Planning a visit to Phoenix? Then you’re in luck. Arizona’s capital city is awash with resorts, chains, boutiques, inns, motels, and 101 other places to lay your head. Whether you prefer to head for the heart of the action or venture a little off the beaten track, you’ll have no shortage of options to consider. The only difficulty you might face is choosing which from the hundreds of accommodations to choose. If you need some help in sorting the wheat from the chaff, read on to discover the 20 best Phoenix hotels for 2020.
20. Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
If you want a truly relaxing break, you’ll find it hard to fault Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. Every possible convenience and comfort is at hand, while the superb range of amenities on offer (not to mention the stunning mountain views) guarantees plenty by way of R&R.
19. GreenTree Inn & Suites Phoenix Sky Harbor
Location, location, location… if you choose accommodation by the ‘where’ rather than the ‘what’, you might want to consider GreenTree Inn & Suites Phoenix Sky Harbor. Yes, there are more luxurious options around. Yes, you’re likely to find somewhere you’ll get more bang for your buck. But when it comes to convenience, it’s hard to beat. Located just minutes from the PHX Airport and just 6 miles from Downtown Phoenix, it’s ideal for visitors who don’t want to spend hours driving between the sights. While not on the same scale of luxury as some of the area’s grand resorts, the hotel itself is comfortable, modern, and spotlessly clean.
18. Foundre Phoenix
If you’re bored of chains, the fresh and funky Foundre Phoenix is the perfect alternative. The boutique-feel, vibrant décor, and outstanding collection of art from local artists sets it apart from the bland ubiquity of some of Phoenix’s other options, while the comfortable rooms and exemplary service guarantee a restful stay. Its central location right on the Metro Light Rail, meanwhile, is hard to fault.
17. Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, you’ll not be disappointed with the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Rooms are comfortable, bright, and spacious, with every modern convenience and comfort you could expect. The amenities are similarly noteworthy and include a fitness center, swimming pool, and a cafe and lounge. The real winner, however, is the location: set in the heart of the downtown, you’ll find a bevy of attractions (including the Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field, Talking Stick Resort Arena, and the Phoenix Art Museum) all within walking distance.
16. The Clarendon Hotel and Spa
The stylish, luxurious Clarendon Hotel and Spa is one of the hippest places to stay in Phoenix. As soon as you walk through the doors, you’ll be bowled over by the bold décor, the pop art strewn walls, and the eclectic mix of sculptures and artworks. The real star of the show, however, is the Oasis Pool. Named the “Best Hotel Pool” in Phoenix, the award-winning centerpiece features six poolside cabanas, a 50 person Hydro Spa, poolside service, stylish seating arrangements, massage jets, underwater speakers, and, to top it off, a giant glass water wall. If you can drag yourself away, Tranquilo, the onsite Mod-Mex cantina, is well worth a visit.
15. The Westin Phoenix Downtown
In an area packed with out-of-town resorts, finding a centrally placed hotel that caters as much to the business crowd as to the leisure seeker can be tricky. And that’s where The Westin Phoenix Downtown comes in handy. Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the hotel is within striking distance of venues such as Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field, and Talking Stick Resort Arena, making it ideal for anyone looking to do more with their time than laze around a pool. Not to say the hotel is nothing more than a pit-stop – with well-appointed, comfortable rooms, farm-to-table cuisine at the onsite Province Urban Kitchen & Bar, and a fabulously hospitable level of service, it’s as welcoming as it is convenient.
14. The Wigwam
If you’re heading to Phoenix with the kids in tow, the family-friendly Wigwam is an excellent base. With four pools equipped with 25-foot water slides, a sand volleyball court, corn hole, and ping pong, there’s no shortage of entertainment to keep little ones happy. The adults aren’t exactly neglected either: with over 440 lushly landscaped acres to stroll through, several exemplary dining options, an in-house spa, a fitness center, and three championship golf courses, there’s a real risk you’ll never want to leave.
13. The Hermosa Inn
Phoenix isn’t exactly lacking when it comes to huge, luxurious resorts, but when it comes to smaller, more intimate affairs, the options get a little narrower. Fortunately for those who prefer a more personal approach, there’s always The Hermosa Inn. Despite its small size, the inn packs a big punch, ranking #1 Hotel in the Southwest in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards in 2017 and 2018, and scoring highly with both AAA and Fodor’s. And little wonder… with flawless service. the very finest of modern amenities, and a décor that’s almost as stunning as the 6 acres of private desert that surrounds it, it makes a fine choice indeed.
12. JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
Nestled in an idyllic spot between Mummy and Camelback mountains, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa’s location is hard to fault. As is the superb range of amenities (expect two championship golf courses, several pools, no end of onside eateries, and a world-class spa), spacious guest rooms, and welcoming hospitality.
11. Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton
One thing to mention upfront is the location. Set around 32 miles north of the center of Phoenix, Boulders Resort & Spa isn’t ideal for anyone who wants to be in the heart of the action. For those who want to enjoy the splendor of an Arizonan sunset in blissfully peaceful surrounds, it’s ideal. With cozy accommodations featuring wood-burning fireplaces, private balconies, and stunning views over miles of rugged terrain, it makes the perfect escape. Those in need of a little more entertainment, meanwhile, will find plenty of options in the hotel’s excellent range of amenities, which includes an on-site spa, two golf courses, and complimentary fitness classes.
10. Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix
With a central location, big, well-appointed rooms complete with Italian Frette linens and walk-in showers, a diverse range of amenities (including complimentary bike rental, in-room yoga mats, and full use of EOS Fitness (set just adjacent to the hotel)), an outdoor pool, and a bright, modern style, the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix makes an outstanding choice.
9. The Camby, Autograph Collection
If old-world opulence leaves you cold, a stay at The Camby should soon revive you. The hip, slavishly stylish interior is about as contemporary as you can get: expect plenty of funky art, Aztec prints, and bold color choices. Leaving the hotel to one side for a moment (although with its spacious, airy rooms, excellent service, and superb amenities (including a fitness center with yoga classes, a spa, and a rooftop pool and bar) it’s no easy task), the biggest draw here is the location. Situated on Camelback Road in the heart of Phoenix’s lively Biltmore neighborhood, it’s perfect for those who want to take advantage of the city’s many cultural, retail, and recreational opportunities.
8. Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Arizona Biltmore may not be the cheapest option in Phoenix, but few would dispute it’s one of the best. Proving you really do get what you pay for, the resort is a dream of elegant guestrooms, state of the art amenities (including several championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, seven tennis courts, and a whopping eight swimming pools), and faultless service. If the price is still too off-putting for you to contemplate, lucky Hilton Honors members can slash the rates by redeeming their points.
7. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Tucked away in the bosom of Paradise Valley is Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, an enchanting resort of luxurious guestrooms, multiple dining options (including the world-renowned Prado restaurant), sparkling pools, and breathtaking views. The Spanish influenced style is a gorgeous complement to the desert landscape, while the plethora of activities on offer (including yoga classes, happy hours, massages, facial treatments, and guided hikes) will keep you royally entertained.
6. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
If a sanctuary is what you want, then a sanctuary is what you’ll find at the aptly titled Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa. Set over 53 acres, the resort is a little slice of paradise, offering every conceivable comfort, convenience, and luxury you can imagine. The perfectly appointed accommodations are bright, spacious, and designed to milk every last drop of Camelback Mountain Camelback Mountain’s stunning beauty, while the Asian-inspired treatments at the world-class Sanctuary Spa will leave you feeling, and looking, renewed. Certainly, it’s not the cheapest option in Phoenix, but then again, what price heaven?
5. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
If you want to truly escape the madding crowds, take the short trip from downtown Phoenix to Pinnacle Peak. It’s here you’ll find the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, a place of 5-star service, first-class luxury, and pure, blissful serenity. If you want the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s not for you. If, however, you want to treat yourself to some sheer, unbounded luxury in tranquil, showstopping surrounds, you’ll not leave disappointed.
4. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
If golf’s your thing, the two on-site championship golf courses at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess are likely to be right up your street. Even if you couldn’t give a hoot about improving your swing, the lavish resort won’t disappoint. Rooms are well-appointed and decked out with all the modern conveniences and home comforts you could want, while the range of amenities is frankly outstanding. Whether you want to pamper yourself with a day at the spa, enjoy a swim in one of the sparkling pools, or treat yourself to some fine cuisine at one of the several dining resorts, you’ll never be short of options.
3. Royal Palms Resort and Spa
With its historic estate-style accommodation, full range of amenities (we’re talking multiple pools, restaurants, a fitness center, wellness classes, and a luxury spa), superior service, excellent location within striking distance of Old Town Scottsdale and downtown Phoenix, and a gorgeous, jewel-toned interior, Royal Palms Resort and Spa is heaven for that that can afford it (and for those who can’t, there’s always the option to use your Hyatt rewards to cover some of the cost).
2. The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort
As luxury resorts go, you’ll find few quite so… well, luxurious, as The Phoenician. Featuring multiple pools, a full-service spa, a state of the art fitness complex, a huge on-site art collection, an 18 hole championship golf course, exquisitely appointed, spacious accommodations, and enough dining options to keep even galloping gourmets happy, it delivers all the goods and then some.
1. The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection
If you want to live it up like a celebrity, there’s only one place in Phoenix to stay: The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician. With a fresh, contemporary elegance, incredible attention to detail, an exemplary level of service, and a divine setting, it stands apart from the competition. Guests can expect every type of amenity they could ever need (including tennis courts, a full-service spa and an infinity pool with Camelback vistas) and every comfort they could ever want (including Frette Italian linens, private terraces with every room and floor-to-ceiling windows that make the most of the stunning surrounds). Yes, it’s going to leave you with a significant hole in your wallet, but is it worth it? Unquestionably.