Spent 3 nights at the Esmeralda in Sept 2011. The hotel staff was more than helpful and polite. Everyone from the maintenance people to the wait staff to the front desk were friendly and accomodating as best they could. There was a large amount of maintenance going on while I was there. Scraping and repainting the exterior, shampooing room carpets...etc, all giving the resort clean feeling. The pool area is beautiful and exactly as you would expect of a desert resort. The fitness room is large with a large assortment of cardio and weight machines. A couple of the TV's on two of the treadmills did not work, but there were other machines available. The 4th floor room I had was very large and comfortable. The bed is wonderful! A small balcony allows for some fresh air. The bath room was large and had great Aveda amenities. Plenty of closet space with doors on the bedroom side and the bathroom side. There was a small amount of mildew in the tub grout but not a big deal. The carpet in my room was a bit warn but I am sure it has had plenty of use.
The area is a bit remote and about 2 miles to the nearest store.
I would definitely stay again if in the area.