This resort is a fine establishment to stay at if you can get a good online deal. Recently I found a deal that landed me there @ $50.00 per night. Upon my arrival, I understood the reason for the extremely low rates. I was the only one there and it appeared they are desperate for business. The looks, landscape, sounds and smells (the entire resort smelled of fresh vanilla inside and out) of the resort are top notch. The furnishing are beautiful and the staff members are very personable and polite and quick to give assistance for the simplest of needs. It is off the beaten path and is extremely quiet if you can get over all the Lear Jets flying overhead into the Scottsdale airport all day and night.
Cons: I would compare the beds to a king sized ironing board with a sheet and pillows. I thought I liked a firm mattress, but this was beyond firm. A $20.00 per night charge for a mini fridge brought to my room was a bit unheard of. But, since it was 115 outside and I needed to hydrate myself with cold brews, Sadly, I paid it. The fitness center was not immediately available for use of guests, trying to get a staff member to unlock it was comparable to asking them to chew my toe nails off. Needless to say, I never made it inside the fitness room. The pool area, although beautiful, is very poorly lit inside and out after the sun goes down. There are no exterior lights in the pool area and very dim lighting around the rest of the resort. If taking a child, use extreme caution when the sun sets. Upon entering the pool the first time my 3 year old son was able to push open the latched gate going in or out of the pool area and that was extremely alarming. It happened on more than one occasion and after inspection of the latch it was very worn and did not fully latch... The gate I am speaking of was the main entry to the pool, just down the stairs from the lobby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carefree Resort has recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation of all meeting space, public areas, resort guest rooms, Lariat Restaurant and Lounge and launched the all new Sonoran Suites, a boutique experience within the Resort. Experience authentic Arizona, located amidst high Sonoran Desert natural preserves 1.5 miles north of Scottsdale. The Resort grounds are filled with towering 20' Saguaro, giant Ocotillo, desert wildflowers, and Prickly Pear Cactus. Reserve one of our Villas, if you are looking extra space and want the comforts of home. Equipped with a full kitchen, dining room, and living room and are available with one or two bedrooms. Our friendly staff can arrange popular destination activities such as scooter rentals, bike rentals, golf, desert jeep tours, hot air balloon rides, and other adventures. The Resort features a five treatment room Spa with full spa and hair salon services, five lighted Tennis Courts, two heated swimming pools, and a complete Fitness Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carefree Hotel Carefree
- Carefree Resort And Conference Center