Scottsdale is known for its over-the-top luxury hotels and resorts. Throughout most of the year, unless you have the bucks to throw down, you might just spend your time dreaming of what a stay at one of them might be like. But then comes summer, when the temperatures can reach triple digits and the city is unapologetic about the heat — in fact, they embrace it and promote it. The great thing about summer in Scottsdale is that as soon as the temperatures begin to rise, the resort rates dip, big time, making that dream vacation a total reality. And let’s face it, when at a fancy resort or hotel during the summer, you are going to want to spend most of that time in a pool, which there are plenty to choose from.
During the summer, the city is still very much open for business and locals as well as out of towners flock to the resorts for the sizzling deals. And don’t worry, it’s a dry heat, and it’s tolerable, especially when you are saving mega bucks and staying in hotels that normally might be a bit pricey for your wallet. But first, before booking your stay, check out what there is to do in Scottsdale this summer.
What to Do
If you want to keep that wallet in check, there are plenty of free activities to do while in town. On Thursdays, head to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art or check out the weekly Scottsdale ArtWalk. On Sundays, head to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park for free concerts by local bands. When the sun begins to set, consider heading to some of Scottsdale’s best bars or go explore the various pieces of public art that are lit up at night, when the temps are a bit cooler.
Even though the daytime can be toasty, if you dress appropriately, you can still enjoy all the incredible outdoor activities that the city and surrounding areas have to offer, just make sure to grab your water bottle before heading out to explore Scottsdale’s abundant lakes and rivers, regional swimming holes and stargazing spots.
And of course, you can’t spend time in Scottsdale without indulging at some of the best restaurants the city (including at the resorts) have to offer. Some favorites to visit during your stay include The Mission, which blends influences from Spain, Mexico, Central America, and South America. Expect housemade tortillas, arepas, and salsas, which are all made fresh daily while all the meat is prepared on a grill using pecan and mesquite wood that gives it a rich flavor. Tucked inside the historic Craftsman Court in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, FnB has received acclaim both locally and beyond since its opening in 2009. Chef and co-owner of the award-winning restaurant, Charleen Badman, is one of Arizona’s most celebrated chefs and is a five-time James Beard nominee for Best Chef of the Southwest. And lastly, Scottsdale’s premier venue for local craft beer, great wine, and artisan wood-fired pizza is none other than Craft 64. They only use local organic ingredients and make their own mozzarella from scratch every day. All produce for the pizzas come from local farmers and they have 36 tap handles featuring Arizona beer in addition to an extensive wine list.
Scottsdale Resort Deals in the Summer
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch: With rates starting at $139/night, guests can enjoy the resort’s 2.5-acre water playground which provides everything you need for daytime fun; a white sand beach, ten pools, and a three-story waterslide. Kids eat dinner free and play free golf with a paying adult.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa: Enjoy the resort’s Camp Kierland, a modern take on classic, family-friendly adventure, with package rates starting from $169 with a $50 per night, per room resort credit. Upgrades include a VIP Camp Kierland pass and a take-home tee-pee tent amenity.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Superhero Summer takes place, where families can enjoy special superhero-themed activities and photo-ops, dive-in movies, fireworks, and more. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess features a white sand beach, five swimming pools, and two waterslides. This luxe property has rates starting at $189/night with a $50 resort credit and a charitable donation to support real-life superheroes.
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch: The hotel is bringing back the highly anticipated “Rock Your Staycation” this summer with room rates starting as low as $97-plus on the weekends, a $30 daily resort credit, two $25 Luna Spa vouchers (per reservation) and a 50% discount on the daily resort fee ($29 plus tax).
For Those Looking to Party
Hotel Valley Ho: Snag a room starting at just $99/night when you reserve their 3rd Night Free offer. Experience a boutique urban resort oasis in Old Town Scottsdale, walking distance to the area’s incredible nightlife, shopping, and restaurants. Make the most of your stay with spa treatments, poolside cocktails, and seasonal eats at ZuZu.
The Scott Resort & Spa: This boutique hotel in the heart of Scottsdale has summer rates starting at $99/night. After recently completing a $15 million renovation, the hotel is ready to show off its new look which includes two luxurious pools, hot tub, and playful sandy beach, a 3,500-square-foot spa, and The Canal Club, an urban restaurant serving traditional favorites with a Cuban twist.
W Scottsdale: With summer rates starting at $169/night, experience Arizona’s lively destination sensation at W Scottsdale. Surrounded by exhilarating arts, sophisticated shopping, world-class golf, and a pulsating nightlife, the AAA Four Diamond hotel is a haven of style and substance. Enhance your experience in a sixth-floor VIP suite with living rooms, high-tech kitchens, hardwood floors, laundry units in the room and floor-to-ceiling windows.
For Much-Needed R&R
Bespoke Inn: With rates starting at $97/night, this super-cute boutique property that is a blend between a luxury resort and a personal bed & breakfast has everything you will need for some peaceful relaxation, including a 43-foot long infinity lap pool. There’s also an award-winning restaurant owned and operated by James Beard nominee, Chef Gio Osso. The summer sales also include 10% off a one-night stay, 20% off any two-night stay and 30% off a reservation for three or more nights.
Mountain Shadows: Summer rates starting at $99 when you book their 3rd Night Free offer. Indulge with a true boutique resort experience in the shadow of the iconic Camelback Mountain, located just ten minutes from Old Town Scottsdale’s renowned dining, art galleries, and nightlife.
The Hermosa Inn: The Summer in Paradise Getaway runs from May 29 and September 30, and includes overnight accommodations with rates starting at $149/night, two drink vouchers upon arrival, $25 daily food and beverage credit, daily poolside treats, upgrade upon availability, and early check-in/check-out based on availability. Resort fee and tax apply.