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.
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 feeling here is not exactly remote desert oasis, but you will find lush, sprawling grounds and a peaceful lake that offers relaxing gondola rides.
This refurbished 1919 hotel built for passengers of the Southern Pacific Line has basic rooms but an unbeatable downtown location. It even played a role in the 1934 capture of John Dillinger.
The property has 23 luxurious lodge-style suites—each with rough-hewn log walls, cozy living rooms, and fireplaces—set on a pastoral 20-acres. Guests at the lodge can take full advantage with free fly-fishing equipment and lessons.
The Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, a collection of 77 rooms, suites, and spa suites, is located in the heart of Sedona, within walking distance of the city’s top stores, restaurants, and nearby trails.
Fifteen unique A-frame bungalows, some with rock fireplaces and large stone patios, are spread across 20 creekside acres in the Oak Creek Canyon.
Set just 30 miles north of Tucson, this 253-room resort feels blissfully apart. It’s the kind of place where activities are encouraged—there are, for example, 20 miles of hiking trails and 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus–designed golf—but you’re never overscheduled.
After a five-year, $90 million makeover, The Phoenician—Scottsdale’s grande dame resort—has reemerged triumphant. The 643-room complex’s aesthetic now fuses 19thcentury Europe with a dash of Southwestern flair.
The 71-suite TownePlace Suites Sierra Vista is probably your best bet, with clean, updated facilities and an outdoor pool.
Jeff Vadheim—the chatty, affable proprietor of this guesthouse—will tell you everything you need to know (and then some) about the history of the only official B&B in the city of Phoenix.
The hotel has a sleekly contemporary, Sunset Strip–style aesthetic. The stylish rooms have water views and Tempur-Pedic beds, and the patio bar is among the hottest spots in town.