10 Best Luxury Hotels in Phoenix: High Style in the Desert

If your idea of traveling well includes private pool-side cabanas, plush bedding, sun-drenched casitas, and world-class spa amenities, Phoenix's best luxury hotels won't disappoint.

For the best of historic Phoenix, head to the posh Arizona Biltmore, a peaceful oasis in an otherwise busy stretch of midtown. The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture is gracious and elegant, and the grounds are impeccable. Guest suites are spacious and private, and the spa features several treatments that integrate indigenous desert flora.

In north Phoenix, the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa is a sprawling sanctuary loaded with luxurious amenities. A grand lobby, splashing fountains and palm-tree lined lanes set the tone for a relaxing retreat. Guests are invited to lounge around open fire-pits, or simply relax in the comfort of their private suites. The hotel offers several dining options, a championship golf course, and a water park with four acres of waterways.

If downtown Phoenix is your destination, book a room at the Westin Phoenix Downtown. This sophisticated modern hotel features spacious guest rooms with floor to wall city views. This urban oasis also has a Lapis pool and terrace on the roof, giving travelers a quiet urban sanctuary in the heart of the city.

For boutique charm and history, make your way to Paradise Valley for a peaceful stay at The Hermosa Inn. This signature boutique hotel, which was once home to cowboy artist Lon Megargee, offers spacious rooms and private casitas, award-winning dining and rustic yet elegant southwestern ambiance. 


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 Luxury Hotels because: The Hotel Palomar offers a stylish and luxurious boutique hotel experience in a convenient downtown Phoenix location.

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Litchfield Park

This historic hotel resort, located in Phoenix's westside in the community of Litchfield Park, offer a private and luxurious getaway. Rose gardens and citrus trees surround the Wigwam Resort and the traditional Territorial Adobe architecture harken back to the region's Old West and Spanish roots. The property has 331 spacious and private guest casitas, all with a personal or patio or terrace with views of the golf course, gardens or pool. Wood furnishings and Southwestern pottery fill the rooms with Western charm. All rooms feature wireless internet and advanced Incentient touchscreens, which provide guests with instant access to concierge services and resort event information.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: On Phoenix's westside, the historic Wigwam Resort features Spanish-style casitas, a championship golf course and excellent dining options.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: The Westin Phoenix Downtown offers a luxurious stay in the heart of downtown Phoenix, including a rooftop pool.

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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 Gold Key Award winning all-suite resort. This is a great family destination, featuring a popular seven-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 Luxury Hotels because: The Arizona Grand Resort is tucked away in south Phoenix, offering guests stunning mountain views and championship golf.

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Paradise Valley

Bright pink bougainvillea, cobblestone paths, and blooming desert wildflowers set the mood at the Hermosa Inn, an historic inn tucked away in the aptly-named Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley. The rustic elegance of this Southwestern lodge sets the tone for a relaxing, low-key desert retreat. There are 34 private casitas on the sprawling grounds, featuring luxury linens, bath amenities, flat screen TVs, and free wi-fi. The hotel is home to the award-winning restaurant, Lon's at the Hermosa, which delivers farm-to-table dishes made with ingredients sourced from the on-site garden. For late-night drinks, there's Last Drop, the hotel's lounge and bar.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley is a luxury boutique inn with uxury amenities, including deluxe suites, award-winning dining and warm, southwestern ambiance.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: For a romantic and luxurious Phoenix getaway, the Royal Palms offers a whimsical Mediterranean-inspired ambiance and an award-winning spa.

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
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Sanctuary on Camelback offers luxury, privacy and gorgeous views in every direction, making it the ideal destination for a picture-perfect desert getaway. The boutique hotel has earned numerous accolades over the years for its Asian-themed spa, cutting edge cocktails at Jade Bar, farm-fresh dining at Elements, the resort's house restaurant. Choose from mountain or spa casitas, all of which offer private patios and plush amenities, including in-room Fonté Coffee, goose-down feather beds, Frette linens, and plush robes. If you need to relax, head down to the spa for relaxation at the zen meditation garden, tranquil reflecting pond, and Watsu pool.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain offers stunning views and spacious guest rooms in a luxurious cliffside setting.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: The Arizona Biltmore is Arizona's oldest hotel resorts, and one of the most luxurious getaways in midtown.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa is one of the city's most scenic and family-friendly luxury resorts.

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The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, nestled next to iconic Camelback Mountain on the grounds of the grand Phoenician Resort, is an exclusive 60-room boutique hotel. Every room and suite features floor-to-ceiling views, desert artwork and plush, signature bedding. Guests at The Canyon Suites enjoy unique amenities, such as 'The Hour of Joy,' a posh take on the evening happy hour, featuring select wine from The Phoenician's multi-million-dollar collection, complemented by gourmet small plates. Every Canyon Suites guest has access to a Canyon Suites Ambassador, a special concierge who helps guests schedule activities and make arrangements for spa golf and other

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Canyon Suites is one of the poshest stays in Phoenix, offering guests spacious rooms and suites, and access to a spate of luxury amenities.

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