Best Boutique Hotel Phoenix 2010 - The Clarendon
There's a lot to love about this trendy, neatly decorated hotel, but our fave amenity here is the rooftop deck and lounge, where we like to sip a Mai Tai and gaze out at the amazing views of the Phoenix skyline and nearby mountain ranges. When we're able to tear ourselves away from this panorama, we like to head down to the swanky lobby, where we can grab another quick cocktail before heading into Gallo Blanco, a pretty cafe where we've had some of our happiest lunches and dinners in recent months. If we didn't already live in Phoenix, we'd want to spend the night here, in one of the handsomely decorated rooms (okay, we admit it — we got the manager to show us around!) complete with wet bar and designer draperies and hyper-thread-count bed linens. The rooms are cool, but where we really want to live is beside the hotel's Oasis pool, which features an underwater sound system, scalp-and-shoulder massaging water jets, a ginormous Jacuzzi that holds up to 50 of our friends, and a multicolored Italian tile mural that's illuminated by — get this — a thousand points of light at the bottom of the pool. Amazing.