Trekaroo Radisson Phoenix North
At first glance the Radisson Phoenix north looks like every other Radisson that is to say it looks like a generic hotel. But once you step inside you realize that the recent remodel finished up in January 2015 made large strides to differentiate itself from every other Radisson I've stayed at in the past.
The Phoenix North isn't a resort and it doesn't try to be. It has standard amenities and those amenities are upgraded from what you'd expect to find in a similar hotel. The selling point of this hotel lies in its proximity to local businesses and the Glendale football arena. That makes it an ideal place from which to reach the best Phoenix has to offer.
Inside the hotel feels like a decisive departure from what lies outside. Delicately appointed and modern with a nod to a welcoming homey feel, the remodel seems to hit on every note it attempts. The staff is friendly to a fault. Everyone that worked for the hotel addressed not only myself but both my daughters, which was a nice break from the normal hotel service.
It's noteworthy that upon check-in the hotel CHARGES a hold of $75 on your card, not just keeping a card on file for possible incidentals. That deposit is returned to you after 10 days.
While the remodel breathed new life into the hotel it didnt come without its issues. Little tweaks could have made this great experience, spectacular. The Kuerig machine in our room (which is a nice touch in the first place) didn't work the way it should have and the courtyard area adjacent to the pool could have used a designated place for a couple of fire pits as opposed to the single fireplace and maybe some outdoor lighting just to bump up the ambiance and make it a destination for an evening as opposed to wasted space once the sun goes down. Additionally, it'd be a benefit to have the Brixton Pub bar closer so as to insinuate that it services that area as night falls.
The pool is a nice upgrade from what you'd expect at a standard Radisson however it was the only thing to keep the kids occupied on the hotel grounds. This made it apparent that the appeal of this hotel is the proximity to the things happening in the city.
All said and done, the Radisson Phoenix North is a great place to stay in order to experience the activities in Phoenix and nearby Glendale and Scottsdale.
Disclosure: For this review my family and I were given complimentary stay, breakfast and dinner at Brixton Pub. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.