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Your childhood mental images of the USA probably featured Arizona’s haunting landscapes: vast deserts, monumental rock formations, strange giant cacti and the spectacular Grand Canyon. This vast but sparsely inhabited state is etched on the world’s imagination as everyone’s idea of “The West”, and it attracts millions of visitors a year as a result. Lesser known is Arizona’s rich selection of great upmarket hotels, spas and resorts, and many of the best places to stay in Arizona have dug deep into the Native American tradition, uniquely strong in this state, of one-ness with the surrounding landscape.
About 100 miles north of Phoenix is Prescott, an easy-going, laid back town surrounded by forests, lakes, mountains and rivers all crying out to be explored.
In the south of Arizon, ringed by the Catalina Mountains is desert-bound Tucson. It's a haven for outdoors types looking for adventure either in the mountains or Saguaro National Park. In the north, Sedona, nestling amid stunning red rock formations at the end of Oak Creek Canyon, is another destination for active folk and has a hippy-ish vibe.
Many have come to see the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, the Hoover Dam, the Four Corners (the unique point where Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico meet), and glorious natural wonders like the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, and Lake Powell.
Here’s our selection of the best places to stay in Arizona, this dynamic Western state, which offers more variety and a richer culture than those mental images might suggest!
For Wild West lovers
- Head for Tanque Verde Ranch, Tuscon, named the “Best Dude Ranch in Arizona” by a local paper recently and past winner of prizes as a family destination. This old time cattle and guest ranch is surrounded by 60,000 acres of breathtaking desert landscape, amongst the Rincon Mountains and next to not Satuaro National Park and Coronado National Forest. Lots for the kids to do.
For the great outdoors
- L’Auberge de Sedona is one of the Grand Canyon State’s most celebrated watering holes, with a famous restaurant and spa, all with stunning views of the Sedona landscape. Located next to the picturesque Oak Creek, it's perfect for romance, or for outdoors-oriented family time.
- Alternative, try out the Enchantment Resort and Spa, set against the vibrant rose hues of Boynton Canyon. In a setting of astonishing rugged beauty, this is the ideal spot for a sports-filled family vacation, a business meeting, a golf trip with friends, or a spa break. Great rooms and highly-praised cuisine.
For great value
- If you're looking for an option that offers fantastic facilities, but won't break the bank, Royal Palms Resort and Spa will tick all the right boxes. And it's ideally located for exploring both Phoenix and Scottsdale
- The Four Seasons Scottsdale will satisfy even the pickiest of luxury lovers, with beautiful accommodation in traditionally styled casitas, plus a variety of dining options and two golf courses on the doorstep.
For contemporary chic
- The Saguaro is a modern hotel offering chic accommodation in the heart of old town Scottsdale. Poolside DJ sets and live music ensure it's a buzzing place. Plus there's a spa for the morning after, and the Mexican food is award winning.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Arizona to start to plan your trip. Or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Arizona
Phantom Ranch from $50Arizona
Phantom Ranch is the only lodging available in the Grand Canyon, accessible by hiking, mule or rafting. The rustic cabins are built of native stone and wood, blending perfectly with the surroundings. Meals consist of hearty stews or steak, ideal after a days exertions. A once in a lifetime place!Birdwatching - There a plenty of birds to be seen both on the hike down and while staying at the lodge.Great walks - Only accessible by hiking along the Bright angel and Kaibab trails.Barefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.Full of character
Hassayampa Inn 67 rooms from $86Prescott
A 1927 hotel located in the heart of the historic town of Prescott, Arizona. Rooms are elegant and classical with neutral tones and soft lines. Immerse yourself in the roaring 20's with vintage lifts, antique furnishings and live jazz in the lobby.Fishing - Fishing and boating are popular at Watson and Willow lakes close to downtown, and at Goldwater Lake, also within city limits.Full of characterDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Views - Great views from hotel
Bright Angel Lodge and Cabins 50 rooms from $110Grand Canyon Village, Arizona
Resting on canyon rim, these rustic cabins showcase nature at its finest with activities for all the family and a hideaway from city life. Cozy cabins with breathtaking views and private sitting rooms. Family-style dining with an all-American menu. Relax with a drink as the sunsets.Great walks - Trail of Time is a walking timeline through the history of the area.Sights nearby - Explore South Rim historical village.Remote - Off the beaten track.Secluded setting - For escaping.
Hotel Palomar, Phoenix 270 rooms from $120Phoenix
An upscale city-chic hotel right in the action of Cityscape downtown Phoenix. The plush rooms are elegantly decorated. Kick back with a cocktail on the rooftop poolside bar or indulge on the organic, locally sourced gourmet creations from Blue Hound Kitchen. Sophisticated and grown up.Sights nearby - Just minutes awawy is Talking Stick Resort Arena a state-of-the-art complex, home to some of the top US sports teams.Swimming Pool - Outdoor/Indoor year round pool.Lively - Hip and happening.Opulent
Royal Palms Resort & Spa 66 rooms from $130Phoenix (Arizona)
1929 Spanish mansion nestled in the Camelback Mountain foothills. Spa treatments, pool, fitness and business facilities are all available. The rooms are traditional and luxurious with four-poster beds, fireplaces and modern bathrooms. T. Cooks Restaurant is a must for seasonal and local dishes.Sights nearby - Grand Canyon.Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotelFull of characterRecommended by - Tablet
Firesky Resort & Spa 204 rooms from $181Scottsdale
A trendy spa resort just outside Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. Rooms are extremely comfortable, understated and elegant. The designer pool areas comes complete with sandy beach and bar. Free use of luxurious on-site spa and yoga classes ensure you will unwind in style.Swimming Pool - Outdoor year round pool.Lively - Hip and happening.OpulentBarefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.
The Saguaro 194 rooms from $185Scottsdale
Modern hotel in Scottsdale boasting two picturesque outdoor swimming pools, a spa offering desert-inspired treatments, and a delicious Mexican restaurant. The rooms are bright and colourful, and feature a balcony with pool or city views. The bar serves over 100 whiskeys and there are poolside DJs.Total relaxation - The hotel has two palm-fringed pools surrounded by cabanas, and a Nueva Latin spa with special desert treatmentsSpa breaksSwimming Pool - The hotel has two heated outdoor pools, one with DJs and weekend entertainment, one with a more sedate atmosphereSpa - The spa has three treatment rooms, offering an array of treatments such as facials and rejuvenating massagesRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch 59 rooms from $189Tucson
A luxurious and historic resort nestled in 39 acres of the breathtaking Catalina foothills. Rooms are chic & rustic with exposed beams, wooden floors, oriental rugs and handcrafted furniture. The restaurants, supplied by the organic vegetable garden, command spectacular views of the desert.Swimming Pool - Year round outdoor pool.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of characterBarefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.
El Tovar Hotel 78 rooms from $207Arizona
An historic national landmark hotel, perched on the edge of the Grand Canyon Rim. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, some have balconies with awe inspiring views. Full of old frontier charm and commanding the best view in Grand Canyon Village.Fishing - Arizona state fishing licenses are required for any fishing in the park, pick these up at General Store in Market Plaza.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of characterQuirky - An experience!
Enchantment Resort and Spa from $370Sedona (Arizona)
A luxurious resort secluded in 70 acres. Large contemporary rooms and suites have private decks and fireplaces with unbelievable views of the gateway to Boynton Canyon. Imaginative menus and an extensive wine list welcome you at all four of the restaurants. Activity and spa paradise.Sights nearby - In the area you MUST see the Grand Canyon and there are some fantastic tours to get on.Cooking classes - Cooking classes and demos are avaliable for all levels of cooks.Secluded setting - For escaping.OpulentRecommended by - Fodors
Arizona Inn 95 rooms from $299Tucson (Arizona)
Verdant lawns, flowers and fountains surround this luxury historic resort. Charm, comfort and a home from home vibe is great to find in the heart of this desert city. You have a choice of a private house with pool or a cozy room. Inviting dining options, inside or al fresco will suite your mood!DowntownBirdwatching - 250 species of birds to spot.Sights nearby - Tucson Botanical Gardens.Full of character
Sanctuary Resort at Camelback 105 rooms from $352Scottsdale
The ultimate luxury resort, overlooking the spectacular Paradise Valley and Camelback Mountain. The elegant and opulent rooms range from suites, to casitas, to private villas. Elements restaurant is truly an unbeatable experience. Chic, sophisticated and unique.Sights nearby - Canyon Lake, Grand Canyon and Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon are all within reach.Great walks - The Apache Trail travels past the majestic Superstition Mountains.Views - Great views from hotelSecluded setting - For escaping.
Hotel Valley Ho 241 rooms from $356Scottsdale
The lively Hotel Valley Ho is located just five minutes from Old Town Scottsdale. The quirky and colourful contemporary accommodation comes complete with king-sized beds. Head to the ZuZu Lounge and indulge in traditional American cuisine! With suites available, it's a great fun family spot.Total relaxation - Feel a million miles away from all your worries as you unwind by the pool or indulge yourself in the spaCity Style - With its 60 plus years as a weekend retreat for the Hollywood jet set, this hotel oozes Fifties glamour!Great walks - Stroll through Scottsdale or head to the Tonto National ForestSights nearby - Be sure to check out Phoenix Zoo and Wrigley MansionRecommended by - Tablet
L'Auberge de Sedona 88 rooms from $405Sedona (Arizona)
Resting within Oak Creek in Red Rock Country lies this prime located hotel with pool and spa. Large, modern rooms with fireplaces, designer bathrooms and all the mod-cons. L’Auberge Restaurant has a bountiful cellar to accompany the award winning French cuisine. Romantic break or family adventures.Views - Great views from hotelSights nearby - Do not miss the Grand Canyon - whether by jeep or train.Remote - Off the beaten track.Secluded setting - For escaping.
Four Seasons Scottsdale 210 rooms from $429Scottsdale (Arizona)
This Arizona desert setting features two pools, spa, fitness and business facilities. Cream linens, wood furnishings and private balconies in each room as well as all the mod-cons. Saguaro Blossom is poolside and Talavera is steakhouse inspired. Head to Onxy Bar and Lounge for cocktails.Hideaway - Perfect hideaway location for couples and families that want a week to remember.Local markets - McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is great for all the family.Back to Nature - Surrounded by natureRemote - Off the beaten track.
Tanque Verde Ranch 69 rooms from $450Tucson (Arizona)
Working ranch offers a Western experience in Saguaro National Park with pool, spa and tennis courts. Large classic rooms have red rock views, mod-cons and bathrooms. Southwest, BBQ and Mexican cuisine is served by the pool or at the restaurant overlooking the great outdoors. Activity central!Fishing - For all the family - get a packed lunch for on the go.Remote - Off the beaten track.Full of characterOutstanding location