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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Situated on the northern slope of the red-rock mountain, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain comprises a cluster of adobe-style buildings in Paradise Valley, where the sun shines approximately 325 days a year.
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.
The 98-room Tubac Resort, just a 40-minute drive south of Tucson, stands out in the crowded Arizona hotel scene thanks to the property’s history: the site dates back to 1789, when the 500-acre Otero family hacienda (with wood-hewn ceilings, archways, and fireplaces) was built near the Tumacácori
Enveloped by the Santa Catalina Mountains and backed by a waterfall, the 371-room Loews is a serene spot where, paradoxically, there's plenty to do: visit the brand-new spa, hike, splash in the pools, or play golf on the resort's 36 holes.
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.