As a local, there’s one thing I can be certain about traveling to Phoenix: Visitors won’t have a hard time finding a great hotel. The valley is home to over 500 hotels, including luxurious resorts with spas and dining, trendy city hotels with skyline views, and boutique properties with singular flair.
In the 10 years I’ve lived in Phoenix, I’ve been lucky enough to visit many of Phoenix’s hotels both as an unassuming local and a curious travel writer. My visits, tours, and overnight stays have been at some of the valley’s oldest and most iconic hotels properties, as well as the latest openings and modern resort venues.
It was tricky to narrow down my list of the best Phoenix hotels, but I’ve rounded up my top seven picks that I think will offer something for every type of visitor, and are conveniently located across the valley. Here’s where I recommend booking.
Hotel Valley Ho
Founded in 1956 and located in Old Town Scottsdale, I’d argue that Hotel Valley Ho is one of the most notable hotels in the valley due to its longevity, cool architecture, and buzzy atmosphere.
Even with multiple renovations and updates over the decades, this boutique hotel has stayed true to its retro, mid-century aesthetic. Rooms are decorated with splashy colors and retro furniture, standalone bathtubs, and each comes with its own balcony or patio. There are also several multi-bedroom and loft-style suites.
In my opinion, Hotel Valley Ho is the ultimate place to go if you have a summer pool party or blowout brunch on your Phoenix checklist. There are two pools, one with cabanas and daybeds where guests can order cocktails and small bites. The on-site restaurant, ZuZu, has also become one of my favorite hangouts like me for its inventive and very Instagrammable menu.
Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
Even driving up to the grounds of the Biltmore felt glamorous, and I imagined I’d stepped back into the old regent Hollywood era upon entering the hotel. The website states that a number of celebrities have stayed at the Arizona Biltmore since it opened in 1929, including Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, and multiple US presidents.
To say this luxury resort is massive would be an understatement. It has 700 guest rooms, seven pools, two golf courses, a brand new spa, and several dining and bar options. Rooms range from poolside with a private patio and firepit to two-bedroom villa suites. The decor is airy and light, with desert-inspired architecture and artwork.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix
If you’re looking for a swanky cosmopolitan stay, I recommend getting a room at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar. This high-rise, 242-room hotel is located in the middle of downtown Phoenix, and steps away from some of the city’s best attractions, bars, and restaurants.
The hotel’s design is sleek but cozy, with modern wood accents and pops of color, and most rooms have sweeping city views. Accommodations range from double-queen rooms to larger suites with seating areas and soaking tubs in the bathrooms.
I love to stop by the rooftop bar, which was recently renovated and rebranded to Eden in January 2023. Even when it’s chilly, I’ve found I can catch some of the best views of the city from this rooftop, including a peek of the foothills outside of town. The hotel’s first floor is also home to Blue Hound, an upscale eatery and bar that I think serves one of the best Old Fashioneds in town.
Rise Uptown is where I send Phoenix visitors on a budget who are looking for a wow-worthy and conveniently-located place to stay. Located in uptown Phoenix, I think it’s hard to beat the affordable rates at Rise Uptown, especially when you consider all of the property’s perks.
The hotel has an outdoor pool with daybeds, and a poolside bar and restaurant. There’s also a rooftop bar with happy hour specials and a long list of signature and classic cocktails.
Another sweet perk at Rise Uptown is that guests get a free popsicle at check-in from the hotel’s popsicle stand, which serves the house-made desserts in a range of flavors.
The rooms have modern furniture, Southwestern rugs and decor, and roomy bathrooms. The larger rooms and suites also have private balconies or private patios with a firepit. All of the rooms come with a record player, and guests can browse the hotel’s vinyl library to pick out music to play in the room.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
I think the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch is perfect for anyone who’s traveling with kids or family and looking for a classic, resort-style stay. It’s a sprawling campus located in North Phoenix in the Scottsdale area. The hotel has nearly 500 rooms, 10 swimming pools, and desert-style landscaping throughout.
The rooms are modern and streamlined with neutral decor, and all have either a private balcony or patio. Some larger suites also have fireplaces or outdoor fire pits. There’s also a standalone residence, Gainey House, with a full-size kitchen and multiple living areas, which I think would be a convenient option for a family or group wanting extra space.
The hotel’s Alto ristorante e bar, located downstairs, opens for dinner and is one of my favorite places to hang out on the weekend. In the summer, the restaurant’s large doors are open for a nice breeze, and I’ve regularly caught live music in the evenings.
CIVANA Wellness Resort and Spa
CIVANA is a luxury wellness resort and spa on 20 acres of the Sonoran Desert in the city of Carefree, a suburb about an hour’s drive north of Phoenix. It’s my top choice for visitors seeking a wellness-centered property, and while staying here can be a splurge, I think the complimentary amenities make it worth it.
Overnight guests join daily activities like complimentary fitness and meditation classes, including everything from yoga to paddle boarding, barre, hiking, horseback riding, and sound healing sessions. Guests can also hike and explore the desert grounds, and for a fee, book spa treatments like massages and facials.
There are single king, double queen, and one-bedroom suite options available. All rooms have private patios, and are decorated in soft, natural colors.
The on-site dining options are Seed Cafe & Market, a grab-and-go cafe with smoothies and breakfast items, and Terras, a sit-down restaurant that serves plant-based dishes and locally sourced meats, and is open late for cocktails.
When I stayed here, I loved the morning yoga classes overlooking the desert, and looked forward to each of the healthy, wholesome meals. The only drawback, in my opinion, is that the hotel is about a 45-minute drive from midtown Phoenix, so I think it’s better suited to visitors who want a getaway retreat outside of town.
FOUND: RE Phoenix
The FOUND:RE Phoenix is a boutique hotel situated on the northern side of downtown Phoenix. I’d recommend this location to visitors who want to be near the action, but without as much traffic or noise.
The loft-style rooms have a handsome, urban aesthetic with leather benches, metal details, and industrial light fixtures. Many of the rooms also have balconies with views of the Phoenix skyline.
On the first floor, there’s Match Market & Bar, a cafe that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is open late for drinks. I like that it’s a low-key, casual restaurant where you can grab some quick food and a beer or cocktail.
In addition to the location, one of my favorite parts about this hotel is its rotating art gallery on the first floor, which I think is cool to visit even if you’re not staying overnight. Sometimes a friend and I will grab drinks and light bites at Match, and then afterwards walk around the art exhibit to check out what’s new.
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