The gateway to northern Arizona packs a lot of punch when it comes to Old West charm. Visitors gravitate to the downtown core, where there’s a historic courthouse and a public square that showcases numerous festive events throughout the year. Then there are the popular eateries and live music venues on Whiskey Row, while shoppers find their stride on Antiques Row. Outdoor enthusiasts can head to the Prescott National Forest, just beyond the city limits, or else Watson Lake with its hundreds of bird species and walking trails. It’s also possible to do a day trip to Grand Canyon National Park, a two-hour drive away. But first you need a base. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Prescott, bookable via Culture Trip.
A few miles from downtown, this Prescott hotel is a local favorite and the only resort in town. Rooms boast artwork inspired by the surrounding landscape, mini-fridges and balconies with either mountain or city views, while the Yavapai Suite comes with leather seating and a cozy fireplace. The casino, signature massages at the spa and indoor pool and fitness center keep guests busy. Pair chef-driven specials such as grilled spiny lobster and champagne risotto with fine whites at the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant, along with a side of panoramic views.
Fans of independent boutique hotels will adore this brick building in downtown Prescott that’s over 100 years old and comes with original woodwork detailing. The 20 individually styled rooms and suites are decorated with a mix of antique prints and modern touches; some come with iron radiators and vintage clawfoot tubs. There’s an upstairs veranda and a downstairs porch for people-watching. You can also pull up a stool at Bar Vendome and sample the rotating menu of local craft beer and wine.
This downtown boutique hotel embodies the spirit of the Roaring ’20s, with a vintage elevator whisking you up to your carpeted room, decked out in sand, cream and red-brick tones. With its hand-painted, wood-beamed ceilings, wall murals and wood-burning fireplace, the impressive lobby that once welcomed Greta Garbo and Clark Gable now welcomes you. Dine out on lamb shanks, Alaskan salmon and slow-cooked prime rib at the Art Deco-inspired restaurant, the Peacock Room, or listen to live music at the Glass Bar next door.
This all-suite Marriott spin-off has a handy downtown location, where perks include an indoor pool and hot tub. All suites come with mini-fridges, microwaves and wet bars, while one-bedroom units have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Free breakfast is served next to the lobby fireplace with hot and cold items like scrambled eggs and fresh fruit, while an organic grocery store across the street helps you keep your fridge stocked. Those driving electric vehicles can use the on-site charging stations with a Tesla adapter.
Just off the I-69, this all-suite Prescott hotel is just 15 minutes’ drive from Prescott’s historic Whiskey Row, Sharlot Hall Museum, Museum of Indigenous People and other downtown attractions. Colorful units (up to two bedrooms) have full kitchens, dining areas and sofa beds. Families are catered to with an outdoor pool with a separate children’s area; you can also fire up the barbecue on the shared patio or kick back with a frosty beverage. The hotel hosts the Mix – a guest social to encourage mingling – three nights a week. Other perks include free breakfast, a fitness center and self-serve laundry.
Two blocks away from Courthouse Plaza, this Prescott hotel is right in the heart of the action. It’s surrounded by popular local restaurants, such as Gurley St. Grill, Murphy’s (fine dining) and Brown Bag Burger. Behind the brick facade, there’s a cool, modern aesthetic to the rooms, with vibrant statement walls featuring oversized prints of red rock landscapes or abstract red-and-mauve swirls. Outside, you can catch some rays by the pool or hot tub before getting ready to paint the town red.
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