10 Best Hotels in Scottsdale: From Spa Sanctuaries to Chic Desert Hideaways

Scottsdale is well known for great golf, shopping, dining, and of course, some of the most posh hotels in the Southwest.

One of the best hotels in Scottsdale is the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. The large property is beautifully landscaped with native desert flora, palms and flowers, and most guest rooms have private patios. The resort also boasts a championship golf course, full-service spa, several restaurants and bars, and a lake complete with gondolas.

If you're in town for business, check out the Hyatt Place Scottsdale. The guestrooms are spacious and comfortable, and the hotel offers numerous amenities for a stay that is both productive and relaxing. Guests on the go will appreciate the 24-hour pantry stocked with quick snacks and drinks, a 24-hour business center and a nice pool area for after-hours relaxation. 

When you need to get away from it all, head to Sanctuary on Camelback. The boutique hotel resort overlooks Paradise Valley, giving guests unrivaled city and mountain views. The hotel is also home to Sanctuary Spa, an Asian-inspired oasis of calm. 

For a chic downtown stay, head to the Hotel Valley Ho, which has been charming visitors since the swinging '60s. The hotel has a uniquely retro mid-century vibe, a lively pool scene, and great service to boot. 


Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
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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 desert landscape. Guests are invited to relax in a spa or mountainside casita. Sanctuary Spa offers a host of Asian-inspired treatments and classes designed to relax and rejuvenate. Dine at the award-winning Elements, with cuisine designed by Food Network star Chef Beau MacMillan, or savor a signature cocktail and enjoy unrivalled views at the popular Jade Bar. Tennis, hiking, lounging, shopping: it--s all at your fingertips during your stay at Sanctuary on Camelback, one of the Valley--s premier boutique resorts.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Sanctuary on Camelback has some of the best mountainside views in town. The boutique resort is a favorite for honeymooners, celebrities and desert-lovers.

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Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
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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 iconic Camelback Mountain, offering an ideal location for achieving a quiet, tranquil escape from the city. Enjoy amazing sunset and city views, great hiking, golf, recreation, and easy access to the nighlife, galleries and entertainment that Scottsdale is famous for. Montelucia is also home to the award-winning Prado restaurant and Joya Spa. Guestrooms are comfortably appointed with deluxe furnishings, with many rooms affording great city or mountain views.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Montelucia Resort and Spa is filled with Spanish-inspired romance. It's one of the most picturesque hotels in town.

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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 dine at Talavera Restaurant, a modern take on the classic steakhouse, which offers some of the best patio dining in the city and excellent views of the surrounding desert scenery. Guests also enjoy special privileges at Troon North Golf Club and Clubhouse, which earned the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale the distinction of being named one of the top golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Four Seasons at Troon North features Southwestern-style casitas and stunning desert views.

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Luxury is here to stay at the Westin Kierland Resort Spa in Scottsdale, which celebrates the essence of Arizona through traditional Southwestern design, ambiance, and hospitality. Surrounded by mountain ranges and city views, the resort and spa boasts a full-service spa, championship golf, award-winning dining, and upscale shopping. In the evening, you're likely to catch the comforting scent of fresh pinon wood crackling over one of the open fire pits in the Dreamweaver's Canyon Courtyard, or watch as guests enjoy cocktails and appetizers from the Waltz Weiser Saloon while watching the desert sun set over the patio. A perfect desert escape.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Westin Kierland Resort Spa is filled with warm Southwestern ambiance, blending luxury and rustic charm at every turn.

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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 stone fireplace and high, airy ceilings. Out in the patio, the lush garden courtyard leads to a sandy beach pool with a Mediterranean-inspired lagoon and a torch-lit heated outdoor pool and hot tub surrounded by cabanas and fire pits. FireSky has 204 stylishly-appointed guestrooms and suites, a 3,500 square-foot full-service spa, 24-hour fitness facility, and a highly-regarded Coastal Italian restaurant, Taggia.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: FireSky Resort and Spa blend boutique style with luxury hotel amenities. The hotel also has an unbeatable downtown location.

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For travelers seeking a low-key stay in Scottsdale - without sacrificing convenience or comfort - look to the Hyatt Place Scottsdale. The hotel offers spacious guestrooms, a free hot breakfast, 24-hour pantry with grab-and-go snacks and drinks, complimentary WiFi, a restaurant and a clean, luxurious pool area. Even though the hotel is situated in downtown Scottsdale, it's tucked into a quiet street with ample free parking. The hotel has echoes of a small, casually upscale resort, but without the resort fees or pricey room rates. Business travelers will appreciate the 24-hour business center and fitness center, as well as the hotel's meeting room space.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Hyatt Place Scottsdale offers weary travelers a convenient downtown location, spacious guestrooms, free breakfast and affordable nightly rates.

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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 the pace of workaday life while taking in the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy on-site restaurants, plentiful state-of-the-art meeting rooms, the renown Willow Stream Spa (ranked as one of the top spas in North America by Travel+Leisure Magazine), and two 18-hole championship golf courses make the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess one of the city's premier hotel resort destinations and a golf enthusiast's dream.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Palm trees swaying in the breeze, shady cottonwoods and manicured lawns set the mood for relaxation at the Fairmont Resort, one of the city's best.

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Sonesta Suites Scottsdale Gainey Ranch (formerly Gainey Suites Hotel)
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This all-suite hotel was remodeled in 2008, providing guests with stylish boutique accommodations at a fraction of the cost of more expensive Scottsdale resorts. Gainy Suites Hotel offers many of the same amenities you'll find at larger resorts, including an on-site spa and easy access to the Shops at Gainey Village, one of Scottsdale's premier shopping destinations featuring fine dining and specialty boutiques. The hotel is decorated in warm desert tones and features the whimsical art of local artist Louis Cantillo. A complimentary daily breakfast buffet, fitness center, and pool and Jacuzzi round out the amenities at this Scottsdale hotels.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Boulders offers one of the most luxurious and scenic hotel resort experiences in Scottsdale.

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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 world-renown Spa Avania, a 2.5-acre water playground, championship golf, four casual and fine dining destinations, and nightly entertainment. Spacious guestrooms and suites offer private balconies or patios, perfect for entertaining with friends or families, or simply for watching the stars rise over the desert. The exclusive Gainey Ranch Golf Club is a golfer's paradise with a 27 hole course and a full service clubhouse.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Hyatt Regency is a large, scenic resort ideal for a couple's getaway or family vacation.

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Art District

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 history as a destination for young and stylish travelers. Back in its early days, the hotel attracted a cadre of young celebrities, including Bing Crosby and Tony Curtis. Today, locals and travelers gather at the Valley Ho to mingle at the oh-so-cool ZuZu Lounge, relax at the VH Spa, or enjoy one of the spacious suites in the seven-story Tower, the elite hotel within a hotel featuring generously sized signature guest rooms.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Hotel Valley Ho is loaded with sixties-era mid-century style, and has one of the best pool scenes in town.

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