Bdlguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 194 posts, RR: 4 Posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2268 times:
I'm considering to travel to PHX for spotting/photography expedition. Hopefully, I will be staying in PHX for 5 days. So, I am looking for the best hotel near PHX airport (up to 2 miles). Anyway, I've been in PHX on Feb-Mar 1995 (Yes that's 10 years ago!!!)
Here are what I need the following:
-Easy access PHX between hotel
-Reasonable prices (or lower prices)
-Security and Safety
-Best place to watch the planes from the hotel
I know that it would be very difficult for me to traveling to PHX all myself because I am hearing impaired. I will be visiting the following airports: PHX, TUS, GYR, FFZ, SDL and Pima Air Museum. So, I really hope to meet Arizona spotters/photographers. It would be so much fun there!!
Any suggestion or recommendation would be greatly appreciated!!
John A. Perrotta (KBDL/BDL) - Canon 300D/400D & EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Visityyj From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2189 times:
I haven't tried them all, but I don't know of any hotel at PHX from which you can observe the action. There used to be a flea-pit motel at the 09R threshold but it was (mercifully) demolished to make way for the new runway.
If you look at a map, you may be tempted by the Best Western just S. of the airport. My advice is forget it - although a few rooms face the airport all you can see is the freeway ! The area to the N. and W. of the airport can best be described as unsavoury, particulalry 24th Street, and it ought to be a source of shame to the airport authorities.
The best area is near the University, and there are some inexpensive yet acceptable hotels there - Fairfield Inn, Sleep Inn etc. but no food nearby unless you count the Hilton restaurant.
Not an encouraging picture, I'm sorry. Perhaps someone else knows better ?
JetJock22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2185 times:
Bdlguy, I was in Phoenix at the beginning of January and unfortunately I can't really remember any hotels being close enough to the airport to do any spotting from. I do however know some people in Phoenix. I can put you in contact with them if you'd like. Just send me an e-mail and let me know.