10 romantic Phoenix hotel getaways made for two

Whether your idea of romance includes going on a nature hike with your sweetie or enjoying some of the top restaurants and spas in the southwest, the best romantic hotels in Phoenix offer a memorable getaway no matter your travel style. 

If you want to rekindle your romance, look no further than the Royal Palms Hotel and Resort, an Old World-inspired resort nestled at the foothills of Phoenix's Camelback Mountain. Graceful garden courtyards, stone porticos, bubbling fountains, and graciously decorated guestrooms set the mood for a romantic getaway. The resort regularly offers "romantication" stays, customized romantic packages that include experiences such as private candlelit dinner, couple's massages, and even made-to-order love notes. 

For a boutique stay in one of the city's most historic and unique hotels, book a private casita at the Hermosa Inn, which was once the home and studio of Western artist Lon Megargee. The gracious inn features 34 hacienda-style rooms and private casitas set on six acres of lush and fragrant desert landscaping. The hotel is home to an award-winning restaurant, Lon's at the Hermosa, where couples can enjoy the popular gourmet brunch. 

If you and your significant other are energized by the pulse of the city, head to the Kimpton Hotel's Palomar, downtown Phoenix's chic boutique hotel. The hotel has a sexy rooftop bar that's ready-made for late-night canoodling. 


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 the museum district, home to the Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard Museum.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel offers a stylish downtown stay with a touch of cosmopolitan romance.

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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 an adventure and recreation, or rest and rejuvenation, the JW Marriott Desert Ridge accommodates all guests.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort may be huge, but great desert views and cozy walking paths set the scene for romance.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: If you're looking for a fun, hip Phoenix getaway for two, The Clarendon offers a colorful and comfortable stay near central Phoenix attractions.

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Litchfield Park

This historic hotel resort, located in Phoenix's westside in the community of Litchfield Park, offers 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 Romantic Hotels because: The Wigwam Resort, with its sprawling, palm tree-lined grounds and southwestern-inspired guestrooms, is ideal for couples seeking a cozy retreat.

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Palomar Phoenix CityScape is a 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 Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Palomar's hip decor, majestic city views, and a sexy rooftop bar make it ideal for a romantic urban retreat.

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For an urban retreat in the heart of Tempe's bustling Mill Avenue District, the Tempe Mission Palms cannot be beaten. The hotel has long been a mainstay on the local conference circuit, thanks to its well-manicured grounds, 303 guest rooms, 24 meeting rooms and conference areas, an on-site restaurant and bar, and best of all, an incredibly convenient location. The hotel is located steps away from the shops, restaurants, bars, and nightlife destinations on Mill Avenue, and a short drive to the Arizona State University campus. The hotel is also convenient to the Metro Light Rail, giving guests easy access to downtown Phoenix, located about 20 minutes east of downtown Tempe.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: With its regal, Spanish-inspired architecture framed by towering palm trees, the Tempe Mission Palms offers an upscale urban getaway for couples seeking romance.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: The Royal Palms Resort is full of Old World style and charm, making it a luxurious romantic destination for couples.

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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 run by celebrity chef Beau MacMillan. 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 Romantic Hotels because: Sanctuary, with its uniquely scenic location, gives couples excellent mountain and city views in an undeniably romantic location.

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Paradise Valley

Bright pink bougainvillea, cobblestone paths, and blooming desert wildflowers set the mood at the Hermosa Inn, a 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 Romantic Hotels because: The southwestern architecture and decor at the Hermosa Inn radiate romance and charm. The hotel was featured in the classic romantic-drama, Waiting to Exhale.

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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 its singular beauty and luxurious environs. Championship golf, 39 acres of desert gardens, award-winning spa amenities make this one of Phoenix's premier 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 and Albert's, one of the best restaurants in the city, is located at the Arizona Biltmore.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Arizona Biltmore's unique, historic Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architecture and statuary, as well as numerous fine dining options, makes it ideal for a romantic getaway.

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