Phoenix blends extreme desert beauty with cosmopolitan pursuits, and the best hotels in Phoenix highlight both sides of this Sonoran Desert metropolis. Upscale hotels and resorts attract leisure-seekers with the promise of luxe spas, picture-perfect pools, and challenging golf courses.
The 10 Best Hotels in Phoenix
In the Phoenix metropolitan area, location tends not to matter as much as luxury and service. For an exceptional stay, book a room at one of best hotels in Phoenix and the surrounding areas.
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Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale
One of the most popular resorts in Phoenix, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has something for everyone—from elegant styling and posh accommodations for luxury travelers to six pools (one with a beach) for families. Golfers can tee up on the course played by the pros during the Phoenix Open, and foodies will savor dishes from the resort’s five restaurants.
Amenities: Six pools (one with a 9,000-square-foot sand beach), two championship golf courses, kids’ camp, acclaimed spa with more than 70 treatments, and five award-winning restaurants.
The Camby Hotel, Phoenix
Conveniently located across the street from Biltmore Fashion Park, The Camby Hotel combines sophistication with playfulness. Take its boozy afternoon tea with spiked tea cocktails, for example, or the cow skull light fixture in each room. Better still, the hotel makes two Gretsch guitars, a turntable, and vinyl records available for guests to borrow.
Amenities: Rooftop pool and bar, guitars and turntable with vinyl records available to borrow, spa featuring citrus-inspired treatments, complimentary bicycles, and complimentary rooftop yoga.
The Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley
Once the home of cowboy painter Lon Megargee, The Hermosa Inn is one of the best Phoenix luxury hotels. Each of its 43 hacienda-style guestrooms and casitas boasts a fireplace, private patio, and vaulted ceiling; and the grounds, dotted with flowerbeds and cacti, are immaculately kept.
Amenities: Individually furnished rooms with fireplaces, restaurant patio with views of Camelback Mountain, wine cellar for private dining, art classes, and bicycle rentals.
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale
This regal, 732-room resort honors the state’s Scottish immigrants with the playing of bagpipes at sunset, a 250-label Scotch Library, and the option to golf its three courses wearing a kilt. It’s also one of the best hotels in Phoenix for families, who can toast complimentary s’mores on weekends and splash at the water park.
Amenities: Three 18-hole golf courses, Segway and other creative golf options, water park with 900-foot lazy river, FlowRider surfing simulator, and Scotch Library with more than 250 labels.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Phoenix
Stylish Kimpton Hotel Palomar serves as the anchor for CityScape, a downtown destination with more than 20 restaurants. Located within walking distance of the light rail system, the hotel features oversized rooms, averaging 450 square feet each, and has a fantastic restaurant with one of the best craft cocktail bars in Phoenix.
Amenities: Rooftop pool and lounge, oversized rooms, in-room yoga mats, on-demand yoga and Pilates programming, in-room portable Bluetooth speakers, and complimentary bicycles.
Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale
Bright colors, swanky décor, and mid-century architecture set the Hotel Valley Ho, opened in 1956, apart from others in Phoenix. The hotel has two parts: the classic main hotel and a separate tower with views of Camelback Mountain. Rooms and suites in both have retro-inspired modern furnishings.
Amenities: Central pool with ‘60s vibe, lap pool, high-tech fitness center, fresh-air workouts, boutique spa, 49-inch flat screen HDTVs in every room, no parking fee, and no resort fee.
Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix
One of the nation’s most romantic resorts, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa features cobblestone pathways, private nooks, antique iron gates, stone fountains, and crackling, outdoor fireplaces. All of the 119 casitas, estate rooms, and villas are non-smoking and feature custom European furnishings and either a private patio or balcony.
Amenities: Casitas with private patio or balcony, pillow-top mattresses, four-star spa, one of the most romantic restaurants in Phoenix, and customizable romantic experiences including proposals.
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix
With its palm-lined walkways and splashing fountains, the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is widely recognized as one of the best hotels in Phoenix. The 316-acre desert property has five swimming pools, two championship golf courses, and tennis courts. Each room has plush bedding and Aromatherapy Associates bath amenities.
Amenities: Four-acre water complex with a lazy river and waterslide, two 18-hole golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo, tennis courts, pickleball courts, adults-only spa, and kids’ activity center.
Sanctuary on Camelback Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley
Located on Camelback Mountain, Sanctuary on Camelback Resort & Spa is often named the best hotel in Arizona. Its spacious casitas, suites, and private homes feature local artwork and contemporary furnishings. Food Network celebrity Beau MacMillan heads the resort restaurant, and Jade Bar mixes some of Phoenix’s best craft cocktails.
Amenities: Panoramic views, adults-only infinity edge pool, Asian-inspired spa with indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, Zen meditation garden, celebrity chef-driven restaurant, and free parking.
The Boulders Resort & Spa, Scottsdale
The epitome of Phoenix luxury hotels, The Boulders Resort & Spa sits amid 1,300 acres of Sonoran Desert and is surrounded by 12-million-year-old boulder formations. Because the resort is so secluded, wildlife is often spotted on property. Each room has rustic furnishings with wood-burning fireplaces and Native American-inspired rugs.
Amenities: Six restaurants, four swimming pools, eight tennis courts, two award winning golf courses, 33,000-square-foot spa, self-guided meditation labyrinth, shamanic tipi, walking trails, and bike paths.
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—Original reporting by Teresa Bitler
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