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Plan Your Stay
Plan Your Stay
As much fun as you’ll have at the Bondurant School, you’re not going to be spending all of your time here. Luckily for you, Phoenix is a teeming metropolis filled with all of the activities, shopping, casinos and luxury accomodations you could possibly hope for. Click below to learn more about your immediate surroundings, and how to make the most of them on your trip.
Don’t kid yourself: Phoenix is hot. In the winter, when half the country has off for a snow day and it’s in the mid-70s here, it’s a blessing. When it’s July and the arid desert air is flirting with 120 degrees by late morning, chances are (unless you’re a local) you’ve not felt anything like it before.
It does, occasionally, rain in Phoenix. Winter consists of a month of rain, usually scattered from late January to mid-March, and monsoon season starts in July. We do not stop the lessons on account of rain; if anything, it throws your car-control skills into sharp relief.
Be smart. Wear comfortable, temperature-appropriate clothing; loose-fitting T-shirts and knee-length shorts are perfectly acceptable any time of the year here. Leave the long pants at home. Be sure to wear closed-toe, rubber-soled shoes; open-toed footwear, even sandals, can get stuck on a pedal as you’re hammering around the course. And, of course, bring sunglasses. Not all courses require helmets and driving suits, but for the courses that do demand them, we supply equipment to fit just about every body size and type; if you have your own equipment and are more comfortable using it, by all means bring it.
No matter the time of year, keep a bottle of water with you at all times. The desert air can sap the sweat right out of you without you even realizing it until you feel dizzy, and feeling dizzy is not advisable while driving 100mph in a Corvette. There’s a refrigerator in the lobby that’s stocked regularly with bottles of cold water. Take advantage of it; it’s there for you.
You can bring your own camera, but you’ll be behind the wheel so much of the time there won’t be much opportunity to use it. Instead, Bondurant has a track photographer on retainer who will take a class photo as well as a souvenir. You can also order customized photo packages to take home as a reminder of your time at the school. (As if you won’t be reminded every time you slip behind the wheel of your own car.)
Different peoples’ skill levels grow at different rates; you may be faster than a classmate, or vice-versa. The instructors will tell you when and where you are permitted to pass. Remember: the emphasis here is on smoothness and line technique, not all-out speed. You don’t get a trophy for being fastest, but you do get a bill if you smash up one of Bob’s cars.
Classes generally end mid-afternoon; occasionally, on extreme-heat days, the lunch break may be shortened or cancelled in order to distill the learning experience. It also offers the opportunity to get out of the heat faster without taking away from your driving time.
Also, friends and relatives are welcome to cheer you on from the bleachers--as long as they sign a waiver walking in the door. But they also need to know that they’d have a much more fun time sitting behind the wheel of a car, like you are!
The Bob Bondurant School is proud to offer students a select choice of accommodations from some of the top hotels and resorts in the Valley. The following partners offer specially discounted rates for Bondurant Students! Simply click the special reservation link or call the reservation line and ask for the Bondurant Student Rate. If you have any further questions, please contact us at 1-800-842-7223 and ask for Sales.
Enjoy your stay!
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd. | Chandler, AZ 85226 | Phone: (602) 225-0100
Distance to Bondurant: 1 mile
The resort is located in the Sonoran Desert on an expanse of rugged Arizona landscape where the ancient vistas, mountains and roaming wild horses remain untouched. A unique blend of two cultures, the resort offers the quiet serenity created by Native American tribes who found haven here.
This destination resort includes two 18-hole Troon-managed golf courses, the Aji Spa, a 17,500 square foot spa with 17 treatment rooms, the Koli Equestrian Center for riding lessons, trail rides and outdoor events, and is also equipped with tennis courts and jogging trails. We offer four pools with cascading waterfalls and a 111-foot waterslide modeling the ancient Casa Grande Ruins.
Enjoy the 2-1/2 mile replica of the Gila River that meanders through the resort grounds with scenic boat rides to shuttle guests to the Whirlwind Golf Club and nearby Wild Horse Pass Casino. Let the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort's professionally trained staff plan your event, for groups of ten to 2,000, in extensive function space including a 17,376 square foot ballroom and an abundance of scenic outdoor venues. Experience a truly unique resort with a multitude of on-site activities in a spectacular setting.
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. | Chandler, AZ 85226 | Phone: (520) 796-4900
Distance to Bondurant: ½ mile
Indulge in Vegas style casino entertainment without the hustle and bustle of Vegas crowds. Featuring 242 luxury hotel rooms with a 100,000 square foot Vegas style casino, eight restaurants including the famous Shula's Steak House, four lounges, a nightclub, showroom and heated pool with poolside bar; Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino is sure to appeal to all tastes and be your first choice in Phoenix to stay and play!
The Buttes - A Marriott Resort
2000 Westcourt Way | Tempe, AZ 85282 | Phone: (602) 225-9000
Distance to Bondurant: 11 miles
Sun-warmed stone. Red and ochre, glisten in the sparkling twilight. The call of a desert hawk. The murmur of a quiet waterfall. These are the sights and sounds of the Wyndham Buttes Resort - where nature's beauty and a warm Arizona welcome create the perfect hideaway.
Inside and out, you'll find everything you need. It's easy to relax and be productive with special touches like high-speed Internet access and ergonomic work chairs. Step out of your room to enjoy a host of outdoor activities such as tennis, hiking and jogging under brilliant blue skies. Take a refreshing dip in our crystal-clear pool with a 85' water slide and four hot tubs carved out of the mountainside. We also offer live entertainment poolside during the summer. When it's time to tempt your taste buds, indulge in world-class cuisine and unforgettable views from the Top of the Rock.
Arizona Grand Resort
8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway | Phoenix, AZ 85044 | Phone: 1 (866) 267-1321
Distance to Bondurant: 3 miles
The Four Diamond Arizona Grand Resort offers the ultimate Arizona adventure. Nestled at the base of South Mountain Preserve, our 640 newly remodeled one-bedroom suites offer all the comforts of home: pillow top beds, separate living rooms, wireless internet access and so much more. Arizona Grand Resort is home to a wide variety of award-winning recreation. Play championship golf on our 18-hole golf course featuring one of the Valley's only island greens. Hike, bike or horseback ride at the adjacent South Mountain Preserve. Test your nerve at The Oasis, Arizona's largest resort water adventure, named "one of the Nation's Top 10 Theme Parks" by Travel Channel. If you're seeking a bit of relaxation, indulge at our full-service spa with a massage or body treatment or take advantage of leisurely dining at one of six uniquely themed restaurants. No matter what you desire, you are sure to find it at Arizona Grand Resort.
Radisson Hotel Phoenix/Chandler
7475 West Chandler Blvd. | Chandler, AZ 85226 | Phone: (480) 961-4444
Distance to Bondurant: 3 miles
Whether you come for business or relaxation, the Radisson Hotel Phoenix/Chandler captures the region's sun-kissed spirit. We're just minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and area attractions like Firebird International Raceway and Sun Devil Stadium. You'll feel right at home in our comfortable guest room filled with thoughtful touches. Need to tackle some work before tee time? Our high-speed Internet access and large workspaces make it convenient and comfortable. Hosting a meeting? With more than 1,800 square feet of flexible space and full catering services, we can handle all the details for you.
After a long day, take a break to relax and rejuvenate your spirits. Enjoy your favorite drink in the casual comfort of our lobby lounge. Go for a swim in our outdoor pool or work off some stress in the fitness center. There's plenty to keep you entertained, from nearby area attractions to plenty of exciting restaurants, shopping and nightlife.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
15221 South 50th Street | Phoenix, AZ 85044 | Phone: (480) 785-8500
Distance to Bondurant: 3 miles
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Phoenix/Chandler is located conveniently off of the I-10 Freeway and Chandler Blvd. We are comfortably located in a rural setting next to several nearby shops, restaurants, golf courses and hiking trails at nearby South Mountain. Our hotel has 125 sleeping rooms, which has four floors, elevators, and 5 handicap accessible rooms. Our hotel rooms feature irons/ironing boards, coffee makers, micro waves, and mini-refrigerators. Our hotel ammenities consist of a Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast, served daily, Free high-speed internet in all sleeping rooms and meeting room, Free local and 800 calls, Free USA Today newspaper during the weekdays, outdoor heated pool/spa,laundry room and exercise facilities, satellite TV with Free HBO and In-Room movies, as well as Free parking.
We are just minutes away from the Firebird Raceway, Bondurant Driving School,Phoenix Airport, Adesa Auto Auction, and ASU Sun Devil Stadium. Our hotel is ideal for both leisure and corporate travelers. We have a Meeting Room that can accommodate up to 35 people for a meeting/training class or to be used simply as a Hospitality Suite for up to 50ppl. The staff at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Phoenix/Chandler will provide friendly, courteous and professional service to all of our guests and truly look forward to seeing you soon.
*Rates are available to Bondurant Driving School students only, and proof of class participation will be required at check-in for the rate to be valid. This rate is not available to vendors, sponsors, friends, family, etc. Exceptions will be at the sole discretion of the participating hotel(s). This rate is available for individual guests only, and is NOT applicable to groups (a group is 10 or more rooms). Group rates will be negotiated independently of the individual rate agreement already in place.
The Bondurant School is conveniently located just 15 miles from Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport. Nestled in the beautiful desert landscape of Chandler, the Bondurant School is just minutes away from great shopping, dining, and night life.
Will you be needing a car while you're in town? Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers a special Bondurant Student discount rate. Please contact them directly for details and pricing.
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