Hotels in Arizona
The selection of hotels in Arizona ranges from old-style motels to reliable chains to dude ranches and plush spa-and-golf-centered resorts. One thing they all have in common, at least in the desert regions, is a good pool (or even several pools). If you travel to Arizona in the summer, you can get hot deals (as well as regular 100-plus temps— an excellent excuse to stay in those pools) at hotels in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. The Arizona Biltmore set the standard in 1929 as one of the best hotels in Arizona. It’s elegantly designed by disciples of Frank Lloyd Wright and offers cottages, eight pools and high tea in the lobby.
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is tucked into the side of red-rock Camelback Mountain. The 105 adobe-style casitas have original art, soaking tubs and huge windows with mountain views. This is a great resort for tennis, too. Enchantment Resort is an Arizona hotel made up of low-slung casitas in Sedona's Boynton Canyon. It definitely has some Southwest magic thanks to its hiking trails, tennis courts, pools and a huge spa, Mii Amo. Inside, kiva fireplaces and rugs create a timeless Southwestern ambiance.
The Italian villa–style, built in 1902, was recently restored. Many of the guest rooms—which have décor ranging from western bordello to Laura Ashley–style florals—are snug, so it’s worth requesting a more spacious “Specialty Room.”
If you’re looking for hustle and bustle, go elsewhere: this Four Seasons outpost is tucked up against some of the remotest desert in town. Opened in 1999, it’s already undergone a $17 million renovation.
Though Arizona’s Fountain Hills suburb is less familiar to travelers than the Phoenix/Scottsdale area 17 miles to the southwest, the Inn at Eagle Mountain delivers a golf experience that rivals the city’s well-known resorts.
In 2004, Westroc Hotels & Resorts saved this old motor inn from the wrecking ball, and today the vibe is Rat Pack for the 21st century. The owners preserved the 1956 architecture (designed by Edward L.
This 1894 rambling Craftsman-style house on the edge of Flagstaff’s lively downtown has 9 antiques-filled rooms each with its own fireplace. Try the “Southwest” room, which has a kiva-style fireplace.
The Apache Trail is a 40-mile route that curves east from Phoenix past towering saguaros. At its end lies the Noftsger Hill Inn Bed & Breakfast, a 1907 former schoolhouse overlooking the historic mining town of Globe.
Take in exceptional red rock views at this 11-room B&B whose rooms have private outdoor decks, gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and views of the creek.
Well-heeled travelers have heard of the Royal Palms, but this inn—a smaller, equally charming spot—is just under the radar.
An elegantly restored ranch house compound with a tiled pool overlooking desert hills (they’re part of Guevavi Ranch, the oldest cattle operation in Arizona).
This Southwest-style resort, made of low-slung adobe casitas in central Arizona’s Boynton Canyon, blends into the iconic red-rock cliffs of Sedona, a town known for its artsy, New Age vibe.
Opened by the Navajo tribe in 2008 adjacent to the Monument Valley Tribal Park Visitor Center, the View Hotel has contemporary southwestern-style rooms with balconies and panoramic vistas.
The Comfort Inn Ponderosa Pines ain’t fancy but will do in a pinch; it borders the National Forest, and has free continental breakfast and an outdoor pool with sundeck.