10 Best Luxe Hotels Near the Grand Canyon
Montelucia Resort & Spa, Scottsdale
This Spanish-villa-style property with great views of Camelback Mountain is one of Scottsdale's most luxurious desert retreats. The grounds feature pretty, floral-lined walkways and arched entrances, and the sophisticated rooms have lots of Spanish-inspired details, including dark woods and big mirrors.
Driving time to the Grand Canyon: 3 hours, 32 minutes
L'Auberge de Sedona
L'Auberge de Sedona has one of the most stunning natural settings not just in the Southwest, but in the entire country, with the picturesque Oak Creek running underneath shady trees, and Sedona's soaring red rocks suspended in the background. The guest rooms and woodsy cottages are spread across 11 acres, allowing guests plenty of privacy, and most come with fireplaces and private decks. It's a premier destination for a romantic getaway or a corporate retreat.
Driving time to the Grand Canyon: 2 hours, 6 minutes
The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
An elder statesman among the Strip's mega-resorts, the 3,000-plus-room Mirage relies less on theatrics (and a booze-fueled party scene) for its appeal and puts more of an emphasis on comfortable, well-designed rooms, as well as an enormous pool, diverse dining options and attentive service. Numerous on-site attractions are aimed at a multigenerational clientele.
Driving time to the Grand Canyon: 4 hours, 23 minutes
Westin Phoenix Downtown
This Westin high-rise is luxurious and business-friendly, plus it offers great views of Phoenix through floor-to-ceiling windows. The large rooms are sleek and modern and appear bigger than they actually are thanks to 10-foot-high ceilings.
Driving time to the Grand Canyon: 3 hours, 30 minutes
The Phoenician, Scottsdale
This 250-acre Starwood resort and conference center is a luxury property ideally situated on the edge of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix’s Sonoran Desert. The massive property makes a striking first impression, with its lush green landscaping, waterfalls, koi ponds and palms set against a rugged backdrop. Meanwhile, communal interiors have an old-world-luxury appeal, with marble floors and chandeliers. For activities, there is a USGA 27-hole golf course and pro shop, 11 tennis courts with various surfaces and a winding cactus garden for beautiful sunrise walks.
Driving time to the Grand Canyon: 3 hours, 39 minutes
Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa
This upper-middle-range boutique hotel in uptown Sedona has stylish, contemporary rooms with up-to-date technology. Some rooms overlook Sedona’s red rocks, and while the tiny balconies don’t allow for outside seating, the view will more than make up for it. The Rouge also boasts a lovely spa, a heated outdoor pool and daily yoga classes.
Driving time to the Grand Canyon: 2 hours, 10 minutes
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix
This 869-room mega-resort north of Phoenix, which includes 2 18-hole golf courses, is so massive that even the street is named after it — Marriott Drive. The resort mostly attracts families who keep busy with an unending list of activities, as well as large conference groups gathering in one of the ballrooms. The fitness center is small, but it does come with floor-to-ceiling windows, or guests can make use of the 4.2-mile jogging course around the property perimeter. One of the highlights is the 1,600-foot lazy river pool for relaxing inner-tube rides along the beautiful grounds.
Driving time to the Grand Canyon: 3 hours, 21 minutes
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
After roaring back from the brink of death after its construction was stalled for years, the Cosmopolitan quickly established itself as one of the trendier spots on the Strip. The typical Vegas kitsch has been swapped out for aggressively modern design and futuristic touches (guests sign in on an iPad). Fanfare aside, rooms are large and feature comfortable designer furnishings and modern, spacious bathrooms. All types of travelers flock here, from frat boys to gambling grandmothers, but the nights decidedly belong to the younger crowd, with popular clubs and a lively pool scene.
Driving time to the Grand Canyon: 4 hours, 24 minutes
The Four Seasons at Troon North, Scottsdale
The Four Seasons is one of the top luxury resorts in Scottsdale, AZ, with a gorgeous bilevel pool, an intimate setting in the Sonoran Desert and beautiful grounds that blend with the surrounding landscape (expect tall cacti, flowering shrubs and natural stone formations). The property consists of a cluster of low, adobe-style buildings; the 210 rooms and suites are housed in 25 casitas, giving the Four Seasons the feel of a small village.
Driving time to the Grand Canyon: 3 hours, 36 minutes
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort, Scottsdale
Considered one of the top resorts in the Southwest for nearly a decade (it has been ranked the No. 1 resort in the US by Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards), the serene yet scenic Sanctuary continues to impress its high-profile guests with its cuisine, spa and gorgeous suites. The resort undeniably has the most desirable location in Scottsdale, AZ, overlooking the Praying Monk rock and the Sonoran Desert, rather than suburban sprawl.
Driving time to the Grand Canyon: 3 hours, 37 minutes