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Whether you’re thinking a staycation is in order or you’re planning to get outta town, here are the prime places to Stay & Play.


Best Relaxing Resort Pool and Best Lobby Bar
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort & Spa
Soak up some rays at your choice of two heated swimming pools at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort & Spa and hide away in your own personal cabana oasis. Others love to catch up with old friends and forget about a stressful day with a signature margarita at the R Bar. Voters couldn’t help but be drawn to the social and Southwestern lodge environment, complete with exceptional cocktails, mouthwatering appetizers and an unbeatable atmosphere. 480.948.1700, www.camelbackinn.com.

Best Casino Second-Year Winner
Gila River Casino-Vee Quiva
For two years in a row, Gila River-Vee Quiva has been voted the go-to casino in the Valley. The casino that never sleeps allows guests to experience a total rush with more than 800 slot machines, a 500-seat bingo area, poker and blackjack rooms and fabulous fare. www.wingilariver.com.


Best Resort, Best Party Resort Pool and Best Resort Dining
Hotel Valley Ho
This retro-chic resort is located in the heart of Old Town and boasts three category wins this year. Hipsters can’t resist lounging at the OH Pool Bar and basking in the fabulous sun-drenched cabanas. Foodies can be found unwinding at Trader Vic’s for happy hour and enjoying the masterful art of Polynesian cuisine. Plus, live acoustic soul tunes make the trendy atmosphere every Friday and Saturday night. 480.248.2000, www.hotelvalleyho.com.