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What We Love

  • The seclusion of the lush resort, with nine acres of gardens
  • A full-service spa and swimming pool on-site
  • Paella at the lodgelike T Cooks restaurant
  • WiFi throughout the resort
  • Citrus-scented treatments at Alvadora Spa
  • Concierge can snag guests the best tee times at nearby TPC Scottsdale and Troon North courses

What To Know

  • This is the desert, so slather on sunscreen and stay hydrated
  • Local traffic can be brutal; let the hotel pick you up and arrange your tours
  • A resort fee of $28 per night will be collected upon checkout from Jetsetter

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Eco friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

The Sonora Desert stretches out in every direction from the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, but the property itself bears a closer resemblance to a Mediterranean mirage. In Arizona’s Valley of the Sun and in the shadow of Camelback Mountain, this private mansion turned Spanish colonial-style resort is a secluded escape from the Phoenix sprawl.

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Inside the lobby, a hand-carved stone fireplace adds to the intimate ambience. Beautifully manicured lawns and nine acres of gardens are scented with honeysuckle, jasmine and flowering fruit trees; a swimming pool lined with mother of pearl glimmers in the sunlight. The Montavista Courtyard, with its bubbling fountains and Spanish tile, is a perfect place to soak in the desert sun on comfy lounge chairs.

The 119 guestrooms, casitas and villas blend the rustic and the romantic, with wood-beam ceilings and views of the tiered garden and reflecting pool. Many rooms have terraces or patios and deep soaking tubs (a real treat after a hike up Camelback) in huge, well-lit bathrooms. And if you’re looking to go above and beyond, the resort employs a Director of Romance who can produce flamenco guitarists or flocks of white doves upon request.

The Mediterranean design continues in the Alvadora Spa, which offers shiatsu, energy therapies, a full line of body treatments and citrus-based therapies. And, no, it’s not a mirage — the spa also provides soothing water therapies like watsu and a selection of Acqua Dolce bathing rituals, ideal after a long day in the sun.

How to Get There

Royal Palms Resort and Spa in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt
5200 E Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1806 Reviews
Too warm in July, hotel about made up for it
Reviewed 10 hours ago

A visit to Phoenix in July to see family definitely requires a nice hotel given the temperature, and the Royal Palms did not disappoint. We spent 4 nights in a Montavista Suite which had ample room, and then some. There were separate temperature controls in the bedroom and the living room with a pretty quiet AC system. The north facing balcony included a chaise lounge which was pleasant in the early morning. Keurig coffee maker in the room was nice to have, but you can also get coffee at the pool. The bed was very comfortable. Our room (321) faced north so there was a terrific view of Camelback Mountain. Our room was in a corner of the U shaped building which meant not a lot of breeze while we were there. Terrific breakfasts at T. Cook's, my favorite was the corned beef hash with hollandaise. Professional, friendly service throughout the hotel, including the valets and bellmen, the front desk and pool personnel, housekeeping, and our servers in T. Cook's and in the Mix-up Bar. We will definitely stay at the Royal Palms for future visits.

4 Star with a 2.5 Star Feel
Reviewed 3 days ago

Pleasant Old historical ambience but felt like they were closed for the season. 90% of cushions and umbrellas propped up against the wall all day long. Paid resort fee but pool deck felt like it was cutting my feet. Terrible room location in the last building next to the road at $200+ a night plus parking with no view in off season. They looked 80% vacant so the effort to gain my respect with a better room location was not offered. Much better deals offseason elsewhere.

Decent room, nice spa, CROWDED pool.
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice property overall. Quality room and spa, but they sell day passes to locals for the pool area, so it was always SUPER crowded. Would expect a little more seclusion and class at this price. Also had some issues with charges that were not ours showing up on the bill. Manager could never explain where they came from, but did take care of it. Would probably try another place next time.

Gorgeous Property
Reviewed 6 days ago

What a wonderful relaxing resort! I was there 3 nights and found the resort quite magical, especially at night. Wandering through the paths finding wonderful places to sit, read, have a drink or even a nap! I found the resort to be very quiet and restful - and there was even a wedding party there Saturday night - never heard a thing! The staff were truly wonderful, warm, and very attentive without being obtrusive. Lovely big room with a huge soaking tub - separate shower, lovely terrace. The restaurant, T Cooks, was excellent - had a lovely dinner there as well as some wonderful breakfasts. The Mix Up bar was great as well - great burger and drinks! I had a wonderful massage at the spa and mani -pedi. Again the staff was lovely and very friendly. I would highly recommend a stay at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa!

Lovely property; an oasis in a big city
Reviewed 7 days ago

Loved Royal Palms. Not too big of a resort. Terrific spa. Wonderful restaurant. Located close to Scottsdale proper. Pool seems a bit small for the number of guests which can make getting service a bit challenging. Overall, we enjoyed our stay.