Boutique Hotels » Phoenix, AZ

Boutique Hotels in Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix may not have any sweet little 12-room hotels, but the Valley of the Sun has mountaintop resorts and desert spas unlike any you’ll find elsewhere.
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Hotel Highland at Biltmore

If you’re a Phoenician, you’re probably asking thinking, “There’s a boutique hotel in The Biltmore area? I had no idea.” Well, neither did we until we started doing a bit of research. And the thing is, Hotel Highland at Biltmore is a very pleasant surprise! It’s only about two years old and the rooms are clean, fun, and well-designed. Standard and ‘superior’ rooms are available but we say go straight for the Executive Jacuzzi Suite. You only live once, right? It’s within walking distance of Biltmore Fashion Park so you won’t have any trouble keeping busy, either.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is so posh that hip-hop power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé actually ditched the glam beaches of Saint-Tropez to spend their honeymoon here. And, with Sanctuary’s almost-covert location, ultra-sleek design, and celebrity chef-driven restaurant, elements, who could blame them? We’d like to think B – that’s right, we’re on a first initial basis – and the J-Man spent much of their time lounging poolside after Asian-inspired treatments at Sanctuary Spa (looking oh-so-glamorous, of course). And we’re sure Chef Beau MacMillan took good care of them at elements with his farm-to-table dishes that combine American cuisine with Asian flavors.

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Hotel Valley Ho

Hotel Valley Ho was cool back in 1956 when it first opened its doors, before downtown Scottsdale was ever called “downtown,” and it’s still cool today with a chic, mid-century look that was updated in a 2005 renovation. It’s become a Valley landmark of sorts with its celebrated history – Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood were actually married here in 1957 – and fantastic restaurants helmed by award-winning Chef Chuck Wiley, ZuZu and Trader Vic’s. The OH Pool bar is a local hotspot, particularly in the summer time when the hotel offer’s discounts on accommodations and live music. There’s also the VH Spa for Vitality + Health and the seven-story Tower, a luxe hotel-within-a-hotel with spacious one- and two-bedroom Tower Suites that have complete kitchens, sweeping panoramic views of Camelback Mountain, and more.

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Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Okay, so the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino looks more like a Las Vegas entertainment center than it does a quaint boutique hotel, but that is exactly the draw. Located on the Gila River Indian Community, the Wild Horse Pass Hotel has more than 1,000 slot machines and 71 table games, plus five lounges and the AIRIA Night Club.  It’s down the street from the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving and practically next door to Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse. Don’t get it confused with the nearby Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa (which is stunning), though. This hotel is much more for the nightlife crowd than its neighbor.

Hermosa Inn

Once the home of cowboy artist Lon Megargee, the Hermosa Inn is tucked away into the corner of a small Paradise Valley neighborhood and still displays much of the artist’s most popular works. Last year, the Phoenix boutique hotel spent $2 million to renovate and update its guest suites. While the rooms are beautiful, our favorite spot in the house has to be the massive patio at LON’s, Hermosa Inn’s signature restaurant. Come around sunset and enjoy a glass of wine with friends, then stay for dinner because you won’t want to miss Chef Jeremy Pacheco’s “artful American cuisine.” He sources much of his produce from an onsite, one-acre organic garden.

Photo courtesy of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau