10 Best Romantic Hotels in Scottsdale: Desert Escapes You'll Both Love

Romance comes easy at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, which has been named one of the country's most romantic resorts by several top travel publications. The luxurious hotel resort has even coined a term to describe the kind of starry-eyed stay couples can expect at the Royal Palms: a "romantication." 

What makes the Royal Palms so romantic? It's in the details. The hotel staff works hard to set the mood for love by providing guests with rose-petal turn-downs, love notes, couples' massages at the Alvadora Spa. The staff will even help make arrangements for private plane rides or mountaintop proposals. 

Another Scottsdale hotel that is a destination for romance is the historic Hermosa Inn (featured in the movie "Waiting to Exhale"). This boutique hotel, tucked away in the highly desirable Paradise Valley neighborhood, was once the home and studio of Western artist Lon Megargee. Today, the private suites are warmly and elegantly appointed with Southwestern furnishings and antiques. Plan on enjoying a long, leisurely couples' brunch at Lon's, the hotel's acclaimed restaurant. 

If you and your significant other want to enjoy the heart of Scottsdale's urban center, book a room at the always-fashionable Hotel Valley Ho. This mid-century gem is the place to see and be seen. Stake out a poolside cabana, order a drink from award-winning Cafe Zuzu, and enjoy some sunshine-filled downtime with your sweetie. 

For scenic views in every direction, head to north Scottsdale and the Boulders Golf Club and Resort. The resort is most famous for its impeccable golf course, but it's also a great place to go to feel like you've gotten away from it all. All rooms feature fireplaces, natural stone showers and tasteful southwestern decor. 

The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is nestled at the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, where luxurious Southwestern-style casitas create a warm, comforting ambiance perfect for a perfectly relaxing desert getaway. Guests are invited to...  Read More

This highly acclaimed Scottsdale resort offers visitors one of the most scenic desert escapes in the Southwest. Green cottonwoods, looming palm trees, and surrounding mountainscapes set a dreamy desert mood that is impossible to resist. Escape...  Read More

There's no other way to describe The Boulders than "enchanting." This secluded resort is nestled in the Sonoran Desert just outside Scottsdale. As its name implies, the resort is built around desert boulders, towering cacti, and painted desert...  Read More


Where is the hippest place to stay in downtown Scottsdale? Although others may be vying for the title, Hotel Valley Ho continues to be Scottsdale's preeminent hip hotel. Built in 1956 and reopened in 2005, the hotel has a long and storied...  Read More

Hermosa Inn
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The Hermosa Inn, a boutique hideaway that was once the home and studio of Western artist Lon Megargee, features 34 hacienda-style accommodations and casitas on more than six acres of attractive desert landscaping. Each room and suite is...  Read More

Located off busy Scottsdale Road on a quiet city lane, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale stands as a sumptuous oasis of calm and comfort against the background of the McDowell Mountains. This 27-acre Scottsdale hotel resort is home to the...  Read More

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
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This luxury boutique hideaway on Camelback has been a personal sanctuary for Hollywood celebrities, honeymooners, and solo travelers seeking a unique retreat in the desert. The resort overlooks Paradise Valley, offering spectacular views of the...  Read More

This Scottsdale Klimpton brand boutique hotel plays on the theme of four elements: fire, water, earth and air. You'll see this motif carefully integrated throughout this luxury resort and spa. The hotel lobby and living room area features a...  Read More

Montelucia Resort & Spa
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This posh Scottsdale boutique resort and spa seeks to recreate the essence of southern Europe in the heart of Scottsdale. Montelucia is inspired by the rich history and sunny climes of Spain's Andalusia region. The resort is at the foothills of...  Read More

If privacy and luxury is what you crave, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa offers the perfect escape. The property consists of 119 private casitas set amidst lush gardens scented with citrus trees and exotic flowers. Stone paths invite guests to...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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