Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix
With its palm-lined entrance, oasis-like courtyards, and proximity to the Sky Harbor Airport, the Royal Palms draws both business and leisure travelers, especially business travelers who've managed to work a few days of leisure into their schedule. Built in the shadow of Camelback Mountain in 1929 as a Spanish Colonial style home for Cunard Line executive Delos W. Cooke (who imported 900 palms for the grounds), and opened as a hotel in 1948, the Royal Palms remains popular in part because with 119 rooms it is one of the smaller and more intimate of Arizona
's luxury resorts. Yet restoration and refurbishing have kept it up-to-date without diminishing its original charm.