What We Love
- The casitas have modern amenities but maintain a historic feel
- Six secluded acres and mountain views
- On-site restaurant Lon’s at the Hermosa located in painter Lon Megargee’s former house and studio
- Many menu ingredients are grown in the property’s gardens
What To Know
- Better for couples
- No on-site golf course; the concierge can arrange a tee time at a variety of local courses
- Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is a 15-minute drive
- Pets are welcome; fees apply
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With only 34 hacienda-style rooms and casitas stretching across six sun-splashed acres, Hermosa Inn is the ultimate romantic desert escape. Tucked into the affluent town of Paradise Valley, the property looks out at Camelback Mountain — a view that instantly puts one in a dramatic state of mind.
Bed & Bath
In addition to plenty of acreage to stretch your legs, the inn sports terra-cotta tile roofs, massive wooden doors and soft, glowing lights that reach up underneath the desert foliage. Each of the rooms is uniquely decorated, but all are variations on a cozy Southwestern theme. A recent remodel equipped most rooms with Waterworks fixtures, freestanding antique pedestal tubs, luxuriously soft bedding and free WiFi.
The on-site restaurant, Lon’s at the Hermosa, is named after artist Lon Megargee, whose paintings captured the Southwest during its cowboy heyday. Lon was a renaissance man (cowboy, bronco buster, stud poker dealer), but the title “commercial artist” stuck the best; his claim-to-fame is the horse and cowboy that still appear inside Stetson Hats. The restaurant, located in Lon’s former ranch house and studio, is Arizona’s only remaining authentic hacienda, full of warm earth tones. Grab one of the tables near a fireplace in the dining room or eat on the patio in the cool evening air, surrounded by desert palms, and listen for the occasional coyote howl in the distance.
How to Get There
We just stayed four nights there beginning February 2019. This is one of my favorites, due to the small boutique, no one is knocking on your door for service unless asked. It is surrounded by lush landscaping, beautiful flowers and a nice staff. Lon’s for anytime of the day is wonderful. The Chef is amazing and so is the staff. If you like the bigger, fanciful resorts, then not for you. This place is also in a great area for walking, jogging, and hiking up the street. We visit Scottsdale often, it’s an easy short plane ride and we can always get our full days in before heading back home. I love the Casita’s, having a patio surrounded by flowers and having a fireplace was superb. Thanks Hermosa Inn for a wonderful stay.
It had been a year since we last visited. The Hermosa Inn has that Boutique Hotel flair making you feel at home. Yesterday we started our day there with lunch in the patio. I had a Cobb salad, a perfect lunch considering we were going to have a very busy day and evening. Our small party ordered a myriad of other lunch items. All was excellent. I would like to add that we were scheduled to have a catered lunch on site. We walked by it a few minutes prior to lunch time. Our buffet was set up on long banquet tables topped with sandwiches. Fruits etc. Unfortunately flies were attacking the food. We opted not to eat our catered lunch for this reason. The majority of our group didnt see what we saw.
Based on previous reviews, online pictures and the price we paid, we were expecting so much more of this property. Essentially, we did not experience anything remarkable outside of the location and the flowers on the grounds. The room we had was a little dated, (though the bed was super comfy), the gas fireplace was oddly loud like a box fan, our patio was not private, the coffee in the room was just average, the service was fine. I believe I saw comments about wonderful turn down service and a welcome drink - maybe they don't off this anymore, but we did not experience either. I wish we had dinner at Lon's - the ambience there was truly beautiful, and I understand the food is some of the best in the city. Perhaps it was our room that created this unremarkable experience? I usually look for little things to enhance a stay at a boutique hotel like this, and unfortunately, there just weren't any.
This was our third stay at the Hermosa and we love it more with each trip! Our casita was spotless and we really enjoyed the fireplace this time. We spent time each day, morning or evening - or both!, at the Last Drop. Sitting by the fire, eating, drinking and talking - I think that's our favorite spot. The breakfast was wonderful and the service can't be beat. Lon's is exceptional, and the setting is so special. Additionally, we received a call from the front desk the evening we got home and was told they had found a personal item we left in the room. We hadn't even realized we had left it yet. They mailed it to me promptly and I am so appreciative! We will definitely be back!!
Four poster bed, roaring fireplace, individual casitas, extraordinary restaurant and outstanding service at this incredible, historic, boutique hotel. Great location for business retreat for senior execs.