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.
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.
Flagstaff’s landmark, historic Hotel Monte Vista has 50 warmly decorated, eclectic rooms and suites (along with several reported resident ghosts) in a lively part of downtown.
There’s not much luxury at this hotel, but at three miles outside the Arboretum it’s the closest safe bet.
Book a villa at this 1,300-acre resort that includes 36 holes of championship golf, superb tennis, and six restaurants. In the spa enjoy the site-appropriate treatments like the turquoise body wrap, which involves honey, blue cornmeal, and a rain stick.
Sleek attitude defines this completely refurbished downtown hotel that, until recently, was better known to the authorities than to paying guests.
On the ceiling of the resort's east-facing lobby, there are 10 Native American murals—an example of the cultural touches designed to reflect the local Pima and Maricopa heritages.
The just-renovated hotel has surprisingly hip, modern rooms. The real draw is the train, “Lucky 7,” a replica of the Genoa (which worked the Virginia and Truckee Line in northern Nevada 100 years ago) that will haul you around the 27-acre property for free.
Built in 1905 and fully renovated in 2005, the elegant hotel is one of the country’s most revered national park lodge treasures and has hosted the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and Albert Einstein.
The 16-room Hotel Vendome is a quaint, historic property with 16 Victorian-style rooms and handsome common areas including a cherrywood bar and airy veranda.