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.
Well-heeled travelers have heard of the Royal Palms, but this inn—a smaller, equally charming spot—is just under the radar.
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.
At this classic Phoenix inn, low-slung, cream-colored casitas and banks of rooms twist along 125 acres and provide north-facing views of Camelback Mountain.
Since the ranch’s 11 spartan cabins are the only non-campground accommodation below the rim, they’re often booked up to a year in advance. Each is furnished with a set of bunk beds, a sink, toilet, bedding, and towels.
The 10 spare rooms are clean and comfortable, with fridges and fireplaces—and are set right near some of the area’s best hiking spots.
A stay at W lets guests experience their "Whatever Whenever" motto. That means the W will give you what you want, when you want, such as a sunrise over Camelback Mountain, a personalized treatment in the Bliss spa, or a private dinner on your balcony.
Phoenix’s grande dame was built in the 1920’s by disciples of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the place feels like someone transplanted it from, say, Pasadena.
Ivy-covered hotel with private golf and tennis clubs on 600 acres in the Santa Catalina foothills that offers an intimate scale and a plethora of activities.
Family-oriented Mission Revival resort in the Santa Catalina foothills with over-the-top amenities, such as a 177-foot waterslide, and a celebrated 27-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course.
Room to Book: Deluxe rooms on third floor for best views and balconies
This small resort is located at the end of a quiet canyon road, its buildings set atop a ridge in the Sonoran Desert.
The historic brick-clad property in the center of town has small but elegant rooms furnished with carved-wood antiques, and a lovely fire-lit, beam-ceilinged lounge.