Cool, hip, and contemporary describes The Clarendon, quite possibly Phoenix’s best boutique hotel – with a rooftop hangout touted by locals as well as such upscale publications as Travel & Leisure. Red upholstered seating areas are so comfy, you find yourself perched in place to catch the legendary Arizona sunset. Feeling dry? Indulge in the Oasis pool area, which features a giant swimming hole with underwater speakers and 1,000 illuminated stars at the bottom. Also on tap: scalp and shoulder massage jets in the oversized Jacuzzi (with a capacity for 50), a magnificent Italian mural with tiles made of 24-karat gold, and an in-your-face water wall more than two stories tall. No wonder The Clarendon is a favorite haunt for those who want to sleep in luxury and in the midst of Phoenix’s midtown museum district.

401 W. Clarendon Ave.