Couples headed to Arizona for a romantic getaway have a choice of hotels that are ready to offer cozy and charming accommodations. Options include Northern Arizona resorts with breathtaking views and excursions for the active vacationer, Mediterranean-style villas near Phoenix and a historic, boutique-style hotel in Prescott.
Prescott Resort and Conference Center
According to its website, the Prescott Resort and Conference Center is the only full-service resort in the Prescott area. It is situated around 90 minutes north of Phoenix and is decorated as an homage to the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe. The resort's 160 guest rooms are spacious and modern, yet they still incorporate the warmth of the Southwest. All rooms feature a private balcony with city or mountain views, as well as amenities such as free high-speed Internet service, flat-screen cable TV and bed linens with a 280-thread count. Couples interested in relaxation may enjoy a round of golf or a day at the spa while staying at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center; in-room massage services and room service dining are also available for couples who don't want to take the romance out of their room. Other hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna and gym. There is also a gift shop and restaurant on-site. The hotel can arrange horseback riding, train rides and Jeep tours for couples who wish to explore the area. Prescott Resort and Conference Center 1500 State Route 69 Prescott, AZ 86301 928-776-1666 prescottresort.com
Royal Palms Resort and Spa
The Royal Palms Resort and Spa takes romance seriously--so seriously, it has a "director of romance" on staff to ensure visitors get the romantic retreat for which they came. The hotel offers 119 guest accommodations, including guest rooms and casitas, all of which are decorated with European pieces. Rooms may feature stone fireplaces, Tuscan-inspired decor, garden views or private patios. Rooms come standard with bathrobes, pillow-top mattresses, mini-bars and LCD TVs, as well as Internet access. Room service is available 24 hours a day. On-site features include T. Cook's Restaurant, the Alvadora Spa and Salon, gym and swimming pool. The hotel is only 7 miles from Sky Harbor International Airport and only 3 miles from downtown Scottsdale. Limousine service is available. Royal Palms Resort and Spa 5200 East Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85018 602-840-3610 royalpalmshotel.com
Prescott's Hassayampa Inn opened in 1927 and has billed itself as "a place for a romantic getaway, and an oasis dedicated to restoring balance" ever since. The hotel believes in the philosophy of personalized hospitality, so visitors will receive nothing but the best in service during their stay--in fact, even pets are indulged with the hotel's pampered pet program. The hotel has 67 nonsmoking guest rooms, each of which is unique and designed with romance and modern comfort in mind. Guests can also enjoy a romantic dinner at the hotel's Peacock Room restaurant. Hassayampa Inn 122 East Gurley Street Prescott, AZ 86301 928-778-9434 hassayampainn.com
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