The Best Vacation Rentals to Book in Scottsdale, Arizona

Whether you want to see the big city of Phoenix or explore the desert, Scottsdale is a prime spot for a summer vacation
Whether you want to see the big city of Phoenix or explore the desert, Scottsdale is a prime spot for a summer vacation | Courtesy of Meridian CondoResorts / Expedia
Nick Dauk

Staying cool in the desert is effortless in Scottsdale. Spas, pools and other shady oases fill the gaps between golf courses and green spaces. Big city fun in Phoenix and secluded serenity in the state parks are both within a few minutes of Scottsdale’s vacation rentals. Whether you’re trying to kick back all day by the pool or pack your schedule with the best of Arizona’s desert cities, you’ll find it with no mirage in sight at these vacation rentals in Scottsdale.

1. Walkable OTS Mid Century Condo-Pool – for stepping out


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See Scottsdale on two feet when you call this condo home for a holiday. In fewer than 20 minutes, you can walk to the waterfront, the Museum of the West and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In fewer than 20 steps (we’d imagine), you can move from one of the three private bedrooms to the cozy fireplace in the split-level living room. And, if you step out onto the terrace and spot the pool, it’ll only take 20 seconds to convince yourself to go for a dip.

2. Admiral's House 3 BR by Casago – for recreation


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Prepare for resort vibes when you stay in this three-bedroom vacation rental in Scottsdale for the weekend. The unit itself is dazzling, with Caesar stone countertops in the master bathroom and a fireplace splitting the stairs that lead to the sleek dining room. Step outside and three swimming pools, a lagoon, a sauna and a tennis court are yours to use, with the greenbelt access to McCormick Park right at your toes.

3. Amelia - Pueblo Viejo – for a friendly vacay


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That ultimate desert vacation you and your friends have dreamed about is right here at this five-bedroom Scottsdale vacation rental. The house is yours to fill with more than a dozen people, but make sure you call dibs on the master suite, as you’ll want to keep the large soaking tub all to yourself. The others won’t mind, especially since you’ll all be sharing the pool, game room and views of Camelback Mountain from the rooftop.

4. The Luxury Scottsdale Suite with Pool & Gym – for a siesta-filled stay



Close to Old Town to see the sights, yet tucked into a quiet complex without the sounds of the city keeping you up, this two-bedroom apartment in Scottsdale is a vacation rental perfect for slow travel. No rushing is required to get the most out of this condo. Spend as much time as you wish at the circular outdoor pool and listen to its trickling fountain, leaving only to refill your drink. There’s even a putting green, so you can play a quick round with your fellow leisurely travelers.

5. Meridian CondoResorts – for a resort-style holiday


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No need to choose between the conveniences of a house and the perks of a hotel; Meridian CondoResorts gives you the best of both worlds in their Scottsdale vacation rentals. Snag the keys to a luxurious condo and slip into a cozy abode with oversized baths, fully-stocked gourmet kitchens and pillowtop mattresses. These spacious condos are more than accommodating, but you’ll easily leave them behind in favor of the heated resort-style pools, whirlpool spas and state-of-the-art fitness centers on-site.

6. Remodeled Condo! Close To Old Town Scottsdale/asu – for keeping the kids entertained


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A low-key family holiday is yours to enjoy at this quiet condo. A full kitchen makes eating in nearly effortless – and cost-effective – while bedrooms opening to balconies give you extra space to relax. Keeping the kids entertained is just as simple, whether you head to the community pool for a swim or walk across the street to the Apache Park Playground. Another cost-effective, kid-friendly outing is right down the street at the lakes, trails and parks of Vista del Camino.

7. The Shores at Mccormick Ranch 3 BR by Casago – for floating around


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Give lakeside living a try at this modern two-story townhome. Across the lake, you’ll spot McCormick Ranch Golf Club and, if you want to read the greens a little closer, you can rent a canoe right from the complex. If baseball is more your pastime, Salt River Fields is only a few minutes from this three-bedroom Scottsdale vacation apartment. Not wanting to leave the grounds? Relax by the resort-style pool and enjoy Arizona’s beautiful weather atop a colorful pool float.

8. Great North Scottsdale Condo! – for a quick getaway


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Think of this Scottsdale vacation apartment as a city-break stay that positions you on the road to a remote retreat. This two-bedroom condo in North Scottsdale has an open-concept floor plan and vaulted ceilings to make you feel less cramped than you might do at a hotel. All the same, the resort-like pool area will convince you that you’re crashing at more than just a casual pad. The moment you need a break from these creature comforts, hop on the freeway and you’ll be among buttes, canyons and forests in minutes.

9. Endless Summer 2 BR by Casago – for sunbathing


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Slap on the sunscreen and get ready to live like every day is summer in this two-bedroom condo. Get your tan crisp however you please, whether that’s snacking on the partially covered private terrace, chilling by one of the two community pools, or stepping outside into downtown Scottsdale. When you head inside for shade (beyond the light-filled master bedroom), you’ll find a clubhouse with a movie theater that acts as a perfect retreat from Scottsdale’s sun.

10. Park Suites at 211 - Free Golf – for outdoor activities

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With the Papago Golf Club next door, you won’t need a caddy when you stay at this holiday apartment in Scottsdale. Walk around the apartment with your putter in hand, tapping balls from the smooth stone flooring to the living room rug for the perfect lie. The outdoor pool and hot tub area, plus tennis courts, are also yours to enjoy.

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