Arizona: the home of the Grand Canyon, the infamous Monument Valley (a backdrop used in many Western films), and the Sonoran Desert. But as it turns out, the Southwestern American state is also home to some fantastic boutique hotels. Check out this guide to five of the best independent hotels in Arizona.
SANCTUARY ON CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN RESORT AND SPA
Nestled in Paradise Valley with stunning views of Camelback Mountain, the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is a luxurious accommodation option. Along with the 105 Casitas, there are seven private homes on the property with their own game rooms, pools, and patios. There is a world-class spa, meditation garden, fitness centre, outdoor pool, and tennis courts for guests to enjoy. When visitors want to go and explore, they can organise to go on a guided tour of the Sonoran Desert, or explore nearby Scottsdale.
RED FEATHER LODGE
For a budget friendly motel close to the Grand Canyon, check out Red Feather Lodge. The lodge has a contemporary hotel and budget motel within its complex, but all guests have access to its many great facilities. These include an outdoor pool and spa, and a restaurant serving Mexican and American fare. If visitors stay during the summer, they can utilise the free National Park Shuttle. Close by guests will not only find the Grand Canyon, but the National Geographic Visitor Center, and IMAX Theatre.
The Wigwam is located in the Phoenix suburb of Litchfield Park, and is all about southwestern charm and style. Each guest room is decorated with vibrant throws, and has a private patio with excellent Wigwam views. The hotel happens to be the only one in Arizona with a 54-hole golf course. It also has an Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa onsite, nine tennis courts, and two pools with private cabanas. The Wigwam has many drink and food options, too: Litchfield’s, Red’s Bar and Grill, Wigwam Bar, and Tower Pool Bar and Grill. It really has it all.
Searching for a budget independent hotel in Flagstaff? Look no further. Canyon Inn has rooms from $50 per night, but that doesn’t mean guests miss out on the extras. There is free Wi-Fi and a complimentary hot breakfast daily. Guests also have access to coffee-and-tea-making facilities in the lobby, as well as use of the microwave. Canyon Inn is equipped with a business centre, and laundry facilities, so all bases are covered. Plus your pet can come along too, for $10 a night.
For a stay in East Flagstaff, choose the Wyndham Flagstaff. Each of the 167 condominiums have kitchens, which include a refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, and dishwasher. The hotel has great extras, too, such as complimentary Wi-Fi and free laundry facilities. Wyndham Flagstaff is close to the Flagstaff Mall, Bushmaster Park, and the Walnut Canyon National Monument. There is a full-service spa onsite, a restaurant, a bar, a spa tub, and two seasonal outdoor pools.
So when you next feel like a sunny escape, head to Arizona and stay at one of the state’s top independent hotels.