Prescott, the Yavapai County seat, is the third largest city in the northern half of Arizona, situated in hilly terrain within sight of higher mountains to the north and south, and enclosed in most directions by national forest land. The city lies off the major cross-state routes, reached by lesser highways 89, 89A and 69, and retains something of a small-town atmosphere, most noticeably around Courthouse Square in the middle of the downtown area. This tree-lined park, centered on Yavapai County Courthouse, is surrounded by quiet backstreets with an assortment of shops, galleries, restaurants and other historic buildings. The hills restrict development to the north, west and south, so most of the newer, larger stores, and hotels, are found to the east, extending for several miles along Hwy 69, towards the adjacent town of Prescott Valley.
Two popular natural locations within a few miles of Prescott are Granite Mountain, where trails climb to the summit of a rocky peak, and Watson Lake, a reservoir lined by photogenic rounded boulders.
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For Prescott visitors requiring extra space and facilities, or long stay lodging, the main choice is the Residence Inn by Marriott, an all-suite establishment sitting on a small hill on the east side of town, high enough for nice, long distance views over the surrounding hills, and also over the Gateway Mall a short distance south, on the far side of Highway 69. Accommodation comprises 93 studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom suites, all large, modern and very well maintained, equipped with a full kitchen, and furnished with luxurious extras like granite work surfaces andstainless steel appliances. For relaxation the hotel has an outdoor pool, bbq grills, two hot tubs and a sundeck, while for those here to work, there is a business center and three meeting rooms. Free deluxe continental breakfast is offered, plus a free evening reception.
The Hampton Inn is one of a small group of hotels adjacent to Prescott Gateway Mall, along Hwy 69 on the eastern approach to Prescott, 4.5 miles from the center. The three floor property is set back a little from the main road, overlooking a quiet residential area to the rear, and so it provides a peaceful night's stay. There are several restaurants nearby, and free hot breakfast is served on-site, available in a take-out version for guests in a hurry (Mon-Fri). The hotel also has all the usual facilities for business, meetings and leisure. All 76 rooms & suites contain a microwave and refrigerator.
Catering to long stay visitors to Prescott or those needing extra room, the 105 room SpringHill Suites Prescott is the most reasonably priced all-suite hotel in town, and provides good quality accommodation - the suites are large and modern, including a cooking area with microwave, sink & refrigerator, customer service is attentive, and all rooms are very clean. The property is quite centrally located along E Sheldon St (Highway 89), 0.4 miles north of Courthouse Square, and one block from a large supermarket and a Chinese restaurant. Leisure facilities at the hotel comprise an indoor pool, whirlpool & fitness room. The SpringHill Suites is the closest hotel to the Granite Mountain Wilderness - just 8.5 miles from the Metate Trailhead.
Right next to the main shopping center in Prescott (the Gateway Mall), the Holiday Inn Express is a large, clean and modern hotel, occupying a spacious site in a country setting. The property has 76 rooms (with microwave/refrigerator) on 3 floors, a business center, indoor pool, hot tub, guest laundry and a fitness room. The complimentary Express Start hot breakfast buffet is served daily; other meals can be purchased from several outlets at the mall. Four miles west, the main road (Highway 69) reaches the historic center of Prescott, passing several other large stores en route including Wal-Mart.
The Best Western hotel in Prescott is situated one mile east of the town center along Gurley Street, next to the AZ 69 - AZ 89 junction, in a partly rural setting. This is quite a large hotel, with two floors and 121 oversized, recently renovated rooms, all equipped with microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and ironing facilities. An outdoor pool, spa, guest laundry and full service restaurant (which provides free hot breakfast) are the main services. All facilities of Prescott are within 6 miles of the hotel.
Quality Inn Prescott is ideally placed for visitors and students at Yavapai College, being just across the street (Hwy 89) close to several restaurants and small shops. Courthouse Square and the historic town center is just one mile west. The two story, interior corridor hotel features an outdoor pool, on the sunny south side of the property away from the main road, guest laundry, free hot breakfast and some rooms with a microwave. The inn has plenty of parking space and is easily reached from the highway.
Surrounded by tall pine forest, the Days Innl has a relaxing, countryside location on the south edge of Prescott, alongside highway 89 (White Spar Road). The downtown area is 2 miles to the north, though there are a few restaurants within walking distance along the main road. The inn has a motel style layout with exterior corridor rooms on two floors, but all the accommodation is clean and well maintained, as well as being quite economical. The main amenities on offer are free hot breakfast, an outdoor hot tub, and some rooms with kitchenette facilities.
The 60 room Rodeway Inn motel in Prescott, AZ provides budget travelers with free continental breakfast, free coffee, an outdoor pool and guest laundry. Guest rooms are on two floors linked by exterior corridors; all contain a microwave and some have a refrigerator. Accommodations are arranged around three sides of the central parking lot, entered via covered driveway. The inn sits along the main road through town (Hwy 89; Gurley Street), about one mile east of the historic central district.
Motel 6 Prescott is a typically small, two floor, exterior corridor property that charges low rates and has just basic amenities, principally an outdoor pool, guest laundry, wi-fi and refrigerators in some of the 79 rooms. The building has a slightly elevated position on the south side of Hwy 89, right opposite the campus of Northern Arizona University, and less than one mile from Courthouse Square in the city center. There is one restaurant adjacent (JB's).