Scottsdale is an awesome city that is bursting with golf courses and shopping, tasty food, refreshing drinks, and boasts more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

But Scottsdale is a large city and there are a ton of accommodation options.

Which is exactly why we put together this guide for where to stay in Scottsdale.

Written by travellers for travellers, this guide is designed with one purpose – to help you find the best neighbourhood to stay in Scottsdale based on your travel needs.

So whether you’re looking to party all night long, take in the art scene or explore the American West, our list of the best neighbourhoods in Scottsdale will help you find the one that best fits your style and budget.

Let’s jump right into where to stay in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Scottsdale

  • Where to stay in Scottsdale first time – Old Town
  • Where to stay in Scottsdale on a budget – South Scottsdale
  • Best area to stay in Scottsdale for nightlife – Downtown
  • Coolest place to stay in Scottsdale – Roosevelt Row
  • Best neighbourhood in Scottsdale for families – Arcadia

In a hurry? Here’s my top neighborhood for first timers:

FIRST TIME IN SCOTTSDALE

Old Town

Old Town is a lively and bustling neighbourhood located at the heart of the city. It encompasses a buzzing art scene and a lively tourist district that draws travellers of all ages and styles.

PLACES TO VISIT:
  • Dig into delicious Mexican fare at The Mission
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlour
  • Savour a plate of comfort food at Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles

Where to Stay in Scottsdale

Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Scottsdale.

Best Hostel in Scottsdale: Hosteling International Phoenix

This centrally located property boasts four well-appointed rooms. Each is outfitted with a variety of amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Guests of the hostel can enjoy a range of bars, restaurants and cafes nearby. It’s within close proximity to both Phoenix and Scottsdale city centres.

Best Airbnb in Scottsdale: Private room in condominium

When you’re exploring Scottsdale for the first time, it’s best to stay at this Airbnb. Located in central Old Town, you will find yourself close to the main attractions and public transport. The home is shared, but your room is absolutely private. Staying at this place is a great way to make friends and get good advice on what to see, which can be helpful on your first Scottsdale visit.

Best Hotel in Scottsdale: Bespoke Inn Cafe & Bicycles

The Bespoke Inn Café and Bicycles is our pick the best hotel in Scottsdale. This charming four-star hotel is located in Old Town and provides guests with an outdoor swimming pool, a rooftop terrace and a modern gym. Rooms are comfortable and each comes complete with a private bathroom and beauty accessories.

Scottsdale Neighborhood Guide

FIRST TIME IN SCOTTSDALE
FIRST TIME IN SCOTTSDALE

Old Town

Old Town is a lively and bustling neighbourhood located at the heart of the city. It encompasses a buzzing art scene and a lively tourist district that draws travellers of all ages and styles.

ON A BUDGET
South Scottsdale, Scottsdale
ON A BUDGET

South Scottsdale

South Scottsdale is a massive district nestled between Old Town Scottsdale and the lively college town of Tempe. The neighbourhood is characterised by its great restaurants, excellent shopping opportunities and its lush and expansive parks.

NIGHTLIFE
Downtown, Scottsdale
NIGHTLIFE

Downtown

Downtown Scottsdale is one of the liveliest neighbourhoods in the city. It sits north of Old Town and straddles both sides of the Arizona Canal. Here you’ll find a great selection of shops and malls, as well as plenty of yoga studios, hip cafes and trendy restaurants.

COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
Roosevelt Row, Scottsdale
COOLEST PLACE TO STAY

Roosevelt Row

Roosevelt Row (RoRo) is without a doubt the coolest neighbourhood in the area. Located in nearby Phoenix, this trendy district is home to chic bars and live music venues, as well as hip eateries, trendy cafes, and a myriad of fantastic art galleries.

FOR FAMILIES
Arcadia, Scottsdale
FOR FAMILIES

Arcadia

Arcadia is a neighbourhood that holds the special distinction of being part of both Scottsdale and Phoenix. It sits to the north of the Arizona Canal and boasts incredible access to the capital, the countryside and everywhere in between.

Scottsdale is a large city located in the state of Arizona. It is considered to be part of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area and is a popular destination for high-end shopping and golf fanatics and attracts many artists, creatives and outdoor adventurers.

The city is spread out over an area of 478 square kilometres and is home to approximately 250,000 people. It is divided into numerous neighbourhoods, subdivisions and districts, each offering something unique to travellers.

To help you plan your time in Scottsdale, this guide will take an in-depth look at the city’s five best neighbourhoods.

Starting with Old Town. This neighbourhood is the heart and centre of the city. It possesses a fantastic array of restaurants and bars, as well as tourist attractions, landmarks and activities.

Travel north from here and you’ll arrive in Downtown Scottsdale. Home to the entertainment district and Fashion Square, this neighbourhood is bursting with shopping, dining and lively nightlife options.

Set to the east is Arcadia, a posh neighbourhood that straddles the both Scottsdale and Phoenix. It is one of the most sought after addresses in the region and boasts beautiful views and lots of family activities.

Head southwest and you’ll pass through Roosevelt Row. One of the coolest neighbourhoods in the region, Roosevelt Row is perfect for travellers who like craft beer, art galleries, and relaxing on patios.

And finally, directly south of the city centre is South Scottsdale. This sprawling district is home to everything from restaurants and shops to massive parks and buzzing zoos.

Still not sure where to stay in Scottsdale? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

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Scottsdale’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

In this next section, we’ll take a look, in more detail, at the five best neighbourhoods to stay in Scottsdale. Each is a little different from the last, so be sure to read each section carefully and pick the neighbourhood that’s right for you!

1. Old Town – Where to Stay in Scottsdale First Time

Old Town is a lively and bustling neighbourhood located at the heart of the city. It encompasses a buzzing art scene and a lively tourist district that draws travellers of all ages and styles. With a vast array of bars, nightclubs, museums and galleries, Old Town is our pick for where to stay in Scottsdale if you’re visiting for the first time.

This area is also home to most of the best Airbnbs in Scottsdale. The downtown district is packed with stores and boutiques catering to travellers of all styles and budgets. So, whether you want high-street finds or one-of-a-kind pieces, Old Town has what you’re looking for!

Old Town, Scottsdale
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Things to See and Do in Old Town

– Dig into delicious Mexican fare at The Mission.

– Indulge in great beer and tasty pasty at the Cornish Pasty Co.

– Learn about the history of the city at the Scottsdale Historical Museum.

– Listen to live music and enjoy a couple of drinks at the Old Town Tavern.

– Root for the home team at Scottsdale Stadium.

– Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlour.

– Savour a plate of comfort food at Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles.

– See an incredible collection at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

– Stroll and browse the galleries that make up the vibrant Main Street Arts District.

Best Inn in Old Town: Rodeway Inn Old Town Scottsdale

This charming inn is located in central Scottsdale. It is within walking distance of Scottsdale Stadium and is close to a variety of restaurants, shops and bars. They provide comfortable and air-conditioned rooms each outfitted with a refrigerator, cable/satellite TV, and tea/coffee facilities.

Best Airbnb in Old Town: Private room in condominium

When you’re exploring Scottsdale for the first time, it’s best to stay at this Airbnb. Located in central Old Town, you will find yourself close to the main attractions and public transport. The home is shared, but your room is absolutely private. Staying at this place is a great way to make friends and get good advice on what to see, which can be helpful on your first Scottsdale visit.

Best Hotel in Old Town: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Scottsdale – Old Town

Thanks to its great location, this is one of our favourite hotels in Old Town. This two-star hotel is centrally located in Scottsdale and is in close proximity to museums, galleries, eateries and bistros. There is also a golf course and sundeck on-site.

Best Hotel in Old Town: Bespoke Inn Cafe & Bicycles

The Bespoke Inn Café and Bicycles is our pick for where to stay in Old Town. This charming four-star hotel provides guests with an outdoor swimming pool, a rooftop terrace and a modern gym. Rooms are comfortable and each comes complete with a private bathroom and beauty accessories.

2. South Scottsdale – Where to Stay in Scottsdale on a Budget

South Scottsdale is a massive district nestled between Old Town Scottsdale and the lively college town of Tempe. The neighbourhood is characterised by its great restaurants, excellent shopping opportunities and its lush and expansive parks. Here, you’ll enjoy everything from shopping and dining to some of the best people watching that Scottsdale has to offer.

This is also our pick for where to stay in you’re balling on a budget. South Scottsdale is home to a high concentration of accommodation options that will cater to a range of styles and budgets. So, whether you’re looking for a social backpacker hostel or a charming boutique hotel, this district has something that will exceed your expectation.

South Scottsdale, Scottsdale
South Scottsdale

Things to See and Do in South Scottsdale

– Dig into a plate of tasty American fare at Jim’s Coney Island Café.

– Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shores of Tempe Town Lake.

– Explore the lush and expansive landscapes of Papago Park.

– Hike up and enjoy the view from the Hole in the Rock.

– Kick start your day with a delicious and satisfying breakfast at J J’s Sports Cantina.

– Savour tasty Greek fare at George’s Famous Gyros.

– See a myriad of vibrant plants and flowers at the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden.

– Trek through the countryside on The Bajada Nature Trail.

– Visit the Mill Avenue District in nearby Tempe.

Best Hotel in South Scottsdale: Magnuson Hotel Papago Inn

This charming hotel is ideally located in South Scottsdale. It provides easy access to Tempe and Arizona State University, as well as the Phoenix Zoo and Papago Park. This hotel offers a great daily breakfast and provides guests with free wifi, a delightful restaurant, and a relaxing garden to unwind in.

Best Airbnb in South Scottsdale: Bright bedroom in shared flat

Cheap, incredibly bright and spacious. You will have a bedroom and bathroom all to yourself. You can also use every amenity in this shared home – the host even provides an empty shelf in the fridge. In addition to that, there’s a pool and a free bike for you. Feel free to ask the host for any advice on the area and activities – you’ll be perfectly looked after.

Best Hotel in South Scottsdale: Baymont by Wyndham Tempe Scottsdale

The Baymont by Wyndham comes complete with a golf course, an outdoor swimming pool and a relaxing Jacuzzi. There’s also a casino on-site. Its rooms are comfortable and outfitted with a kitchenette, microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker. Each reservation also includes a varied and tasty breakfast.

Best Hotel in South Scottsdale: Red Lion Inn & Suites Phoenix

The Red Lion Inn is centrally located in South Scottsdale. It is close to shops, restaurants, and bars. This hotel boasts a range of wellness facilities, including tennis courts, a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. All of this combines makes this our pick for where to stay in South Scottsdale.

3. Downtown – Best Area to Stay in Scottsdale for Nightlife

Downtown Scottsdale is one of the liveliest neighbourhoods in the city. It sits north of Old Town and straddles both sides of the Arizona Canal. Here you’ll find a great selection of shops and malls, as well as plenty of yoga studios, hip cafes and trendy restaurants.

Home to the entertainment district, Downtown Scottsdale is our recommendation for where to stay if you’re looking to enjoy a night on the town. It boasts everything from thriving dance floors to low-key pubs and is packed with plenty of fun and excitement no matter the time of day.

Love to shop? Downtown Scottsdale is also home to Fashion Square, the largest shopping mall in the state of Arizona.

Downtown, Scottsdale
Downtown

Things to See and Do in Downtown

– Dine on incredible American fare at Café Monarch.

– Eat a delicious and filling breakfast at Arcadia Farms.

– Enjoy great food and a fantastic atmosphere at Citizen Public House.

– Savour delicious Italian and American dishes at Olive & Ivy.

– Indulge in an extra special meal at Franco’s Italian Caffe.

– Visit Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row for a night of good drinks and tasty snacks.

– Choose from a wide selection of drinks, cocktails and beer at Coach House.

– Chill out with a few drinks at The Beverly.

– Listen to live music at the Rusty Spur Saloon.

– Eat, drink and enjoy a day (or night) on the patio at AZ88.

Best Motel in Downtown: Motel 6

Motel 6 Scottsdale is your best bet for budget accommodations in central Scottsdale. It is within close proximity to the city centre and Scottsdale’s top tourist attractions. This motel is comprised of 122 recently refurbished rooms with modern features and private bathrooms. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.

Best Airbnb in Downtown: Entire condominium to yourself

Great evenings out but still a good nights sleep? Yes, please! When booking this unique farmhouse, you can be sure to be as close to the nightlife as possible but still have privacy and peace when you come back home. Affordable and spacious, you can even bring some friends over since the place accommodates up to 6 people. But keep in mind – no parties at the Airbnb itself.

Best Hotel in Downtown: Howard Johnson by Wyndham

The Howard Johnson by Wyndham is in a fantastic location for walking to the best restaurants and bars, clubs and shops. It is a modern hotel with 65 spacious rooms each outfitted with essential amenities. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool and a relaxing sundeck on-site.

Best Hotel in Downtown: Best Western Plus Sundial

This delightful three-star hotel is our pick for where to stay in downtown Scottsdale. It is set in a great location for shopping and is close to nightlife, sightseeing and dining options. This pet-friendly hotel provides large rooms with a myriad of amenities. There’s also a heated pool and a fitness centre.

4. Roosevelt Row – Coolest Place to Stay in Scottsdale

Roosevelt Row (RoRo) is without a doubt the coolest neighbourhood in the area. Located in nearby Phoenix, this trendy district is home to chic bars and live music venues, as well as hip eateries, trendy cafes, and a myriad of fantastic art galleries. If you’re someone who enjoys craft beer, indie films and awesome art, Roosevelt Row is the neighbourhood for you.

This is also one of the most well-connected neighbourhoods in the area as it links downtown Phoenix with Scottsdale and the suburbs. From your base in Roosevelt Row, you can enjoy the very best that these two fantastic Arizona cities, and their surroundings, have to offer!

Roosevelt Row, Scottsdale
Roosevelt Row

Things to See and Do in Roosevelt Row

– Browse one-of-a-kind items and exhibitions from local artists at MADE Art Boutique.

– Dine on an incredible and filling meal at Mother Brunch Brewing.

– Enjoy a delicious plate of hummus, pita, gyros and more at Pita Jungle.

– Indulge in savoury and delicious Mexican fare at Paz Cantina.

– Listen to live jazz at The Nash.

– Sample tasty tacos at Taco Chelo.

– See great works of art at the monOrchid Downtown Phoenix Arts Collaboration.

– Sink your teeth into an amazing and unique hot dog at Short Leash Hot Dogs.

– Take part in one of RoRo’s First Fridays Art Walk.

– Watch indie films and enjoy a few drinks at funky FilmBar.

Best Hostel in Roosevelt Row: Hosteling International Phoenix

This centrally located property boasts four well-appointed rooms, each outfitted with a variety of amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Guests of the hostel can enjoy a range of bars, restaurants and cafes nearby. It’s also within close proximity to both Phoenix and Scottsdale city centres.

Best Airbnb in Roosevelt Row: Modern Downtown apartment

This Airbnb is just as cool as the area you are staying in. Modern style, chic furniture and only the best quality amenities – booking this place means you won’t be missing out on anything. Enjoy a fully stocked kitchen while having the best part of Downtown right outside your doorstep. You even have a washer and dryer in your unit. Perfect for longer stays as well.

Best Hotel in Roosevelt Row: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

The Hilton Garden Inn is our pick for where to stay in Roosevelt Row. It is situated 10-minutes from the centre of Phoenix and is well-connected to Scottsdale and beyond. Rooms feature coffee/tea facilities, kitchenettes and on-demand movies. You’ll also enjoy a Jacuzzi, a swimming pool, and a golf course.

Best Apartment in Roosevelt Row: Downtown Phoenix Apartment

This charming apartment is set close to trendy Roosevelt Row. It is in the heart of Phoenix and is within walking distance of great bars, restaurants and art galleries. This property has five spacious apartments each with comfortable beds and essential and modern amenities.

5. Arcadia – Best Neighbourhood in Scottsdale for Families

Arcadia is a neighbourhood that holds the special distinction of being part of both Scottsdale and Phoenix. It sits to the north of the Arizona Canal and boasts incredible access to the capital, the countryside and everywhere in between.

Built on a former citrus grove, Arcadia is a neighbourhood characterized by its large leafy streets. It has a relaxed atmosphere and is in close proximity to some of Scottsdale’s most famous natural attractions, like Camelback Mountain and the Echo Canyon Recreation Area, which is why it’s our pick for where to stay in Scottsdale for families.

Arcadia, Scottsdale
Arcadia

Things to See and Do in Arcadia

– Dine on fresh and delicious fare at The Henry.

– Eat tasty Mexican dishes at Chelsea’s Kitchen.

– Enjoy seafood and Mediterranean food at T. Cooks.

– Head into the hills and explore Camelback Mountain.

– Hike the Echo Canyon Trail and enjoy stunning and panoramic views!

– Hire a boat or board and explore the waters of the Arizona Canal.

– Shop until you drop at the Biltmore Fashion Park.

– Stop by and marvel at the architecture of the David and Gladys Wright House, a spiral-shaped home.

– Visit the Arizona Falls.

Best Home in Arcadia: Perfect Arcadia Getaway

This is a great place to stay if you’re looking to explore the best of Scottsdale and Phoenix. It is within driving distance of both cities and is also in close proximity to the mountains and countryside. This vacation home boasts a kitchen and dining room, a private bathroom, and laundry facilities.

Best Airbnb in Arcadia: Stylish family studio

This studio might be a little small but still fits a family of 4. Equipped with a nice kitchen, great Wifi and an HDTV, you can be sure that everyone is going to be entertained. If you are travelling by car, you can use the free parking on-premises. With mostly 5-star reviews, you can be sure that this Airbnb definitely meets, and maybe even exceeds your expectations.

Best Hotel in Arcadia: Royal Palms Resort & Spa-in

The Royal Palms Resort is an incredible five-star property – and it is our pick for where to stay in Arcadia. Rooms feature a kitchenette, spa bathroom, and coffee/tea facilities. Guests also have access to a golf course, a swimming pool, and a relaxing spa.

Best Vacation Home in Arcadia: Spectacular Arcadia Private Home

Thanks to its great location and comfortable surroundings, this is the perfect home away from home in Scottsdale. Set at the heart of Arcadia, this home is ideally located for exploring the region. It offers spacious rooms with cosy beds, a relaxing lounge and a great range of features and facilities.

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Scottsdale

Scottsdale is a city bursting with arts and culture, history and food. It’s a fantastic destination for travellers young and old thanks to its sunny weather, curious sites and it’s close proximity to nature. Whether you’re a culture vulture, history buff, fearless foodie or something in between, you’re going to love spending time in Scottsdale.

In this guide, we’ve looked at the five best places to stay in Scottsdale. Although there aren’t many hostels in the city, we’ve tried to include apartments and inns to make the city affordable to all travel budgets.

If you’re still not sure where to stay in Scottsdale, here is a quick recap of our favourite places.

Hosteling International Phoenix is our favourite hostel thanks to its central location in RoRo and comfortable accommodations.

Our recommendation for the best hotel is the Bespoke Inn Cafe & Bicycles. It has great wellness features, a rooftop terrace and a fantastic location in Old Town.

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