1 Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North
The Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North is an elegant luxury resort with only 210 guest rooms, casitas, and suites. Set among saguaros and the fantastically shaped boulders in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, the quaint mission-style complex blends perfectly into the desert landscape. Guests can enjoy beautiful desert views from the main lobby, the pool, the restaurants, and the rooms and balconies. Unlike some of the larger resorts in Scottsdale, the Four Seasons offers a more intimate atmosphere, which combined with attentive staff make this a relaxing and stress-free experience.
Over the last several years, the resort has undergone extensive renovations and upgrades. All accommodations are very private and have a balcony or terrace. Golfers will enjoy the convenience of the iconic Troon North Golf Club with its two beautiful courses right next door. A complimentary shuttle is available for guests. The resort also has a spa and gym, and fitness classes, like yoga or guided hikes, are available. Dining options include Talavera, an upscale-casual Spanish steakhouse, and Proof, a more relaxed dining experience focusing on foods from across America, with enticing and beautifully designed indoor and outdoor eating areas.
2 The Phoenician
Long one of Scottsdale's premier resort destinations, The Phoenician continues to evolve following a massive renovation to all areas, including the golf courses. Some buildings have been completely rebuilt. The resort is built on the lower slopes of Camelback Mountain and blends in beautifully as it flows down across the desert landscape. The new modern design has incorporated some of the desert motifs, from a cactus garden to the sophisticated decor. The stunning three-level pool area is perfectly positioned to catch the sun throughout the day. A separate children's area with waterslide and splash pad is set well apart from the adults-only pool area.
The Phoenician has 648 total rooms consisting of regular guest rooms, casitas, and suites. Included in this total are 60 canyon casitas, providing the ultimate in luxury and privacy. Large guest rooms feature marble bathrooms complete with a bathtub and separate shower, and many have balconies overlooking the pool area. The restaurants, including the J&G Steakhouse, Mowry & Cotton, and the Relish Burger Bistro, offer a full range of dining possibilities, from fine dining to casual.
3 Hotel Valley Ho
One of the city's landmark historic hotels, this mid-century modern classic has been brought back to its former glory by its enthusiastic owners. Often described as cool, the Hotel Valley Ho has a hip and trendy vibe and is within walking distance to Old Town Scottsdale. The location is unbeatable. Well thought out floor plans and a 1950s-style decor combined with the modernized luxury standards of today's discerning traveler, make this one of the most unique places in the city. Each room has its own balcony or patio, and unlike some of the larger resorts, the pools and restaurants are only steps away. Many famous actors and actresses have stayed here over the years, and the hotel is included as a drive-by stop on some city tours. The hotel's ZuZu restaurant has a retro atmosphere in keeping with the rest of the property.
4 The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Whether you are interested in planning a golf getaway, a family vacation, a romantic weekend, or a friends' trip, the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa delivers. Golfers can enjoy the three Scott Miller-designed golf courses right on the property. For pampering and relaxation, look no further than the Agave Spa. Kids can spend all day on the 110-foot waterslide and 900-foot lazy river, and all ages can find excitement on the FlowRider, a water feature that allows you to surf on a permanent wave.
Rooms at the Westin Kierland are large and sumptuous and feature private balconies, which either overlook the golf courses or the mountain ranges off in the distance. Dining options are varied, from casual right up to fine dining at the recently renovated Nellie Cashman's or at the Latin-inspired Deseo restaurant.
5 Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection
Boulders Resort & Spa is located in north Scottsdale in a stunning setting of massive odd-shaped rocks. This resort has long been a popular destination for golfers. The two beautifully laid out golf courses flow across 1,300-acres of Sonoran desert. Also on-site is a 33,000-square-foot spa featuring all the latest treatments along with a labyrinth and shamanic tipi ideal for meditation or rituals lead by a local shaman. Accommodation options range from casitas and villas to executive suites. No matter your choice, each room offers luxury and elegance and features a stone shower and wood-burning fireplace. Boulders is part of the Hilton collection of hotels.
6 Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa
Spread out across 23 acres, the mid-century modern Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa features the design brilliance of Alexander Girard. The large bungalows each have their own patio or private terrace and display an array of eclectic art from the Cattle Track Arts Compound. You can be as busy or as lazy as you like here. Those looking for sun and relaxation can sit by one of the three pools, and those looking to exercise their creative side can sign up for a course led by the artist in residence. If you'd prefer a bit of pampering, visit the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary. Andaz Resort has conveniently located just a short drive from historic downtown Scottsdale.
7 Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa
The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale is a perfect family destination. The resort features a 2.5-acre water park with a three-story waterslide, 10 pools, whirlpools, and even a white-sand beach. This is a mid-size resort with 493 generously sized rooms and suites, all of which have private balconies or terraces, luxury amenities, and refrigerators. Views are either out to the mountains, over the pool area, or off towards the golf course. Activities abound at the resort, with four lighted tennis courts, and guests have access to the Gainey Ranch Golf Club featuring 27 holes of golf across three courses. One of the most unique features of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale is the opportunity to take a gondola ride and be serenaded by a gondolier as you tour the lakes behind the resort. The resort also has ten restaurants allowing for all manner of dining options, from quick and easy right through to fine dining
8 Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
A stay at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess allows you to experience the best of the Sonoran Desert scenery coupled with all the luxury services and amenities that the Fairmont chain of hotels is famous for. Some of the highlights of the resort include the two nearby golf courses, where guests are offered preferred tee times, the Well & Being Spa, with a wide array of soothing treatments, and the six pool areas, including the unique and innovative 9,000-square-foot Sunset Beach. This is a large resort with 750 rooms and casitas, which include oversized luxury bathrooms, premium bedding, and terraces looking out to the mountains, pools, or golf courses. The four restaurants offer Mexican, Latin American, and contemporary American cuisines.
9 Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas
The Sheraton Desert Oasis is unique in the Scottsdale area for being an all-villa hotel. The resort has 300 one-bedroom villas, either in a standard or premium version. Each villa comes with a balcony or terrace, full kitchen, dining area, and separate bedroom. A washer and dryer are also included. This is an ideal setup if you are self-catering or planning a longer stay. The resort also has a 4,500-square-foot swimming pool complete with waterfalls and a sun deck, where light meals are available from the only restaurant on the property. The resort is in north Scottsdale, just a short distance from Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West.