Located in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun, Scottsdale is the ultimate combination of desert beauty and urban sophistication. It’s also home to some interesting places to stay to really round off your city break. From charming boutiques to modern resorts, here are my favorite cool and unique hotels in Scottsdale, Arizona…
Senna House Scottsdale, Curio Collection By Hilton
While staying at Senna House, I loved its perfect spot for explorers. Nestled in Scottsdale’s lively Old Town Entertainment District, it’s a stone’s throw from shops and nightclubs. Scottsdale Fashion Square, art installations, museums, and historic sites are just minutes away. I adored the fusion of fine dining and leisure here—it truly made my visit unforgettable.
This chic hotel boasts 169 lavish guest rooms and suites. The interiors are a delightful mix of textures and finishes, creating a cozy yet sophisticated ambiance akin to a home away from home. What I appreciated most were the thoughtful amenities: a Nespresso coffee machine, mini-fridge, Plush Suite Dreams mattresses, and a generous 65-inch flat-screen TV in every room.
The offerings went beyond the rooms. The outdoor pool was a treat, and the free Wi-Fi and well-equipped fitness center were convenient touches.
One of my favorite experiences was dining at CALA Scottsdale, the hotel’s onsite restaurant. Its menu offered an elegant fusion of coastal cuisine, drawing flavors from Greece, Spain, Italy, and Morocco. It was a culinary journey I won’t forget.
One of my favorite places was the fusion of Mediterranean flavors at CALA Scottsdale, a culinary journey I highly recommend.
Features wicker and terracotta touches
Outdoor pool with cabanas
Restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine
Free bicycle rental for guests
No microwave in rooms
Breakfast is not included
Per day parking charges
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows
Nestled in the Sonoran Desert, the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows became my favorite places for a luxurious escape. With 185 spacious bungalows and suites spread over 23 acres, every room offered me oversized bathrooms and private patios showcasing stunning views of the Sonoran Desert.
The chic mid-century modern décor, combined with artisan-crafted furnishings, added a touch of elegance to the entire setting. Exploring the three deluxe pools and the refined dining area felt like a lavish indulgence. Plus, having free Wi-Fi, a spa, a fitness center, and a bar improved the experience.
The range of outdoor activities kept me happily occupied – from golfing to mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking around Saguaro Lake. The proximity to Desert Botanical Gardens and Old Town Scottsdale, just a few miles away, made it convenient to explore more of the area’s charm while staying at this beautiful resort.
My personal favorite was the private patios offering stunning views of the Sonoran Desert in every suite.
Artistic resort with mid-century vibes
Terraces with desert/mountain views
Hip restaurant with open kitchen
Outdoor pools and poolside bar
No luggage carriage
Pool is slightly crowded
On the pricey side
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa
At Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, a Gurney’s Resort & Spa, I discovered a haven for rejuvenation. Nestled on 53 acres of desert terrain, this Scottsdale retreat captured my heart with its meticulously groomed surroundings. The expansive 10,000 square feet of event space, including the 250-capacity ballroom, made for a grand setting.
The Sanctuary Spa became my sanctuary, offering balance and pure relaxation. Its 12 indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, a Zen meditation garden, and a tranquil reflection pond immersed me in serenity.
Among the 109 villas, casitas, and suites, each boasting breathtaking views, the modern chic décor of the suites stood out. Neutral tones and custom-crafted wooden furnishings exuded elegance throughout.
In every room, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, flat-screen cable TV, and spacious en suite bathrooms added comfort. The resort’s amenities, from the state-of-the-art fitness center to the inviting swimming pool, bar/lounge, and tennis court, enriched my experience.
My personal favorite was the serene meditation garden and reflection pond, offering tranquility amidst the desert landscape.
Rooms with balcony and fireplace
Sleek restaurant and multiple bars
Outdoor pools with mountain views
Meditation garden and a reflection pond
The Scott Resort & Spa
At The Scott Resort & Spa, I found a sanctuary for relaxation and renewal. La Vidorra, the resort’s spa, stole my heart with its six serene treatment rooms, each a private haven.
The staff at La Vidorra dedicated themselves to ensuring every guest found serenity. The spa offers a personalized escape from couple’s massages to individual body treatments and indulgent facials. Their custom-day spa packages were an absolute delight.
Exploring the resort’s 204 spacious guest rooms and suites, I fell in love with the vibrant blend of warm wooden furnishings and old-world bronze accents. It crafted an inviting Sonoran-style ambiance that enveloped me in comfort.
The room amenities were thoughtful and comprehensive, including an iron, hairdryer, Nespresso machine, and a laptop-sized in-room safe, ensuring a seamless stay.
Taking a plunge into one of the two outdoor pools felt like bliss. The highlight of my culinary journey was at The Canal Club, the resort’s restaurant blending American classics with Caribbean-inspired flavors. Every bite was an experience to savor.
The location proved ideal, with over 250 golf courses, numerous boutiques, restaurants, bars, and vibrant nightlife. Being a five-minute drive from Old Town Scottsdale also added convenience, making my stay even more memorable.
La Vidorra, the resort’s spa, offered personalized escapes and delightful custom-day spa packages throughout my stay.
Rooms with balconies and minibars
Caribbean restaurant and poolside bar
Outdoor pools and beach area
Light meals and cocktails available
Slow internet connection
Poor sound insulation system
No hot tubs
ADERO Scottsdale Autograph Collection®
While visiting Fountain Hills, I stayed at the ADERO Scottsdale Autograph Collection®. I love this place for its 177 spacious rooms, including 16 oversized suites, all boasting private balconies with stunning views of the Sonoran Desert.
The rooms were equipped with top-notch features and incredibly spacious bathrooms. The elegant decor, blending modernity with style, made my stay genuinely luxurious.
This AAA Four Diamond Resort received accolades as one of the Best New Hotels in the World by Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Magazine in 2021. It’s the sole Autograph Collection® destination in a certified Dark Sky community, offering a unique celestial experience.
During my stay, I relished the ample opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, golfing, biking, and tennis. The two outdoor swimming pools and the state-of-the-art fitness center, equipped with the latest cardio and weight-training gear, were impressive to unwind and stay active.
While visiting, the private balconies with stunning views of the Four Peaks Mountains stood out as my favorite aspect.
Views of the Four Peaks Mountains
On-site restaurant and wine bar
Coffee shop for casual fare
Outdoor pools and hot tub
No in-room minifridge
Breakfast not included
Paid internet connection
Hotel Adeline, Scottsdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Staying at Hotel Adeline was an experience I won’t forget. The vibe here is just my style—vibrant and full of life. Straight Up, the not-so-secret whiskey bar is where I spent my evenings, enjoying cocktails and mingling. Selfmade, the hotel’s restaurant, was a highlight for fantastic dining experiences.
The location was spot-on. I was close to Old Town Scottsdale, Scottsdale Stadium, and other must-see spots like Camelback Mountain Trails and the Desert Botanical Gardens.
As for the rooms, they were pure chic! Vintage décor gave them an eclectic charm. My room overlooked the stunning 3,000-square-foot zero-edge pool—what a view! And the amenities didn’t disappoint either. Everything from a flat-screen TV to a private bathroom was stocked with complimentary toiletries. Plus, access to the fitness center was a great bonus.
My personal favorite was the vibrant outdoor pool area overlooking the stunning Scottsdale landscape.
Outdoor pool area with bar
Speakeasy whisky bar with casual cafe
Terrace featuring outdoor fireplaces
Sun loungers and private cabanas
Small pool area
Breakfast is not included
Noisy at times
The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
At The Phoenician, I found a haven steeped in sophistication and grace. Nestled on 250 acres at Camelback Mountain’s base, this chic resort promises an unforgettable stay.
From the moment I arrived, I was enveloped in unparalleled luxury. The resort boasts an 18-hole golf course, a three-tiered spa, a cutting-edge fitness center, and a sprawling pool complex with rentable cabanas. Dining? Choose from eight top-notch restaurants.
Accolades adorn this place, including the Forbes Travel Guide’s Five Star Award for an impressive 10th consecutive year.
The Phoenician redefines comfort with 585 expansive lodgings ranging from guest rooms to opulent presidential suites. Each space showcases contemporary Southwestern artistry, adorned in warm tones mirroring the Sonoran Desert’s beauty.
My room boasted a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, a lavish en suite, and a personal patio or balcony. The attention to detail was impeccable.
The attention to detail in the contemporary Southwestern artistry of each room was my favorite aspect.
Dining with pools and waterslides
Jean Georges Vongerichten steakhouse
Regal corridor and free wine tasting
Tennis courts and kids' club
Some rooms with garage views
Small shower area
Hotel Valley Ho
Downtown Scottsdale holds one of my favorite places: Hotel Valley Ho. Its vibrant energy and history make it a standout destination.
This spot flawlessly combines modernism with mid-century charm. Edward Varney’s design, blending contemporary and minimalist styles, truly stands out.
1956 John B. Mills, Robert Foehl, and Evelyn crafted this gem, drawing stars like Tony Curtis and Bing Crosby. It was a celebrity hotspot!
Over the years, changes dimmed its original allure under Ramada’s ownership. Luckily, in 2005, it regained its mid-century splendor.
Stepping into one of its 194 rooms feels like a fusion of eras—floor-to-ceiling windows, vivid colors, and private balconies.
The two pools, bar, spa, and wellness center? They’re all part of the experience while staying at this iconic hotel.
One of my favorite aspects was experiencing the fusion of modernism and mid-century charm in this vibrant hotel.
Outdoor pool with poolside bar
Fun Happy hour and evening entertainment
Dinner with live music performance
Poolside cocktails and lunch
Noise around the pool
Pool is crowded mostly
No free parking
W Scottsdale Hotel is one of my favorite places, offering tranquility and vibrant energy. Most days are laid-back, but Thursdays transform with lively parties resonating from nearby hotspots.
Anchored in Scott’s Entertainment District, it’s a hub for shopping, fine dining, and nightlife. Proximity to Chase Stadium and the University of Phoenix Stadium adds sporting excitement.
I love the 241 revamped rooms, blending luxury and coziness. The bold décor and floor-to-ceiling windows provide stunning Sonoran Desert vistas. The outdoor pool, spa, and round-the-clock fitness center elevate the experience.
While staying, the serene weekdays transitioning to vibrant Thursday nights were my favorite experiences.
Rooms with patio and balconies
Lounge with DJs and live music
Lively outdoor pool with cabanas
Glass bottom entrance for views
Noisy at night time
Marginally thin walls
AC Hotel by Marriott Scottsdale North
Staying at the AC Hotel by Marriott Scottsdale North was my dream. Its prime location near all the action in North Scottsdale meant I was steps away from fantastic shopping, dining, and more.
What struck me was how versatile this hotel is—perfect for any traveler. AC Hotel caters to all, whether you’re into business or seeking leisure like shopping and dining. The blend of quality, timeless European design, comfort, and authenticity sets it apart.
The 165 guest rooms exuded elegance with their European-inspired décor. My room was a haven, with a cozy bed, an adjustable reading lamp, and all the essentials like a hairdryer, complimentary high-speed internet, telephone, and a luxurious bathroom suite.
Leisure options were aplenty; I took a dip in the inviting outdoor swimming pool and even managed to squeeze in a workout at their top-notch fitness center. To top off my evenings, the AC Lounge served up delightful signature cocktails, local brews, and delectable small plates—a perfect way to unwind.
One of my favorite places was the versatile hotel, perfect for business or leisure, near North Scottsdale’s vibrant scene.
Outdoor pool with sun umbrellas
Patio offering a fire pit
Evenings with signature cocktails
Brews and small plates in lounge
No balcony in rooms
Breakfast is not included
CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa
Nestled amidst 20 acres of Sonoran desert, just outside Scottsdale, CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa became one of my favorite places to recharge. The moment I arrived, the serene landscape promised rejuvenation.
The accolade-laden spa and resort presented a myriad of health-focused amenities, treatments, and fitness sessions. Renowned wellness experts guided me through a transformative journey, nurturing mind and body.
Exploring CIVANA’s cutting-edge spa, I discovered 22 treatment rooms dedicated to water-based therapeutic experiences. Each session felt like a step toward holistic healing.
Choosing from 176 stunning guest rooms and suites, including Spa King, King, Double Queen, and One Bedroom Suite, I found comfort in modern elegance. The rooms boasted amenities like a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, and a private balcony, blending luxury with functionality.
Whether basking by the heated outdoor pool or savouring meals at Terras restaurant or Seed café, every moment at CIVANA felt like an indulgence in wellness and relaxation.
Exploring the wellness-focused amenities and transformative spa experiences were my favorite aspects.
Airy rooms with balconies
Healthy restaurants with terraces
Outdoor pools and a luxe spa
Tennis court and golf course
Slow internet connection
Pets are not allowed
No extra beds available
Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale, Curio Collection by Hilton
At Boulders Resort & Spa, I found my haven for rejuvenation. Spread across 1,300 acres in the Sonoran Desert foothills, it offered breathtaking views of ancient boulder formations and a serene 33,000-square-foot spa.
The spa, a sanctuary from daily stress, boasted 24 treatment rooms and three spa suites with private jacuzzis, outdoor showers, and fireplaces. Exploring the grounds, I stumbled upon the meditative labyrinth garden, Native American tipi, and an organic garden – each adding a unique touch to the experience.
The accommodations, inspired by the Sonoran Desert, ranged from adobe casitas to luxurious villas. My room exuded southwestern charm with its wood-burning fireplace, beamed ceiling, and a natural stone shower. Not to forget the modern amenities like free Wi-Fi and a 55-inch flat-screen cable TV that made my stay even more comfortable.
But the spa wasn’t the only attraction; the resort also boasted two championship golf courses, four inviting swimming pools, and a fully-equipped fitness center. No wonder this place received accolades; it was a holistic retreat for mind, body, and soul.
The serene 33,000-square-foot spa and the unique offerings like the meditative labyrinth garden were my favorites.
High-end resort with 2 golf courses
Fireplaces and natural stone showers
Casual bakeries and restaurants
Outdoor pools and tennis courts
On the pricey side
Slightly small beds
Pets not allowed
The Saguaro Scottsdale
I adore The Saguaro Scottsdale—it’s one of my favorite places! Nestled in Old Town Scottsdale, this funky, lively hotel stole my heart. It’s a haven for anyone seeking a vibrant, thrilling escape—I felt right at home, especially being a Gen Z.
Inspired by Mexican architecture and the Arizona desert, its lively design perfectly mirrors the colorful landscape. Each of the 194 guest rooms, adorned with shades reminiscent of native desert blooms, adds to its charm.
Stepping inside, I was greeted by a burst of primary colors, beautifully complemented by natural wood and leather furnishings, some handcrafted and imported from Mexico. From the free Wi-Fi to the 42-inch flat-screen TV, the rooms blend modern comfort and desert-inspired elegance.
The vibrant design inspired by Mexican architecture and the lively atmosphere were my favorite aspects.
Bright tropical gardens with daybeds
Outdoor swimming pools with cabanas
Poolside DJ and live music
Patio seating with a fireplace
Slightly thin walls
No free parking
Some extra charges
Bespoke Inn Scottsdale
At Bespoke Inn Scottsdale, I found a gem in the Scottsdale Arts District. The cozy accommodations and top-notch service made it one of my favorite places. The 43-foot infinity pool was a refreshing delight, and exploring on a Pashley bicycle added an adventurous touch to my stay. Sipping on the Bespoke Blend while relaxing on a private patio felt like pure luxury.
Dining at Virtù Honest Craft was an exceptional experience; the award-winning restaurant lived up to its reputation. The uniqueness of the four suites and six guest rooms amazed me; each was meticulously designed, blending style and comfort seamlessly. The attention to detail was remarkable, and the in-room amenities, like custom blend pour-over coffee and complimentary Wi-Fi, added a special touch to my stay.
The inn was conveniently located across Scottsdale Rose Garden and Scottsdale Artists’ School. Exploring nearby attractions like the Museum of Contemporary Art and Desert Botanical Gardens was a breeze. Plus, having the Scottsdale Stadium close by for the San Francisco Giants’ spring training was a bonus.
Dining at Virtù Honest Craft and experiencing the Bespoke Blend on a private patio were my favorite experiences.
Soaking tubs and canopy beds
Century-old olive trees and fire pits
Infinity lap pool with loungers
Courtyard has tree-strung lights
No jacuzzi tubs
Breakfast is not included
Slight outside noise
Sentral Old Town
I love Sentral Old Town! Nestled in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale, this place offers a unique blend of living and working spaces, making me feel like a local. The location is a gem—it’s just a minute’s walk to Old Town Scottsdale and within easy reach of attractions like Scottsdale Waterfront, Fashion Square, and Scottsdale Stadium.
What I adore most is the pet-friendly environment and how everything, from bars to restaurants and nightspots, is a stroll away.
The apartment suites here are stunningly modern. They’ve got everything—a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with gas ranges, quartz countertops, and chic wood-style flooring. And those oversized windows? They make the place feel incredibly airy. The ceilings soaring up to 9 and 10 feet add a touch of luxury.
The amenities? Top-notch. Free high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the common areas, a complimentary coffee station for those morning pick-me-ups, and the rooftop sky lounge—oh, the views of the Sonoran desert landscape from up there are breathtaking! The fitness center is state-of-the-art, with all the cardio and strength equipment I could request. And let’s not forget the resort-style pool and hot tub—a perfect relaxation spot after a long day.
All Hotels in Scottsdale Ranked
The following table compares the Top 15 Cool and Unique Hotels in Scottsdale on account of various attributes.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attraction(km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|Senna House Scottsdale, Curio Collection By Hilton||7501 E Camelback Road||$184 - $626||Yes||5.5||6|
|Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows||6114 N Scottsdale Rd||$310 - $1017||Yes||4.5||3|
|Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa||5700 East McDonald Drive||$616 - $1076||Yes||1.4||2|
|The Scott Resort & Spa||4925 North Scottsdale Road||$249 - $307||Yes||4.7||3|
|ADERO Scottsdale Autograph Collection®||13225 North Eagle Ridge Drive||$191 - $690||Yes||2.5||2|
|Hotel Adeline, Scottsdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel||5101 North Scottsdale Road||$115 - $501||Yes||4.7||4|
|The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale||6000 East Camelback Road||$427 - $1507||Yes||2.7||3|
|Hotel Valley Ho||6850 East Main Street||$205 - $1948||Yes||2.8||5|
|W Scottsdale||7277 East Camelback Road||$309 - $1150||Yes||5.1||3|
|AC Hotel by Marriott Scottsdale North||15200 North Kierland Boulevard||$202 - $236||Yes||5||4|
|CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa||37220 North Mule Train Road||$462 - $1244||Yes||4.1||6|
|Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale, Curio Collection by Hilton||34631 North Tom Darlington Drive||$320 - $2310||Yes||8.6||8|
|The Saguaro Scottsdale||4000 North Drinkwater Boulevard||$131 - $166||Yes||5.5||5|
|Bespoke Inn Scottsdale||3701 North Marshall Way||$285 - $855||Yes||4.9||6|
|Sentral Old Town||4735 North Scottsdale Road||$164 - $221||Yes||4.1||9|
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