The 242-room Hotel Palomar Phoenix - A Kimpton Hotel is a hip and upscale property that opened in 2012. The location -- near Talking Stick Resort Arena, restaurants, and shopping -- is hard to beat. In addition to modern design and a cool atmosphere, the highlight here is a rooftop pool and bar with great views of the city that can be a lively hangout spot. Rooms are sleek and contemporary with quirky art, yoga mats, and some with soaking tubs and separate stall showers. For business travelers, there are board rooms and meeting spaces on-site. The light rail connects guests easily from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to the hotel. Crowds and fees for Wi-Fi can be annoying. One alternative is the W Scottsdale; it is a little bit less expensive but has just as posh a nightlife scene.