Yesterday, I wrote about some fantastic restaurants to check out while you are visiting Scottsdale. Today, I am focusing on great hotel options for your stay. Scottsdale is definitely a resort town, with tremendous spas, golf courses, tennis courts, and even hiking. Most are very family friendly, with pools, playgrounds, and kids camps, and some boast 5-star dining. All have beautiful settings in an idyllic location.
My absolute favorite hotel in Scottsdale is The Phoenician, a AAA 5-Diamond resort, located just a short drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Set against Camelback Mountain, and spread across a vast 250 acres, The Phoenician is the epitome of resort life in Scottsdale.
The Phoenician boasts 27 holes of championship golf, an award-winning Tennis Garden with 11 outdoor lighted courts, including a Wimbledon championship grass court, 9 lovely pools, and a relaxing and well-appointed full-service spa. The hotel offers a kids camp, and it is also dog friendly!
I love visiting The Phoenician just before sunset and grabbing a cocktail on the outdoor terrace. A visit to the in-house ice cream parlor is also a must! The Phoenician even boasts an award-winning restaurant inspired by renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The Phoenician has everything you could possibly ask for in a desert retreat.
For those looking for a trendier place to stay, look no further than the Hotel Valley Ho, located in Downtown Scottsdale’s Art District. Located just two blocks from multiple restaurants and bars in Downtown Scottsdale, the hotel also has an outdoor pool with regular live music and DJ’s, plus free cabanas and a great bar.
The Valley-Ho, which was built in 1956 and since has been fully restored, boasts mid-century-style rooms and suites with upscale furnishings, and some rooms are multiple stories and have kitchens and washer/dryers.
A more serene hotel is the Sanctuary, a luxury boutique hotel located just a short drive from downtown Scottsdale and on the opposite side of Camelback Mountain from The Phoenician. The Sanctuary boasts modern suites, cottages, and houses, and many have fireplaces, outdoor tubs, and balconies or patios.
Elements, an upscale restaurant, serves a seasonal menu and offers dramatic views, and the adjacent Jade Bar offers excellent cocktails, along with an outdoor patio. The Sanctuary boasts a spa and fitness center, along with a pool and five tennis courts. The boutique hotel is geared towards adults, and is an excellent choice for a quiet and relaxed getaway.
For families, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch is a perfect choice. The 27-acre Scottsdale resort offers 27 holes of championship golf, a spa, a 2.5 acre water playground, tennis, and Camp Hyatt Kachina for the kids.
You can listen to live music in the lobby lounge, or enjoy an authentic Italian meal in Alto ristorante e bar, and follow it with a Gondola boat ride around the resort.
Other good options around the Valley include The JW Marriott Camelback Inn, The Boulders Resort located just north of Scottsdale in Carefree, as well as the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Rent a car if you want to travel around the area while you are there, stay at your resort and enjoy all that it has to offer, or, do a little bit of both. You simply cannot go wrong in Scottsdale.
Come back tomorrow for the final installment in my Scottsdale travel guide – what to do while visiting Scottsdale!