Prices quoted are for the winter high season and drop drastically in the summer months.

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton This affordable suite hotel is wonderful for families, offering a separate bedroom, pull-out coach, and full kitchen. A hot breakfast is included in the price, along with a light dinner served Monday through Thursday. The heated pool makes for year-round fun. Rooms start at $219 per night. 9880 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale; 480-368-8705;
  • Pointe South Mountain Resort Tired of overcrowded water parks? This all-suite resort offers a perfect family playground without long lines and crowds. Older kids will thrill to two eight-story-high waterslides while younger ones splash in the wave pool or go tubing with Mom and Dad. Suites start at $299 a night. 777 South Pointe Pkwy., Phoenix; 877-800-4888;
  • The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa The scent of blooming citrus fills the air at this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired landmark, built in 1929 at the base of Piestewa Peak. For families, the Biltmore boasts seasonal marshmallow roasts, life-size lawn chess and croquet, eight pools, and a special spa package for teens. Double rooms begin at $465. 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; 602-955-6600;
  • The Phoenician If homemade organic baby food is a must, this luxury resort is your place: The Phoenician's chef will take your order and prepare a meal to please your little one's palate! Set at the base of Camelback Mountain, the beautifully landscaped hotel offers a year-round Kids Club for ages 5 to 12, plus nine pools and a twisting waterslide. Rooms start at $675 a night. 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale; 800-955-7352;