When you picture a typical accommodation in the desert, what do you think of? A thin, dusty tent? A few camels who spit constantly? Or maybe sand in places it shouldn't be? Well, if those things all sound appealing, this luxurious apartment is probably not your best bet. But, if you're looking for a place to stay where sand will stay where it should be (on the ground), you'll love the desert paradise that is this two-bedroom condo on Rio Salado. Whether your travels bring you to Tempe for work, play, or a college visit, you'll be just a few minutes' walk (no camels involved) from the best local restaurants, attractions, and the ASU campus.
Your days in Tempe will start and end in the most stylish of Arizona abodes, with a spacious floor plan that's nearly as airy as the Sahara, but with air conditioning, two full bathrooms, and a fully-stocked kitchen. Contemporary decor, fast WiFi, and in-unit laundry make for effortless enjoyment of the best that Tempe has to offer, without having to worry about the little things. And with two full bedrooms and a pull-out sofa in the living room, there's plenty of room for your friends to crash or for you to have some privacy from the kids. This is your home away from home to relax, recharge, and remind yourself that you deserve your own piece of desert paradise.
Your 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment on Rio Salado:
Cloud-like king-size bed that will envelop you in peaceful slumber and desert-inspired dreams, like of sand dune surfing.
Second bedroom with a queen-size bed, because sharing is only caring if it doesn't involve sleeping in the same room as a snorer.
Queen-size sleeper sofa, which is the prime spot for sleeping off a food coma, given its proximity to the kitchen.
There is no on-site parking available nor is it included with your stay.
Not one, but two full bathrooms, because mornings are hard enough without having to fight over the shower.
Air conditioning to cool off when the triple-digit Tempe summers get too hot to handle.
In-unit laundry so you can pack light and spend less money on baggage fees (and spend more on Bacon Bloody Marys).
Full kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances and swanky white cabinetry where you can cook up a homemade feast, or just use it as a place to store leftover take-out.
Speedy WiFi so Siri can answer your frantic “what stops the pain after eating a habanero pepper?” after you ignore the warnings on the extra-hot salsa from Tempe's authentic Mexican restaurants.
Now, now, we know your fingers are itching to start packing for your trip, but wait until you hear about the luxurious building! This resort-like property on Rio Salado offers some exceptional amenities, from stylish furnishings to a lavish outdoor pool area with barbecues, fire pits, and comfy chaise lounges and tables. The building's indoor amenities include a fully-equipped fitness center, a high-tech media room, and a social area, and with all of this, you don't really need to leave the building to have a great time. But, with all of Tempe's best restaurants, bars, sights, and things to do within close proximity, you have a myriad of reasons to explore and experience the city.
Glamorous pool deck that would fit right in on a tropical island, with private cabanas and shady palm trees. Relax here all day and hide from the responsibilities of real life.
Barbecue stations and fire pits, because a meal cooked over coals always tastes better than last night's reheated take-out. And you can't make s'mores inside!
Lush yoga lawn where you can practice your tree pose in the shade of real, majestic trees.
Modern gym with cardio machines and free weights where you can get your sweat on. That is, if you haven't already been sweating in the sweltering Arizona sun.
Lakefront patio with cozy lounge furniture, a pool, and a hot tub, where you can relax and ponder how exactly the lake ended up in the middle of the desert...
Social area where you can catch up on work, emails, or just scroll through your Facebook feed while making people think you're working hard.
Cool, dark media room where you can chill out (literally) and watch your favorite shows on the big screen.
There's no need to settle for a tiny room, a less-than desirable location, or fewer amenities than you really want? Here at your apartment on Rio Salado, you've got the whole enchilada, with two spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, in-unit laundry, fast WiFi, and a kitchen where you can make your own enchiladas, if you want. Or, if enchiladas are calling your name but your cooking skills are worthy of Worst Cooks in America, walk just a few minutes to the nearby Mill Avenue district. The campus of ASU, Desert Arboretum Park, and Tempe's Center of the Arts are all within walking distance, too, giving you a home away from home in the ideal location for whatever brings you to town.
Distance to popular destinations:
Sun Devil Football Stadium: 16-minute walk
Desert Arboretum Park: 12-minute walk
Center of Arizona State University Campus: 16-minute walk
Tempe Center for the Arts: 18-minute walk, 3-minute drive
City Hall Plaza: 12-minute walk
802 South Mill Avenue
18-minute walk, 5-minute drive
Wells Fargo ATM
20 East 6th Street
300 East Rio Salado Parkway
Like each grain of sand, each meal and restaurant in Tempe has its own unique character. And, like sand, there are too many to reasonably count. So, to save you some time scrolling through endless 5-star Yelp reviews for Tempe restaurants, we've put together our top five favorites. They're all delicious, they're all nearby, and they will all make your hangry friends revert back to their normal selves. Now, there's no need to play the “where should we eat?” game.
Desert Roots Kitchen - After a few too many meat-laden burritos, pizzas, or burgers, your body just might crave a little detox. And DRK serves up the perfect antidote to your rising blood pressure with their globally-inspired, locally-grown, plant-based deliciousness. Their menu of breakfast sandwiches, wraps, tacos, and entrees changes daily, so each meal really is a one-of-a-kind. You won't even miss the meat!
10-minute walk from your desert digs
Culinary Dropout - Flunking class is certainly not a recommended life choice, but for a few outliers, the dropout life works out pretty well, especially for this Farmers Arms neighborhood hotspot. We give their menu an A+ for taste and creativity, with deliciousness like Bacon Bloody Marys and a soft pretzel dipped in Provolone fondue. Swing by any day of the week for food and live tunes that will pass the test of any hungry music-lover.
12-minute walk from your Rio Salado doorstep
Rehab Burger Therapy - It might be considered a non-traditional approach, but, boy, does it work. Rehab Burger Therapy specializes in cures for rumbling stomachs, and their medicine of choice is a juicy, face-sized burger. Sink your teeth into a Chili Cheeseburger or spicy mac and cheese-topped patty and you hungry tummy will be satisfied. The only thing their menu doesn't seem to cure is a food coma (which you'll likely fall into after scarfing down your meal).
13-minute walk from Rio Salado, or shorter if you're really hangry
La Bocca Urban Pizzeria & Wine Bar - They say the best things in life should be shared, and that phrase couldn't be more true when talking about pizza. Gather your friends, family members, coworkers, or new college roommates and head over to La Bocca for a vibrant, homestyle Italian meal centered around one of the best things in life, pizza. Try the truffled mushroom pizza and try to save room for dessert. We know that's hard to do, but the tiramisu is so worth it.
13-minute walk from Rio Salado to pizza heaven
Romancing the Bean - Maybe the dissolvable granules of instant coffee just don't do it for you in the morning, and that's okay, because there's just a 2-minute walk between you and coffee nirvana. Brewing only the world's finest java, Romancing the Bean is your one-stop shop for whatever fancy espresso drink you like and housemade breakfast and lunch food. The folks here are as passionate about service as coffee, so your heart will be as warm as the coffee in your mug.
2-minute walk from bed to Bean