We just got back from Shady Dell and had such fun. If you are expecting the Ritz Carlton, don't go there. If you want to have a fun time, enjoying lovingly restored vintage trailers, then pack up and go to Shady Dell. From the moment we walked on the grounds, we knew we were in for a treat. The owner was dressed in a perfect 50s outfit when she checked us in. We invited another couple to go with us that we knew would get into the spirit of the trip. And they did! They had the Tiki bus with an outside tiki bar that would be our cocktail party location each night. When you walked into the bus, it was a moment of shear joy. Grass skirts hanging everywhere in the vintage bus. It would be easy to picture people heading off to a Grateful Dead concert in it. We had the Boles Aero. We walked in to the music of the 50s on an old radio. There was a vintage record player with a selection of 45s and 78s we could play. Everything is in working order and authentic. How can someone not smile at the coppertone appliances and the percolator coffee pot? We actually used the coffee pot when I figured out how to do it and it made a great cup of coffee. Most trailers don't have showers; Ours did but it was very tiny. There are showers on the grounds that are spotless. In fact, the grounds and the trailers are also very clean. We were the first to arrive that day and wandered the small park. There are various sizes of trailers and even a boat you can stay in; possibly only a dozen trailers in all. As other people started arriving, it was easy to get to know each other quickly. Where else can you stay and have people people wandering around with big smiles, saying: "Do you want to come see my trailer and can I peak into yours?" My husband and I had no issues with our bed and slept just great; however, we're not big people and people coming need to remember these are vintage trailers and space is tight. The grounds are delightful with a gazebo and barbecues. The four of us talked about getting a group next time and taking over all the trailers ourselves. Regardless of whether we rent one trailer or the entire park, we will be back. If you're willing to pack a sense of humor and a sense of adventure, you'll love Shady Dell. If you can't find room to pack either one, then don't go there. Everyone else is having too much fun to let someone spoil the atmosphere!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inexpensive and fun, the Shady Dell features off-beat and comfortable accommodations. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Shady Dell Rv Park Hotel Bisbee