Glendale Travel Guide
We've all had that moment of fear when we've checked out of a hotel and felt a little itchy. Uhoh, did we just spend the night with bed bugs? Now imagine if not only you were itching and scratching but your cat was too!
That's what a woman is claiming happened to her and her pet after they both spent a few nights at a Holiday Inn in Glendale, Ariz. The woman, who is only going by the name Elena, says she developed red itchy bumps on her neck after checking out the hotel. A doctor determined she had bed bug bites but her cat ended up in worse condition. ABC15 local news reports:
"I noticed she was starting to pull her hair and itching," Elena said. "I said let's see in a couple of weeks if it gets any better. Within that time, it had gotten much worse. There were bald spots throughout the cat's body and (pus)."
Elena took her cat to Apollo North Animal Hospital in Glendale. Dr. Patricia Bennett treated the cat. Bennett tells me the cat had "damage due to scratching an itch." Bennett said there were "scabs, bumps, and lesions" from "head to toe."
Know somewhere with open hotel rooms for Super Bowl weekend in Phoenix? Tip us off.
We got a "tip" this week about a site for booking Super Bowl XLII accommodations: SuperBowlMotels.com. Looks like they do have some good deals, although they need to be updated.
The site lists both Travelodge and Comfort Inn hotels as having availability, yet the corporate websites for these properties say they're booked. Now perhaps SuperBowlMotels.com has some rooms set aside in their name. If you're still looking for reservations, you might take a chance and give them a call.
Similarly, Superbowl-room.com has rooms, some as low as $200/night. Although here, you have to be channeling Vegas, because you won't know exactly what hotel/motel/cardboard box you will be staying in until after you book.
If you don't mind the extended stay-style properties, then there are a few options we'd recommend. Homestead Studio Suites, Extended Stay America, Crossland Economy Studios and Homewood Suites all still have availability Super Bowl weekend at locations in and around Glendale/West Phoenix. All have similar amenities of a larger room with full kitchen, while some offer free parking, free Internet access and free continental breakfast. Crossland is on the low end of the price scale, going for a mere $220/night Super Bowl weekend.
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If you are lucky enough to have scored tickets to Super Bowl XLII, now's the time to secure a place to lay your head before and after the game.
With just over a month remaining, hotels in the Phoenix area are filling up fast up. For example, favorites such as the Biltmore, The Phoenician, and the Ritz-Carlton are already sold out. It may seem the odds are stacked against you for finding a hotel when you consider there are only only 9,000 hotel rooms within a 15-mile radius of the stadium and over 175,000 people expected to attend.
The good news is, rooms can still be found, but the situation changes even as we write. Many places are requiring a four-night minimum stay, and most (did you expect anything less?) have raised their rates for The Big Game -- sometimes considerably.
Still, there are a few deals to be had.
For example, the SpringHill Suites Phoenix-Glendale offers new, non-smoking suites and simple but appreciated amenities such as free onsite parking, free high-speed Internet access, and complimentary breakfast buffet. Best of all, it is one of the only hotels located actually in Glendale proper. Rooms also include a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee maker. Rates are a reasonable $219 and $229 per night. Keep checking back to see what other deals we track down before kickoff.