Called the Valley of the Sun for a good reason, Phoenix sprawls out into the picturesque Sonoran Desert, drawing visitors with dry, sunny days and plenty of attractive lodging options. Whether you are looking for a large resort full of amenities, a stylish boutique hotel or a budget hotel, you can find it here. The best area to stay depends on the attractions and activities that interest you. Stroll through the wall-covered buildings in the Roosevelt Row (RoRo) Arts District , or discover dining and shopping in Midtown and Suburb. The Heard Museum, Children’s Museum of Phoenix and the historic homes of Heritage Square are within easy reach of the new Valley Metro Light Rail system. A little further afield, in Papago Park, explore an amazing variety of desert plants at the Desert Botanical Garden. In Scottsdale , check out the McDowell Sonoran Preserve or take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West home and architecture and design school.
Where to Stay in Phoenix for luxury
The Westin Phoenix Downtown is an ideal urban escape in the heart of the city , with views of downtown from the rooftop heated saltwater pool and terrace. The on-site restaurant offers farm-to-table dining, and guests can order romantic in-room amenities such as chocolate-dipped strawberries or a miniature pastry platter. The hotel is convenient to Chase Field, Talking Stick Resort Arena and the Phoenix Museum of Art.
Hip, new boutique residence FOUND: RE Phoenix offers a choice of industrial-chic rooms or suites and is located on the edge of the Roosevelt Row arts district, making it close to the historic DeSoto Central Market. Corridors and airy public spaces are filled with original art, while the rooms have a loft-like feel with platform beds and inspired lighting. The bathrooms are simple yet luxurious. Laze by the compact pool before dinner at the hotel’s wonderful restaurant, MATCH. The light rail stops just outside for a quick ride to downtown.
Choose from rooms, suites, or even luxury private cottages at the historic Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, which opened in 1929. While the resort was not designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Biltmore was certainly inspired by his legendary design style. It is especially evident in the showpiece’s main lobby. It is set in 39 acres of stylish grounds and offers mountain views. Take a dip in one of the eight swimming pools and you’ll be in good company; fencer Marilyn Monroe used to swim here. Hit the links on two golf courses or get a workout on the tennis courts and then relax in the spa.
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Where to Stay in Phoenix: Mid-Rang
At the higher end of the mid-range lodging, the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel is a downtown landmark and excellent downtown option, putting you close to the Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field, and Talking Stick Resort Arena. A variety of room and suite configurations are available and the hotel has undergone a stylish contemporary refurbishment in the guest rooms and spacious lobby. There is a fitness center and heated rooftop pool with towel service.
The 31-story Sheraton Grand Phoenix is located in central Phoenix , making it a good choice, with easy access to the University of Arizona campus. A fitness center, sundeck and swimming pool are located on the fourth floor. That’s also where the hotel’s garden is located, growing herbs and vegetables for on-site restaurants. Dogs up to 80 pounds are allowed at this pet-friendly hotel.
Hampton Inn Phoenix-Midtown-Downtown Area is close to the light rail stop , making it convenient to the Heard Museum, Chase Field, and the Phoenix Art Museum, as well as downtown theaters. It has a pool, a hot breakfast is included, and there are microwaves and mini-fridges in the rooms. The hotel is also within walking distance of restaurants.
Where to stay on a budget
Staying north of downtown Phoenix often means significant savings for vacationers with a car. Located just off Interstate 17 , Hyatt Place Phoenix North offers a free breakfast, parking and a daily shuttle service within an 5-mile radius of the hotel in rates. Pets are welcome and there is a convenient takeout station in the lobby as well as other dining options in the hotel. The mini fridge in the room is also handy.
Close to the city center , America’s Best Value Inn – Downtown Phoenix is a simple motel with clean rooms. It offers several welcome attractions, including free parking and free breakfast. Families will appreciate the on-site laundry facility. There is a wide variety of restaurants nearby, both eat in and fast food. The hotel is close to the Japanese Friendship Garden, Arizona Science Center and Children’s Museum of Phoenix.
title north of downtown Comfort Suites Phoenix North is a clean and comfortable lodging that puts travelers close to the Metrocenter shopping mall, Castles-n-Coasters amusement park, and the University of Phoenix Stadium. Free hot breakfast is included and there is a mini-fridge, microwave and coffee maker in every room. Parking is free and there is also an indoor pool.
Where to stay for families
The newly renovated Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix-Scottsdale appeals to families, featuring spacious two-room suites with sofa sleepers, free hot breakfast, and a heated pool. Cribs, playpens and high chairs are available and the on-site restaurant offers a children’s menu. The hotel is adjacent to a golf club, has mountain views and is close to shops and restaurants in Old Town Scottsdale , Paradise Valley Mall and the new Dolphinaris dolphin attraction.
The Arizona Grand Resort & Spa is a massive 744-suite property that has just undergone a renovation and has plenty to do on-site to keep families happily entertained. Kids will love the ability to walk from the room to the Oasis Water Park, which features a huge waterslide, wave pool, and river ride. There’s the Arizona Grand Golf Course, a spa for parents to relax in, and six places to dine, including the adjacent Rustler’s Rooste, a western-themed rooftop steakhouse that you can enter through the door or down the tin slide the dining room. The Arizona Mills Mall, LEGOLAND Discovery Center and Sea Life Arizona Aquarium are a short drive away.
Where to stay for romance
Romantic getaway with boutique sensibilities and a hip vibe, The Clarendon Hotel and Spa makes the most of its Midtown Phoenix location with a rooftop Skydeck that was named a local “best date spot.” Retire to one of the large beach huts surrounding the pool, featuring a colorful Italian mosaic, a large water wall and a large hydro-spa. The spacious rooms are brightly decorated and include mini-fridges and plush robes. There is an on-site spa and the Tranquilo restaurant specializes in Southwest cuisine. At sunset, hop back to the Skydeck for a view of mountains and cityscapes.
Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a grand home that maintains the intimate feel of a Mediterranean retreat. The historic property offers views of beautiful Camelback Mountain, lush gardens, fountains and reflecting pools. Some rooms and suites have outdoor fireplaces, or choose a casita or villa with a private deck for true seclusion. Romantic packages include a private candlelit dinner in hidden ‘sweet corners’ on the property, couples massages and rose petal showers. The hotel can arrange day trips to Sedona, the Grand Canyon or a hot air balloon ride, while the luxury shops of Scottsdale Fashion Square and the merchants and restaurants of historic Old Town Scottsdale are nearby.
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