A Bounty of Choices in Arizona

Written in cooperation with Hipmunk’s Boutique Hotels campaign.

Arizona has long been a winter escape for snowbirds. What you might not realize, though, is that this Southwestern state has plenty to offer all year round. Take a look at some of Arizona’s best destinations and top places to stay.

The Grand Wonder

Arizona’s most majestic wonder has to be the Grand Canyon. One of the largest of its kind in the world, the Grand Canyon has drawn visitors for decades. If a day trip isn’t enough time for you to enjoy this mammoth wonder, check out the Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn.

Located a short distance from the park, the hotel is an affordable option in what can be a pricey area. The resort features free parking and Wi-Fi, as well as an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a bowling center, a game room, a sports bar, a coffee shop, and a restaurant. It’s also ideally located across the street from the popular Big E Steakhouse and Saloon. Rooms are comfortable and appointed with luxury linens, coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators, and deluxe bathrooms.

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The Capital

Whether you’re going to Phoenix for work or pleasure, Hipmunk offers the right hotel option for you. If a vacation is on the agenda, choose the Royal Palms Resort and Spa – Destination Hotels & Resorts. Everyone in the family will find a favorite feature, like the outdoor pool, the full-service spa, the bicycle rentals, or the luxurious rooms. This resort offers a few rare amenities, such as makeup mirrors and robes, to create a spa-like experience.

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For a central location and excellent amenities, the Hyatt Regency Phoenix is a wonderful choice. For business travelers, the hotel offers up work stations and Wi-Fi, and there are meeting rooms and catering available for events. The rooms feature a mini-fridge and coffee maker to get your day started right, while the restaurant, pool, and fitness center will keep you on schedule. The property also has an on-site Einstein Bagels.

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The Favorite Neighbor

While Phoenix is the transportation hub of the area, Scottsdale is its upscale neighbor. Known for its spas, golf courses, and fabulous desert landscapes, Scottsdale has had a loyal tourist base for a very long time.

If you’re searching for a sun-soaked getaway with easy access to championship golf courses and great hiking areas, search no further than the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. The lovely rooms feature all of the usual comforts, guests come here for the golf, the hiking, and the spa services, all set against the dramatic desert landscape. After playing 18 holes or taking an early morning hike, lounge by one of the three pools or enjoy a relaxing massage.

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If you dream of a morning of golf and an afternoon in the pool, all with a view of the mountains, the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains is for you. The hotel’s signature Revive bedding and designer toiletries will keep you rested so that you can spend your days exploring the natural beauty of the desert. A mere 10 miles from Old Towne Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Marriott offers a fantastic location, combined with the peace and quiet of the country.

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No matter which part of Arizona calls out to you, Hipmunk offers the right hotel choices for you.