10 Best Boutique Hotels in Scottsdale: Stylish Desert Retreats

In a town brimming with posh resorts and business-class hotels, Scottsdale's boutique hotels offer a unique, personal experience that will help make your stay in this upscale desert city more memorable. 

At the top of our list is the Hotel Valley Ho. This chic, mid-century modern hotel is the city's most popular boutique hotel. Back in the day, celebrities like Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, and Janet Leigh were known to drop into the hotel, and teen idols Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner even held their 1957 wedding reception in the hotel ballroom. Today, scenesters still crowd the pool area at Hotel Valley Ho, a midcentury gem that continues to be a hub for stylish travelers. You can't beat the location either, right on Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale. 

The Scott, formerly Kimpton's Firesky Resort, brings a dash of tropical chic to central Scottsdale. The recently updated hotel boasts a unique Spanish Revival meets Bauhaus design, smoothly blended with the amenities of a traditional luxury resort. 

For an affordable boutique hotel experience in Scottsdale, take respite at the 3 Palms, a contemporary stay in an appealing low-rise adobe structure. Step into the peaceful lobby featuring desert stone accents set in hand-laid white crystal granite and you'll probably feel the stress of travelling start to melt away. Rooms are on the smaller side, but comfortable and clean. 

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,...  Read More

3 Palms
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This contemporary boutique hotel, situated in an appealing low-rise adobe structure on busy McDowell Road, offers an oasis of calm and comfort from the hubbub of Scottsdale. The hotel provides easy access to many of the city's shopping, museums,...  Read More



If you want to stay in one of Scottsdale's most stylish boutique hotels, look no further than the W Scottsdale. The AAA Four Diamond hotel is located in the heart of the city's bustling entertainment district. Guest rooms feature plush, modern...  Read More

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...  Read More

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...  Read More



Formerly known as Kimpton's Firesky Resort, The Scott is one of the newer boutique resort offerings in central Scottsdale. The recently updated hotel boasts a unique Spanish Revival meets Bauhaus design, and it brings a dash of tropical chic...  Read More



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



If you're looking for a boutique hotel in downtown Scottsdale, the Bespoke Inn offers a distinctive stay with luxury touches. The small, bicycle-themed inn only has four rooms, each decorated with unique decor and well-appointed with Kings Down...  Read More

The Saguaro Scottsdale
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The Saguaro is the newest addition to Scottsdale's thriving boutique hotel scene. Bright, vibrant, and bold, The Saguaro is inspired by the contemporary architecture of Mexico and the Southwest. The hotel is designed to highlight the color and...  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


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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.

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