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This up and coming small city close by to Phoenix shares all of the state capital’s advantages but trumps even that city in terms of its liveability and sheer trendiness. This is a happening place - and this is reflected in the best places to stay in Scottsdale.
Described by the New York Times newspaper as a “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” and famous for its “late night partying and buzzing hotel scene”, Scottsdale's slogan is “The West’s Most Western Town.” The irony is that the city was named after the army chaplain Winifield Scott who founded it in the 1880s!
So where are the best places to stay in Scottsdale to enjoy all that the city has to offer? Here are our gurus’ select picks…
For budget explorers
- The Saguaro offers super-bright colours and Mexican design touches. Located where the Arts District meets the Civic Center Mall, this place has a fresh, youthful vibe, and great amenities. And it's great value too!
For the well-heeled
- Four Seasons Scottsdale is a beautiful resort in the high Sonoran Desert. A super luxurious offering, nestled into the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, and surrounded by hundreds of iconic saguaro multi-armed cacti. This stunningly designed resort hotel is Western-style luxury and super-attentive service taken to new heights.
Best Hotels in Scottsdale
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
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
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.
Mountain Shadows Resort 183 rooms from $462Scottsdale
A fabulous reinvention of a 1950's destination for the stars, this modern-luxe resort brings Camelback Mountain to life. Ultra modern rooms offer plush bedding, cocktail carts and floor to ceiling windows with spectacular views. The open-air bar and restaurant comes complete with two pools.Total relaxation - Whether it's golfing, swimming, sipping on cocktails or being pampered and poked in the spa- relaxtion is on the cardsGolf - The hotel itself boasts a quick par-3 course and there are several longer courses in the areaGreat walks - Hitch a lift with the resorts Tesla to Echo Canyon trailhead at Camelback MountainLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet