For your vacation or stay-cation, there are several Phoenix Hotels to choose from. We have the typical Sheraton, Hyatt, Westin, Renaissance, and Hilton, which are all very nice and for the most part, great places to stay. Here are the unique places valley residents love, that you won't be able to find in every state you visit.
2 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hotel Palomar opened in Downtown Phoenix's CityScape in early June of 2012. This boutique hotel means that although there are other Palomars across the country, each hotel looks much different from city to city. This new Downtown Phoenix location combines a 50's "Mad Men" vibe with Cowboy Chic. Dine in the Blue Hound Kitchen's "Gastro-Lounge" or relax on the 3rd floor outdoor pool as you sip drinks in a cabana from Lustre Bar and people watch. In the heart of Downtown across from Chase Fields and the US Airways Center this is the newest hotspot for game and concert goers.
Hotel San Carlos
The Hotel San Carlos, built in 1928, is the first air conditioned, high rise hotel in Phoenix. With star studded stays by Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant and many more, this historical Phoenix Hotel combines a full past with modern hotel amenities. Each room has been individually decorated, and the
hotel is within walking distance from US Airways Center, Chase Field, Symphony Hall, the Herberger Theater and Phoenix Art Museum. On a side note, just as any area rich with history, there come ghosts, and the Hotel San Carlos has had several ghost sightings and been featured on the Travel Channel relating to this history. In fact, they offer year round ghost tours of the hotel every sat and sun at 7:30 for $13 cash. No Reservation is needed, just show up in the lobby!
Royal Palms Resort and Spa
5200 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85018
The Royal Palms is all about the romantic resort stay. They offer customized experiences through their romance team that can include couples spa treatments, hot air balloon rides, rose petal turndown, romantic bubble baths and in room dining. This Resort gets rave reviews about the service, as well as guests appreciating the $28 a say service charge, so there is no need to tip throughout your experience. For a cozy and romantic get away, this is one of the best in Phoenix.
6000 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The Phoenician is a 5 Diamond hotel in the Arcadia Area of Phoenix/Scottsdale. Built in 1988 on 250 acres, the resort has amazing scenic grounds. Some visitors have noticed a bit of the age of the hotel in the rooms, and mentioned parts feel a bit dated. This is not the ideal destination for families (go to the Arizona Grand Resort) or travelers looking for somewhere with a nightlife scene (for that go to the Clarendon). This is definitely a large resort and holds almost 800 guests. If you're looking for grand, over the top elegance for your stay, the Phoenician will meet your needs (and if you go in the summer, their summer deals won't break your bank!).
2400 E. Missouri Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
The Arizona Biltmore has been an anchor for Phoenix hotels since it was built in 1929 under the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright. Valley residents often identify this part of Phoenix as the Biltmore Area due to the Biltmore Hotel, Country club, and Fashion Park all located in close proximity. This resort is big. As in 740 rooms, 8 swimming pools, 7 tennis courts, and 5 restaurants - big. This is heaven for golfers, next door at the adjoining Biltmore Country Club are 2 PGA golf courses. For families, one pool has a 92 foot water slide and "Splash Cinema" Dive in Movies. If you're looking for grand elegance around the corner from shopping and culinary delights, make sure to make a stop at the Biltmore.
The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix (Closed for renovation starting May 2015)
2401 E. Camelback Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
The Ritz is the more intimate hotel setting in the Biltmore Area. With 281 rooms, Bistro 24, and an outdoor pool, indulge yourself in a world of featherbeds, chandeliers, and marble baths as you stay directly across from Biltmore Fashion Park. The Ritz offers Afternon Tea for $38 at noon and 3pm every Wednesday though Saturday. If you like leather, dark wood, and a cozy setting, stop in or stay. You'll leave refreshed!
The Clarendon Hotel is located in the heart of the midtown/ downtown Phoenix area. This locally owned hotel is not the biggest or fanciest of the Phoenix hotels, but they have a great roof top deck with one of the best views of city lights and sky line. The Clarendon roof top has been named one of the best things about Phoenix as well as the best hang
out by the Phoenix New Times. The Oasis pool is another favorite, with underwater speakers, 50 person jacuzzi, and a 2 story tall glass water wall. The hotel is a retro-hip place with the feel of an upgraded Motel 6, and Gallo Blanco Cafe, a the highly rated, non traditional, Mexican food restaurant (that doesn't offer enchiladas or burritos) but is a local favorite. But like most great Phoenix gems, don't let the outside fool you!