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Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carefree
Certificate of Excellence
Manhattan Beach, California
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64 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Serene luxury”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

This property is a quiet, zen-like, desert oasis a little under an hour from Sky Harbor Intl. Stayed here for a long weekend and was not disappointed. We were completely impressed with the outstanding service we received the entire time. From the front desk who secured us a special casita for our anniversary, to the bell desk responding quickly and providing blankets in the golf carts on a cool night, to the housekeeping staff who pleasantly restocked our supply of fire wood multiple times - everyone was genuine, sincere and invested in providing an excellent experience and service. Our casita was large, private and definitely felt like home. Even though the resort was apparently sold out on one of the nights we were there, the layout of the property makes you feel like you have the place to yourselves. It was very peaceful. We enjoyed the room service and especially enjoyed lounging on our patio or in front of a real woodburning fireplace. The Golden Door spa treatments were great as was the service of the staff there -- you can't help but relax in such surroundings. Great weekend away - will definitely be back - hopefully to play golf next time on the beautiful course.

Room Tip: Rooms across the bridge and close to the spa are extra quiet and private.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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maryland
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

I've rarely stayed at a hotel, even other Waldorf Astoria 's where the staff were so uniformly friendly and helpful. We were in a Boulders Casita, spacious , upgraded, lovely amenities. This is real desert, so you feel like you're in another world. special kudos to Jenny at front desk who handled a couple of problems we had with tennis time and a bum cable connection with speed and courtesy. One note, don't eat at overpriced cafe at spa (one oatmeal, one yogurt with fruit, two coffees - $38 with tip ). the cafe at the resort shopping center, El Pedrgal, was much better and more reasonable. Also the Spotted Donkey restaurant is not to be missed, or the bull riding five minutes away in Carefree!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Long Island
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

This was are 8th stay at the Boulders, it gets better every time we visit
Excellent location with beautiful views. Great rooms and outstanding service.
The Goldendoor Spa is one of the best at any resort, anywhere.
The golf courses are very special, just like the dining.
It was are 35th anniversity and the Chief went out of his way to make it a special evening.
A great place for couples,with a very romantic atmosphere.
We will go back again and again.

Room Tip: Ask for a Sonoran Casitas, second floor has the best views.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I said it all in the title. After a disappointing stay at the Wigwam, we were wowed by everything this resort has to offer. Will definitely recommend anyone to come here. Go try The boulders golf course which is an awesome course and the restaurant called the "Spotted Donkey" was our favorite restaurant on site. The spa was terrific and we were pampered for 3 days on our 6th year anniversary. We would like to thank everyone at The Boulders for making this great memory that will be in our hearts for many years to come.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

The service here is the best. My wife and I went for our anniversary. We didn't tell the resort the purpose of our trip, yet our server during one of our dinners presented us with a Happy Anniversary dessert (it actually had it written on the plate in syrup)....I asked the server how they knew, and she leaned over and whispered "This is the Boulders, we know everything" and winked. We believe the lobby bar server must have overheard us and ratted us out to the restaurant -- blew us away. That's just one example -- the service and attention at the spa and everyone else we encountered was top notch. The views are great - we stayed in the "Sonoran Casita" with views of the boulders on one side with golf course views on the other. We don't golf, but the course was fantastic to look at with the landscaping.
The resort is remote - we actually took a limo from the airport (PHX) and never needed a car since we had most of what we wanted on property. There is a nice shopping/eating area within walking distance that borders the property if you want to venture out but stay close. If you have a car, you do have some options in North Scottsdale and Cave Creek areas that include western shopping as well as a few unique restaurants. It's roughly 10 miles S from the resort to as much restaurant and shopping you can handle in Scottsdale.
We have since moved to the area only a couple miles from this resort, so it isn't likely we would be back, but we've stayed at every Waldorf Astoria property (traveled for business so could use points, status, etc for vacations) and this is 2nd only to the one in Rome for us -- HIGHLY recommended.

Room Tip: There are really no cars on property -- a lot of walking paths, but don't worry about how close...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tacna, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Even at the discounted price for my friend's weekend wedding, The Boulders is pricey. So I mentally set the bar pretty high. Even with my high expections, the hotel did not disappoint.

The arrival was seamless. The room ("casita") was very large and very nice. The bed was invitingly soft --- the only demerit is the all-to-common flat sheet used where a fitted sheet should be. (Do all the hotels, even the high end ones, have some psychological aversion to using fitted sheets on their mattresses?????)

The desert setting is truly spectacular. The wedding took place at sunset at their standard wedding locale. Beautiful. So nice it almost made me want to get married myself.

Because of the isolated location, if you stay here you're virtually mandated to eat here. So I was expecting a little gouging at their restaurants. The pricing was high, but not nearly as high as some remote luxury resorts. And the quality was very high. So overall the restaurant value was very good.

Summary: If you got the money, then come on down.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Seattle, WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2012

Three girlfriends and I had the most wonderful stay at the boulders. Amazing service everywhere. We especially appreciated Rob at the pool who catered to our every need! He is amazing and so is this place. Will be back for sure!

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Property: Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton
Address: 34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ 85263
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Location: United States > Arizona > Central Arizona > Carefree
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carefree
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Hotel Class:5 star — Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton 5*
Number of rooms: 223
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Escape to a secluded haven amid the natural splendor of painted desert sand, towering cacti, and clear, blue sky - The Boulders. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel Carefree
The Waldorf Astoria Collection Carefree
The Boulders Resort And Golden Door Spa
Boulders Resort
The Boulders Resort Luxury
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