One glorious night at the Westin Downtown Phoenix

One glorious night at the Westin Downtown Phoenix

01. Introduction: I flew to San Francisco so that I could drive a fun car in Arizona
02. Virgin America A319 first class San Diego to San Francisco
03. American Airlines A321 first class San Francisco to Phoenix
04. Westin Downtown Phoenix
05. 3 awesome reasons why February is the best time to road trip through Arizona
06. Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport
07. American Airlines 757-200 first class Phoenix to San Diego

It wasn’t until I was bouncing around in the back of the taxi cab on the way to the hotel that I started having doubts about how well I thought I knew the city of Phoenix. I’ve been there too many times to count over the years, so much that it’s almost started to feel like a second home for me. I have a deep fondness for the state of Arizona – and I think Phoenix is pretty rad too.

However, the last time I had been to downtown Phoenix was way back in 1999, which was so long ago that it’s pretty much gone from my memory. I remember very little from that trip (other than the fact that it was ******* hot as hell), and being in the downtown area again was making me feel a bit of culture shock.

You see, the Arizona I know and love is a gorgeous place with rugged brown mountains and those funny cactuses like we used to see on the Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner TV show on Saturday mornings. But here in downtown, it might as well have been Chicago with all those glittering lights and fancy hotels. Whoa! I certainly wasn’t expecting this.

westin downtown phoenix location
Location map of the Westin here in Phoenix. It doesn’t get more downtown than this!

I’m terrible when it comes to making graceful appearances, and in typical SANspotter 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. It wasn’t my proudest moment, but dammit I got my wallet back, and walked back into that hotel with a gigantic smile on my face with no shame and feeling as proud as could be.

Westin hotel entrance downtown Phoenix
Here we go with another hotel with a big fat prominent “The” at the beginning of the title. Perhaps some of the Westin execs have been spending too much time at the Royal Park THE Haneda or something?
Westin hotel downtown Phoenix location
As you can see, the landscape around this place is deeply urban. If you came to Arizona looking for cactuses and desert sand, this is not the hotel for you!
Westin hotel patio downtown Phoenix
Did you know that actually gets really cold in Phoenix during the winter? Yep, it was so cold during my stay that I didn’t see one person brave enough to hang out in this nice little outdoor patio space.
Westin Hotel downtown Phoenix main lobby
It was so cold that I actually shook off the frigid air with a hearty “brrr!” as I walked into the main lobby.

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.

Westin hotel downtown Phoenix hallway
You guys have no idea how satisfying it is for me to edit these hallway pics so that the horizontal and vertical angles are perfectly square. They don’t come out this square right out of my camera, but it feels SO good to get it right!
Room 1813 Westin downtown Phoenix hotel
Room 1813 it is!

It’s been a while since I’ve stayed at a Westin property (November 2016 to be exact, at DTW), and I forgot how nice they are. This one was no exception, and I was blown away at the size of the room. Seriously, 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.

 Westin hotel downtown Phoenix room
Why do I always expect fireworks or a large group of hotel staff yelling “surprise!” whenever I open the door to a hotel room for the first time? Exciting stuff like that never happens to me.
QWestin hotel room downtown Phoenix
I wasn’t in the mood for fireworks or a surprise party anyway, especially when the room looked as good as this. All I wanted to do was put on my PJ’s and dive into those beds (yes, both of them).
Westin hotel review phoenix Arizona
It’s hard to tell just by looking at the pics, but this room was absolutely huge – almost to the point where it felt a bit excessive for just one person.
Westin hotel design
Do you ever get so excited when you’re jumping on the bed (in your underwear) that you inadvertently lose control and hit the wall? Props to the staff here for being proactive and adding padding on the headboard!
Westin hotel room phoenix Arizona
Overall I found the room to be quite stylish (in typical Westin fashion), but it seems as if the designers gave up when they got to this corner. Looking a little bleak there compared to the rest of the room.
Westin hotel room details
However, there are enough details in the room that changing the view slightly will suddenly make it look stylish again. Lots of neat stuff in here!
Westin hotel phoenix desk and chair
You should know how I feel about the color red by now, so it probably isn’t necessary to tell you how much I liked that red chair mixed in with all the other neutral colors in the room.
Westin hotel room furniture phoenix
Why don’t more hotels have cool TV tray tables like this that pull right up to a chair or sofa? They come in massively handy when binging on late night room service and bad reality TV.
Westin hotel closet door
I don’t know anything about quality furniture, but I do know that a very heavy closet door feels soooo good, and I need one of those in my life.
Westin hotel downtown Phoenix bathroom
Lots of cubes and rectangles going on in here in the bathroom.
Westin hotel bathroom
I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed in a Westin bathroom (besides looking at my naked self in the mirror and realizing that I need to do more upper body training). #skinnydude
Westin hotel bathroom decor
Trying to get more pictures of the bathroom without a reflection of me in the mirror. It’s harder than it sounds!
Westin hotel tub and shower
The tub and shower. I don’t have very many nice things to say about this, but it was no fault of the Westin. Water pressure is generally not very good anywhere in Arizona (it is a desert after all) so don’t expect much more than a dribble from the shower head whenever you’re here.
Westin hotel bathroom toilet
The toilet. Commode. Head. Loo. Why is there not a better name for what is essentially the most useful invention of the human race?

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 and the view from my particular room offered me a perspective of Phoenix that I had never seen before.

This 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.

View from the Westin hotel downtown Phoenix
Imagine you’re from New York City coming to Arizona for the first time, you race over to the window to throw open the drapes, and…this is what you see. Not quite the cactus-laden desert scene you were expecting, eh?
Westin hotel downtown Phoenix room service breakfast
Oh – and let’s not forget a pic of the excessively-priced room service breakfast. It was really good though, almost good enough for me to stop cursing at myself for being so lazy and spending so much money on in-room dining.

In conclusion, 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 airport perimeter that didn’t look all that great. I’ll bet you can’t wait for that review, can you?

If you’re looking for stylish digs in downtown Phoenix, the Westin is it.

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