Welcome to the Valley of the Sun! Lying on the periphery of the Sonoran Desert, home of the native saguaro cactus, the Valley of the Sun's natural landscape can be harsh and unforgiving. Yet it's also hauntingly beautiful, with expanses of exotic desert vegetation, breathtaking mountains and bright rock mesas in shades of orange, red and yellow.

Downtown Phoenix Hotels offers great rates on over 50 hotels in the downtown Phoenix area. All of our hotels have been approved by AAA and the Mobile Travel Guide, the authorities in hotel inspection. All hotels offer a generous savings off of regular hotel rack rates. Whether you are coming as a tourist or business traveler, Downtown Phoenix hotels offers great hotels in beautiful Arizona!

Downtown Phoenix Hotel Map

Featured Hotel:

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Downtown
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Downtown
Premier among hotels in Downtown Phoenix, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites stands apart…more

Additional Hotels:

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown
50 East Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004 US

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel
340 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004 US

Embassy Suites Phoenix
802 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006 US

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Downtown
Phoenix, AZ 85004 US

Super 8 Motel - Phoenix
965 East Van Buren
Phoenix, AZ 85006 US

Quality Inn & Suites
202 East McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85004 US

Hilton Suites Phoenix
10 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012-3114 US

Hampton Inn Phoenix/Midtown/Dwtn Area
160 West Catalina Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85013 US

ESA Phoenix-Midtown
217 W. Osborn Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013 US

Best Western Airport Inn
2425 S 24th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034-6806 US

Clarendon Hotel And Suites Midtown
401 West Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85013 US

Embassy Suites Hotel Phoenix - Airport at 24th Street
2333 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016 US

Vacation Inn
2420 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85015 US

About Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ, derives its name from the Egyptian myth of the Phoenix, a bird reborn from its ashes as an even more beautiful bird. Founding fathers chose this name because the 96 original town site blocks stood atop the abandoned ruins of its previous inhabitants, the Hohokam.

The Hohokam, ancestors of the Pima Native Americans, settled near the banks of the Salt and Verde Rivers and engineered nearly 135 miles of irrigation canals that sustained their crops and villages without the aid of draft animals. They lived in the area for almost 1500 years and then disappeared. Although the cause for abandoning their settlements remains unknown, most believe a severe drought and overpopulation may have caused their demise.

In 1864, the US Army established a post to supply Camp McDowell on the abandoned Hohokam site.

In 1867, former Confederate soldier turned farmer, Jack Swilling, capitalized on the fertile region by rebuilding and adding to the ancient canal system of the Hohokam. As the water flowed and agricultural flourished, so did the population.

In 1870, a committee designated the town site and recommended the name, Phoenix, to reflect its vision of a new and beautiful city resurrecting from the remains of a former civilization.

In 1874, Phoenix received its patent. In 1881, after the advent of the railroad helped develop it as a major trading center, Phoenix incorporated. It became the state capital in 1912.

The railroad continued to bring settlers to the area, and Phoenix continued as a farming community. However, its year-round warm climate and reputation as a restorative environment attracted tourists and those looking to relocate to milder temperatures.

The period after World War II marked a dramatic increase in the population of Phoenix. Construction of the Roosevelt Dam, the railroad, air conditioning and an improved aqueduct system delivered resources to Phoenix that spurred agricultural, industrial and population growth.

Today, Phoenix continues to grow and reinvent itself in the spirit of its founding fathers. Situated in the northeast section of the Sonoran Desert, the Valley of the Sun is the largest metropolitan area in the Southwest.

The canals of the Hohokam and subsequent additions by Jack Swilling's canal company still serve the people of Phoenix. Berms and wells remain throughout Phoenix as evidence of its past. While modern updates have all but obscured these original waterways, authentic remnants of these highly sophisticated canals remain preserved in The Park of the Four Waters.