The iconic Hotel Valley Ho in Old Town Scottsdale. (Photo by Delight in the Desert)
Ranking Arizona: Top 10 resorts for 2020
Here are the Top 10 resorts in Arizona, based on public voting for the 2020 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest and most comprehensive business opinion poll. Ranking Arizona is based purely on opinion and ranks companies based on how voters answer this simple question: with whom would you recommend doing business? To make your vote count in the 2021 edition of Ranking Arizona, click here to vote.
Here are the Top 10 resorts in Arizona, as featured in the 2020 edition of Ranking Arizona:
450 rooms or more
Background: Set against the backdrop of the McDowell Mountains, this AAA Five Diamond resort reflects its Southwestern setting with a mix of Spanish colonial and modern architecture, expansive plazas, lush gardens and lagoons. With 750 guest rooms, including newly renovated guestrooms and suites, six pools, Well & Being Spa and golf at the adjacent TPC Scottsdale. Dining includes Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar by Richard Sandoval, Ironwood American Kitchen and The Plaza Bar. For groups, the resort has 315,000 square feet of meeting space, featuring the Palomino Conference Center and new Copper Canyon Western Town.
Strengths: “Bold. Fresh. Iconic. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess maintains a history of guest experience through continuous upgrades, upholding a 5 Diamond AAA rating for the most consecutive years of any resort in Arizona, each year reinvesting in its facility to ensure top of class product for years to come.”
Background: Hotel Valley Ho is Old Town Scottsdale’s mid-century-modern landmark. Originally opened in 1956 and restored to its former splendor, this urban retreat blends mid-century style with modern amenities. Dine at ZuZu, relax at VH Spa for Vitality + Health, and unwind at OH Pool Bar + Cabanas. For unique weddings, meetings, and events, choose from 13,000 square feet of bright indoor space and 20,000 square feet of sunny outdoor space – including five boardrooms, two ballrooms, the lush Palm Court, panoramic Sky Line Rooftop, and Sands.
Resort’s strengths: “Hotel Valley Ho is truly one of a kind. Guests love our mid-century modern architecture, sense of fun, and genuine hospitality. From bright and colorful rooms to creative cocktails and spa treatments inspired by exotic locales around the globe, there is something unique to experience everywhere you look.”
7. The Wigwam
224 rooms or fewer
Background: With a heritage dating back to 1929, Royal Palms Resort & Spa combines the graciousness and sophistication of a storied Mediterranean villa with the privacy of a secluded retreat. Originally built as a private mansion, the 119-room resort’s winding paths transport guests past trickling fountains, roaring outdoor fireplaces, 100-year-old rustic doorways and lush gardens filled with exotic desert plants. Intimate and tranquil, Alvadora Spa indulges the senses with natural beauty and the finest spa amenities. T. Cook’s Mediterranean-style cuisine, complemented with Mix Up Bar’s inventive mixology, is yet another reason Royal Palms is a must-see destination.
The strength of staff: “With a deep respect for the resort’s history and legacy in Arizona, our team constantly strives to uphold the values, standards, level of service and utmost luxury experiences within all aspects of the guest stay. We value respect, integrity, humility, empathy, creativity and fun in order to make lasting impressions.”