Royal Palms Resort and Spa

5200 East Camelback Road | Phoenix, AZ 85018 [See Map]
#5 in Best Phoenix Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 914 reviews
Property Type Resort with 119 rooms, 1 floors
Style Modern, Opulent
Best For Couples

U.S. News Review

Royal Palms Resort and Spa has drawn many a VIP — including President George W. Bush back in 2004 — because of its intimate, luxurious atmosphere. Guest rooms here look as if they belong in an elite Southwestern estate, boasting vibrant, jewel-toned decor, deep soaking tubs and hand-selected furnishings. Depending on when you visit, the property's pool area can feel a bit crowded (and snagging a lounge chair can be difficult), but it provides much-needed respite from the blazing Arizona heat. The open-air Alvadora Spa is also nice; the outdoor rain shower eliminates any stress that visitors might bring with them. Meanwhile, the outdoor dining area at T. Cook's provides a nice ambiance for the restaurant's bold flavors. Located in the Camelback Corridor, this Destination Resort is just a short drive from Old Town Scottsdale and downtown Phoenix. 

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Travel + Leisure

“Unlike Scottsdale's large, sprawling resorts, the romantic Royal Palms is understated, elegant and intimate. The Mediterranean-style hideaway, which sits at the base of Camelback Mountain, features stone courtyards with potted flowers and tiled fountains, and its casitas and villas are decorated with Old World accents.”
Award: Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015

Lonely Planet

“Camelback Mountain is the photogenic backdrop for this posh and intimate resort, which was once the winter retreat of New York industrialist Delos Cook. Today, it's a hushed and elegant place, dotted with Spanish Colonial villas, flower-lined walkways and palms imported from Egypt.”
Award: Lonely Planet Recommended


“It's a resort worthy of anyone's stay but is especially welcoming to couples, having been recognized time and again as one of the world’s most romantic escapes.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2014
  • Frommer's Highly Recommended

Guest Rooms

Standard rooms at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa feature Mediterranean-inspired decor with earth-hued color palettes and jewel-toned accents. Rooms also include leather chairs, Juliet-style balconies and bathrooms with deep-soaking tubs and separate showers.

  • A daily resort fee of $30 includes access to Wi-Fi, the business center and fitness center, among other amenities

Standard room size:

490 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 914 guests have reviewed the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 914 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Shuttle Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

Originally designed as a getaway for a private financier and his wife, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa exudes romance. The resort is located about halfway between downtown Scottsdale and the Biltmore area, which offers shops and restaurants with a backdrop of Camelback Mountain.

  • Around 5 miles north of Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Zoo
  • About 8 miles north of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

  • 24-hour valet parking ($19)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


Royal Palm's signature dining venue, T. Cook's, serves seasonal items with Mediterranean flair. T. Cook's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the restaurant serves a weekend brunch. The Mix Up Bar offers small bites in addition to a variety of specialty cocktails, beer, wine and spirits.

  • $5 happy hour specials are available at the bar Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Live music at the Mix Up Bar on Friday and Saturday

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Italian, American


  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The outdoor pool at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa provides views of Camelback Mountain. Guests can chill out on lounge chairs or in cabanas.

  • Cabana rentals include poolside dining service
  • Guests younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Cushioned lounge chairs and umbrellas on the pool deck
  • Open 24 hours

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Alvadora Spa's eight treatment rooms are where guests can go to relax with a massage, facial or body treatment. Menu options are designed to bring guests closer to nature with options like the eucalyptus scrub. Highlights here include Vichy showers, fireplaces, gender-specific Jacuzzis and even outdoor, 8-foot waterfall showers. Some services are available in outdoor treatment areas.

  • Spa is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 20 percent gratuity will be added to all spa and salon treatments
  • Guests younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna



The two-level fitness center at the Royal Palms is open 24 hours a day and features a variety of weight and cardio equipment. The gym offers complimentary fitness classes in yoga and tai chi as well as private, 60-minute classes in yoga, mat Pilates, tai chi and meditation.

  • Advanced registration required for fitness classes
  • Personal training available

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Royal Palms Resort supplies more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space. Business professionals can host their events in a variety of boardrooms, private salons and outdoor courtyards.

  • On-site business center open 24 hours a day
  • Audiovisual and catering services available

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Royal Palms Resort and Spa allows pets up to 30 pounds. A deposit of $300 is required, $100 of which is kept as a cleaning fee upon checkout.

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


There is a course nearby.

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


Wedding parties can enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for their ceremonies and receptions. The resort's venues range from private courtyards to outdoor areas with views of Camelback Mountain.

  • Catering through T.Cook's is available

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Royal Palms Resort and Spa

5200 East Camelback Road | Phoenix, AZ 85018 [See Full Map]