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 1929 resort is an art deco landmark that elegantly combines geometric forms and Southwest touches, a credit to its architect, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Phoenician is the grande dame of Scottsdale resorts, and its “boutique hotel within a hotel,” The Canyon Suites, is Arizona’s only five-star, five-diamond property.
The Four Seasons overlooks Scottsdale from its perch at Pinnacle Peak, a 20-minute drive north of Old Town. The adobe-inspired architecture and desert landscape blend to create a sophisticated hideaway, complete with panoramic views, a spa and the best-in-class Troon North Golf Club.
Once a 1960s “tennis ranch,” this chic resort maintains its midcentury character, despite a sleek makeover. Its 105 casitas—many with balconies, fireplaces and private outdoor soaking tubs—climb the side of Camelback, giving guests an elevated view of Paradise Valley and Mummy Mountain.
Couples looking for a hip getaway that’s got a little sex appeal will appreciate the modern (and slightly flashy) W hotel.
Since 1936 this Paradise Valley institution has been a beloved desert getaway. Original adobe bricks, timber-beamed ceilings and beehive fireplaces create a romantic, Western setting, while the world-class spa and BLT Steak offer a bit of indulgence.
On most days, the glass walls of this blissful retreat slide open, providing its lounge with a soft breeze and views of the resort’s manicured grounds and McDowell Mountains.
The Andalucian-themed Montelucia makes a convincing aesthetic tie between the Sonoran Desert and Spain’s arid landscape, with an elegant mix of dark woods, Moorish geometric patterns and intimate courtyards.
Unlike Scottsdale’s large, sprawling resorts, the romantic Royal Palms is understated, elegant and intimate.
Palm Springs cool meets backyard fun at this retro boutique property with a casual atmosphere, from its poolside bar and fire pits to the outdoor movies, weekend DJs, and bocce ball in the courtyard.
You can’t beat the Saguaro’s Old Town locale. Big, bold pops of orange, pink and lime green inject this mod property with a bit of Southwestern color, and the weekend pool parties, “Nuevo Latin” spa and José Garce’s Distrito restaurant ensure there’s plenty to keep you busy.
Cowboy artist Lon Megargee built this adobe hacienda as his home and studio in the 1930s. Today, the intimate, 34-room boutique resort features Southwestern furnishings and artwork painted by its former owner.
A complete makeover restored this midcentury property to its golden-age glory, when Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood held their wedding reception here in 1957.
This charming, four-room B&B is an absolute gem, offering guests cozy rooms with polished charcoal floors, claw-foot bathtubs and French doors that open onto private patios.
You gotta hand it to this little hotel for breaking the chain mold. Architectural details reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright—such as desert-deco concrete blocks and geometric overhangs—make this centrally located hotel an underrated gem.