home within minutes.
It’s been a while since I’ve stayed at a Westin property (the last time was at the DTW Westin), and I forgot how nice they are. The one here in downtown Phoenix was no exception, and I was blown away at the size of the room.
The room I had was one of the largest non-suite hotel rooms I’ve had in a good long while, and it almost felt excessive for one person on a short one night stay like this. I wasn’t complaining though, as it felt really good to spread out after a long day of traveling.
My favorite part about this room? The views! The views are incredible from the Westin here in downtown Phoenix, as it’s located directly in the middle of everything. As a matter of fact, the view from my particular room offered me a perspective of Phoenix that I had never seen before.
Phoenix is a legit city with legit skyscrapers (and all the urban culture that comes with something like that), so it was fun for me to sit there at the window with all the lights off my room overlooking the city and soaking it all in.
My time here at the Westin / Downtown Phoenix felt much too short. It was so good as a matter fact, that I was starting to feel like I screwed up with my hotel choices for this trip and that I should’ve booked two nights here instead of one.
Especially since my reservation for the following night was at a dumpy little Hilton Garden Inn on the Phoenix airport perimeter that didn’t look all that great.
If you’re looking for stylish digs in downtown Phoenix, the Westin is it.
ScottScott is the founder and author of SleepAndReview.com, and has been a frequent traveler since 2014. He never had any aspirations of being a hotel reviewer, but one thing let to another, and...well...here we are.
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