People say that Phoenix is a dried-up desert wasteland that is baren for as far as you can see. Why would you ever want to live there?? Well, let me enlighten some of you about the city of Phoenix, Arizona. One of my favorite things about the city is how many resorts there are! I grew up going to many of these resorts in the summer when the city had slowed down. There are mainly locals that stay and deal with the heat because, well we live there. You can also get some killer deals at Phoenix hotels if you come to the valley in the summer so keep that in mind.
I grew up going to these 100-acre Phoenix resorts that are so huge it would take hours to walk the grounds. When I moved to Denver and went to one of the “hotels” in the city I was astonished by how small it was. Sometimes there wasn’t even a pool on the grounds which was kind of unheard of in the valley of the sun. You’ve gotta have a place to go if you suddenly catch on fire from the heat. Here are my top five favorite Phoenix hotels and resorts as well as why they are some of my favorite places to stay! Also, these are chosen at random and they are not ranked in order if anyone was concerned with that. I love all of these Phoenix hotels equally and for different reasons.
1) Royal Palms Resort and Spa
I chose this resort because this is where all the celebrities and presidents stay when they are in Phoenix. It is a five-star resort so of course, it is pretty expensive with rooms starting around $500 a night on average. It is also pretty secluded and private but still right in the heart of the city which I think is why a lot of high-profile people decided to stay here. When I was younger, I knew about the resort but had no idea where it actually was when in reality, I had driven past the entrance to the resort numerous times over the years without even noticing it was there. My dad actually had to point it out to me one afternoon on our way to lunch. I have not personally stayed here but if I had some extra cash hanging around, I would definitely book a room here. This is for sure one of the smaller resorts in the city and one of the only luxury hotels that I know of that does not have their own golf course. The hotel is designed in a chic Spanish style and the guest rooms are decorated lavishly. One thing that I thought was kind of cool is that their main pool never closes. If you feel like a dip at 3 AM and you can’t sleep, feel free to throw your swimsuit on and head down to the pool. It is obviously not attended at that hour but since they do have 24/7 room service I bet you could order room service to the pool.
2) Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak
I have stayed at this hotel numerous times over the years and have never really been disappointed with this resort. It is definitely an older Phoenix resort, originally built-in 1977. The last time I stayed here you could see the signs of age around the grounds and in the rooms, but they were also immaculately clean which is a must for me at any place that I am staying. It is an all-suite hotel which I personally love and is actually pretty common in the Phoenix area. Each suite has a sitting and minibar area that is completely separate from the bedroom which can be very convenient if you have friends/family meeting in your room and you don’t want everyone sitting on your bed. They have an abundance of parking on site which I love because I hate valet parking and they also have a huge water park that has multiple pools, hot tubs, and a lazy river. It is definitely one of my go-to places to stay in the summer because you can get a suite for killer deals and it is centrally located to the metro PHX area.
3) Arizona Grand Resort and Spa
Another four-star Phoenix hotel that has been around for ages and is probably the largest resort that I have ever been to, anywhere. It is an all-suite property that I personally really love, and they also have a huge water park on-site that runs throughout most of the year. This is a resort that we would go to for staycations because it was really a destination within itself. The entire resort is wrapped by a lush golf course and each of the buildings within the resort has its own pool if you wanted more aquatic options for your stay. The entire property is really lush and the room that we stayed in recently was immaculately clean for an older property. Definitely make sure to check this property out if you are in the valley during summer. Their waterpark is hard to beat but can be kind of pricy depending on what your budget is. Rooms here go for around $300 a night but are usually much more expensive during the warmer months.
4) Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia
Now, this is a resort that I have driven by countless times and I have really wanted to stay here for quite some time. This is another quite expensive Phoenix hotel with the rooms going for well over $300 a night. The resort is beautifully designed and is set against a dramatic backdrop of Camelback Mountain. You are truly in the heart of the valley at the Omni Scottsdale and in one of the most expensive zip codes in Arizona. I have heard that their customer service is exceptional, and you could easily spend a long weekend at the resort and never want to leave. I have also heard that the spa is to die for and is a must-do if visiting the hotel. If you like a luxury experience for your next vacation, this would be a great option.
5) Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort
Lastly, but most definitely not least is the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort. I have never stayed here because rooms average about $700 a night but man if you have the money to stay here, don’t hesitate and book that hotel room. When you are driving up to the resort the grounds just illuminate Phoenix luxury. You are right up against Camelback mountain which is prime real estate in the valley because the entire area is residential and is built up to the limits. I had my 21st birthday dinner here and the food was absolutely exceptional. At the time I drove a ’98 Corolla and driving up to the valet in my old beater was a rather embarrassing experience when all of the cars on the property were probably worth well over $50,000 but the entire staff was extremely helpful, inviting and professional. Now that I am much older and driving a little bit of a nicer vehicle, I would love to go back to see the rest of the property and maybe make a stop at the spa because I have heard it is rather heavenly. The architecture of the resort is awesome too and it seems that the creator of the hotel thought of every little detail to make the customers experience unique and unforgettable.
Anyway, I hope you had some fun reading this post. If you want a more in-depth review of specific Phoenix hotels or resorts, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know! I had a lot of fun writing this post and I hope that you enjoyed and will consider a vacation to the valley of the sun. If you learned something from this travel post I would love if you would share this post with your family and friends! It really helps me a lot ♥️
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