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Reviewed April 23, 2017

We stayed, for 2 days during March, arriving on a Saturday and leaving on a Sunday. The rooms are spacious which is convenient for large family events. However, you might want to bring your own linens - theirs are scratchy and cheap motel quality. Don't expect any sweet bottles of shampoo /conditioner and lotion. And bring your own hairdryer - these are the motel type that rip your hair out. The bellman will help drive you in their carts around the property, but even they can't get door to door, which for a handicapped person, is a problem. The resort is filled with stairs , from the parking lots (of which there are only a couple and you will park in the dirt most of the time), to the building, between buildings and even steps right up to the rooms. Don't try it at night , in heels - it's dark and wet (they turn the sprinklers on and they cover the sidewalks) and the stairs are not lit. The highlight was indeed the marvelous breakfast buffet on Sunday morning. Scrumptious and plentiful. But you are on your own to find a waitress or get service, had to hunt down a cup of coffee as the pitcher they bring is lukewarm at best. And don't expect breakfast on a weekday. The plentiful spread and delicious buffet is gone come Monday morning. Oh it's there in name....but only in name...unmanned, unfilled, and paltry. Ordering from the menu? - don't , go find a restaurant somewhere. But don't bring a sandwich back from the adorable mom and pop close by and try to eat at the pool. No outside food or drink allowed at the pool. Pool isn't heated and in it may be hot in AZ in the summer but you need to have a heated pool in a resort. And don't look for an ice machine or a vending machine to get a cold drink of water or soda. They don't have those. Want a bottle of water? Sure - that will be $6 and the bellman will bring it to you. So if you are thirsty, your choice in the room? Tap water. The view is lovely. I am sure the golfing is great because during the weekday the parking lot is filled with carts and you won't be able to park anywhere near your room. Prepare for a hike. I hate to be harsh, but a 'resort' should feel like luxury, not filled with issues and mediocre everything.

  • Stayed: March 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 21, 2017

Our casita was easily the most beautiful hotel room we stayed in during our extended trip to Arizona. We were assigned a casita with Jacuzzi in the furthest block of rooms from the resort, and were the only travelers in that block, so it was quiet. A pleasant walk was required to get to the food, the bar, and the golf courses, but it was a beautiful walk, and one that we fully enjoyed each time we took it. The casita itself was beautifully furnished and was absolutely clean. Housekeeping got to the room before noon on every day of our stay.

The staff in both the resort and at the golf course were awesome. We played both courses at hotel rates, so at a great value. Both courses are beautiful, with the Dinosaur course being magnificent. One of the starters, David, was the most pleasant that I've ever met - he should teach every starter in the world how to greet and treat golfers - thanks, David, for creating such a joyful atmosphere on the first tee.

The hotel bar/restaurant prices were a bit high, we thought, but we were a captured audience, after all. On our last day of our stay we found other restaurants very nearby and had wished that we had explored the surrounding area sooner - good prices and good food are easily had close by.

I must give a bad mark to the resort in regard to breakfast. A golfer needs a quick and efficient way to fuel-up before a round and The Gold Canyon Resort does not come close to meeting that requirement. Breakfast is expensive, slow, and really, not very good. Sorry, but I need to be honest....

We would highly recommend this resort to other travelers, especially golfers who want to play a couple of great courses while enjoying the desert of the great American Southwest.

Room Tip: If you can't walk up and down hills, be sure to request a room that is close to the lobby.
  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JadeLaz
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Reviewed April 16, 2017

This one is truly difficult to accurately and fairly rate. Interestingly set on a hillside, the casita style resort complex is meticulously maintained on the exterior. The staff is attentive and helpful; quickly dealing with any issues a guest may encounter. The rooms are more than spacious and give the occupants a sense of serenity and privacy. Great golf course. Sounds pretty good so far, doesn't it? Well, unfortunately, that is where the good ends and the problems begin. Built 20-30 years ago, this venue shows many of the weaknesses that come with age and poor initial design. Interiors are dark and drab, with absolutely everything, including the ceilings, painted in a very dark shade of desert brown. Floors (all of them) are tiled. Lighting is sparse and the florescent bulbs dim. The bathrooms look more like locker rooms than hotel facilities. Wall mounted soap dispensers look like something out of a truck-stop. While there are two sinks, there is only a single soap dispenser on the far wall, a good ten feet away from one of them. The A/C units, while central in design as opposed to wall units, dispense cold air right above the bed with a decibel level that would keep all but the soundest of sleepers awake all night. Furnishing within the unit is aged, sparse and inadequate. While the bedding and bathroom seemed clean enough, the floors did not. Covered with sand and dust, it looked like the unit had survived a recent haboob. Walls between the units are incredibly thin and you can hear absolutely any and all noise generated by the folks occupying the adjoining casita. Parking is atrocious; narrow and extremely short spaces are located on the hillside above the complex and most units will require a steep and very long walk from your car. The handicap parking spaces are all down by the office and getting to your room will require the use of a motorized golf cart (which the staff will gladly provide at no additional charge). On-site restaurants offer hit or miss performance and quality, but are the only game in town unless you are willing to drive a fairly long distance to reach anything that resembles a real town. With a major rehab, this complex could be brought into the 21st century and made into a really fine resort, but I'm not sure if that is even under consideration at this time. While this place isn't exactly the Bates Motel, it certainly isn't great either. We stayed as part of a group and enjoyed ourselves despite the drawbacks mentioned here, but as a couple simply on holiday, we would have walked out as soon as we had seen the interior of our casita.

  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled with friends
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Thank LochnessConnecticut
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Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile

This golf course is absolutely the best I have played in a long time. Stunning views on the Dinosaur course. Fairway in great shape and greens medium fast. Keeping your head down may not be what you do at this course because there is so much to take in. Would highly recommend.

Stayed: April 2017, traveled with family
1  Thank Richard R
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Reviewed April 13, 2017

It was a great place to stay as a home base for hiking in the beautiful Superstition Mountains. The hotel is a little dated, but still beautiful. My only disappointment was the "hidden" $15/night fee (it was in the fine print bit I missed it) for parking, wifi and the use of the driving range.

Stayed: April 2017, traveled as a couple
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