Mobil Travel Guide: Southwest 2006

Mobil Travel Guide: Southwest 2006

by Mobil Travel Guide



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762739356
Publisher: Langenscheidt Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2005
Series: Regional Travel Planner Series
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 7.48(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Since its founding, Mobil Travel Guide publications have provided travelers with recommendations for hotels, restaurants, and places to visit based on an objective inspection process and the Mobil One- to Five-Star rating system - one of the oldest and most respected programs in North America. The Mobil Corporation (known as ExxonMobil Corporation since a 1999 merger) began producing the Mobil Travel Guide books in 1958 and ever since has served as a trusted advocate for travelers

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Royal Palms Hotel and Casitas, Phoenix, Arizona
Royal Palms Hotel and Casitas is an intriguing and intimate hideaway. Constructed in the late 1920s as a private mansion, this hotel brings a bit of the Mediterranean to the Sonoran desert. Graceful palm trees reign over the entrance to this convenient, yet secluded, place halfway between the Biltmore area and downtown Scottsdale. The casitas and guest rooms are light-filled and extraordinary. Rich details, jewel tones, and unique accents create a wondrous ambience. Fireplaces, balconies, and patios complete the experience. Great care is paid to the grounds, where fragrant blossoms, stone walkways, and well-tended courtyards are de rigueur. Set against a backdrop of the Camelback Mountains, the pool is dreamy, and the spa induces a trancelike state with its wonderful offerings. The Bar and Cigar Room are ideal for lingering, but the pièce de résistance is T. Cook's (see also T. COOK'S), where the rustic elegance is a perfect setting for the award-winning cuisine. 116 rooms, 1-2 story. D $365; each additional $25; under 18 free. Service charge $18/day. Check-out noon. TV; cable (premium). Bar 11 am-midnight; Fri, Sat to 1 am. Room service 24 hours. Restaurant. Exercise room, spa. Pool; poolside service. Tennis. Business center. Totally nonsmoking.

Table of Contents

Regional Travel Planner: Southwest (1) Maps and Mileage Chart (2) Welcome (3) A Word to Our Readers (4) How to Use This Book (5) Understanding the Symbols (6) Making the Most of Your Trip (7) Important Toll-Free Numbers and Online Information (8) Four- and Five-Star Establishments in the Southern Great Lakes (9) America's Byways™ Series (10) Arizona (11) Side Trips: Joshua Tree National Park, CA (12) Colorado (13) Nevada (14) Side Trips: Death Valley National Park, CA (15) Side Trips: Lake Tahoe Area, CA (16) Side Trips: Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA (17) Side Trips: Lava Beds National Monument, CA (18) Side Trips: Yosemite National Park, CA (19) New Mexico (20) Utah (21) Index


Mobil Star Rating Definitions for Lodgings*. Only facilities that meet Mobil Travel Guide's standards earn the privilege of being listed in the guide. Deteriorating, poorly managed establishments are deleted. A Mobil Travel Guide listing constitutes a positive quality recommendation; every listing is an accolade, a recognition of achievement. Our Mobil One- to Five-Star rating system highlights its level of service.
: A Mobil Five-Star lodging provides consistently superlative service in an exceptionally distinctive luxury environment, with expanded services. Attention to detail is evident throughout the hotel, resort, or inn, from bed linens to staff uniforms.
: A Mobil Four-Star lodging provides a luxury experience with expanded amenities in a distinctive environment. Services may include, but are not limited to, automatic turndown service, 24-hour room service, and valet parking.
: A Mobil Three-Star lodging is well appointed, with a full-service restaurant and expanded amenities, such as a fitness center, golf course, tennis courts, 24-hour room service, and optional turndown service.
: A Mobil Two-Star lodging is considered a clean, comfortable, and reliable establishment that has expanded amenities, such as a full-service restaurant on the premises.
: A Mobil One-Star lodging is a limited-service hotel, motel, or inn that is considered a clean, comfortable, and reliable establishment.
*Specialty Lodgings -Mobil Travel Guide recognizes the unique and individualized nature of both the bed-and-breakfast industry and the guest ranch experience. For that reason, we have chosen to place our stamp of approval on the properties thatfall into these two categories in lieu of applying our traditional Mobil Star ratings.

Mobil Star Rating Definitions for Restaurants. All Mobil Star rated dining establishments listed in this book have a full kitchen and offer seating at tables; most offer table service.
: A Mobil Five-Star restaurant offers one of few flawless dining experiences in the country. These establishments consistently provide their guests with exceptional food, superlative service, elegant décor, and exquisite presentations of each detail surrounding a meal.
: A Mobil Four-Star restaurant provides professional service, distinctive presentations, and wonderful food.
: A Mobil Three-Star restaurant has good food, warm and skillful service, and enjoyable décor.
: A Mobil Two-Star restaurant serves fresh food in a clean setting with efficient service. Value is considered in this category, as is family friendliness.
: A Mobil One-Star restaurant provides a distinctive experience through culinary specialty, local flair, or individual atmosphere.

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