Are you planning a trip to Scottsdale and looking for a place to stay? Then you have come to the right place. I just got back from a press trip to Scottsdale and stayed at two fantastic Scottsdale boutique hotels: the fun and funky Hotel Valley Ho and the serene and modern Mountain Shadows Resort.
Hotel Valley Ho
- 9.1 ⭐️ Rating “Wonderful
- Fun & Funky Mid-Century Modern Design
- Historic Hotels of America
- Walking Distance To Old Town Scottsdale
- Dog friendly
Mountain Shadows Resort
- 9.1 ⭐️ Rating “Wonderful
- Serene & Modern Minimalistic Design
- Stunning Mountain & Desert Views
- Golf Course Access
- Dog friendly
Before my trip, I spent a lot of time researching where to stay in Scottsdale, from the best luxury resorts to cozy boutique hotels Scottsdale has to offer. So I am sharing my top recommendations and my favorite bougie boutique hotels in Scottsdale with you. To be honest, I wish I could have stayed at all of them. Hopefully, next time.
Hotel Valley Ho
This historic luxury boutique hotel stole a bit of my heart. I am not necessarily an architecture buff, but the attention to detail at the Hotel Valley Ho is astonishing. The resort was completely renovated in 2005 with the goal of gaining status as a Historic Hotels of America and preserving its representative design. And they did a fantastic job. When you walk into the lobby, it feels like you stepped back in time.
Built in 1956, the Valley Ho Hotel is part of the history of Scottsdale. Designed by star architect Edward L Varney, Jr., the hotel is an iconic example of mid-century modern architecture. Back then, it was a favorite for Hollywood stars to enjoy a few days of peace and quiet. Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner even celebrated their wedding reception at the Hotel Valley Ho. Other notable guests included Tony Curtis, Clark Gable, Carey Grant, Bing Crosby, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Marylin Monroe, and Zsa Zsa Gabor. If you want to learn more about the history of the hotel, I highly recommend the Valley Ho History Tour with Ace Bailey with Ultimate Art Tours. She has a wealth of knowledge and fun facts about the hotel, its architecture and Scottsdale.
I enjoyed a Tower King Suite, and it was absolutely stunning. With 900 sqf, it was probably one of the largest hotel rooms I have enjoyed. Equipped with a full kitchen, living room and bedroom, a spacious shower, washer & dryer, and a separate dressing room, the suite had simply everything. I loved the colorful mid-century modern furniture and the bright yellow kitchen was so fun! Oh, since they are dog friendly, I hope I can bring Robby with me next time. He would love this place!
The Hotel Valley Ho is famous for its fun pool parties with resident DJs every weekend. Enjoy the music, sip some cocktails, and have a good time! If you prefer a quiet afternoon by the pool, you can do that too at the OHasis Pool.
Don’t leave this hotel without eating at least once at ZuZu. I had breakfast there twice and both meals were fantastic. Breakfast menus often feel a bit uninspired, but Chef Russell LaCasce added some fun and unusual items. I tried the John Berry, a plate of perfectly cooked veggies with tomato sauce and the most scrumptious sourdough bread. A delicious and healthy way to start the day! I also enjoyed the breakfast fried rice with turkey sausage and veggies. The two eggs were cooked perfectly and oozed all over the rice, exactly how I like it.
If you are looking for a funky, vibey, and fun place to stay in Scottsdale, then the Hotel Valley Ho is a fantastic choice. I can’t wait to come back!
Mountain Shadows Resort
I spent the second part of my stay in Scottsdale at the Mountain Shadows Resort. This gorgeous property is located literally in the shadow of Camelback Mountain and offers stunning mountain views from its property. The retro-modern minimalistic style with a grey/white/chrome color scheme gives the hotel a cool and serene atmosphere. It fits perfectly into the desert city.
My room was very spacious and looked out over the central lawn. From my balcony, I had a fantastic view over Camelback Mountain. What a treat! While minimalistic in design, the room had everything I could wish for, including a dreamy soft King-sized bed, workspace, huge TV, Keurig coffee maker, mini bar, a large walking shower (in the middle of the room), a cozy robe and luxurious toiletries.
The hotel offers a 4000 sqf fitness studio and various fitness classes each day. The yoga class (weather permitting) takes place on the central lawn with a view of Camelback Mountain. What a spectacular spot for a yoga session, don’t you think? I didn’t have time to lounge at the pool, but I loved the quiet atmosphere. If you want to lounge, relax, sleep, and cool off with stunning views, this is your hotel.
If you are into golf, this might be your hotel. Mountain Shadows has direct access to The Short Course, an 18-hole golf course named “Best Par-3 Course in America” by Golf.com.
I enjoyed a delicious brunch at the Hearth ’61 restaurant, which serves all-time American favorites with a modern twist. I enjoyed the light and fluffy ricotta pancakes with a banana drizzle. What a sweet way to start the day! But my favorite dish was, by far, the Shrimp and Rice Bowl. I know this doesn’t sound much like a traditional brunch dish, but it was delectable! The shrimp were grilled perfectly, and the sweet and spicy chili sauce had a nice little kick to wake up my tastebuds.
If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing, and visually stunning hotel with a cool and minimalistic design, then Mountain Shadows is your place.
The Scott Resort & Spa
While I did not stay at The Scott Resort & Spa, I had lunch at their fantastic Canal Club restaurant. It is definitely on my list of places to stay on my next Scottsdale visit. The decor of glitzy-glamour meets colonial is stunning and an Instagrammer’s dream. As a dog mom, I love that the hotel is pet-friendly. Maybe on my next visit, I can bring Robby?
The location of The Scott is also very convenient. Just a few minutes from the heart of Old Town and Fashion Square Mall, you’ll be in a perfect spot to explore Scottsdale and beyond. Do you like to explore by bike? Then check out one of their retro-chic beach bikes and get to your favorite spots in the city in no time.
Are you looking to get pampered? Then the La Vidorra Day Spa will not disappoint. In a cozy revival mission-style ambiance, you can relax, unwind, and enjoy the simple pleasure of doing nothing.
Situated in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Hotel Adeline is within walking distance of some of the most fabulous restaurants in Scottsdale as well as Scottsdale Fashion Square. When I researched hotels in Scottsdale, the location was a big point for me, so this one hit the spot.
Guests that stay at Hotel Adeline will be treated to state-of-the-art facilities. The atmosphere is fun and retro, with a colorful and laid-back twist. Lounge on one of the private cabanas to catch a tan by the 3000-square-foot zero-edge pool. Grab a cocktail at the Freestyle Pool Bar while dancing to the best beats at the Liquid Sunshine Seasonal Pool Party. End your evenings with a fabulous meal in the Selfmade Signature Restaurant. Doesn’t that sound like a fun and funky desert getaway?
Choose from a selection of 213 lavish guestrooms, each uniquely designed with contemporary finishes and sleek decor. All spaces are equipped with either king-sized or extra-long double beds, flatscreen TVs with cable channels, a spacious closet, air conditioning, and a private ensuite bathroom with complimentary toiletries.
The Hotel Adeline prides itself on having ADA Accessible Options for all guests with adjustable facilities and amenities, including a raised toilet seat, etc. All rooms are pet friendly, so bring your fluffy friend along to the trip away in Scottsdale.
ADERO Scottsdale Resort
For a stay unlike any other on this list, you need to check out the outstanding ADERO Scottsdale Resort. Surrounded by rugged Four Peaks Mountain and perched up on a hill overlooking the Sonoran Desert, this property takes immersing yourself in nature to a whole new level.
While you might be hidden away from the main touristy areas in Scottsdale, you’re in a perfect spot for outdoor adventures in and around Scottsdale. Read my article on the best outdoorsy things to do in Scottsdale for more inspiration.
Past guests have described ADERO Scottsdale Resort as a home away from home due to the array of facilities available to guests. Take a dip in the outdoor heated hot tub, looking out over the onsite golf course. Blow off some steam in the fully-equipped fitness center with all the modern equipment you need.
Choose where to get your next bite from three unbelievable restaurants, all offering a completely different experience from the others. Or, if you don’t want to move at all, the staff will be happy to bring you your meals in bed.
The ADERO Scottsdale Resort boasts 177 opulent guestrooms, with 16 of them being oversized suites. Whether you want to splash the cash on a cliffside guest room with a fireplace or you’re just happy with a standard room, you’re in for a treat. As you step inside, you’ll be blown away by the spacious rooms. They are decorated with creative pallets and boast a private balcony with modern furnishings, a coffee machine, and an ensuite bathroom with a bathtub.
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Tucked away close by to the breathtaking Camelback Mountain is the delightful Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort and Spa. Set on 53 acres of desert terrain and encircled by dramatic sandy landforms, the views from your window will make waking up every morning a bit more exciting. Only a 20-minute drive from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and the Camelback Golf Club is only about 3 miles away.
The award-winning facilities at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa are unlike anything you’ve ever seen at a hotel before. Book yourself a massage treatment at the hotel’s spa, designed to create ultimate relaxation with natural products to relieve tension.
Bathe in the outdoor swimming pool gazing out over the Arizona desert. Indulge in an American-influenced meal with a hint of Asia at Elements Restaurant. Afterward, pop up to the Jade Bar for a tasty nightcap as the sun slowly goes down.
Every guest room provides a relaxed ambiance at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. You can spend your downtime unwinding on their private balcony with a drink from their mini bar.
If you’re up for treating yourself or someone special close to you, upgrade your room to the Villa Paz, taking the lap of luxury to a whole new level.
Senna House Scottsdale
Embedded in the enchanting Scottsdale Old Town is the deluxe Senna House Scottsdale, a part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. This urban oasis provides visitors with an unmatched escape close to the city’s top attractions, like the Desert Botanical Gardens. If you ever get tired of the food served at the property, you only have to walk a couple of steps, and you’ll be right at eateries such as Hi-Fi Kitchen & Cocktails.
More often than not, you’ll find yourself lounging at the high-class rooftop pool lounge on top of the Senna House Scottsdale, the perfect representation of the affluent Scottsdale lifestyle. For the full experience, don’t forget to reserve your own private cabana for the days you’ll be there.
Nothing beats a nice glass of wine in style. You can’t leave without indulging in a meal at the Cala Restaurant, led by celebrity Head Chef Beau MacMillan from the Food Network. The dishes served are influenced by various cuisines. Infused by the tastes of Italy, Spain, Greece, and Morocco, but they still offer an American touch. Top your dinner off with a carefully crafted cocktail or a glass of red or white from the wine list.
The collection of 169 guest rooms at the Senna House Scottsdale is the main selling point of this property. Fitted with plush queen or king beds dressed in crisp white sheets, a 65-inch HDTV with your favorite channels, a workspace, a Nespresso coffee machine, and a mini fridge, it’s no wonder past guests have rated the amenities so highly.
Choose between nine different room styles that sleep between two and four occupants. The exclusive Winfield King Suite takes grandeur to the next level. Enjoy staggering views of Scottsdale City, and a secluded seating area beside a huge plasma screen TV. Those who have stayed there before have had nothing but good things to say about it.
CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa
Lying deep in the Sonoran Desert is the CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa. The property is placed on a 20 acres site with all the essentials for guests to take a break from everyday life and connect with themselves again. Nearby, you have the charming Carefree Galloway Wash Preserve and the Gateway Desert Awareness Park.
Although the on-site dining options are hard to beat, for something a little different, the Le Sans Souci French restaurant is just a few minutes away.
Wake up at the crack of dawn for a coordinated wellness class. Whether you’re interested in fitness, personal growth, or spirituality, the property has something for everyone.
After breaking a sweat, the Civana spa will be calling your name. Indulge in a variety of treatments or give your body the relaxation it deserves. Get invigorated by the aqua therapy circuit. Refuel at one of the two on-site restaurants, Terras and Seed Café + Market; both have extensive menus with nourishing recipes. The tempting outdoor swimming pool is open for guests to enjoy throughout the day, with shiny white sun loungers dotted around it.
Whatever your style, you’ll find something to suit you at the CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa, from premier king rooms to one-bedroom suites. All choices have best-in-class amenities, from high-speed Wi-Fi to low-lying double beds with cloud-like mattresses. Waking up in the morning to unobstructed views of the pool with the rolling mountains as the backdrop will be something you’ll remember for years to come.
Inn at Eagle Mountain
Settled on a desert mountain edge, the Inn at Eagle Mountain is a hidden gem on the outskirts of the city of Scottsdale. Placed on a golf course at Eagle Mountain, this boutique hotel in Scottsdale is a peaceful desert retreat. It is ideally located to explore the best of Arizona’s nature. Tranquil spaces like Rio Montana Park are a short drive away.
Drive around the Eagle Mountain Golf Course, crafted to PGA Tour standard, before ending your round at the Grille Restaurant, located on the 18th hole. A spacious outdoor swimming pool awaits on the days you don’t feel like doing anything. Or pamper yourself at Mountainside Spa, where you can choose from a range of relaxing treatments. If you want to explore your surroundings more in-depth, ask the concierge to organize a private tour of the area for you. They’ll be more than happy to help.
With only 37 rooms, the Inn At Eagle Mountain is the smallest but coziest option on the list. Enjoy the toasty fireplace, astounding golf course views enjoyed with a coffee from your Keurig coffee maker, and Arizona-influenced furniture, creating that homey feeling you crave when you’re on vacation. Make use of your complimentary bubbles and run your own private whirlpool spa tub.
No matter which of these Scottsdale boutique hotels you choose for your stay, you am sure you’ll have a fantastic time. There is no bad choice on this list, simply preferences on style and location. So don’t overthink it. Book your hotel and then simply enjoy the anticipation for your trip to Scottsdale!
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Maria Haase wrote this article on Boutique Hotels Scottsdale for San Diego Explorer. Maria joined a Press Trip sponsored by Experience Scottsdale to spend a few days exploring Scottsdale to write this article. This invitation did not influence her opinion and review of the tours, hotels, and places mentioned in this article.
Last Updated on May 3, 2023 by Maria Haase
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