Labor Day Hotel Deals in Phoenix, Scottsdale

The waterslide at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix.

“Goodbye summer.” “Enjoy the last days of summer.” “Happy summer journey.”

Resort locations for Labor Day getaways in Phoenix and Scottsdale are a bit of a teaser for locals. We all know that summer goes nowhere when the calendar swings into September. Heck, Labor Day doesn’t even signal the start of the school year like it did in the places many of us grew up; school started a month ago for most Phoenix metro students.

Labor Day, however, is one of the last chances for great hotel rates before prices head north as tourists and convention-goers return. And it’s the last vacation weekend of the summer, which gives a lot of people an extra day off.

Where to check in for this long weekend?

Here are 10 offers. The lowest fares are generally available on Sunday evenings. Saturday is the most expensive night. Some resorts require a two-night minimum during the holiday weekend.

Prices are as of Friday, August 25 on hotel websites. Rates and restrictions may change – up or down – as hotels assess booking levels.

Ask about AAA and AARP discounts as well as discounts for members of the resort’s loyalty program (free membership). Non-refundable prepaid rates are often the best deals if your plans are solid.

Bargain shoppers will also want to check out last minute deals on travelzoo, let’s group and LiveSocial Media and scan the stations’ Facebook pages.

As always, don’t forget resort fees and other overnight fees when comparing offers. Some summer packages include resort fees and parking, but many do not.

Just want to spend the day by the pool at a cool resort? Discover a new option: Resort Pass.

Wigwam seaside resort

Wigwam Station in Litchfield Park.

Activities: Poolside DJs, arts and crafts, water games, poolside movies, family game night, Wildlife World zoo animal tours, golf and spa.

Starting price: $129. There is a two night minimum for Saturday stays. Arizona residents should use business/promo code AZRESIDENT for best prices.

Details: 602-935-3811,

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel

This is the main pool at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort.

Activities: The Labor Day theme is a land cruise to Cuba. Rum tastings, a car show with 40 vintage vehicles, nightly concerts and fireworks are on the program, as well as the usual non-stop family and adult activities, plus a spa and golf course .

Starting price: $189. Check out the Sip, Savor and Celebrate package, which starts at $229 a night and includes a $50 resort credit. For a mini-vacation, book the three-night SS Princess Dreamcation package. It includes a room upgrade, Taste of Cuba happy hour every day at 4:00 p.m., VIP concert seating, and late checkout on Mondays. It starts at $199 per night with promo code PSS1.

Details: 480-585-4848,

Westin Kierland

Westin Kierland Resort and Spa |  Water lovers will splash and splash the day with four party package options and a la carte add-ons.  Parties include activities ranging from playtime in the adventure pool and water park to intense rides on the resort's FlowRider.  Other benefits of the package include balloon bouquets, a personalized birthday cake, pizza for lunch or dinner, and party hosts who make sure everything goes smoothly.  Details: 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale.  Anniversary packages cost between $450 and $950.  The maximum number of groups varies depending on the package.  Additional guests can be added for an additional fee.  480-624-1262,

Activities: Poolside games and crafts, music, FlowRider wave machine, sunset bagpipes, golf, Phoenix Cooks! food and drink party. (Tickets are extra, unless you get a room package that includes them.)

Starting price: $239 per night for the Big Chill package, which includes a $50 dining credit or two sessions on the FlowRider. There is a two night minimum for Saturday stays. Want the absolute lowest price? Avoid the weekend crowds and check in on Labor Day for a night or two and pay just $109 per night with the Last Splash of Summer deal. Use promotional code SPLASH.

Details: 480-624-1202,

Royal Palm Resort & Spa

A courtyard at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

Activities: Intimate pool and spa.

Starting price: $133 for a Sunday stay with the Sneak Peek Package, which includes a newly remodeled room and a first look at the resort’s pool makeover. Fares start at around $180 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Details: 602-283-1234,

Hotel Clarendon

The skydeck at the Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix.

Activities: Lively pool scene and $2 tacos at Café Tranquilo.

Starting price: $79 per night for Arizona residents. Must show ID upon check-in. The offer can only be booked by telephone. The code is SUM17.

Details: 602-252-9349,

Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

The resort, located at the

Activities: Live music by the pool; hourly drink specials; games including corn hole, beer pong, horseshoes, pétanque and ping pong; and a Saturday night movie, “Grease.”

Starting price: $120 for Arizona residents with code LOCAL.

Details: 480-991-9000,

Hilton Squaw Peak

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is best known for River Ranch, its four-acre water park located at the base of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.

Activities: Hourly poolside games at River Ranch Water Park, including hula hoop and cannonball contests and waterslide races, and dive movies on Friday and Saturday nights (“Alice in Wonderland and “Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass”).

Starting price: $125. There is a two-night minimum for stays that include Saturdays.

Details: 602-997-2626,

Hotel Valley Ho

The Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale is a hip, modern mid-century hotel in Scottsdale.

Activities: Poolside DJs Saturday-Monday, drink deals and cabana promotions.

Starting price: $144 to $189 a night for the 60th Anniversary Special, which includes two welcome drinks, $10 in resort dollars, and a $10 room upgrade if available.

Details: 855-545-7718,

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs

A bird's eye view of the cliffs at Pointe Hilton Tapatio.

Activities: Games and crafts around the pool, water slide, visit to the Wildlife World Zoo on Saturday, diving movie on Saturday, bingo on Sunday and Monday, spa, golf.

Starting price: $119.

Details: 602-866-7500,

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass has a swimming pool with water slide.

Activities: The resort pulls out all the stops with a “dip and splash” lawn for water games on Saturday and Sunday. There will be an indoor bouncy house, light up party, poolside music and games, movie night, Native American cultural events and more.

Starting price: $129, which includes four wristbands for the dip and splash lawn. There is a minimum stay of two nights. Ask for the LOPKG1 tariff plan. Arizona teachers should check out the We Love Teachers rate (TEACH rate plan), which starts at $99 a night.

Details: 866-716-8134,

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