Best Areas to Stay in Phoenix, Arizona

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Where to stay in Phoenix- A guide to the capital of Arizona

Phoenix, the modern metropolis called by its locals “the valley of the sun,” is the hottest capital and the most populous city in Arizona.

This hot city offers much more than cactus and mountain views, with its landscapes full of golf courses that attract hundreds of tourists, trails, parks, art museums, and incredible hotels.

Phoenix has a unique landscape with deserts, ranches, and mountains that blend well with buildings, luxury hotels, and gourmet restaurants, making it an ideal tourist destination when staying in Arizona.

Among its main attractions is the Desert Botanical Garden where you can see the vegetation and the animal world, as well as the Children’s Museum and the Heard Museum for those who enjoy visiting cultural attractions.

4km from the city center is the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with domestic and international flights.

As for public transportation, Phoenix offers metro, light rail, and bus.

The city has an arid climate, with very hot summers and temperatures that exceed 100ºF (38°C). March is the wettest month of the year and June the driest month.

The recommended area to stay in Phoenix is the Downtown, as it offers easy access to other areas, good public transport, comfortable hotels, restaurants, shops, cinemas and entertainment centers (See accommodation in Downtown Phoenix).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Phoenix.

The best areas to stay in Phoenix

1. Our favorite area: Central City / Downtown Phoenix

This neighborhood is located in the center of Phoenix and preserves old buildings that convey the history of the city.

Throughout this area, there are 6 light rail stations and several bus stops that facilitate access to other districts, making it the best area to stay in Phoenix without a car.

One of the benefits of staying in Central City is its proximity to the airport. Similarly, it also has attractions such as the Arizona Science Center, the Children’s Museum and the Celebrity Theater.

Central City is a bustling area full of shops, art and culture.

It is popular for commercial buildings that give it a revitalized atmosphere, filled with restaurants.

Central City is among the best areas to stay in Phoenix for its location, easy access to other neighborhoods and variety of accommodations that include 4 or 5-star hotels.

Best areas to stay in Phoenix - Downtown

Best areas to stay in Phoenix – Downtown

Accommodation in Downtown Phoenix - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Downtown Phoenix – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Phoenix:

  • Heart of Phoenix
  • Best area to stay in Phoenix for business travelers
  • Best area to stay in Phoenix without a car

Accommodation in this area

Our Top Pick

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown offers accommodation in Phoenix. The property has a bar. The hotel has a bar and The Garden Grille serves breakfast and dinner.

from US$129
Budget

Hotel RL Phoenix

The Americas Best Value Inn Downtown Phoenix offers DirecTV with more than 120 high-definition channels and sports packages. The Phoenix Convention Center is 1 km away.

from US$89
Luxury

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Just a 5-minute walk from the Talking Stick Resort Arena, home of the Phoenix Suns, this hotel offers a bistro-style café and an outdoor rooftop pool.

from US$249
 

 

 

2. Encanto

Encanto is a district of Phoenix that encompasses the Midtown of the city. It is known for having a lively nightlife, with a large number of bars and clubs visited by the LGBT community.

The Museum of Art and the Heard Museum are some of the attractions that are located within Encanto, in addition to the Park Central Shopping Center and the Arizona State Fair.

Other points of interest include Encanto Park, Steele Indian School Park, and Phoenix College.

In the surroundings of Encanto, you can find different types of accommodation for all types of visitors.

Another benefit of staying in Encanto is the proximity to the Phoenix airport and its metro stations on Thomas, Osborn and Encanto streets.

Leisure options in this area vary between attending the opera or going to see a play at the Valley Youth Theater.

Best areas to stay in Phoenix, Encanto Village & Midtown

Best areas to stay in Phoenix, Encanto Village & Midtown

Accommodation in Encanto - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Encanto – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Phoenix:

  • Central location
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Cheap hotels

Accommodation in this area

Our Top Pick

Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix, AZ

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown offers accommodation in Phoenix. The property has a bar. The hotel has a bar and The Garden Grille serves breakfast and dinner.

from US$129
Budget

Ramada by Wyndham Phoenix Midtown

Located 12 km from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and 6 km from the Phoenix Convention Center, Ramada by Wyndham Phoenix Midtown offers an outdoor pool and hot tub. There is free WiFi.

from US$69
Luxury

The Clarendon Hotel & Spa

This contemporary Arizona hotel, located 6.3 km from the Phoenix Convention Center, offers modern accommodation and a gym. The Clarendon Hotel & Spa Phoenix has stunning views of the city and the mountains.

from US$169
 

 

 

3. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley is located between Camelback Mountain, Phoenix Mountain Preserve and McDowell Mountains. It is an oasis known for its luxury hotels and proximity to the best attractions in the city.

In addition to offering long walks through the trails, Paradise Valley hosts several restaurants, bars, drive-ins, and dinners to taste American dishes with Mexican influence.

This exclusive area has different hotels with great services for those who decide to stay in Phoenix.

To go from Paradise Valley to other Phoenix districts, you can use the Scottsdale Street buses to the north and Camelback in the east.

Paradise Valley - Where to stay in Phoenix

Paradise Valley – Where to stay in Phoenix

Accommodation in Paradise Valley - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Paradise Valley – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Phoenix:

  • Peaceful area
  • Luxury hotels
  • Close to Phoenix attractions

Accommodation in this area

  • Our Top Pick
    DoubleTree by Hilton Paradise Valley Resort Scottsdale

    The DoubleTree by Hilton Paradise Valley Resort Scottsdale is located in Scottsdale, on an 8-acre lot, and offers a full-service spa, 9 outdoor swimming pools and a 9-hole putting green. This complex offers free private parking.

    from US$149
 

 

 

4. Camelback East

Camelback East is located near Camelback Mountain (hence its name), northeast of downtown Phoenix.

Camelback is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Phoenix and is divided into two cores: 24th Street and Camelback Road and the other is 44th Street and Van Buren Ave.

In this area, tourist attractions are located, including the Shemer Art Center and Museum, which aims to educate its visitors about visual art, through exhibitions, classes, conferences, workshops, and events.

As in the previous areas, in Camelback East you will find bus stations to move to other districts.

Being a neighborhood of recognition, within Camelback East there are many restaurants and bars ideal to know the nightlife of Phoenix.

Camelback East offers 4 and 5 star rated hotels with spectacular views of the mountains.

Dónde hospedarse en Phoenix - Camelback East

Dónde hospedarse en Phoenix – Camelback East

Alojamiento en Camelback East Village - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Alojamiento en Camelback East Village – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Phoenix:

  • Luxurious area
  • Great views
  • Resort-type hotels

Accommodation in this area

  • Our Top Pick
    Royal Palms Resort & Spa-in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

    This hotel is located in an unbeatable location between the prestigious Biltmore area and the city center of Scottsdale, it is a beautiful place to get lost. Located between citrus groves and exotic foliage, and with the impressive Camelback Mountain as a backdrop, this resort is an authentic oasis in the desert.

    from US$324
 

 

 

5. North Mountain

North Mountain is located, as the name suggests, in the northern part of Phoenix.

This area stands out for its sporting events, the amusement park Castles N ‘Coasters and places of enjoyment such as cafes and restaurants with live music.

North Mountain is also the headquarters of Phoenix’s largest mall, the Metrocenter.

Here are light rail stations along W Dunlap Ave., W. Olive Ave. and Northern/19th Ave.

In the surroundings of North Mountain, there is accommodation of all kinds that adapts to the budget of any visitor.

This district stands out as one of the cheapest areas to stay in Phoenix.

North Mountain - Best neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix

North Mountain – Best neighborhoods to stay in Phoenix

Accommodation in North Mountain - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation in North Mountain – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation in this area

  • Our Top Pick
    Best Western North Phoenix Hotel

    The Best Western North Phoenix Hotel is located in the North Mountain district of Phoenix, 9 miles from the Phoenix Convention Center. The property is 14 km from Copper Square and 400 meters from Castles and Coasters.

    from US$74
 

 

 

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