Hotels in Phoenix
True to its reputation, the world of Phoenix hotels caters to upscale guests with a crop of luxe golf resorts.
Such hotels in Phoenix include The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, which sits on 1,300 acres and houses six restaurants, tennis courts and two full golf courses. Plus, its resident spa offers treatments inspired by Southwest staples (turquoise body wraps with blue cornmeal, honey and more). Travelers can find the city's one PGA course at the Fairmount Scott Princess Resort & Spa.
For hotels in Phoenix with noteworthy stories of their own, look into accommodations like the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. The property was developed by students of Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1920s and has hosted A-listers like Irving Berlin in its nearly 100-year past.
Another 1920s-era option is the Royal Palms Resort, which sits at the base of Camelback Mountain and was originally built as a vacation home for an NYC financier. Considered one of the best hotels in Phoenix, the property spans 65 acres, and guest rooms come with private patios, terraces and bougainvillea-lined courtyards.
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.
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.