Above: The main lodge and pool at Castle Hot Springs in Arizona

We began our recent Southwest road trip in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area, a destination famous for its lavish resorts and golf courses, hoping to find a hideaway there that would connect us to the area’s cultural and natural attractions. Our first stop was The Hermosa Inn, a small hotel in Scottsdale’s Paradise Valley, 15 minutes north of the city’s international airport. Renovated in 2017, the inn has since piled up many accolades from the media; we wanted to see if the hype was justified.

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