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Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

7677 N 16th St, Phoenix, Arizona
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3 Reviews for Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

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May 14 2014
2 families found this helpful
"Great Value for Families"

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is a great value for families looking for pools and water fun. The all-suite hotel means families have room to spread out in the their rooms.

River Ranch Water Park
River Ranch has a variety of pools, a lazy river, sports pool with basketball, 2 volleyball nets, a regular pool and slide. There are scheduled activities at the pool but no roving lifeguards although someone is at the top and bottom of the slide monitoring safety. River Ranch has different levels so there are several areas to sit. There's also a kids' pool, miniature golf and basketball, tennis and a tetherball. Tweens and teens hang out here and can go from one activity the next as it's all included with the resort fee. My 10-year-old loved that he could do so many activities without having to come and ask me if it was okay since they were complementary and near the pool area.

Coyote Camp
We didn't use the kids' club but did participate in one of their cooking activities. The Chef's Table at Coyote Camp is free for campers or guests can pay $8 to join. Chef Ken Anderson showed 15 kids how to make pizza while giving them a little history lesson about pizza. While the pizza cooks, he takes them out to the restaurant/hotel garden and tells them about herbs (verbena, rosemary, basil) that repel insects and the plant nursterim that catches them with its sticky surface though you can eat the flower and the leaf. He also talked to them about nutrition. This hour class is a deal at $8 considering that it's their lunch too.

We tried the western themed Hole-in-the-Wall restaurant. Brisket and bbq items are recommended and we ordered a  huge skillet cornbread too. Though by far the most fun is the do-it-yourself lazy susan smores kit. The restaurant is casual and overlooks River Ranch. It's an original 1940s building that had horse stables until they were turned into the tennis courts!

March 28 2013
2 families found this helpful
"All-suite property with an awesome water park that caters to families"

My family headed out to Phoenix for a Spring Training vacation in the warm desert sun and plenty of time at Squaw Peak’s popular pool complex. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans.  We were at the Giants game for one inning before the skies opened up and the hail began to fall, followed by gusts of wind and a deluge of rain. When we pulled up to the Hilton it was dumping buckets and 45 degrees, not exactly pool weather. The friendly front desk clerk checked me and apologized for the weather.  Luckily his warmth followed us into our suite.

Our one bedroom suite (this is an all-suite hotel) was ideal because it gave our family of four plenty of space to spread out. Since it was a true suite (and not one of those “suites” that don’t have a door separating the living area from the bedroom) my husband and I the luxury of not having to go to bed when the kids did. The room featured a living area with pull out couch (aka: the kids bed), a mini fridge, bathroom with separate vanity area from the shower (which is so nice when everyone is trying to get ready in the morning), and a bedroom with a queen-sized bed. The furnishings were contemporary and clean.  I appreciated the white duvet (I hate dingy hotel bedspreads).  The courtyards were always filled with the sounds of fountains. Wifi is not free (boo) and costs $10 per day unless you are Hilton Rewards Gold member.

Dining and Spa

There are 3 restaurants at the hotel. I didn’t experience any of them. The first is Hole-In-the Wall which serves smoked barbeque. The second is Rico’s American Grill which serves, you guessed it, American food. The atmosphere is casual. The third is Slim Pickens, the casual poolside grill. I was also unable to visit the spa, which is a full service establishment and does feature some treatments geared towards kids. Kid's Services include the 20-minute nap time massage, a fruit punch body scrub, and the cutie pie facial.  My daughter would have been thrilled with any of those!  A full service fitness center with classes also resides at the resort.

The Hole-in-the- Wall River Ranch Pool Area

The temps were in the 50s but my daughter and I decided to walk over to the pool area to check out what we were missing. I am so glad we did! When we arrived in the massive pool area it was filled with kids. I wondered if it was just a bunch of members of the Young Polar Bear Club but after feeling the water, we knew why they were all there; the water was a warm 82 degrees! We dashed back to get the kids in their suits and enjoy the pool.

The River Ranch is awesome and is more of a water park than a standard hotel pool. The main pool is about 4 feet deep and has a gradual entry (perfect for tykes) and a waterfall. Just above the pool is a waterslide which my kids rode about 3 million times.  A shallow toddler pool sits nearby. A lazy river winds around the River Ranch, passing by several holes of the hotel’s mini golf course along the way. A separate sports pool has a volleyball court and basketball hoop. On the weekend, “dive in” movies are show by the pool. Staff is around to organize fun games for the kids such as water slide races. A bar and poolside dining are all right there as well. Disclaimer: You may never get your kids to leave River Ranch because it really is so much fun!

The River Ranch area also has some activities that aren’t water based. Besides the mini golf course, there is a basketball court and tennis courts (with family clinics offered). Coyote Camp, the resort’s kids club geared towards children 4-12, sits just off the pool area and features a fenced in playground.  Campers can have fun gold panning, arrowhead hunting, and tepee building. A full day in camp is $65 and includes lunch.  Half days (and evenings) are $35-$45 and include a snack.

Water slide, 3 ½-4 foot pool with a gradual entry perfect for the littles and a waterfall, small spa, small splash pool for tots, sports pool (4 feet) with a volleyball court and basketball hoop,  lazy river, movie night on the big screen, mini golf ($5) around the pool area, basketball court, tennis courts, pool restaurant, lounge chair service, kids club area with small playground, staff that organized fun such as water slide races.  I can only imagine how hopping this place would be on the typical hot days in Phoenix.

Bottom line: This is definitely a resort that seems to be targeting families as their main demographic.  The unusual weather (deluges of freezing rain are certainly not common in the desert!) did limit our time to explore the resort but the time we did have was well spent. I love that this hotel is an all-suite property because suites really are ideal for families. I imagine many families spend the entire weekend on resort property without ever finding the need to leave. We would definitely return.

Disclosure: My family received a 2-night stay at this resort so that I could complete this unbiased review. I appreciated the hospitality but all opinions are my own.

December 10 2012
2 families found this helpful
"Summer Fun at Point Hilton Squaw Peak"

Last summer in July, yes summer, we visited Arizona and stayed at this resort for 3 nights. It was summer and it was HOT, 110 degrees HOT. This heat is not so good for hiking, but oh so good for spending a day at the pool.

River Ranch Water Park
Luckily, this resort has lots of pools. Several regular sized ones near the rooms (they are open late) and one large resort area called River Ranch Water Park which is only open during daytime hours. This resort pool area is made for kids (mostly older kids) and adults. The resort pool area actually has 4 different water areas: a small child's pool (shallow and separate) a large pool with waterfall and volleyball nets, a lazy river, and a smaller no frills pool. The resort area also includes a water slide and mini golf and lots of lounging space. This park is the main draw of the resort, which means it can get VERY crowded. Since we wanted to avoid the crowds we were at the pool the minute it opened in the morning and spent the first 2 hours there and let me tell you we pretty much had the place to ourselves. It was the best decision. The rest of the day was spent at museums and the mall. In summer, at 8 in the morning it is already 90 degrees so it was not like we were cold at all.

The river park area also has a kid-friendly camp called Coyote Camp for kids ages 4-12, which looks fun, but we did not use this service. Cost = anywhere from $35-65 a day.

We did not use any spa services.

Our family really enjoyed our time swimming. Around the time were were leaving the pool area, though, the crowds were settling in. As it became more and more crowded I became more nervous. 1. There are no lifeguards. So parents BEWARE and stick VERY close to your kids. 2. Alcohol is served and adults are allowed in the large pool with drinks, which makes me nervous with small kids swimming around. I was mostly worried about a child drowning and someone not noticing, because they are having such a great time. This never happened, but it was on my mind the entire time until we left. So parents BEWARE and stick very close to your kids.

Overall, though, our girls loved the water slide, lazy river, and waterfall.

PROS: awesome pool area, lazy river was nice, lounging area very nice
CONS: can be very crowded, NO LIFEGUARDS!!!, adults with alcoholic beverages in pool with children nearby.

Our room:
The Standard Suite
There are different type of rooms at this resort. We paid and stayed in a Non-smoking standard suite, which suited our family of four just fine. There is a living room with pull-out couch, refrigerator, TV, desk, and plenty of space. The spacious bathroom separates the living room from the bedroom, which in our case, had 2 queen beds and another TV.

I booked our rooms through a group package with other people from my school so I paid $99 a night. At the time we stayed there was also a 13.27% tax per room per night. Parking is FREE.

We ate at two of the resorts restaurants once each.
Rico's American Grill - was not impressed at all. Food was blah and so was service, but we did eat and they do have a kids menu.
Hole-in-the-wall - I did like this place a bit better. Had BBQ and the kids had a s'mores dessert at the table afterwards. That was fun.
OFF SITE: There is a little hole in the wall Mexican food restaurant around the corner from the resort called Aunt Chiladas. I enjoyed it. Good food, nice atmosphere and there is a kids menu. You can walk or drive.

I typically am one to avoid the crowds, but our family overall had a nice stay at this resort and my kids LOVED it.

updated: 05/14/14 by Kristi

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is located close to Piestewa Peak, Wrigley Mansion, and Arizona Biltmore Country Club. Other points of interest near this spa resort include North Mountain Park and Biltmore Fashion Park.

Resort Features.
Dining options at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort include 3 restaurants. A swim up bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a water park with a lazy river and a waterslide. Also located on site are a health club and a children's pool. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. This 3.5 star property has a 24 hour business center and offers small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and a technology helpdesk. The property has 4459 square meters of event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. The property has a shopping center shuttle, which is complimentary. Business services, wedding services, limo/town car service, and tour/ticket assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café, a concierge desk, and a children's club. The property has designated areas for smoking.

573 air conditioned guestrooms at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort feature iPod docking stations and laptop compatible safes. Rooms are all accessible via exterior corridors. Patios offer city, pool, or courtyard views. Beds come with pillowtop mattresses, down comforters, and premium bedding. All rooms include separate sitting areas along with sofa beds and desks. Refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are offered. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, makeup/shaving mirrors, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. Wired high speed and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. In addition to complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms offer multi line phones with voice mail. LCD televisions have first run movies and free movie channels. Also included are video game consoles and ceiling fans. Guests may request a turndown service, microwaves, and hypo allergenic bedding. Housekeeping is available daily.

Notifications and Fees:

  • Children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.

Unless otherwise indicated, the charges below are not included in the overall room price. If not included in the overall room price, they will be charged by the property at check in or check out. Charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book. This property told us they will charge you for the following:

  • Resort fee: USD 18 per accommodation, per night
Hotel resort fee inclusions (may be listed elsewhere in this description as complimentary or available for a surcharge):
  • Health club access
  • Fitness center access
  • Sporting facilities or equipment
  • Internet access (may be limited)
  • Phone calls (may be limited)
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.

  • Pet fee: USD 75 per room, per stay (maximum USD 75 per stay)
  • Fee for in room wireless Internet: USD 13.95 per 24 hour period (rates may vary)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 15 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Property Information

Check-In: 4 PM
Check-Out: 11 AM

Number of Rooms: 573
Number of Suites: 511
Non Smoking Rooms Available: yes
Handicap Accessibility: yes
Pets: yes
Parking & directions:
free onsite
Recreational Facilities:
Kiddie Pool
Fitness Facility

In house Restaurant
In house Bar
Room Service
Child Care
High Speed Internet

Children's Equipment
Full size cribs
High chair

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