Sunday, August 4, 2013

A Review: Ramada Inn Arizona Mills-Tempe, Az

Upon checking out of Spring Creek RV Resort, we still had 5 days remaining until our flight was due to leave Phoenix, Arizona.  We had decided to check into a hotel until our departure giving us some much needed “creature comfort” time.   Requirements for the hotel were as follows: complimentary breakfast, a pool, an onsite fitness facility, a travel distance of approximately 15 minutes from Mesa Gateway Airport, and a cost of under $50 per night…we wanted all this and a hotel that felt a little “higher end”.

 Using a variety of hotel discount websites I searched for something that would meet our needs.  I began to get discouraged when after searching for several days it looked like we may have to extend our budget to get the amenities we desired.  About to give up hope and settle for something more expensive, I decided to do an additional search.  Expedia.com listed a Ramada Inn located in Tempe, Arizona for just $39.00 a night.

After reading the online reviews, perusing recent hotel photos, and a brief phone call to the actual hotel, I confirmed this would be our destination.  The hotel staff member I spoke with was very friendly and knew the area well.  He advised the hotel actually had the same rates as Expedia.com. In addition to reading reviews and looking at pictures, I highly recommend contacting hotels directly.

Picture of hotel

The hotel exceeded our expectations.  We arrived to the hotel about 3:30pm on August 1, 2013.  Exhausted from a week of packing and purging, we were in need of some serious relaxation.  Check in was quick and painless.  We found out upon arrival our room was located on the first floor directly across from the pool and just a few steps from the lobby.  The room was clean and smelled great.  There were new stainless steel appliances and a large flat screen TV with an abundance of cable channels.  The beds were comfortable and the down bedding was bright white.  The towels were soft and fluffy.  A buffet breakfast was served every morning.  There were plenty of choices…both cold and hot.

 Arizona Sea Life Aquarium was directly across the street and just a short drive away was a FREE splash park located in the Tempe Market Place.  Both made excellent day trips.  Aside from these few trips off property, we never left the hotel.  The pool was an awesome way to pass the time.  Truman loved the pool and would grab his water wings and stand at the door until we obliged his request.  The microwave and refrigerator worked great for storing and heating food we brought with us to keep our dining costs low.


Picture of Room (Love the window shutters)



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