Located northeast of Phoenix, Scottsdale is one of the Arizona state capital’s primary suburbs. Scottsdale has a vibrant downtown, filled with shops, restaurants and art galleries, and the year-round sunshine and moderate winter temperatures are a big draw for residents and tourists alike. Scottsdale is home to several four-star hotels and resorts.
The Phoenician, rated a four-star resort by Forbes, boasts a $25 million art collection on its grounds, and guests can take a guided audio tour through the works, which include contemporary American, traditional European and Southwest- and Native American-influenced pieces. As a bonus, those that take the tour receive two free tickets to the Phoenix Art Museum. The Phoenician boasts rooms ranging from standard rooms to casitas, or bungalows, and amenities like on-site golf and tennis, a spa and retail stores. There are 10 restaurants and lounges and nine pools. The resort also has the Funician Kids Club to keep the little ones busy, with activities like pottery, movies and duck feeding.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale
Guests at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at North Troon are greeted each morning by Pinnacle Peak, one of the most recognized peaks in the desert surrounding Phoenix and Scottsdale. Part of the Four Seasons chain of resorts, this Forbes four star-rated facility has 210 rooms and suites that feature standard amenities like evening turndown service and twice-daily visits from housekeeping. Poolside cabanas also are complimentary. Other complimentary services include access to the Four Seasons’ Kids Club, if you have children, and transportation to Troon North Golf Club. Guests also can take advantage of guided tours of Pinnacle Peak Park, dancing demonstrations, wine tastings and massage lessons.
Radisson Fort McDowell Resoirt
The Radisson Fort McDowell Resort not only provides four-diamond rated lodging by AAA, but also provides easy access to the Fort McDowell Casino, located adjacent to the resort. For those who are not interested in hitting the gaming tables or slots, there still is plenty to do, including a round at the We-Ko-Pa Golf Course on the Radisson property, and a day at the spa, which offers hydrotherapy and massages specifically for golfers. Guests interested in using the resort for a meeting have 25,000 square feet of space available. Guests also can reserve a car through Enterprise, which has a kiosk in the hotel, or unwind in the evening by the resort’s outdoor fire pit, with drinks and conversation as the sun goes down.
Hotel Valley Ho
The Hotel Valley Ho, a Scottsdale landmark since 1956, retains the charm of its past while providing modern conveniences. Built in the contemporary style of the 1950s, the hotel was quickly popular, as it was the first with air conditioning in all rooms. It also was a hub for celebrities. The hotel hosted the wedding reception of Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, and counts Marilyn Monroe, Jimmy Durante and Humphrey Bogart among past guests. Today, the Valley Ho is still a draw, especially after a recent renovation. Unlike some of Scottsdale’s top hotels and resort, the Valley Ho is in the downtown area and provides easy access to many of Scottsdale’s shopping, dining and clubbing options