Just got back from a week in Phoenix at the Westin Kierland Resort. I know, it was a resort, but I was there for a week of work. Forget the work, here are the high points...
FOOD FOOD AND MORE FOOD.
The Scottsdale/Phoenix area has a ton of really great restaurants with exceptional service and not too high prices. Okay, a few were kinda pricey, but totally worth it. We did cerviche and dinner one night at the Westins "Deseo". - We had the filet mignon - and a dulce de leche fondue with cake squares and fruit for desert. HEAVEN!
Another evening, we did Z Tejas. Be sure to have the fried catfish beignets when you are there. They were light, crispy and absolutely fabulous!
Our other fav's were "North" (modern italian cuisine), and Bobby's (a mancuso restaurant) and for lunch "Zinc Bistro" - a twist on french food. Really cool place for lunch.
The Westin has GREAT beds. If a good nights sleep is important to you, that's your place. The service was impeccable. If you go in the middle of the summer, the rates are also great (but it's hot as hell). The lazy river looked like a lot of fun, but we really never had time to ride it. Every evening, as the sun set the bagpiper stood near an outdoor firepit and played the most beautiful evensong I've ever heard. Out on the deck, watching the sunset, listening to bagpipes with a cold drink was a great way to end every day.