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Box 307, Az 260, Just Beyond Milepost Marker 352, Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ 85935   |  
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Ranked #9 of 16 Hotels in Pinetop-Lakeside
Tucson
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“The best of Pinetop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was our third stay at this property, and will not be our last. This trip we spent two glorious weeks in cabin 24. We can't say enough good things about Whispering Pines. Be sure to book a cabin away from the road noise of busy White Mountain Blvd. The cabins are well equipped, well maintained, and nicely furnished. The staff are extremely friendly and accommodating. The location is ideal, located within walking distance of a supermarket. If you like to hike, there are numerous trails in the surrounding area, one even adjacent to the resort property.

Room Tip: Book a cabin away from the highway.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tucson, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

We have a total of 8 adults and booked cabin 34. It is cozy with three bed rooms and two bathrooms. Kitchen is just the right size but dinning area is a wee bit small for 8 adults, however utensils, pots and pans are provided. Outdoor charcoal BBQ pit is enjoyable during this time as weather is cooling but with more outdoor lightings would be perfect. (You will need to buy your own charcoal)
Carpet looks new, clean rooms and fresh liners are provided.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tucson
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The Show Low/Pinetop/Lakeside area in the White Mountains of Arizona allows folks the choice of staying at lovely hotels, motels, or cabins in the woods. Not wanting to be couped up in an air-conditioned hotel on Labor Day, my sister and I chose a Spa Cabin at Whispering Pines Resort, and we were not dissappointed. Each of the thirty-eight cabins at Whispering Pines Resort are varied in size, location, and degree of comfort and range from a studio cabin to a deluxe cabin with spa tub. You can even bring pets in some cabins. We stayed in Cabin 37 and enjoyed the fresh, cool mountain air in the quiet pine woods while simultaneously enjoying the comfort of a cabin with ceiling fans, a lovely, clean kitchen with an electric range oven, refrigerator and microwaive, a living room with controlled fire place, a sparkling clean shower and spa tub, and large bedroom with fire place. It even had a television with cable and a DVD player. This Spa Cabin was better than many nice hotel rooms we have stayed in. We sat on the front porch each evening and watched the sun set through the pines - Heavenly!

Room Tip: Cabins 38, 37, and 24 are super, but more expensive than other cabins
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

Great place to stay to get out of the Phoenix heat and enjoy northern Az. The cabins are extremely well maintained and cleaned. Not sure if the owners are the ones on site bit the staff is very friendly and accomodating. My choice for next visit for sure.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We have stayed at the cabins for the past few years and some of the cabins we stayed in was nice and clean. The furniture is very old and sunken cushions and bed was okay. My husband and I visited about a month ago and had cabin 3 or 1 I don't recall. It smelled horrible of wet dog. We left all ceiling fans on and kept windows open but it stunk bad. The refrigerator had a regular metal door handle nailed to open the door. The toilet did not flush correctly. We won't be going again. Seems as if the furniture in all the cabins are old and stinks inside of old furniture.

Room Tip: I would not recommend staying here unless it is one of the newer cabins.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cave Creek, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We have stayed at this property on probably 18 occasions over the past 25 years in multiple cabins usually with two dogs in tow. The details of this review pertain to cabin #17 which we have used at least a dozen times and is our favorite due to direct access to the White Mountain Trail System which is connected to the property down a short path. We have also stayed at Lazy Oaks and Lake of the Woods which both have water adjacent but this remains our cabin of choice to due the generous separation between cabins and the heavily treed layout.

The cabins themselves are each unique in age, amenities and layout. All have fireplaces, some have spas or bathtubs marketed as spas. This particular cabin has seen few changes in all the years we have used it. The mattress's and bedspread are at least 15 years old and should have been replaced long ago. The pillows were newer but uncomfortable and fairly low quality. The kitchen has no counter space due to a microwave and coffee maker occupying all the space. The utensil drawer is pretty barren. If you are going to be cooking most meals in you may request something more user friendly. The light bulb in the refrigerator was burnt out last time we used this cabin in 2012 and is still out as of June 2013. The hide-a-bed sofa is too short to stretch out on for reading and reasonably uncomfortable to sit so I can't imagine sleeping on it. There is no daily housekeeping service. Towels are fairly thin. None of the cabins have air conditioning but a ceiling fan helps distribute air and even on the hottest days the afternoon breeze is usually enough to keep you comfortable. The grounds themselves are always clean as are the rooms upon arrival.

My chief complaint remains with the reservation system. You cannot select and reserve a room online which is pretty antiquated. There is no computer record keeping so you're never getting an upgrade based on past bookings. The owners have no marketing skills whatsoever. At least they now take a credit card reservation. Up until last year you were required to mail a single night deposit and could only cancel with 3 weeks notice. Regardless, we still enjoy the solitude and quiet of this property compared to a typical area motel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Coolidge, Arizona
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

My family and I travel up to this area a couple times of the year and didn't stay here before. My husband and I went this past weekend and gave it a shot. The cabin we got (#5) was cozy and perfect for just the two of us. It was great to get the reservation the night before we arrived. The lady who showed us our cabin was very friendly and told us if we needed anything to let her know. It had a full kitchen, full bath, queen bed and fireplace. Was provided more than enough firewood. It is right off the main road but was still quiet. We would definitely stay there again.

The only cons we had were:
- the entrance was difficult to see because of the snow piled up high on the side of the road
- no hot water in the morning but, it was 14 degrees out and the groundskeeper was on top of getting it going
- no Wi-Fi (wasn't too bothered by this, but can be helpful/useful for some)

These cabins are by no means 5 star but they obviously take great care of each and every cabin for you to enjoy and this was what we were looking for.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Whispering Pines Resort

Address: Box 307, Az 260, Just Beyond Milepost Marker 352, Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ 85935
Location: United States > Arizona > Pinetop-Lakeside
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Pinetop-Lakeside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 29
Also Known As:
Whispering Pines Hotel Pinetop

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