I found a relaxing oasis in the middle of a big city and it is called The Hermosa Inn. It is a small luxury boutique hotel located in the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, Arizona. The Inn was originally built as a home and studio by western artist Lon Megargee. From it’s beginning as a studio it has been transformed into a luxury Inn with 34 rooms, spa and award-winning restaurant.
The reception area is located a few steps from the parking lot in the main building. Upon entering, I was greeted promptly and professionally and offered a drink. Check-in was quick and I was presented with a welcome packet that included important information such as the WiFi password and a map. On the way to the room I was given an overview of the property.
The Hermosa Inn is located in a quiet residential neighborhood surrounded by multimillion dollar homes. Once you enter you will not notice the surrounding area unless you go for a walk around the neighborhood. The Inn is beautifully landscaped with desert plants, trees and cactus.
The main building which includes the reception area, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms is located in the center of the property. The Casitas and Rancho guest rooms are in separate buildings.
Sitting areas and hammocks are scattered throughout the grounds.
A large collection of sculptures by local artists are placed around the open areas and are for sale. Next to my room was a sculpture and cactus garden with many large sculptures. It is a great use of space that might have otherwise been nothing special.
My room, a Deluxe Casita, was located in a detached building with one other room, each having a separate entrance.
The Deluxe Casita is a large room with a king-size bed, separate seating, two comfortable leather chairs and large bathroom. The room had everything you would expect from a luxury hotel including a working fireplace.
For me the most important part in a hotel room is a comfortable bed and this one did not disappoint. It had all the right elements including fluffy pillows, soft linens and a comfortable mattress.
The bathroom is gigantic and includes a large tub, walk-in shower and separate toilet. I loved the large shower, especially the great water pressure. The towels were large and soft and a bathrobe was included.
The Casita’s have a semi-private patio with chairs and tables. If the weather had been cooler it would have been a great place to relax.
Swimming Pool & Hot Tub – The swimming pool has lounge chairs, umbrellas and cabanas. Food and drink service is available during the day.
Meeting Rooms – A variety of meeting rooms, including an underground wine celler, are available for private parties or events.
Blue Door Spa – The spa has a full menu of massage treatments and is open daily.
The Hermosa Inn has two restaurants: The award-wining Lon’s at The Hermosa and the Last Drop Bar. Lon’s is the more formal of the two and is open daily for dinner and brunch on the weekends. The Last Drop Bar is more casual and is open all day. It has daily happy hour specials as well as a great selection of specialty cocktails and locally brewed beer.
I dined at the Last Drop Bar and enjoyed the experience. The bartender was friendly and the food was tasty. I especially liked the fresh-made pretzel sticks. The Charcuterie and Cheese board were excellent. The charcuterie is made in house which is something you do not find often.
Based on the crowd on Sunday morning, Lon’s is a popular place for brunch. There were quite a few locals dining there, which is always a good sign.
I really enjoyed my stay at the Hermosa Inn. The room and the property were beautiful and well maintained. The staff were friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend it as an alternative to the large resorts when you are looking for a peaceful escape.
- Location – Paradise Valley is a 15 minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport.
- Room rates vary by season.
- There are no Resort Fees.
- Visit the Hermosa Inn’s website for more information.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary stay at The Hermosa Inn. Dining expenses and gratuities were at my own expense. All opinions expressed here are my own.