Thunderbird Suites takes its name (likely) from the mythical bird, but also the USAF aerobatic demonstration team. The motel was probably constructed sometime in the 1960s and has been continuously upgraded and modernized. This was our second stay at this location. The rooms are interesting, in that most of them have a loveseat / fold-out bed and a flat-screen TV near a small desk. Behind the desk is a microwave and stainless sink, under the counter is a small refrigerator/freezer shelf. The bathroom and king sized bed lie behind the entry living room and both have been upgraded. The bathrooms have a granite counter, the sink and shower/tub have been upgraded to modern standards of fixtures. Almost all rooms overlook the swimming pool and Jacuzzi tub, and that is surrounded by very tall palm trees and grass. Towels are provided in a small shelving unit at poolside. The pool only goes to a depth of 5'4" but it is long enough to do short laps if you wish.
The king sized bed must have been relatively new, because it was very comfortable and supportive.
The lobby is decorated with aircraft photographs as well as "sculptures" constructed to look like aluminum aircraft sections. In keeping with the aeronautical vibe, several of the rooms are named after famous pilots or military leaders. One of the so-named suites is "Hap Arnold," who was chief of the Air Corps during WWII. That particular suite can seat 15.
The parking lot is immediately adjacent to the Scottsdale Airport buildings, yet surprisingly the aircraft noise is quite muted and fairly infrequent. Most of the jets appear to be civil aviation rather than jetliners. Many propeller-driven aircraft are present.
Given that it was summer in Arizona, the place was not fully-occupied. With three floors, there's plenty of space.
Finally, Will Jones, the assistant GM, and Steve who works the limited food service due to social distancing and no table seating, are both nice guys and pleasant to deal with. Both will help you any way that they can.
We look forward to visiting the Thunderbird again in the late fall when the weather and hopefully the health conditions are more amenable. I gather that this is also the time when more guests arrive. less