We've visited the Phoenix area before, but never really stayed-in or spent much time in Scottsdale.Villa Mirage Scottsdale is owned and run by Diamond Resorts International. It was designed as a time share and we swapped a unit we own on Interval for a two-bedroom suite with a kitchen and living room. The suite we had for the week was nicely decorated and was presented to us on-time, clean and neat. The furnishings were pretty nice and in good shape. The kitchen had an oven, stove top, a full-size refrigerator, a microwave oven, a dishwasher, a blender and enough dishes, glassware and flatware for four people. This unit has two separate balconies with enough space to sit and enjoy the outdoors without even leaving the unit. One had a nice view of the interior courtyard (lots of trees in bloom and some other shrubs) - we saw a hummingbird one one morning before it got too warm. We used the resort as a great jumping off point for Sedona, Tempe, Jerome, Williams/Grand Canyon, etc. in addition to Old Town Scottsdale.
The management had the service staff put in some starter kits of dish-wash liquid, dishwasher detergent, tissues, etc. It's a nicety, but some timeshares don't provide these niceties and you have to hit the supermarket the moment you arrive. It was pleasant to have the starters so we put off shopping until day two.
The resort itself has a pool, a hot tub, BBQ grills, tennis courts, an activity and a workout center. There seemed to be a young child activity center within the activity center. There's a small restaurant on the premises but we didn't partake - we ate out or brought food in and cooked while we were there. They had one maid service while we were there in the middle of the week - most time shares charge even for a single maid service - it was nice that they provided it for free. The staff we interfaced with were all very friendly and helpful, just what you want.
There were a couple of thing to note that we thought they could improve. The resort is a bit hard to find off the main streets, but workable (even my GPS got lost) - I had to break down and ask someone at a nearby resort for directions - then no problem. Secondly, the lobby in the resort was so noisy when we checked-in that it was hard to hear the person who was checking me in - they could use some sound-quieting rugs or other tapestries on the walls to kill the noise level. One of the three TVs in our unit was a nice new digital set with great picture and sound, the other two need an upgrade - older sets that the resort should swap out for newer ones. I was a little ticked that the resort has no free wi-fi, you had to sign-up with AT&T and they charged $30 per computer for the week - a bit much and just an annoyance, like when hotels used to charge for phone service. Also, my wife longed for a clock in the bedroom - I agree that it's nice to open your eyes at night and be able to see the time if you want.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay - two couples with enough privacy in the two bedroom unit so we weren't in each others' spaces and some common areas where we could eat together when we had meals there or hang out, etc. I understand that they also rent rooms if you don't own a time share and just want to rent.
Last, but not least, most timeshares want to give you their sales pitch, we usually skip it and we did this time also. If you don't like high pressure sales, I'd recommend skipping the pitch - no matter what they offer you (free hotel stays, free meals, etc - skip it all).
This resort is on my recommended list.
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- Scottsdale Hotel Mirage
- Scottsdale Resort Mirage