Hautels: The Haute 5 Hotels in Phoenix

Whether trying to decide where to spend your next staycation or where to put up discerning friends and family who come to visit you in Phoenix, here are five of the metro area’s hotels that should be at the top of your list. When it comes to nightlife, spa treatments, outdoor activities and ultra-luxe accommodations – Phoenix has it all.

W Scottsdale

Despite all the fact and fiction surrounding the hotel’s financial and other legal situations since its debut in September 2008, there’s no denying the W is one of the trendiest places you can choose to stay in the Valley. Featuring contemporary decor and rich and vibrant art, the hotel is ideal for night owls and and pool-goers, and you can find plenty of nightlife at restaurant Sushi Roku, the Living Room lounge, hip indoor bar Shade and poolside bar sunset.beach. The WET pool and deck are incredible, located on the second floor and providing sun-worshippers with private cabanas, daybeds, lounging pods and deckchairs. Also well worth exploring are the indulgences at Bliss Spa and the inspiring fashions in the hotel’s boutique. And if you think the nightlife and pool scenes sound like a big deal, just wait until you see the rooms …

W Scottsdale is located at 7277 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale  480.970.2100

Camelback Inn

Renowned for its phenomenally luxurious spa experiences, Camelback Inn is an Arizona oasis, nestled against Mummy Mountain and overlooking the landmark Camelback Mountain. First opened in 1936, the hotel has retained some elements of its historical charm, but make no mistake, this is a modern resort through and through. Features include tranquil pools, cabanas, gentle fountains, fitness studio, deluxe spa treatment rooms with gentle shower, locker rooms and sauna and steam room. For further enjoyment post-treatments, make your way to Sprouts, the spa’s restaurant, serving delicious and healthy dishes thoughtfully crafted to nourish and rejuvenate your body.

Camelback Inn is located at 5402 E. Lincoln Drive in Scottsdale  800.922.2635

Intercontinental Montelucia

For Phoenicians who love to travel but can’t find the time to get out of town, Montelucia offers the perfect solution. The resort’s Moroccan and Andalusian themes found throughout its design, decor and spa treatments will transport you to another continent and put you in a blissful, carefree state of mind. And with the resort tucked into a secluded location among hills and valleys and Camelback Mountain, it’s just that much easier to forget you’re still in the metro area. Enjoy splashing fountains and lush foliage lining walkways at every turn, as well as mouthwatering cuisine at Italian restaurant Prado and outdoor American bistro ROQ. Taking advantage of the hammam spa, with its herb and spice-infused oils and lotions during treatments, an absolute must. It’s no wonder President Obama chose to stay here during his first visit as president to Arizona.

Intercontinental Montelucia is located at 4949 E. Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley  480.627.3200

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

An exceptional resort for those looking for a mix of luxury and nature in their retreat, this Four Seasons resort is perched high in the Sonoran Desert, in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, where guests take sanctuary in their Southwestern-style adobe casitas. Accommodations are one or two stories and feature gorgeous views of the natural landscape from private landscaped terraces, where you can take deep breaths of fresh air and allow all your pre-vacation worries to simply melt away. The rooms have been decorated with the soothing colors of a desert sunset, and throughout the casitas you’ll find works of art and custom furnishings crafted by Mexican artisans and Huichol Indians. The resort can arrange a wide variety of outdoor activities for its guests, including use of the first-rate golf course and tennis courts, as well as yoga, hiking, stargazing, hot air balloon rides, guided Jeep tours, biking excursions and more. We’d wager, however, you’ll be spending a healthy amount of time at the 6,000-square-foot, free-form pool.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is located at 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive in Scottsdale  480.515.5700

Westin Kierland Resort

North Scottsdale is a shopper’s paradise, and what better place to stay for some R&R in between sprees than the Westin Kierland Resort, located within a hop, skip and a jump from such high-end shopping and dining districts as Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Quarter and CityNorth. After a day spent swiping that little plastic card to your heart’s desire, put your feet up in quarters that are just as chic as that new dress from French Connection. Rooms include Heavenly Beds, oversized desk with task light, high-speed internet access, turn-down service, 24-hour room service and oh so much more. No detail has been overlooked here, and everyone one turns, whether in the rooms or walking out on the property, the view is pure luxury. In fact, there are so many services and perks here at this Westin, it will make your head spin. Plus, there are a plethora of trendy on-site dining spots where you can show off what you purchased that day!

Westin Kierland Resort is located at 6902 E. Greenway Parkway in Scottsdale  480.624.1000