Let’s Stay and Eat: Sheraton and District, Phoenix, AZ

We were only in Phoenix for one night. We needed to stay downtown. We choose Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. Sheraton is a good brand so we knew it would be fine.

We also needed to have dinner and we wanted something on the nicer side. After some research on my own and help from Visit Phoenix. I kept coming to District, which was conveniently located at the Sheraton.

Total win!

The Sheraton is not only nice, it’s beautiful. The outside entrance and lobby are grand but not over-done. Modern without being pretentious. The staff who greeted and checked us in were friendly and warm.

The room was just as you might expect. Clean. Done nicely. Nothing to extreme.

It was Happy Hour so we headed to the bar at District. This is a happening scene. We waited a minute to get two seats at the bar. At first, it seemed the servers weren’t very helpful but the nicest bartender greeted us and got our drinks quickly. She then offered us a (free) appetizer…Singh Farm Honey Wings with Pickled Jalapeno and Cilantro Lime Salt. Delicious. Cilantro Lime Salt is awesome!

We also got the Schreiner’s Bacon Wrapped Dates and the Hummus appetizers. We didn’t love the dates but I must say the bartender described it perfectly. She was friendly, warm, quick, and knowledge.

The repeat business there is amazing too. How do I know? Well, all the bartenders knew many of the patrons on a first name basis. I think that’s a testament to how cool of a place it is.

Unfortunately, we enjoyed it so much we stayed at the bar longer than anticipated and couldn’t stay long enough to have a full dinner. But, I would go back there in a heart beat, for the food, for the drink, and especially for the friendly service.

Here’s what I loved:

Here’s what I liked:

  • The food
  • The drinks
  • The room

Here’s what I didn’t love:

  • Nothing 🙂

Will you or have you tried either of these places?
What did you think?

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Phoenix – Day Three

If you missed it, we went to Phoenix. Check out Day One here and Day Two here. Now, we’re on to Day Three.

Quite some time ago, the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau tweeted about the butterfly garden at the Desert Botanical Garden starting in May. I made a note of it since our trip coincided with the dates. With that as our main goal, we made our way to the Desert Botanical Garden. Entrance to the garden and to see the butterflies (extra) was $44 for the three of us. Wow, what a difference from yesterday.

Now, here’s the thing about a botanical garden in Phoenix, it’s designed to show off plants indigenous to the region. Duh, right? Well, after a few minutes of viewing the thousands of varieties of cacti (really there are so many different types), it gets a little, well, I hate to say it, but, it gets…boring. There I said it. It was boring.

It was especially boring for my three year-old and probably even more boring for my fourteen year-old. There’s just not a lot to ooohhh and aaahhh over. There’s just not a lot of color. There are a lot of prickers (my daughter’s word for thorns) though. The plants just seem mean.

Then we found the butterfly garden. It was lush. It was pretty. There were tons of butterflies (not a lot of variety but a lot of them). It was nice. I have to say, it wasn’t the best butterfly garden we’d been to…our favorite is in Washington, DC at the Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History.

We walked around a little more and found the herb garden area, which was a bit more interesting. We saw a huge artichoke tree. Yes, that’s what was exciting at that point. Needless to say, we didn’t stay long. I was disappointed after spending so much money. If you have younger kids or kids who don’t enjoy plant life, save this activity for your adult excursion and even then, remember you’re going to see a lot of prickers.

But I had to show this…the first is a picture of them going into the gardens. The second is a picture of them coming out.

Our next stop was lunch. We tried Coco’s Bakery. This place was the worst! In Nina’s (my visitor board contact) defense, she told us to go to the food trucks, something becoming very popular in Phoenix but I didn’t feel like driving into town so we picked this place.

It was horrible. I should have just turned around once I walked in the door but I thought we’d give it a chance. This was like a 20 year-old, run down, nobody cares Denny’s. Don’t ever go here!

Then it was onto the Phoenix Zoo. First thing we noticed, you can find all the same plant life from the Botanical Garden at the zoo. Next thing, there is no bear in the bear exhibit. There are a lot of signs talking about a lot of bears but there was no bear! Third, a mid-size bag of Lays potato chips costs $2.88.

I know because Leah begged for them and I bought them (against her brother’s efforts to get me not to waste my money – how funny is that). But it was money well spent. She was so happy with those chips, my son and I got to discuss the most hilarious things at that zoo. Yes, some of it was related to the animals and some of it was related to the visitors. Sorry to the family who was letting their two-year boy walk around in nothing but a saggy diaper…unfortunately, at that point, it must be discussed!

After leaving the zoo, we stopped by Hole in the Rock. We didn’t hike it but it looks really cool. Check it out if you’re at the zoo, it’s really so close.

That night we had dinner at Los Dos Molinos. They have multiple locations, we visited two that night (see details here…check #30 and #31). Both were great. Thanks Nina for the recommendation.

The next day, we packed up and went home. It was another great visit to Phoenix. I’m sure we’ll be back soon.

Fun Phoenix Hotel

My husband travels quite frequently to Phoenix for business (as you might remember from our trip here last July).  This year we came at a better time of year…when you can actually survive outside for more than 30 seconds!  We stayed at the DoubleTree Guest Suites.  It’s a nice hotel and close to a lot of family attractions…more on that later.  For now, I thought we’d just have fun and look at some pictures of the place! click here to continue reading!