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One of the US’s fastest-growing and most fashionable cities, the Arizona state capital has attracted economic migrants from all over America. It has grown exponentially since the war, and its population sits at some 1.4 million, which is comfortably spread over an area bigger than the whole of LA. Not bad for a one-horse town by the Salt River valley that did not exist at all until the late 19th Century! The best places to stay in Phoenix allow you to experience both all the attractions the city has to offer and the great outdoors, whether you're here for the golf or the stunning scenery.
Working hard to create a liveable environment in the desert, Phoenix’s year-round great weather (sunshine 330 days!) is a big draw to visitors from all over the world, as well as to the US’s mobile working population.
And there is plenty going on, from the Pueblo Grande Museum and Park among other museums and galleries, great golf courses, shopping malls and of course opportunities for desert hiking, biking and nightlife.
Here’s our top tip for the best places to stay in Phoenix:
- Royal Palms Resort & Spa was originally the gorgeous Spanish revival home of a wealthy 1920s industrialist (a nephew of JP Morgan no less). It has been lavishly converted into one of the South West’s premium destination hotels. Beautifully planted grounds make the desert bloom, and the service and cuisine are second to none.
Best Hotels in Phoenix
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