Luxury Hotels of Scottsdale

By local contributor
Cacinda Maloney

My cocktail glass was full as I lounged in a yellow-and-white-striped cabana. I stared out at the turquoise pool with colored noodles nestled comfortably against its sides. I was in the shadow of Camelback Mountain, rich with prickly pear cacti and bougainvillea. This is the kind of place that feels like an escape from the world. In fact, one of the best things about living in Scottsdale is that I can go on an escape year round and have my pick of luxury resorts! I tossed aside my floppy hat, slid out of my flip flops, and took a dive into the serene pool.

Sometimes I travel to escape life, other times I travel for authenticity, and sometimes just for the pure pleasure of it. This was a pleasure trip, as I am an unapologetic lover of luxury travel and I have found the sweet spot in Scottsdale!

Surrounded by nature, Scottsdale’s distinctive Spanish-influenced architectural style, as well as its towering palm-lined streets make it the perfect luxury destination. With its magical Sonoran Desert and year-round sunshine, it epitomizes the perfect vacation city. I call it the Wild, Wild West with an upscale twist.

Below is a list of properties where I’ve been able to enjoy incredible experiences. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list – Scottsdale is brimming with luxury hotels all across the city!

Luxury Boutique Hotels

Hotel Valley Ho

This midcentury architectural gem is a local landmark and a hub for stylish travelers. With its perfect location in Old Town Scottsdale, it can’t be beat for historic charm. I loved the freestanding tub in the middle of my room.

The Hermosa Inn

The Hermosa Inn is tucked away in a wealthy corner of Paradise Valley. Settle into one of the property's hacienda-style guestrooms or casitas, each of which has been individually decorated with influences from famed artist Lon Megargee, who lived inside his restored adobe ranch home on the property. Megargee is most well-known for painting “The Last Drop from His Stetson,” which became the hallmark image for Stetson hats.

Royal Palms Resort & Spa

As soon as you pull into the resort’s quaint entrance right off Camelback Road, you will instantly feel the ambiance of the Mediterranean-style design. No detail was left untouched in the creation of this hotel, which exudes the essence of a luxurious residence. And the service is utterly outstanding, where staff is attentive without being overbearing.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Where would you stay if you were the latest Hollywood starlet? Well, of course, you would stay at the ultra-plush Sanctuary Resort, perched on Camelback Mountain with sweeping views of the valley below.  While you are at it, book one of the property's exclusive, private Villas, which were built with you and your entourage in mind.

Spacious Luxury Resorts

The Phoenician

This iconic resort offers luxury at every turn, from J&G Steakhouse to Canyon Suites, a posh resort within the resort. Known world-wide for its dramatic golf course and outstanding Spa, this is where Presidents and Heads of State stay when they come to town.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Princess is as close to all-inclusive as it gets in Scottsdale, with six sparkling pools (one with a white sand beach!), lagoon fishing, seasonal fireworks, an award-winning spa and scrumptious restaurants. Families can come together for an action-packed vacation without ever leaving the grounds, which are lushly landscaped and offer amazing views of the dramatic Arizona sunsets.

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

I love the interior design of this intimate and romantic hotel, inspired by Spain’s Andalusian region. It holds a special place in my heart for pure luxury in a gorgeous setting at the base of Camelback Mountain. For a real treat, take a plunge in the rooftop pool at Joya Spa, steeped in Moroccan influences.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

What a joy it is to stay here in central Scottsdale, with acres of luscious grounds. The Lobby Bar features sweeping views of the McDowell Mountains and live music every night of the week. Kick it up a notch with fine Italian cuisine at the on-property Alto Ristorante e bar, followed by an authentic gondola boat ride (complete with a singing gondolier!). You'll feel like you're in Venice instead of in the middle of Scottsdale!

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Take a drive out to the scenic and peaceful North Scottsdale desert. From the Four Seasons entrance that gradually snakes its way through pristine desert to casita-style accommodations, your overall first impression will be pure luxury. It is gorgeous from every angle!