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Scottsdale "Direct Connect" Hotels From Hotelmine


Scottsdale is one of the Southwest’s premier resort destinations and its popularity is well deserved. 

The beautiful desert landscapes have inspired such people as architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who built an internationally admired winter retreat here at Taliesin West. Outdoors lovers will find hundreds of things to do along the Salt River, in the rocky city parks and neighboring mountains, or on ranches in and around the city. Hot air balloon rides, horseback tours, kayaking, and mountain climbing are all just minutes from Scottsdale.

Here are just a few of the many hotels in Scottsdale that you will find at Hotelmine.  Don’t forget when you decided to book your guest room you will be dealing directly with the hotel and not an online travel agency.

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Phoenix "Direct Connect" Hotels From Hotelmine

Phoenix at Night

With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s easy to sample all of the glitter and gleam of the nation’s fifth largest city.

Whether your notion of leisure nirvana means marking up a scorecard on one of the Valley saguaro-studded greens, purchasing designer duds at a fashionable boutique, sipping wine at an art gallery, exploring prehistoric Indian ruins, hitting 21 at the blackjack tables or kayaking along an urban lake – Phoenix has plenty to suit your style.

Here are just a few of the many hotels Phoenix that you will find at Hotelmine.  Don’t forget when you decided to book your guest room you will be dealing directly with the hotel and not an online travel agency.

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Starwood to open Westin Phoenix Downtown

Starwood Hotels & Resorts today announced plans to open its first Westin hotel in Phoenix, Arizona in February 2011.

The Westin Phoenix Downtown will offer a prime location just one block from the Phoenix Convention Center, the city’s largest convention and entertainment facility. The 242-room hotel will feature sophisticated oversized guest rooms, averaging 550 square feet, as well as a full suite of the Westin brand’s signature amenities and services.

The Westin Phoenix Downtown will occupy nine floors of the Freeport McMoRan Center, a significant new landmark on the downtown Phoenix skyline. Located at 333 North Central Avenue, the mixed-use complex will also feature 2,100 square feet of ground floor retail, premium office space and indoor parking. Surrounded by a choice of restaurants, shops and nightlife, the new hotel will be across the street from a METRO light rail station, where guests can hop on a train to Sky Harbor International Airport.

Pointe Hilton Tapatio and Lookout Mountain Golf Club are headed to the auction block

Hiton Tapatio

The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort and the adjoining Lookout Mountain Golf Club in north Phoenix are headed for the auction block.

A notice of trustee sale was filed at the Maricopa County Recorder’s office Aug. 23 and the sale is scheduled for Nov. 29. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the owner is exploring bankruptcy, which could potentially alter the time frame for any trustee sale.

The Pointe has been a popular destination for out-of-state conferences and locals because of the 18-hole golf course and exotic swimming pool, dubbed the Falls Water Village. It has several restaurants and a spa.

David Trumble, director of corporate communications for Hilton, said “Pointe Hilton resorts have been a Phoenix institution for more than 25 years … we can confirm that Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort remains open and fully operational.”

Hilton also operates the nearby Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, which is under separate ownership, and will not be impacted by the Tapatio Cliffs foreclosure, officials said.

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Arizona Hotel Association's new legislation proposal gets icy reception

If you think that big government has stuck their nose into your business, wait till you see what the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association is proposing.

Arizona hotel operators want families to take an end-of-summer vacation – and, hopefully, fill their empty rooms.

Kristen Jarnigan, spokeswoman for the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association, said her industry is weighing legislation that would require all public schools to start their academic year at the same time. More to the point, the law would forbid schools from starting back up before Labor Day.

“It extends the holiday season,” she said. “You get in that Labor Day weekend where everyone does that one last hurrah getaway that pumps millions of dollars of tax revenues into the budget in tourism tax dollars.”

More to the point for her industry, it also would fill empty rooms and the cash registers of resorts, hotels and motels.

Lucy Messing, president of the Tucson Education Association, said Arizona schools used to start after Labor Day. “But we’re about education,” she said. “We certainly should not be run by the hotel lobby.”

District spokeswoman Kathy Bareiss said a calendar option that would start classes after Labor Day was considered, but was not as popular among parents as the calendar with an earlier start date and a one-week break in October.

Even Tom Horne, the state superintendent of public instruction, said the idea makes no sense.

Jarnigan, however, said there are lots of good reasons to consider adjusting the school year.

She said there is evidence that August, when most schools start up now, is at least marginally hotter than June. She cited figures showing the average high in August at 102.4 degrees, versus just 102 degrees for June.

One complicating factor is some schools – like Chandler and Queen Creek unified school districts and a number of charter schools – run on a year-round calendar, based at least in part on the educational theory that students lose too much ground when they’ve got too much time between classes.

“They would also need to be included in the discussion,” Jarnigan said, before the Legislature mandates a universal start date.

Terry Locke, spokesman for the Chandler district, said the calendar proposed by the hotel association would be very unpopular in Chandler, where the current modified year-round calendar has a 93 percent approval rating from parents.

Horne said having a uniform, state-mandated start date would overrule such local control. What it also would do, Horne said, is provoke anger.

“You learn from bitter experience not to mess with the calendar committee,” said Horne, who served on the Paradise Valley Unified School District governing board for 24 years.

“One year we changed it,” Horne recalled of his board. “And we got so much hostility for that, that we learned never to change that again.”