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Top 10 Accommodations: Phoenix & Paradise Valley Hotels, Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 10 Accommodations: Phoenix & Paradise Valley Hotels, Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 10 Phoenix and Paradise Valley hotels and resorts — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

2400 E. Missouri Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
An Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929, when it was crowned The Jewel of the Desert.

Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
In-room fireplaces, secluded patios, hand-painted Mexican tile, HD TVs, high-speed Internet, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and Lon’s at the Hermosa.

Hyatt Regency Phoenix

122 N. 2nd St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
800-55-HYATT (49288)
This sophisticated hotel showcases 693 rooms and suites, award-winning dining and versatile meeting space. Features an indulgent outdoor pool and spa and nearby world-class golf and tennis facilities.

Montelucia Resort & Spa

4949 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
The Montelucia Resort & Spa is a luxurious hotel in Paradise Valley that is inspired by the architecture and culture of Spain’s Andalusia region.The resort offers an escape from the city and provides access to recreation, nightlife and dining.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85054
Two 18-hole championship golf courses, Marriott’s original Revive Spa, 10 dining options, four acres of turquoise swimming pools and waterways, and Arizona’s largest ballroom.

Pointe Hilton Resorts-Tapatio Cliffs

11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020
Whether visiting for business or pleasure, you will enjoy luxury all-suite accommodations, complimentary access to our expansive water feature, unique dining experiences, championship golf, relaxing spa and salon services and an array of shopping options. Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort truly is an extraordinary escape from the ordinary.

Ritz-Carlton Phoenix

2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
The 11-story, 281-room hotel features spectacular city views, fine dining and an exquisite outdoor patio and pool.

Royal Palms Resort & Spa

5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018
Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, the original 1929 mansion features 119 guest rooms, casitas and suites. Combining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Situated on 53 acres, the resort offers its guests unparalleled privacy and peace. Guests enjoy the most modern of pleasures and conveniences. The spa features 12 indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, a meditation garden, Sanctum and Watsu pool.

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

340 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
As Arizona’s largest hotel, the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel sits 31-stories high, redefining the city skyline. The 1,000 room hotel offers panoramic city, skyline and mountain views, and puts you within walking distance of some of the city’s finest arts, dining and entertainment venues.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012


Resort Trends

Three Resort Trends In 2012

As with every year that goes by, trends come and trends go. This is the case in every industry – be it fashion, food and beverage or hospitality. Looking into 2012 there are three key resort trends that guests can expect to see during their stays at hotels across the nation.

Three Resort Trends In 2012

Hotel Lobbies

Scratch out lobbies and make that lounges. Resorts are doing their best to make hotel lobbies more comforting, inviting and enjoyable; similar to a lounge experience, rather than just a place to check in and out.

“Service is at the forefront and that means from the time a guest walks in to the time they leave,” said Robert Livingston, general manager of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort. “We not only want to make sure guests feel welcome, but that they also feel comfortable in a luxurious space – not just another guest checking in.”

The hotel “lounge” style was incorporated into Harrah’s Ak-Chin new 152-room hotel tower and can also be seen at resorts across the globe. Don’t think of checking-in as just a tedious task; resorts are now making it an experience in itself.

Going Green

Going green has been a popular trend for some time now, and not just in hospitality. But now, more than ever, resorts are jumping on the green bandwagon in a variety of ways. Be it organic sheets, using solar power or offering climate-neutral rooms, resorts are increasingly moving towards offering earth-friendly amenities.

An example of this at Harrah’s Ak-Chin is their ability to conserve electricity and offset carbon emissions by utilizing an AC monitoring system in the new hotel tower. When a guest enters the room, the hotel key is inserted into a slot by the door which activates the ability for them to alter the room temperature at will. When a guest leaves the room and removes the hotel key from the device, the AC unit automatically goes to an even temperature to conserve energy while the guest is away from the room.


iPhones, tablets, touch-screen kiosks and DVR – in this “I want it now” day and age, resorts are constantly upgrading to keep their guests ever-evolving technological needs accessible. As technologies continue to enable consumers to customize their experience, so is Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort with their new hotel tower’s customized rooms, each with its own media hub.

Whether Droids, iPads, Tablets or playing Wii is a guest’s technology of choice, they have the ability to plug in any and all of their favorite devices during their stay. This, and many other tech-savvy features – think: mobile apps to book and manage stays, text messages from restaurants to let you know your table is ready or connecting to Facebook via resort wristbands to share your experience with friends – will be seen adorning rooms in resorts across the nation in 2012.

Overall, resorts are making it their resolution to offer a more luxurious, earth-friendly and tech-savvy stay for guests. No matter if it’s a stay-cation, a trip across the nation or a stay on the other side of the globe, it’s time to enjoy the many amenities that 2012 will bring.

For more information about Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort, visit harrahsakchin.com.