The best hotels in arizona

Want a world-class spa resort? Check. Golf's your thing? No worries. Gardens? Mountains? Dude ranch? Take your pick. In one of the nation's largest cities or in a mountain mining town, in a desert or a high-elevation evergreen forest, find your home-away-from home in Arizona.
Collected by Joseph Cyr AFAR Local Expert
Photo by Tim Street-Porter
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A rainbow of colors inspired by Arizona wildflowers brightens the new Saguaro hotel. Here, 194 rooms wrap around two pools: one for fun, the other for quiet (and outdoor yoga classes on the deck). At Distrito restaurant, Iron Chef Jose Garces...
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The 90-year-old orange tree grove at Royal Palms Resort and Spa predates the property. Now, the hotel’s Alvadora Spa pays homage to the fruit with citrus facials, exfoliations, and massages. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.
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Bringing together the elements of feng shui, a Zen-like ambience, and its Sonoran Desert environs, Spa at the Boulders is a 33,000-square-foot escape where you can easily spend an entire day. Besides the 24 treatment rooms and a running list...
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After spending several nights in chain hotels in California, my daughters and I were thrilled to see our room at the Grand Canyon Hotel in Williams, Arizona. The hotel is the oldest in Arizona, and it might be the most charming, as well. We stayed...
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The Grand Canyon–inspired Willow Stream Spa employs a staff doctor to provide advice on sleep, diet, and fitness. Other new offerings include healthy cooking classes. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.
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Developed by Fred Harvey—whose railway eatery company inspired Judy Garland’sThe Harvey Girls—La Posada houses the famed Turquoise Room restaurant. Sleeping quarters furnished with Zapotec rugs and handcrafted beds offer views of vineyards and...
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No matter how posh, there's always a place for something deep-fried to go with drinks, eh? Tucked into its own private canyon on the far northwestern edge of Tucson, the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain resort is the epitome of understated desert...
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Camelback Inn is offers my dream staycation. This AAA 5-Diamond hotel has maintained its excellence since it first came around in the 1930's. it has an old pueblo-style feel that really exemplifies Southwestern culture. You'll get the most amazing...
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There's no place for renewal like Sedona, Arizona. The city surrounded by stunning red rocks is the perfect base for hiking, yoga, and pampering yourself at its many spas. The spa at L'Auberge de Sedona has always been known for its excellent...
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The Arizona Biltmore resort was built in 1929. One of the first and still one of the finest resorts in Phoenix, it remains a unique architectural gem. Frank Lloyd Wright was the consulting architect, and his work has been well maintained. The...
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I am obsessed with the hit series Mad Men and the Hotel Valley Ho, located in downtown Scottsdale, is one of my favorite hotels to stay at because it feels like you get transported into another time. Every time I stay there I end up never wanting...
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Escaping the lower elevation heat of a southern Arizona summer, my wife and I headed up to the mile-high red-rock country around Sedona. This was the view from our hotel: red rocks all around... Sky Ranch Lodge is perched on the summit of...
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I always stay at the Arizona Inn while in Tucson, the service is what many come for, but the architecture and old time Tucson feel is what I can't get enough of.
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Surely, a college town at the base of skiable mountains on the way to the Grand Canyon must boast a memorable place to caffeinate...or imbibe something more relaxing...right? Flagstaff, Arizona, has its fair share of coffee shops and bars, but...
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The Hermosa Inn, first opened in 1936, has the kind of history that a cowboy keeps under his hat. With 43 rooms and casitas spread across six acres of Arizona desert in the upscale Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, the inn was originally the home...
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Confusion. I think that’s what some people feel when they first lay eyes on the Montelucia Resort & Spa. With its ornate entryways and floral squares, the resort looks more like a charming European village than an Arizona resort. But, you know...
Photo Courtesy of The Motor Lodge, Prescott
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Located a few blocks from Courthouse Square and Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott, about 100 miles north of Phoenix, the Motor Lodge might best be described as a Retro Road Trip. Prior to its motor court existence, the 13-room lodge began life...
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The Grill is the only restaurant in Arizona to receive the “Award of Ultimate Distinction” from Wine Enthusiast. History, quiet service, and the most romantic dining in Tucson are all here. For the best dinner-with-a-view, ask for a table in the...
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