Tranquil Rooms Surrounding Elegant Courtyard in North Phoenix
The Metro Plaza Hotel embraces its Sonoran Desert location; you'll find slender, towering palm trees at the front entrance and artwork in the guest rooms that depicts rugged outdoor scenes. The property even has its own kind of oasis—an elegant courtyard leading to a multitiered garden filled with flowers and verdant foliage.
The guest rooms have a soothing, sand-colored palette that also calls to mind the saguaro-dotted surroundings. In-room amenities include individual climate control and tumbleweed loofahs. In the morning, a breakfast buffet features scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and danishes.
Highlights of Phoenix
- 300 days of sunshine per year: Thanks to its desert topography, Phoenix is one of the sunniest cities in the U.S.
- Outdoor adventures: Hike past red sandstone formations to the top of Camelback Mountain for a great view of the city. Or hit the themed trails at the Desert Botanical Garden to see southwestern flora such as huge Sonoran cacti and other moisture-hoarding succulents.
- Native peoples: For a look at the culture of the area's indigenous population, browse the 12 exhibition galleries at the Heard Museum, which has nearly 40,000 artifacts, ranging from Hopi katsina dolls to a full-size Pueblo oven.
- Frank Lloyd Wright built his winter home, Taliesin West, in nearby Scottsdale. It's open for tours.