The Best Hotels to Book in Phoenix, Arizona

Dine al fresco with a mountain backdrop at the Hermosa Inn
Dine al fresco with a mountain backdrop at the Hermosa Inn | Courtesy of The Hermosa Inn / Expedia
Gabby Shacknai

Nature reserves – including the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Tonto National Forest – high-end spas, top-notch golf courses, the capital of Arizona appeals to urban explorers and outdoor adventurers alike. Here’s our pick of the best cool and creative hotels in Phoenix, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. The Camby, for quirky decor

Chain Hotel

A cow-skull lamp hangs above the large desk area in a room at the Camby, which also features a wall-mounted TV
Courtesy of The Camby / Expedia

A member of the Autograph Collection by Marriott, this hotel in Phoenix is located in the upscale Biltmore Area. Quirky touches abound: the lamps in the rooms shaped like cow skulls are reminiscent of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings, and some of the topiaries dotted around the hotel grounds may leave your pooch rather perplexed. If the on-site restaurants don’t strike your fancy – although they should: the burger is out of this world – there are plenty of eateries in the area; and don’t forget to check out the views from the rooftop pool.

2. The Hermosa Inn, for a fantastic art collection


The entrance to the Hermosa Inn with blue window frames, two wooden benches and greenery such as cacti and colorful flowers
Courtesy of The Hermosa Inn / Expedia

The Lon Megargee paintings and sculptures everywhere are a nod to the fact that the artist originally built this property – some 10mi (16km) from Downtown Phoenix – as his private retreat, back in the 1930s. You can spend the whole day exploring the grounds and finding the little artistic details or admiring the colors: from the abundant flowers to the cocktails. Plus, how many Phoenix hotels can say that they also host regular art workshops for the guests? Perfect for when inspiration strikes.

3. Rise Uptown, for retro decor and a funky rooftop bar

Boutique Hotel

A vibrant floral feature wall complements the burnt-orange armchairs and large floor rug in a spacious room at Rise Uptown
Courtesy of RISE Uptown / Expedia

There’s something about this pet-friendly Phoenix hotel that will make you want to put on a shirt with a pineapple motif and some heart-shaped sunglasses before ordering a highball in the rooftop bar. Maybe it’s the boozy popsicle you get upon checkin; maybe it’s the retro decor; maybe it’s the flamingo-pink foosball table; or maybe it’s the record player in your room, which comes complete with records you can actually play. Really, all you need is a 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible parked out front.

4. Rancho Mañana Resort, for seasonal cuisine and horseback riding adventures

Resort, Chain Hotel

Exotic palm trees and bright-orange parasols are dotted around the curvy outdoor pool at the Rancho Mañana Resort
Courtesy of Rancho Mañana Resort / Expedia

Few hotels in Phoenix can boast a pool that blends so perfectly into the desert landscape and is oh so very inviting. This hotel is some 30mi (48km) north of Phoenix in Cave Creek, but you won’t miss the big-city lights: after playing a few rounds or pretending you’re an outlaw on a horseback trip, come back to a prickly pear and basil lemonade and food made with in-season, local ingredients – think saguaro fruit and cholla buds – at the on-site restaurant.

5. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, for unparalleled views of the valley

Resort, Hotel

Full-length windows provide incredible views, which can be enjoyed from a curved, brown sofa in a room at the Sanctuary
Courtesy of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa / Expedia
Resting atop Camelback Mountain, the Sanctuary overlooks all of Phoenix, boasting some of the best views in the valley. This 53 acre (21ha), five-star resort provides guests with ample opportunity to relax in the infinity pool and Asian-inspired spa, and exercise in the modern gym. Rooms are large and contemporary, with great vistas and a host of amenities. Guests can choose between casitas, suites and villas. Dine at the world-class restaurant – Elements – run by chef Beau MacMillan and then grab a nightcap at Jade Bar, where a wide range of cocktails are made from premium liquor and local, fresh ingredients.

6. Royal Palms Resort and Spa, for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine

Resort, Hotel

A room at the Royal Palms with two brown, leather armchairs, opens out onto a private patio with a bistro table and chairs
Courtesy of Royal Palms Resort and Spa in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt / Expedia
With an intimate yet upscale feel, the Royal Palms has attracted big names, including George W Bush in 2004. The five-star resort is located a mere 3mi (5km) from Camelback Mountain and just a short drive from Old Town Scottsdale and Downtown Phoenix. Rooms boast a quintessentially Southwestern vibe, and some even have fireplaces and patios. Along with the open-air Alvadora Spa, the Royal Palms’ restaurant is a real draw – T Cook’s features seasonal, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and has the perfect outdoor dining area for enjoying the beautiful Phoenix weather.

7. JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort and Spa, for access to multiple pools


A casita at the Camelback Inn with rustic wooden beams, hardwood floors and wooden doors opening out onto a private sundeck
Courtesy of JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort and Spa / Expedia

Since opening in 1936, Camelback Inn – sandwiched between the Camelback and Mummy mountains – has been a favorite desert escape. This resort provides guests with comfortable rooms that feature a combination of Southwestern decor and private balconies and patios. Camelback Inn offers up some of the finest amenities in the valley, including fire pits, numerous pools, 36 holes of golf across two courses and a highly acclaimed spa. For a delicious steak and famous pop-overs, try the BLT steak at the hotel, and for some wonderful and creative tapas, go to Rita’s Cantina, where guests can enjoy live music on most nights.

8. The Phoenician, for a championship golf course


Camelback Mountain towers above the pool complex at the Phoenician, with elegant water feature, waterslide and cabana seating
Courtesy of the Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort / Expedia
One of the most well-known hotels in Phoenix, the Phoenician has long set the bar of luxury for all other hotels in the valley. Between the unbeatable setting, elegant and well-furnished rooms, 18-hole championship golf course and the $25 million (£19 million) art collection on-site, it’s easy to see why. This five-star resort provides friendly service, a helpful concierge and a number of opportunities to explore the Phoenix area. The Phoenician is also a part of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program, which can save guests a bit on the tab.

9. W Scottsdale, for a rooftop pool


A vibrant rug, bold cushions and circular, gold coffee table bring color to the cream walls of a suite at W Scottsdale
Courtesy of W Scottsdale / Expedia
Like most W Hotels across the world, the atmosphere here is trendy and young, as are many of the guests. With a popular rooftop pool scene, which attracts out-of-towners and locals alike, and the swanky Living Room lounge – which is regularly equipped with DJs and cocktail hours – it’s easy to see why this hotel has become such a hotspot. The eclectic decor and modern amenities are topped by only one thing: the location. Right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, this hotel is both central and convenient, allowing guests to walk (in the cooler months, of course) to nearby restaurants, bars and clubs. And for those looking to dine within, Sushi Roku serves up the best Japanese food in the valley within minimalist surroundings.

10. Arizona Biltmore, for an award-winning spa

Resort, Hotel, Spa Hotel

A room at the Arizona Biltmore with flatscreen TV, workspace, armchair with footrest and glass coffee table with chair
Courtesy of Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort / Expedia
The most historic hotel in the valley, the Biltmore has been welcoming illustrious visitors – including Marilyn Monroe – since 1929. Built by disciples of Frank Lloyd Wright, the hotel has held onto the Gilded Age feel throughout the years – as made clear by the luxurious lobby, decked out with hardwood floors and illuminated by subtle lighting. The never-ending green spaces at the hotel, with Camelback Mountain in the background, make for the perfect stroll with a view; and the exceptional golf courses, seven tennis courts and award-winning spa make for the perfect R&R destination. The four restaurants at the hotel – including the Wright Bar and Frank & Albert’s – are go-to spots even for those staying elsewhere.

Doug Murray contributed additional reporting to this article.
For more options, discover our guide to the best resorts in Phoenix, or the best resorts in nearby Scottsdale, and book now on Culture Trip.

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