Windmill Inn & Suites
We realize that Sun City West is not on the top of many families' travel lists but it is "the finest Arizona golf retirement community" and therefore home to many grandparents and great-grandparents. We recently stayed at Windmill Inn & Suites during a great grandparent visit. There aren't a lot of choices regarding luxe lodging. Grandma suggested Windmill because it had a pool and all her friends' grandchildren stayed there. The Windmill Inn is an inviting three-story all-suites hotel featuring southwestern design and offers spectacular views of the White Tank and Bradshaw mountain ranges. Its charm is enhanced by lush courtyard landscaping and a duck pond.
Upon check in, we learned our rooms weren't ready yet (we were early) so they gave us a snack, bottled water, stored our bags and the kids changed into bathing suits in the restrooms to enjoy the pool in January (brrrrr....) while the parents bundled up and had a glass of wine. The pool area was nice, clean with attractive patio furniture and a safety gate with a lock all around the pool. The safety fence is such a smart family amenity offering parents peace of mind while they're on property.
I guess the "all suites" part didn't sink in because when we got into our rooms we were shocked at how spacious they were. Each room is a one-bedroom suite with a separate living area, kitchenette, breakfast bar, TV and pull out couch. The room was super, super clean and there were french doors separating the living room from the bedroom and bathroom with a second TV. The king bed was comfy and since Poshbrood was traveling as a single parent with one child, we shared the bed.
Room rates include a full complimentary breakfast each morning that includes waffles, bagels, cereals, juices, coffee, oatmeal, muffins, tea, hot chocolate, toast and fruit. It was good and plentiful! Our gang loved the waffle maker. If you rather, you can have a lighter version of breakfast delivered to your room per your request. We liked the bustling breakfast room and regrouping with the cousins in the morning.
The Inn also has bikes for guests, a fitness center, a nice lobby with a computer and printer for guest use. Poshbrood enjoyed these Windmill Inn amenities:
- All pets stay free
- All children under 18 stay free
- 24/7 coffee, tea and apples in lobby
- Hotel is totally smoke-free
- Free WiFi throughout the inn
- Game library (we borrowed Candy Land)
- Super-friendly staff and attention to service
- Outrageous value
There are many shops, restaurants and challnging golf courses nearby. On our weekend visit, this Poshbrood didn't do much exploring, choosing instead to spend time with the grandparents and swim in the balmy 65 degree weather. During one of our pool visits, we met a well-traveled retired Canadian couple who visits Windmill Inn every winter for six weeks because of the large rooms, breakfast, hotel amenities, low rates and warmer weather. If that's not a ringing endorsement, what is?
Suites as low as $109/night. The hotel offers many seasonal specials and sometimes the 3rd, 5th or 10th night free, depending on occupancy.