Visitors to the greater Phoenix area may be in for some surprises. Arizona's largest metropolitan area, Phoenix is more than an oasis rising from the desert; the city embraces its past while looking toward the future. Themed hotels reflectthis, and whether you stay on the east- or the west-side, you'll find a room with a view.
Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa
The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa, in Litchfield Park, has 331 casitas - small guest houses - and suites built in territorial Southwest adobe styles similar to what was found in the region in the late 1800s. The territorial theme continues inside with wood furnishings and hand-crafted pottery. Bright red Spanish-inspired rugs, bed throws and pillows further compliment the interior decor; some casitas have stone fireplaces.
Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa 300 E. Wigwam Blvd. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 623-935-3811 wigwamresort.com
The theme of the rooms at the Arizona Biltmore is mission-styling influenced by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Room furnishings are reminiscent of the late 19th century, mixed with textiles colored beige, ivory and sand that bring to mind the feel of the desert. Western-styled lamps from the 1930s recall the hotel’s beginnings.
Arizona Biltmore 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85016 602-955-6600 arizonabiltmore.com
Sanctuary - Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
The Mountain Vista Casitas at Sanctuary have views of the Camelback Mountain outside and crisp soothing palettes of color inside. The interior design is contemporary and soothing, with exposed brick walls painted white and wood block floors colored in tones reminiscent of the red rocks of Sedona. Blue sofas, orange drapes and limestone dining tables add to the setting.
Sanctuary - Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa 5700 E. McDonald Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 480-948-2100 sanctuaryoncamelback.com
Hotel Valley Ho
The Executive Suite at the Hotel Valley Ho is one groovy room. Decorated in red, white and black, the theme of this room is startlingly modern. Exposed white brick contrasts with the black and white terrazzo tiled bathroom and the over-sized free-standing circular tub.
Hotel Valley Ho 6850 E. Main St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-248-2000 hotelvallyho.com
FireSky Resort & Spa
The Sonoran Desert where Phoenix is the theme at FireSky. The Presidential Suite is decorated with adobe walls and saltillo - terra cotta - tiles from Mexico. A log mantel on the bluish-green brick fireplace recalls the massive Ponderosa pines of northern Arizona, while the textiles on the chairs is reminiscent of Sedona's red rocks. The chandelier's pattern brings in an element of Indian arts and crafts.
FireSky Resort & Spa 4925 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 8551 480-945-7666 fireskyresort.com