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 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.
Arizona has handful of wellness-oriented desert retreats, but Miraval Resort & Spa, 55 miles north of Tucson, stands out for an all-inclusive nightly rate that includes some spa treatments and activities (dance fusion, cocktail and cooking classes, and Pilates, to name a few).
Situated adjacent to the enormous Kierland Commons Shopping Complex, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is a luxurious desert outpost in Dreamweaver’s Canyon that accommodates leisure, business, events, and golf travelers.
The hotel is perfect for families with its outdoor swimming pool and restaurant where children eat free.
This all-suite resort sits on a mountain above Phoenix, near the North Mountain Preserve.
Stake your claim at Nautical Inn Beach, which has sand volleyball courts, boat rentals, and a water-sports center.
Just north of the university, 14 sublimely private and controlled acres deploy a succession of gardens crazed with flowers and trees, separated by little gates and laid out with the whimsy of an English estate.
Welcome to a poolside playground of toned bodies, bikini tops and DJs spinning dance music all day (and night) long. The W’s pool and outdoor bar, WET, is perched above the hotel’s entry, and glass skylights give arriving guests a preview of the fun upstairs.
A recent $4 million update transformed the Hyatt Regency’s pool area: 10 swimming pools, 20 fountains, 45 waterfalls and a three-story waterslide that zips swimmers down at 25 miles per hour.
This Grande Dame of Scottsdale resorts may have seven pools for guests, but it’s the signature showstopper that wows: an oval gem inlaid with iridescent mother-of-pool tiles that shimmer in the light.
The Westin doesn’t so much offer a pool as a mammoth water park for the whole family: a 900-foot winding lazy river, two hot tubs, a 110-foot-long waterslide, and the FlowRider, a surfing-snowboarding-wakeboarding hybrid that teens love.
For couples looking for a quiet getaway, it’s hard to beat this perch on the side of Camelback Mountain. The boutique resort’s mod aesthetic carries over to its intimate swimming area, with an infinity-edge pool, mountain views and a palm-tree ringed deck for sunning and relaxing.
The Boulders resort sits at the foot of its namesake, a massive 12-million-year-old rock formation. Pathways wind through the 1,300-acre desert property in North Scottsdale, where you’ll find quail, jackrabbits, lizards, and javelina.