Business Hotels in Phoenix/Scottsdale

When you don't need golf or waterslides, these hotels should be on your list

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When you come to Arizona, sometimes you just don't need a sprawling resort with three golf courses, a luxury spa, tennis courts, water slides, seven restaurants, trapeze classes or drive-in movies. You might be traveling for business, or have a conference to attend, or maybe you are just in town to see a show or concert.

In the Phoenix area, you'll find more than a fair share of hotel chains that provide a clean, safe and acceptable experience for the business or non-resort traveler. But the hotels included here defy the cookie-cutter; they each have qualities that make them especially attractive to some guests.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

01 of 06


Checking In at Moxy in Tempe
Judy Hedding

Moxy Tempe opened in April 2016. This is not your typical Marriott! You'll check in at the bar, and you will immediately notice that the lobby looks like the basement that belonged to the coolest kid that you grew up with; there are board games, a pool table, foosball, pinball machines, ping pong and more. Guests at Moxy are encouraged to socialize. The style of the hotel is described as "Industrial chic and tech-savvy."

Ten Things About Moxy Tempe

  1. There are no closets, no refrigerator, no safe, no drawers for clothing in the guestrooms.
  2. There are no irons in the rooms, but there are ironing rooms on each floor.
  3. There is a guitar, a turntable and some vinyl records in the room. There are more vinyl LPs in the lobby that you can exchange.
  4. There is a television but no cable or satellite channels. You can stream from your personal device to use Netflix, Hulu, and others.
  5. You'll check in at the bar in the lobby.
  6. There is a nice outdoor pool on the property, with cabanas offered on a first-come, first serve basis.
  7.  High-speed wireless access is complimentary in all areas.
  8. There is no restaurant here. There are Grab-N-Go items available 24/7. 
  9. There is no resort fee.
  10. Moxy will appeal to people who want a hotel that doesn't take things too seriously. With witty sayings on the walls, stress-reliever Skittle jars and complimentary check-in cocktails, it will appeal to business travelers and ASU visitors on short-term stays.

What's Near Moxy Tempe

  1. Since there is no restaurant on the premises if you do want to eat at a place that provides tables and service I have two recommendations close by. First, you can walk to Thai Basil (403 W. University) for nice Thai food that fits everyone's budget in a very casual atmosphere. Second, for a more upscale experience, the award-winning House of Tricks is less than a mile and a half away, make a reservation for the patio, if it is available! The menu is sophisticated, utilizing locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant participates in sustainable practices.
  2. ASU Gammage, where professional touring companies present Broadway-quality performances, is less than one mile away.
  3. Arizona State University Art Museum
  4. This is Arizona State University territory and the main Tempe campus is about a mile away.
  5. Mill Avenue is one of only a handful of walkable areas in the Phoenix area. North of University you'll find bars, shop, and cafes.
  6. Tempe City Hall is about 1.5 miles from Moxy.
  7. Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park are at the north end of Mill Avenue and are popular spots for some light water sports as well as festivals and concerts when scheduled.

Distance from Valley Metro Rail Station

About half a mile. Use the Dorsey & Apache Blvd. Station.

02 of 06

Hotel Valley Ho

Hotel Valley Ho
Judy Hedding

Hotel Valley Ho is downtown Scottsdale's hip place to stay if you enjoy a hotel with lots of amenities in a nostalgic setting. This hotel first opened in the 1950s, incorporating design styles that were inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. In that era, it was a popular hideaway for some of the most famous Hollywood stars. Check out the lobby display about the history of the property.

Seven Things About Hotel Valley Ho

  1. This hotel actually has many of the attributes of a resort property, including VH Spa that offers massages, facials, yoga classes, a quiet pool and other services for both men and women. There is a fitness center, but no golf course, no tennis courts.
  2. ZuZu is the premier dining establishment at Hotel Valley Ho. Check online for special Sunday brunches with the signature Bloody Mary + Mimosa Bar, Brew Dinners, Wine Dinners, Chef's Table special events, seasonal menus and more. Dine al fresco on ZuZu's lovely patio.
  3. OH Pool is where you can relax, but is also the cool place to enjoy scheduled poolside parties with music. The hotel enforces a no party policy in guest rooms and suites.
  4. You can take a 90-minute walking tour of the hotel during which you'll get all the details of its history. There is a charge for the tour.
  5. Hotel Valley Ho is a colorful place! True to the design of the era to which it pays homage, you won't be overwhelmed with beige here.
  6. The Scottsdale Trolley stops at the hotel and provides free transportation to Downtown Scottsdale attractions, shops and restaurants. Use the Downtown Route.
  7. Hotel Valley Ho is pet-friendly, no extra charge unless there is damage.

What's Near Hotel Valley Ho

  1. Scottsdale Fashion Square is an upscale, indoor shopping mall. I consider it the premier mall in Arizona. You might even see some of the rich and famous shopping there! The mall is about a mile from the hotel.
  2. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is less than a mile away and hosts plays and musical performers throughout the year.
  3. The Scottsdale Civic Center Mall is where the winter and spring festivals take place. A few of the most popular include the Scottsdale Arts Festival and free programs at the amphitheater-like Native Trails and Sunday A'Fair. The Scottsdale Civic Center Library is here, too.
  4. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts (SMoCA) is less than a mile away. 
  5. About half a mile away the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West will transport you to the Old West.
  6. Of course, there are golf courses in the area. The hotel concierge can assist with tee times at courses nearby.

Distance from Valley Metro Rail Station

This hotel is not accessible by Valley Metro Rail. 

03 of 06

Hotel Palomar Phoenix

At the Hotel Palomar Phoenix
Judy Hedding

Hotel Palomar Phoenix opened in 2012, a key component in the continued development of CityScape in Downtown Phoenix. Formerly Patriot's Park, hosting farmers markets and a quiet place for downtown workers to relax outdoors on a break, CityScape has transformed it into a destination for dining and entertainment as part of the designated Entertainment District.

Sure to be popular with groups attending conferences at the Phoenix Convention Center and business travelers, Hotel Palomar Phoenix is a boutique hotel designed and operated by the Kimpton chain, known for high standards, modern elegance and superior service.

Six Things About Hotel Palomar Phoenix

  1. The pool and open-air Lustre Rooftop Bar on the pool level are enticing, and on special occasions, public pool parties with music are hosted here.
  2. Each guest room incorporates subtle Arizona themes, from the artwork to the carpet and the lamps -- even the inside of the closets.
  3. Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails is not your typical, boring hotel restaurant. It is a destination for happy hour with specialty cocktails and unusual bar treats as well as for dinner with creative small plates for sharing. It will be busy if there's a special event going on downtown.
  4. The Hotel Palomar Phoenix has specific rooms set aside for those guests bringing pets to the resort.
  5. If you do bring Fido to Palomar, be aware that there are no patios on which pets may lounge and no sliding glass doors with grass right outside the room. This hotel is an urban high-rise with elevators. As such you might have to walk a block away to find grass. During the summer; sidewalks here can get too hot for unprotected paws, so be prepared.
  6. This is a busy downtown area with crowds, buses, trains, sirens and traffic signals that beep all the time — nervous dogs might not be comfortable here.

What's Near Hotel Palomar Phoenix

From my perspective as a local, I can definitely see the benefit of staying at Hotel Palomar Phoenix. Sometimes, I would like to enjoy a sporting event or a show, stop for a cocktail or dessert after and not have to worry about driving home when it is late. The hotel is within walking distance of:

If you have the kids along, you can enjoy some daytime entertainment, all with about 1/2 mile, at:

Distance from Valley Metro Rail Station

Hotel Palomar Phoenix is within two blocks of the Valley Metro Rail stations at 1st Avenue/Jefferson and Central/Washington, depending on which direction you are traveling. They are split stations.

04 of 06

Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West

At the Sheraton Mesa
Judy Hedding

One of the newest hotels in the East Valley, this one opened in 2015. During Spring Training, you might find it totally booked, so make your reservation well in advance. This location in North Mesa is also convenient to Tempe and Arizona State University (three to four miles) and is about eight miles from Old Town Scottsdale.

Nine Things About Sheraton Mesa

  1. If you want to be close to Sloan Park, otherwise known as Wrigleyville West, this is your hotel! You can even see the stadium in the background of the photo.
  2. The Sheraton Mesa is convenient for getting around town, by jumping on the Loop 101 or the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway (NOT the Loop 202 Santan Freeway, see #6 on my driving tips page).
  3. This hotel has a club lounge that is convenient if you just want a light breakfast and a place away from Cubs fans (no guarantee on that in March!) to relax and work. It is reasonably priced but doesn't offer fancy hors-d'oevres or tuxedo-clad servers.
  4. Guest rooms have mini-refrigerators and microwave ovens.
  5. Complimentary airport transportation is offered during certain hours.
  6. There is a full-service salon here.
  7. The swimming pools here are larger than your typical hotel property.
  8. Stats is a large sports bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wear your Cubs gear here! Legends Steak is an upscale option serving dinner only.
  9. This hotel is located adjacent to a lovely green area, Mesa Riverview Park. With a fishing lake, one of the most exciting playgrounds in the Valley of the Sun, and miles of sidewalks for walking, jogging, exercising the pup and checking out our great sunsets in the evening.

What's Near Sheraton Mesa Wrigleyville West

Distance from Valley Metro Rail Station

This hotel is not accessible by Valley Metro Rail, although there is a Park 'n' Ride at the Sycamore / Main Street Stations, about two miles away.

Continue to 5 of 6 below.
05 of 06

The Camby

Lounge at The Camby
Judy Hedding

Expansive grounds, gardens, and kids' clubs may be the preference for some, but urbanites who desire an upscale staycation experience near shopping, attractions and restaurants in the heart of the Central Phoenix Biltmore area will find that at The Camby.

Seven Things About The Camby

  1. The Camby is a swanky looking place, designed with splashes of surprises and amenities.
  2. The Rooftop Poolside Bar is a place to unwind after a day of meetings. The large deck has plenty of comfy seating. Check out the schedule for classic films shown poolside. Colorful pool lights and background music complete the relaxing picture. Reasonably priced cabana rentals are available.
  3. Spa services, including 20-minute "treats" are offered at Zest Spa. 
  4. Guest rooms at The Camby continue the design philosophy of sophistication with imagination.
  5. Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar is the signature restaurant on the premises. The menu items here are described as "Locally Sourced Epicurean Bliss." The Bees Knees Cocktail Lounge is right off the main lobby. Yes, there's a real honeycomb there!
  6. This Central Phoenix location is only about ten minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and about seven miles from Old Town Scottsdale.
  7. Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden are about ten miles away.

What's Near The Camby

  • Arizona Biltmore Golf Club is less than two miles away. There are two 18-hole championship courses here. The Adobe Course is the classic choice and is more parkland than desert.
  • Biltmore Fashion Park has mid-level to upscale shops, like Macy's Saks, Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren and Pottery Barn. There is an Apple store here. If you want to dine outside the hotel, there are good options here, like Capital Grille, True Food Kitchen and Seasons 52. Yes, you can find pizza, too.
  • Camelback Colonnade is where you'll find some national chains, like Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Famous Footwear, Fry's for groceries, Michaels, and more. There are a bunch of casual restaurants here, from BBQ, subs, and pizza, to coffee and ice cream.
  • AMC Movie Theaters are located at the Esplanade, within walking distance from The Camby. This is a Dine-In Theater.

Distance from Valley Metro Rail Station

The Central/Camelback Station is about 2.5 miles from the hotel.

06 of 06

Renaissance Phoenix Glendale

Renaissance Glendale
Renaissance Glendale

People who need to stay in the West Valley might opt for the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale. The Renaissance is considered a convention and conference center and is located in the midst of a popular sports and entertainment district, Westgate.

Five Things About Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa

  1. Spa Botanica is on the premises offering body treatments, skin care, waxing and salon services. 
  2. This hotel has an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center with a lap pool.
  3. The hotel restaurant, Soleil, features classic breakfast offerings and an all-day menu with an Asian/Latin flair.
  4. Like all full-service hotels, the Renaissance offers packages. The good news is that you won't experience Scottsdale prices here!
  5. This hotel is about five miles from Downtown Glendale, AZ where the municipal complex is located. If you are here on military business, Luke Air Force Base is less than seven miles away.

What's Near Renaissance Glendale

  1. Westgate Entertainment District is adjacent to the hotel. Here you'll find mostly bars and casual eateries. There is often free entertainment here, like Westgate Bike Night and Westgate Hot Rod Night
  2. Everyone loves a bargain, and you can find plenty of those at Tanger Outlets within walking distance from the hotel. This is an outdoor shopping area.
  3. AMC Movies at Westgate
  4. Cabela's is about 1/2 a mile walk from the Renaissance. Not only do they have hunting, fishing, and other outdoorsy stuff, but there are nifty displays, exhibits and activities there.
  5. Gila River Arena is the home of the Arizona Coyotes NHL Hockey team. Concerts are often hosted here as well.
  6. The Arizona Cardinals play NFL football at University of Phoenix Stadium (video).
  7. Do you have tickets to the College Football National Championship when it is our turn to host it, or to the annual Fiesta Bowl? Those games are played at ​the University of Phoenix Stadium, so this hotel would be very convenient. Book that room early!
  8. During Cactus League Spring Training, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox share a stadium that's less than five miles away, Camelback Ranch-Glendale.
  9. ASU's Thunderbird School of Global Management is about ten miles away from this hotel.

Distance from Valley Metro Rail Station

This hotel is not accessible by Valley Metro Rail.

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