Papago Park, Phoenix, Arizona, USA after sunset with hills in the distance and desert landscape in the foreground.
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Phoenix: our favorite places to stay

Published by Pat Dorri on February 28 2024

Make a visit to Phoenix and you can expect vibrant cultural experiences, stunning desert landscapes, and a rich culinary scene, making it a must-visit for adventure and relaxation.

When visiting Phoenix, don't miss the opportunity to explore beautiful Desert Botanical Garden, marvel at historic Heard Museum, or hike impressive Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Stay a few nights to take it all in.

Read on for our favorite places to stay from each category below, or click the links to skip to the hotel type you're looking for:

Where should I stay in Phoenix?

Our favorite hotels in Phoenix are all shown on the map below.

Click the icons to see each hotel's name, its category, and a quick link that takes you straight to more information further down the page.

Our favorite luxury hotel in Phoenix

Seeking an unforgettable Phoenix, Arizona, adventure? Then consider staying at one of the city's premier luxury accommodations. Continue reading to discover our top pick for an exceptionally memorable visit.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

'The Elegant One'

📍 5200 East Camelback Road, Camelback East, Phoenix, AZ 85018, United States

Expect luxurious accommodations, exceptional spa services, and lush, tropical landscapes at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, ensuring a tranquil and indulgent getaway.

Sun setting between saguaros in the Sonoran Desert near Phoenix
Stunning Phoenix landscapes are at every turn when you visit this incredible city.

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Why we love staying at Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Experience this Spanish Colonial Revival villa transformed into a luxurious resort offering spa treatments, exquisite cuisine, and breath taking desert views. Here are some other highlights.

  • Enjoy expansive outdoor patios, rustic stone floors, and cozy fireplaces.
  • Indulge in lavish bathrooms featuring deep soaking tubs and rainfall showers.
  • Relax in the heated Jacuzzi hot tub, with 24/7 pool access, and in-room fitness amenities.
  • The inventive cocktails at Royal Palms Resort and Spa's restaurant are worth a visit!

What is there to do close to Royal Palms Resort and Spa?

Between Biltmore and Scottsdale the Royal Palms Resort and Spa is framed by the majestic Camelback Mountain. Here are some top sites to head to close by.

  1. Camelback Mountain -An iconic natural landmark offering challenging hiking trails.
  2. Desert Botanical Gardens - A captivating oasis showcasing desert flora and botanical displays.
  3. Wrigley Mansion - A historic landmark with panoramic views of Phoenix and beyond.
  4. Phoenix Zoo - A vibrant wildlife sanctuary with exhibits, conservation efforts, and educational programs.
  5. Papago Park - A sprawling desert park with iconic rock formations, and recreational opportunities.

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Our favorite boutique hotel in Phoenix

Make a reservation at one of the city's more unique hotel choices when you visit Phoenix. There are plenty around!

RISE Uptown, Phoenix

'The Trendy One'

📍 400 West Camelback Road, Alhambra, Phoenix, AZ 85013, United States

Staying at RISE Uptown, Phoenix offers a chic, urban retreat with trendy decor, a vibrant atmosphere, and a rooftop bar with stunning city views.

Stylish and chic outdoor terrace with white loungers, chairs and umbrellas at RISE Uptown, Phoenix
Hang out in the pretty outdoor sun terrace at RISE Uptown, Phoenix.
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Why we love staying at RISE Uptown, Phoenix

This is a fun and quirky styled hotel, with welcome gourmet popsicles on arrival! Here is what else we love during a stay here.

  • Glorious outdoor pool and sun terrace, with bar to enjoy a drink post-swim.
  • The fantastic "Lylo" restaurant on-site, serving up delicious Mexican dishes.
  • Stylish boutique style interiors and grounds, making for a modern retreat away from the city bustle.
  • Some of the beautiful rooms have a balcony to soak in the views.

What is there to do close to RISE Uptown, Phoenix?

RISE Uptown, Phoenix, is in a prime location, offering easy access to the city's best dining, shopping, and cultural attractions. Here are some top sites you can see close by.

  1. Heard Museum - Celebrates Native American cultures and art.
  2. Phoenix Art Museum - Diverse art collections and exhibitions in the Southwest's largest museum.
  3. Grand Canal - Historic waterway offering recreational paths in the heart of Phoenix.
  4. Desert Storm Park - Commemorative space with sports facilities and playground.

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Our favorite budget hotel in Phoenix

Hoping to dedicate your time and budget to discovering the wonders of Phoenix? For those seeking affordable yet delightful accommodations, there are several budget-friendly options. Here's our top recommendation.

Cambria Hotel Phoenix

'The Stylish One'

📍 4425 E Irma Ln, Desert View, Phoenix, 85050, United States

Cambria Hotel Phoenix offers a stylish, modern experience with easy access to the city's vibrant heart.

Outdoor terrace with loungers and open fireplace at Cambria Hotel Phoenix
From the moment you enter Cambria Hotel Downtown Phoenix you can expect a stylish stay.
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Why we love staying at Cambria Hotel Phoenix

The Cambria Hotel Phoenix hotel provides stylish, convenient accommodation for maximizing your Arizona experience, with plenty of special touches enhancing your stay. Here are some perks.

  • Indulge in home-like comforts with tech-friendly guest rooms.
  • Interesting city-centric art from the moment you arrive.
  • Try onsite restaurant Social Circle serving top American cuisine and cocktails.
  • Delicious à la carte breakfast can be enjoyed each morning.
  • State-of-art fitness center open 24/7 for your workout needs.

What is there to do close to Cambria Hotel Phoenix?

Found in a convenient location you are close to many of the top Phoenix attractions. Here are some favorites.

  1. Musical Instrument Museum - Explore global music through thousands of instruments and immersive exhibits.
  2. OdySea Aquarium - Experience diverse marine life in interactive, state-of-the-art aquatic environments.
  3. Wrigley Mansion - Tour this historic estate offering panoramic views and fine dining options.
  4. Paradise Valley Park - Enjoy outdoor recreation with sports fields, playgrounds, and walking trails.

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Our favorite family-friendly hotel in Phoenix

Planning a family getaway to Phoenix, Arizona? You'll find an abundance of activities and a selection of prime accommodations catering to families. Discover our favorite spot below.

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown

'The Central One'

📍 340 North 3rd Street, Downtown Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ 85004, United States

You can expect spacious rooms, exceptional service, and a prime location near Phoenix's top attractions when you stay at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.

Stylish restaurant packed with modern decor, large plants and lively lighting, at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
Make sure to book a table at the lively Sheraton Phoenix Downtown restaurant for some great cuisine and cocktails.
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Why we love staying at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown

This 4-star Sheraton Phoenix Downtown hotel in central Phoenix, is modern and sophisticated, and a great option for families. Here are some other reasons it's a family favorite.

  • Impressive modern building, with relaxing lounges and stylish bedrooms.
  • On-site dining and drinks at the Breeze Bar, &More by Sheraton, and Carcara Restaurant.
  • The Breeze Bar is a rooftop restaurant offering views of Phoenix, and serves craft cocktails.
  • State-of-the-art fitness center with modern equipment to enjoy.

What is there to do close to Sheraton Phoenix Downtown?

Experience the convenience of Sheraton Phoenix Downtown's location, steps away from convention centers, sports venues, and cultural districts. Here are some other top sites on the doorstep.

  1. Copper Square - Hub of entertainment, dining, and shopping in downtown Phoenix.
  2. Arizona Heritage Square and Science Park - Explores Arizona's history through preserved buildings and exhibits.
  3. Historic Heritage Square - A glimpse into Phoenix's Victorian past with historic homes and museums.
  4. Japanese Friendship Garden - Serene garden offering a peaceful escape with traditional Japanese design.
  5. Phoenix Art Museum - Showcases a wide range of art from around the world.

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