UPDATED March 28, 2023–Searching where to stay in Flagstaff? Here’s the best places to stay in Flagstaff AZ with reviews of the top lodging in Flagstaff by expert travel writers. Besides, I’ve lived in Flagstaff, Arizona, for over 25 years. I know the good, bad and the ugly. Here’s your guide to the best hotels in Flagstaff:
1.) BESPOKE INN FLAGSTAFF: Stacey Wittig of 'Unstoppable Stacey Travel'
“A scant three-block walk to historic downtown Flagstaff, the Bespoke Inn was initially built as a bungalow in the arts and crafts style in 1894. The traditional Flagstaff home has been through many iterations in the past 129 years. Many will remember its tenure as the lauded Inn at 410,” says UNSTOPPABLE Stacey. Read more about my pick for best places to stay in Flagstaff below:
2.) LITTLE AMERICA HOTEL FOR BUSINESS: Priscilla Willis of 'She’s Cookin'
“Recently, I had the pleasure of spending four nights at Little America Hotel. It has everything you look for in affordable lodging in Flagstaff including outdoor pool and hot tub, and things you don’t expect, like swing set, horseshoes, and walking trails. The lush natural beauty of the grounds is refreshing compared to run-of-the-mill corporate hotels.” Read Priscilla’s full review below:
3.) LITTLE AMERICA HOTEL FOR FAMILIES: Melissa of 'The Family Voyage'
“For families visiting Flagstaff, the Little America Hotel is a wonderful choice that provides all the amenities without a huge price tag. It was the first stop on our family gap year and the perfect launching point to explore northern Arizona!” says Melissa, blogger at TheFamilyVoyage. Read the rest of what she says below:
4.) DRURY INN & SUITES: Chris Cutler of ‘Cold Pasta and Red Wine’
“Since moving to Las Vegas from Nashville 11 years ago, my husband and I have driven cross-country more times than I want to admit because we bring our dog with us. Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff is our favorite dog-friendly place to stay when we stay there overnight,” Chris Cutler says. Hear all of what the travel writer has to say about her fave lodging in Flagstaff below:
5.) MOTEL DU BEAU: Stacey Wittig of ‘UNSTOPPABLE Stacey Travel’
“The landmark Route 66 motel was built in 1929 on the original alignment of the Mother Road. Renovations stay true to the original character and local owners still cater to those lured by the open road,” says Stacey. Read why she chose this retro motel as one of the ‘best places to stay in Flagstaff’ below:
6.) RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT: Stacey Wittig of ‘Unstoppable Stacey Travel’
“This hotel property located in historic downtown is one of the best old town Flagstaff hotels–but it is not old. Recently built, the red brick exterior blends right in and the all-new full kitchens are perfect for extended stays. I love this hotel with its hot breakie and friendly frontdesk staff. Don’t miss the mountain views from the top floors.” Read more about why I love this Flagstaff hotel below:
7.) BASECAMP AT SNOWBOWL: Stacey Wittig of ‘UNSTOPPABLE Stacey Travel’
“I believe that Basecamp at Snowbowl makes a perfect launchpad for all the outdoor activities around Flagstaff. Whether you’re skiing, hiking, mountain biking or simply enjoying the mountain scenery, these rustic cabins in the woods are convenient basecamps for all your adventures.” Read why Stacey chose this as one of the ‘best places to stay in Flagstaff’ below:
8.) CABINS IN FLAGSTAFF
1.) UNSTOPPABLE Stacey names BESPOKE INN best Old Town Flagstaff hotels
A scant three-block walk to historic downtown Flagstaff, the Bespoke Inn was initially built as a bungalow in the arts and crafts style in 1894. The traditional Flagstaff home has been through many iterations in the past 129 years. Many will remember its tenure as the lauded Inn at 410.
Now, under a new iteration, the place is fresh and modern yet retains the historic detailing, such as the coffered ceiling in the main gathering area. The Bespoke Inn Flagstaff aesthetic is Italian modern. Crystal chandeliers and glass-embellished accessories add elegance to minimalistic surroundings like matte gray porcelain tile fireplace cladding.
Guest spaces named the likes of The Gabrielle and Pierre Room, The Paolo and Isabelle Room or the Enzo and Margaurite Room give nods to the Italian motif. Ferrari fans may recognize Enzo as the Italian car company’s founder.
The luxurious rooms are bejeweled with distinctive Italian SMEG chrome tea kettles and retro-style Galanz refrigerators, rich upholstery and haute design wall coverings. You’ll find clothes steamers tucked away for your convenience.
Sink into Westin™ Heavenly beds made with 100% cotton bedding and dressed for your comfort. In the morning, the Bespoke special blend coffee by Flagstaff’s Matador Coffee and teas are ready for pour-over excellence. The Inn does not offer breakfast, but excellent breakfast restaurants are just blocks away from this top lodging in Flagstaff.
You may book your stay at this Flagstaff boutique hotel at places like Booking.com.
“UNSTOPPABLE Stacey” Wittig, Travel writer
2.) For best places to stay in Flagstaff, Priscilla Willis recommends LITTLE AMERICA
“Recently, I had the pleasure of spending four nights at Little America in Flagstaff Arizona conveniently located off I-40 and minutes from historic downtown,” says travel writer Priscilla Willis. “Little America has everything you look for in affordable lodging including a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, and things you don’t expect, like a swing set, horseshoes, and walking trails amidst giant Ponderosa pine trees.
“In a nutshell, what makes Little America stand out is the lush natural beauty of the manicured grounds where walking to and from the restaurant and the parking lot is a refreshing experience compared to your run-of-the-mill three-star corporate hotels.
“Additionally, the property is surrounded by 500 acres of Ponderosa pine forest with a 2.5-mile hiking trail. The rooms are spacious and exceptionally clean. When weather permits, I prefer fresh air over air conditioning or heat. So I loved the balcony which allowed me to open the slider and be lulled to sleep by the gentle rustling of the aspens. There is Wi-Fi access throughout Little America in Flagstaff Arizona,” says the food and travel writer.
Food choices at Little America in Flagstaff Arizona
“The Little America Deli, located in the adjacent 24-hour Travel and Convenience Center, offers good ole American fare,” writes the food expert. “It has a retro truck-stop vibe complete with the iconic Sinclair green dinosaur overlooking the grounds. The Silver Pine Restaurant has reopened for dine-in or carryout from Thursday to Sunday but room service is temporarily suspended. Call 928-779-7950 for reservations and to check for current hours as they can change on a dime with COVID-19, ” concludes Priscilla.
At the writing of this story, the gift shop and boutique, fitness center, and business center are also temporarily closed as is the case with most hotels during COVID-19.
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3.) Melissa of 'The Family Voyage' agrees: LITTLE AMERICA HOTEL is top lodging in Flagstaff
“For families visiting Flagstaff, the Little America Hotel is a wonderful choice that provides all the amenities without a huge price tag. It was the first stop on our family gap year and the perfect launching point to explore northern Arizona!” reveals Melissa of The Family Voyage.
“The hotel has gone through a major renovation over the last few years, so the rooms are updated and spacious enough for families. In addition to standard rooms, they have plenty of suites – some with a full kitchen. The amenities on-property were wonderful for our kids too. There are long paths for riding scooters, a nice size pool for splashing and even a playground in the back. We loved sitting out on the patio for breakfast, and there’s even a separate breakfast menu for kids.
“While the location isn’t walkable into town, Little America in Flagstaff Arizona is very convenient to the highway. It was great for us as road-trippers not to have to battle through town after a long drive in, and it was extremely convenient to hop up to the Grand Canyon for a day.
“Find out more about why we loved Little America Flagstaff and our favorite things to do in Flagstaff with kids,” sums the travel expert.
Melissa, Travel blogger
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4.) Where to stay in Flagstaff AZ? For Chris Cutler, it's DRURY INN & SUITES
“Since moving to Las Vegas from Nashville 11 years ago, my husband and I have driven cross-country more times than I want to admit because we bring our dog with us. Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff is our favorite dog-friendly place to stay when we stay there overnight,” discloses Chris.
“Located on the campus of Northern Arizona University, Drury Inn & Suites is easily accessible from I-40 and is close to downtown Flagstaff and area attractions. While parking in front is limited, there is a covered parking garage behind the hotel with covered access to the hotel.
“Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff is a chain hotel, but it offers travelers pleasant and quiet accommodations. The rooms are spacious and have more than enough outlets to charge multiple devices. Covered with crisp linens, the beds are comfortable and have a sufficient selection of pillows. Each room comes with a desk, TV, hairdryer, mini-refrigerator and microwave.
“Guests may find the microwave unnecessary as Drury Inn & Suites offers both breakfast and a rotating menu of hot food—beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks included—each evening. If you prefer a restaurant meal, there are plenty of options in the area,” says the travel writer.
Pet-friendly Lodging in Flagstaff
“If you are traveling with your pet, you’ll find plenty of green space on campus to walk. If you like to take longer walks, downtown is about a half-mile away. The Lowell Observatory and Flagstaff Symphony are both within one mile of the hotel, and Coconino National Forest, Arizona Snowbowl, the Arboretum, and Walnut Canyon National Monument are all close (under 10 miles).
“Where to stay in Flagstaff? I say Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff, it’s the first Arizona hotel to be LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council,” Chris says.
Chris Cutler, Travel and Food writer
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Drury Inn & Suites Flagstaff was just recognized by DiscoverFlagstaff with its “Outstanding Eco-Friendly Programming: Accommodations Award 2021.”
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5.) Modern conveniences with Retro style? Stacey Wittig loves MOTEL DU BEAU
“What a treat to stay at Flagstaff’s first Route 66 motel and enjoy the refitted quarters that meet every requirement of today’s travelers,” says travel writer UNSTOPPABLE Stacey Wittig. “I stayed in the newly remodeled Sunset Suite, which has new wood floors, modern draperies in Southwest earth tones and fun nostalgia decors like a wooden radio and retro alarm clock. The bathroom has a shower, new toilet with water-saving features, and a modern sink and faucet. Overhead fans cool the room with fresh mountain air.
Built in 1929 for the new breed of “auto tourists,” the motor hotel–later shortened to motel–catered to those lured by the open road. Note the U-shaped plan of the motel, which allows auto adventurers to park next to their room and then quickly move luggage from their car to their guestroom. Owner Albert Eugene Du Beau believed the innovative courtyard design was the first of its kind.
Location. Location. Location. You can walk to all the historic downtown attractions and restaurants. Du Beau was an intelligent businessman; he positioned this new concept hotel in the center of the action. But in the 30s, when the realigned Route 66 no longer passed his door front, Mr. Du Beau attracted motorists with an 80-foot tower sign. The sign is now an iconic landmark of Route 66 and Flagstaff.
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6.) RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT: Stacey Wittig of ‘Unstoppable Stacey Travel’
“This hotel property located in historic downtown is one of the best Old Town Flagstaff hotels–but it is not ‘old.’ Recently built, the red brick exterior blends right in to the ambience of historic downtown Flagstaff.
The modern design uses hard surfaces that are easy to keep clean duriing this time of COVID-19. The all-new full kitchens are perfect for extended stays. My suite was really a home away from home with separate living, working and sleeping areas. The shower was spacious and relaxing and I enjoyed the Marriott toiletries, as usual.
Walk to Historic Downtown Flagstaff
Even though this hotel is in my hometown, I enjoy staying here for a weekend getaway. I can walk to my favorite Flagstaff restaurants and breweries.
Residence Inn Flagstaff Arizona has been awarded Three Diamonds by AAA and the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. It now has the UNSTOPPABLE Stacey recommendation for best places to stay in Flagstaff!
I love this hotel with its hot breakfast and friendly frontdesk staff.
Insider tips: Don’t miss the mountain views from the top floor stairwells.
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7.) Pet friendly hotels Flagstaff? Stacey Wittig praises BASECAMP AT SNOWBOWL
Basecamp at Snowbowl makes a perfect launching pad for all the outdoor activities that are available around Flagstaff. Whether you are skiing, hiking, mountain biking or simply enjoying the mountain scenery, these cabins in the woods are a convenient basecamp for all your adventures. The Grand Canyon is just a little over an hour away, and the Arizona Snowbowl gondola sky ride, Arizona Trail and Aspen Corner are right up Snowbowl Road from your cozy cabins in Flagstaff.
The convenient landing spot for outdoor activities, formerly known as Skilift Lodge, just underwent an extensive renovation this summer. The makeover includes new floors, contemporary furniture, all-new mattresses and a restaurant kitchen restoration.
Filmmakers built the cabins for a movie set in Sedona, Arizona, in 1931. The western flick, The Painted Desert, was one of the first movies filmed in Sedona in 1931. William Boyd and Clark Gable starred in leading roles. After filming, the cabins used to house stars, producers and film crew were moved from Sedona to this wooded spot at the base of Arizona Snowbowl ski resort. Insider tip: ask for cabin number 28, where Clark Gable slept. The suite has a full kitchen.
Pet-friendly hotels Flagstaff
Recently renovated rooms include cabins suites and hotel-style rooms. There is no need for air conditioning in its setting in the cool pines, but fans are available from the office. Pet-friendly accommodations are also available at an additional charge. The dog-friendly atmosphere in the great outdoors makes this one of the best pet-friendly hotels Flagstaff has to offer.
Andrew Potter, the general manager, brings experience from Sedona’s Enchantment Resort, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale and the Arizona Inn in Tucson, to name a few. He reports that customers’ response is overwhelmingly positive to the new renovation. “We’re staffed with kind people that are happy to serve,” adds Andrew. The office of this top lodging in Flagstaff is staffed 24 hours.
Basecamp Restaurant opens at 3:00 pm with happy hour from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Sun – Thurs 3-9 pm | Fri – Sat 3 pm-10 pm. Full bar.
Although there is no in-room coffee, freshly-made coffee is available in the small office at 7:00 am.
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