10 Best Hotels in Phoenix: The Valley's Top Desert Getaways

The best hotels in Phoenix combine great amenities, desert-inspired environs and hospitable, impeccable service.

This is what you'll find at the Arizona Biltmore, the city's iconic and historic hotel resort. Stroll across the 32 acres of desert gardens, take a dip in the pool, play a round of golf, or simply take a breather from it all in the comfort of your elegantly decorated suite. The views of Camelback Mountain are stunning. 

The Royal Palms Hotel and Resort, another historic and beautiful resort destination in Phoenix, is conveniently situated on the border between Phoenix and Scottsdale, and it provides ample privacy and calm for travel-weary guests.

Business travelers will want to take note of Aloft Phoenix Airport, a convenient yet stylish alternative to aiport cookie cutter accommodations. This vibrant hotel features a 24-hour pantry where you can grab a quick healthy snack between travels.

If you're planning a stay in downtown or central Phoenix, the Westin Phoenix Downtown boasts spacious guest rooms, many with incredible floor to ceiling views of downtown and the Valley.

Looking for a boutique Phoenix hotel? Stay at the hip Clarendon Hotel in central Phoenix, where visitors gather in the Oasis pool during the hot summer days, and then congregate at the hotel's popular rooftop bar for views of the sun setting over the Valley. The restaurant also has a convenient on-site restaurant, Cafe Tranquilo. 



Colorful and modern, Aloft Phoenix-Airport is a boutique hotel that stands out from the pack of cookie cutter accommodations in this part of town. Relax and mingle in the w xyz Bar, grab a snack in the re:fuel lounge, and enjoy free wifi throughout the swanky premises. Back in your room, prepare for a restful respite with help from the Aloft signature rooms, featuring custom bath amenities from Bliss Spa, comfy signature beds, and convenient plug and play stations for charging up your phone and other electronics. Sleek 42" LCD TVs are standard in every room. The hip, ultra-modern ambiance, coupled with business traveler-friendly amenities, make this an excellent choice for either work or play.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: If you don't want to stray far from the airport, Aloft offers a chic, modern ambiance to rest and recharge.

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Palomar Phoenix CityScape is a newly opened 242 room hotel located at the vibrant CityScape center in downtown Phoenix. The hotel is within walking distance of US Airways Center, Chase Field and the Phoenix Convention Center. The hotel is surrounded by an array of restaurants, shopping and entertainment to include Tilted Kilt, Breakfast Club, Lucky Strike Bowling, Urban Outfitters and much more. This downtown luxury hotel gives you the ultimate urban retreat, within easy reach of the city's countless attractions, and features high-speed internet access, a daily hosted wine reception, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails gastro-lounge, Lustre rooftop lounge, a roof-top pool with spectacular views, and complimentary access to Gold's Gym Elite for guests. Guest rooms invite guests in with stylish amenities and touches from home including plush bathrobes, Italian Frette linens, pillow top mattresses, iHome alarm clocks, designer bath amenities, flat screen TVs, fully stocked gourmet honor bars, laptop sized safe, hairdryers, iron and ironing board. For guests seeking elite accommodations, Palomar Phoenix has suites available. These spacious accommodations exude style with large dining areas, living spaces, and upgrade baths with soak tubs, some accompanied by views of US Airways Arena.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: If you want to stay in downtown Phoenix, look no further than the chic Hotel Palomar, which has a great restaurant and poolside bar.

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This northern Phoenix resort offers luxury and privacy to travel-weary visitors. Tucked away in the hills and mountains of north Phoenix, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa was designed to offer guests the full spectrum of resort amenities. The stunning grand lobby leads guests onto the sprawling resort grounds, where splashing fountains, palm-tree lined walkways and fire pits welcome guests to take pause and unwind. The hotel is home to Arizona's largest ballroom, as well as a championship golf course, several restaurants, a spa salon and, for families, a water park with four acres of sparkling waterways. Whether you're set for a adventure and recreation, or rest and rejuvenation, the JW Marriott Desert Ridge accommodates all guests.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa offers guests a sprawling, Southwestern inspired luxury stay in scenic north Phoenix.

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When you need a break from beige-y, cookie-cutter hotels in Phoenix, downtown's new Found:RE Hotel offers a fresh alternative to familiar chains. The hotel's hallways, walls and nooks are brimming with art created by local Phoenix artists. The design is industrial and chic, and standard king rooms are nicely appointed with plenty of amenities, including in-room Keurig coffeemakers, custom-made platform beds, and spacious work stations. The hotel is convenient to downtown and midtown Phoenix attractions, and it's location right on the Metro Light Rail offers a boon to travelers who want to avoid driving. The hotel has its own in-house chic restaurant featuring a menu of wood-fired, globally-inspired cuisine, MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails, the hotel's wood–"fired, taste-bud-tantalizing restaurant.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: If you're looking for a downtown Phoenix hotel that breaks the cookie-cutter, business-class mold, Found:RE Phoenix fits the bill nicely.

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The Arizona Grand Resort is the only hotel resort in South Phoenix and the state's only AAA Four Diamond and M&C Gold Key Award winning all-suite resort. This is a great family destination, featuring a popular 7-acre water park and athletic club. Golf enthusiasts will love the challenging 18-hole golf course. This is also a popular destination for business travelers. The hotel resort boasts nearly 117,000 square feet of mixed indoor and outdoor meeting space, and with over 740 total suites, there is enough room to host even very large groups. The resort's proximity to Tempe and central Phoenix make it a convenient base for business travelers, while also offering respite from city life.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Arizona Grand Resort is tucked away on a quiet street in south Phoenix, offering guests great views of South Mountain.

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This historic hotel resort offers guests unrivaled privacy and beauty. Lush courtyards and bright pink blooming bougainvilleas make for an unforgettable sight at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, where Old World charm meets the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. The hotel offers a total of 119 guest rooms, villas and casitas, all designed to provide guests with quiet and rest. Amenities include the four-star Alvadora Spa, fitness center, salon, and T. Cook's, frequently voted one of the city's most romantic dining destinations. As if all that weren't enough, Royal Palms Resort and Spa offers incredible views of Phoenix's iconic Camelback Mountain.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Royal Palms Resort and Spa is one of the most beautiful hotel resorts in Phoenix. Mediterranean-inspired ambiance makes for a luxurious desert getaway.

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Finding a quiet sanctuary in the middle of downtown Phoenix is not easy, but the Westin Phoenix Downtown invites guests to unwind and relax in the heart of the city's busy business and entertainment district. Located next to the Phoenix Convention Center, the Westin is also steps away from the Arizona Science Center, U.S. Airways Arena, Chase Field and downtown restaurants and bars. Many of the spacious modern guest rooms feature floor to wall city views, while the Lapis Pool and Terrace offers a soothing escape from the city noise below. Province Restaurant and Lounge is the hotel's casual upscale dining room.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Westin Phoenix Downtown is a sophisticated sanctuary in an unbeatable downtown location. Guest rooms offer excellent city views.

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The Arizona Biltmore is the oldest resort in Arizona and Phoenix's most iconic hotel resort. Built in 1929, the resort has played host to presidents, celebrities and aesthetically-minded guests for over 83 years now, enchanting visitors with it's singular beauty and luxurious environs. Championship golf, 39 acres of desert gardens, award-winning spa amenities make this one of Phoenix's premiere destinations. Relaxed yet undeniably elegant, the Arizona Biltmore also benefits from a conveniently central location, making it easy to venture out into all corners of the city. Frank & Albert's, one of the best restaurants in the city, is located at the Arizona Biltmore.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Arizona Biltmore is a historic and quintessential Phoenix hotel resort with Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architecture.

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The Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel blends the stylishness of a boutique hotel with the amenities of a business-class stay. Guests enjoy a clean, modern hotel with spacious guest rooms, flat-panel TVs and good views of central Phoenix. Some of the guest amenities include access to a fitness center, swimming pool and a cafe and lounge. The hotel is walking distance to downtown amenities, making it convenient for attending a Phoenix Sun's game at the US Airways Center or a Diamondback's game at Chase Field. You can also take the light-rail and head to museum district, home to the Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard Museum.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: For a comfortable and business-friendly downtown Phoenix stay, The Renaissance Phoenix Downtown offers a memorable urban retreat.

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This central Phoenix hotel is located just north of downtown in what is becoming known as Phoenix's midtown museum district. This once-shabby downtown hotel was transformed into one of the city's hippest and most coveted hotel destinations,earning a reputation for great ambiance and dining along the way. The lobby decor consists of an eclectic collection of statuary and paintings (most of the art is available for purchase), but the real star of the show is the eye-grabbing Oasis pool, featuring a giant glass water wall, massage jets and underwater speakers. Rooms are colorfully decorated with bold print rugs, signature beds and original Arizona-themed pop art on the walls.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Clarendon Hotel is one of the hippest hotels in central Phoenix, offering weary travelers boutique decor and a relaxed ambiance.

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