The Phoenix-Scottsdale area is known for its resorts and golf courses. Our writer visited to see if there was a recommendable hideaway that would connect guests to the natural and cultural attractions of the region. He found one hotel that has been touted by the travel press since its renovation in 2017 and another that was originally a winter retreat for prominent East Coast families at the turn of the 20th century.
This property is an alternative to the larger resorts in Scottsdale and a good base from which to explore the city. The hotel’s 43 adobe casita-style rooms were renovated in 2017 and are decorated in a Western style, with large gas fireplaces and comfortable canopy beds. Baths include ample walk-in showers but no soaking tubs. The rooms are gathered around a winding xeric garden that, in spring, is covered in riotous blooms. Garden Casita guests have access to private outdoor Jacuzzi tubs. Amenities include a small swimming pool and LON’s at The Hermosa Inn restaurant.
From the editor: “We opted for dinner at LON’s at The Hermosa Inn, a restaurant that draws diners from across the city. Everything we tried was enjoyable. However, the real standout of the evening was the restaurant’s patio, with its lively atmosphere and twinkling lights, where we relaxed beneath a starry desert night sky.”
Read more about The Hermosa Inn.
Just an hour north of Phoenix, this resort dates to the late 1880s. Towering 100-year-old date palms line the entry to the canary-yellow lodge, one of the few remaining historic buildings on the property, which houses the lobby, bar and dining room. Overseen by chef Christopher Brugman, Harvest serves excellent cuisine that employs produce from the on-site kitchen garden. Rooms are spacious and contemporary, with large fireplaces and indoor-outdoor baths. Guests can hike to the source of the springs and soak in 120-degree mineral water. Guests under the age of 16 are not permitted. The hotel operates seasonally from October to May.
From the editor: “The hot springs are magical and the food delicious.”
Read more about Castle Hot Springs.