Originally opened in 1929 in Phoenix, Arizona, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa brings together a homey intimacy and all the enjoyment of a luxury spa vacation. This award winning AZ resort is located at the foot of Camelback Mountain, ideally located between Scottsdale and the Biltmore Corridor, and conveniently close to the Phoenix International Airport. With a ratio of three employees for every guest at the Royal Palms, guests can rest assured that every detail of their stay has been anticipated.

With so many offerings, this is the perfect Arizona destination for anyone, ranging from the destination traveler to the corporate business professional to those seeking a relaxing spa getaway. The Royal Palms strives to create a residential atmosphere but has a variety of services to ensure guest comfort.

The Royal Palms began as a winter home for Delos Willard Cooke and his wife Florence. In 1948, the hotel opened its doors to the first guests under the name of Royal Palms Inn. The location remains the epitome of a tranquil escape and provides the same comforts the original owners enjoyed back in 1929.

1.Royal Palms Resort Rooms & Suites

Royal Palms Resort Rooms & Suites  

Guests have a choice of 119 rooms, casitas, and villas. Each one provides a high level of comfort, with Desert Dream pillow-top mattresses and European style furniture. Guests can enjoy robes, hair dryers, and toiletries for personal pampering provided in each room. Rooms also include an LCD television, minibars, coffee and tea, and free Wi-Fi access, and at the end of the stay guests can use in-room express check out. All rooms are non-smoking.

The four individual Phoenix Villas circle the private courtyard decked with lavish gardens offer the epitome in privacy. With king-sized beds and opulent furnishings, the Villas easily feel like a home away from home. With offerings ranging from claw-footed bathtubs, outdoor fireplaces, separate living rooms, and indoor/ outdoor showers, each Villa has a perfect combination of charm and convenience for any guest’s need.

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The bungalow style Casitas, with 470 square feet of room, harken back to the Spanish influence of architecture and style. The windows overlook the resort gardens and orange groves while guestrooms and suites offer a view of the famous garden terrace, reflecting pools, fountains, and fireplaces, all under the shadow of majestic Camelback Mountain.

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2.Royal Palms Resort Dining

Royal Palms Resort Dining  

Quality is no stranger to the meals at T.Cook's, the on-site restaurant. From the Artisan Cheese plate, the Petite Filet Mignon, to an expertly paired glass of award-winning wine, everything is simply splendid. Using seasonal and local organic ingredients, each plate is presented according to the highest of fine dining standards. The two outdoor patios with views of the Camelback Mountain are perfect for a romantic date night or just for relaxing with friends.

The Delos Private Dining room, just off of the main restaurant, is available for private parties, with seating available for up to twelve. For family reunions, rehearsal dinners, or business meetings, this location pairs a private room with high-end dining. In addition, there are many small tables available for a more intimate private dining experience, "Via Cappello," the ultimate romantic dining option. Diners can savor their meal in the opulent dining area or on the outside patio for intimate gatherings or large parties. Breakfast hours are 6:30 to 10:30 am, Monday through Saturday, and to 10 am on Sundays, lunches from 11 am to 2 pm Monday through Saturday, and dinner from 5:30 pm to 10 pm every day. Sunday Brunch is served from 10 am to 2 pm.

The Mix Up has a relaxed atmosphere and offers cocktails and farm-fresh delectable fare to tease the palates of dining guests. This casual bar offers daily specials to invite camaraderie and merriment. These specials include Tacos and Tequila Tuesdays, Local Love Wednesdays, and Bourbon & Burgers Thursdays, featuring $8 burgers and half priced select beverages, and guests can enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday evenings. Sundays offer half off bottles of select wine during WineDown Sundays.

Cocktails are served between 1 pm to 12 am Monday through Friday and 11 am to 12 am on weekends. Food is served between 1 to 11 pm Monday through Friday, and 11 am to 11 pm on weekends. Happy Hour takes place daily from 3 to 6:30 pm.

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3.The Royal Palms Resort Spa

The Royal Palms Resort Spa  

The Alvadora Spa offers the finest relaxation experience in the area. Named by USA Today as the number one spa in Phoenix in 2015, the spa boasts a large number of selections that allow guests to relax and unwind. Eight rooms are available, some overlooking the indoor-outdoor courtyards. The services range from Vichy showers to couple's massage to a selection of soothing mani-pedis. Each spa suite overlooks the Montavista courtyard.

The Fitness Centre is also available for working out, with a full-service, 24-hour facility, and trainers are available to assist with workouts. A variety of private classes can give guests the extra motivation to enjoy activities during their vacations. With an advanced reservation, guests can take part in hour-long classes of yoga, stretching, Pilates, Tai Chi, and meditation, with classes starting at 9 am on most days.

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4.Romantic Weddings

Romantic Weddings  

With sprawling vistas and spectacular views serving as the backdrop for over 20,000 square-feet of event space, the Royal Palm Resort is perfect for destination weddings. With a focus on family, romance, ambiance, and elegance there is a selection of venues to meet guests’ needs.

The Alegria Garden is an intimate outdoor courtyard ensconced with citrus trees, making this the perfect outdoor wedding venue. Seating is available for 120 guests and contains a gorgeous elevated stone platform, which couples have used for the main visual elements of the ceremony.

The Vernadero Lawn has seating for180 guests and looks out on a spectacular view of the Camelback Mountain. This area is framed by palm trees, and special lighting can be made available. This location is perfect for receptions, rehearsal lunches, morning-after brunch for the guests and wedding party, or the ceremony itself.

The Jardin D' Amore, or the Garden of Love, is an intimate garden setting with a view of the mountain. This walled garden provides the right amount of privacy in a lush outdoor setting. Seating is available for 40 guests.

Indoor locations include the Estrella Salon, which is great for receptions or ceremonies and has enough seating for 180 guests. The stately room contains wrought-iron chandeliers and echoes the Spanish décor of the resort. There is a connected patio and reflecting pool for added charm. The Palmera Salon is another indoor location with room for 120 guests, and it features an adjoining lounge. This space contains an eye-catching fireplace with an opulent hardwood mantel and wrought iron chandeliers.

The Cervantes Room and Lounge contains wood-beamed ceilings and is a wonderful option for more intimate weddings and events with seating available for 40 guests. This space contains a fireplace and has a residential atmosphere.

Event meal planning is available through Royal Palms Catering for any on-site event and wedding. Guests can choose from the menu of T. Cook's or create a custom menu for the special day, whether they are having rehearsal meals, showers, or celebrations including afternoon tea.

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5.Meetings & Conferences

Meetings & Conferences  

The Royal Palms Resort and Spa can serve as the optimal venue for corporate and team building events, with each event location providing a flexible atmosphere depending on the needs of the group. The resort provides a Conference Service Manager for each team that arrives, ensuring that business functions can take on a whole new mood.

The Estrella Salon contains 2,450 square feet of meeting space with theater-style seating available for 280 people, banquet seating for 180, and 300 for business receptions. The Palmera Salon contains 2,120 square feet with a pre-function foyer. This space provides seating for 220 theater-style, 120 for banquet seating, and 220 for receptions. The connecting lounge provides dinner seating for 50 attendees.

The Cervantes meeting space is a more select area for casual gatherings of 40 to 50 guests. The space contains 612 square feet and contains a private patio. The Cervantes Library can be added as a usable space to make room for 40 additional guests, and it has a library-like atmosphere with stuffed leather chairs for relaxation and ambiance.

The Vernadero room has a rustic charm reflecting the rich history of the hotel. This space is the smallest area with seating for up to 18 guests. The room contains original chandeliers, mahogany conference tables, and charming French doors leading to the courtyard and reflecting pool.

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6.Luxury Services & Amenities

Luxury Services & Amenities  

Guests staying at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa enjoy a selection of amenities and activities unique to the location. In addition to the business center, 24-hour fitness center, and spa facilities, guests can also enjoy free Wi-Fi, fax availability, the outdoor pool. The location includes the Cabana Cafe, Royal Pet services, poolside cabana rental, car rental, limousines, bilingual staff, concierge services, smoke-free guestrooms, and valet parking. Environmentally conscious guests can park their cars in one of the Tesla or Blink charging stations available.

Check-in is at 4 pm and check-out is at noon. The Royal Palms employs a no-tip policy to ensure guest comfort but includes a daily resort fee of $30 daily, which includes amenities and gratuities for the bell staff and housekeeping.

Rooms start at $522 per night.

5200 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018, Phone: 602-840-3610

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Royal Palms Resort and Spa, a Luxury Weekend Vacation in Phoenix, Arizona