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Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carefree
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 23, 2013

As desert resorts go, this place is one of the best. The entire resort is beautiful, dominated by several large granite outcrops (thus the name). Service is first class -- very attentive and friendly but not overreaching. We stayed in a casita on the south side that was just great. Large space, well-appointed, nice patio looking out on the desert, huge bathroom, comfy bed and a fireplace to die for. I loved that the resort provides real firewood as opposed to duraflame logs. Pool area is awesome, with waterfalls coming down off the boulders and setting a tone of rest and relaxation. This is truly a place where you can actually get away from it all. We're already looking forward to our next visit.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheBouldersCarefree, Manager at Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2013

Dear PHX100,

Thank you for sharing your experience with TripAdvisor. We are glad to hear that you were able to relax and enjoy all we had to offer from our wood-burning fireplace to the Waldorf Astoria bedding, to the pools that are nestled next to 12-million year old boulder outcroppings.

Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

My husband, college age daughter and I went for a long weekend get-a-way. It was perfect for this. It is far from Scottsdale but you could spend several days here doing nothing or taking advantage of all the resort has to offer and never leave the property. The room was relaxing and enough room, the beds were very comfy. It is amazingly quiet. Walking to and from things or even getting a ride in a golf cart in the summer could be very hot. We loved the pool at the spa (warning- fills up fast and people come over early and stake our chairs and umbrellas early) and the restaurant there as well- they serve you poolside if you want. The pool at the main lodge looked lovely, we just never made it there. The restaurant at the main lodge served an excellent dinner- sit on the patio.

I walked every morning thru out the property and it was lovely and all well kept as is the surrounding neighborhoods. The gym at the spa is very nice and never busy.

Our only complaint is do not interrupt the cleaning people- let them finish so they totally restock your room. Also the refrig is part of the mini bar but can be used for your personal food but no microwave. A very nice coffee/tea set up, but not restocked well.

Room Tip: The rooms to the north of the main lodge are on a steep hill and while they will come pick you up, t...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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TheBouldersCarefree, Manager at Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2013

Dear nmballetmom,

Thank you for sharing your experience with TripAdvisor. We hope that you had a fun and relaxing family get-a-way enjoying all we have to offer from our 4 pool options to our untouched Sonoran surroundings.

Thank you again, and we hope you made wonderful family memories with us!

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

We booked our trip to The Boulders without really knowing what we were getting into. We wanted to go away for 5 days for a baby moon, but being 7 months pregnant, didn't want to fly more than 5-6 hours from NY. Another factor was cost, as a new baby sucks your wallet dry even before birth as many of you probably already know! So armed with Hilton Honors points and United Airline vouchers, we booked The Boulders. We never heard of Carefree and never been to AZ so it was a gamble, but we figured - at least it will be warm!

We arrived at the hotel with no issues, and were greeted warmly by reception. Our room wasn't quite ready so we had lunch in the Discovery Lounge in the main lodge. It was delicious! Then we were carted (in a golf cart) off to our room. We were in a casita on the 5th hole, pretty far from the main lodge, but nice and quiet. This brings me to my next point: the hotel is VERY spread out. On the one hand, it's nice because you feel like you're a part of the natural scenery, and even if the property is full, you never feel like you're bumping into too many people. However, it does make getting around a little exhausting (especially at 7 months pregnant in the desert!). The staff say that it takes 4 minutes to walk from the lodge to almost everywhere, but that simply isn't true, at least for us. What is nice is that they have bell service which is pretty much like a golf cart taxi service that is free of charge and will pick you up within minutes and take you wherever you need to go on hotel grounds. We tried to be good about walking for the first half of the trip but by the end we were taking golf carts everywhere.

Dining wise there are quite a few options on hotel grounds. We really enjoyed The Spotted Donkey which is in a mall that is just off 'campus' but a golf cart will take you there. We also had a great meal at The Grill/Bogeys which is in the Golf Club and a little fancier. For lunch and breakfast we switched between the restaurant in the Lodge and the Spa most days. It's all a bit pricey but I guess that's normal for hotel fare. We had lots of recommendations for great restaurants outside the hotel, but most of the time we got too lazy to get the car and drive out.

Over the 5 days we spent most of our time at the Spa pool. It is beautiful warm, and there is a delicious menu to order from. We also had treatments at the Spa itself which were divine. The amenities are so nice.

One day was spent driving up to Grand Canyon and Sedona. We had asked 3 different people how long it would take to get to Grand Canyon and the responses we got varied from 2 hours to 4.5 hours. It took us 3 hours almost exactly. It wasn’t bad at all. We split the drive back by stopping in Sedona which was beautiful. We were so glad we were able to fit Grand Canyon and Sedona in, especially since we had never been to either.

All in all, our stay at The Boulders was great. We wish we could have stayed longer. We’re already trying to plan a group trip here with friends and family (my husband is thinking golf trip while I’m thinking spa trip but it has both so no arguments from either side)!

Room Tip: If you don't like walking too far, ask for a room that isn't so remote.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheBouldersCarefree, Manager at Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2013

Dear apc829,

Thank you for sharing your amazing experience with TripAdvisor. Congratulations on your bundle of joy! We hope enjoyed your Baby Moon in the relaxing comforts of your Casita nestled in The Boulders. We are glad you were able to enjoy not only The Boulders Resort and our many dining venues, but also some of our surrounding areas, like the Grand Canyon.

Thank you again, and we look forward to welcoming you both back to the Boulders whether it be a boy’s golf trip, or a girl’s spa trip!

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

this is an elegant unique property which i wished that i had an opportunity to fully enjoy more. this is an ideal getaway for relaxationand golf if you have no need to go to scottsdale and/or phoenix. it is a beautiful property with excellent service in a natural setting.unfortunately i had to attend many spring training games and was travelling 45 minutes each way to and from games thus not allowing me the time to fully enjoy what this property has to offer, that is my fault and not the boulders fault. service is better than many 5 star hotels and i would return to only spend time at the resort.

Room Tip: upgrade for a casita which has the better views
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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TheBouldersCarefree, Manager at Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2013

Dear Rafael l,

Thank you for sharing your experience with TripAdvisor! We hope that you had a wonderful time at the MLB Spring Training games, and we look forward to welcoming you back for a relaxing stay!

Thank you again for sharing your experience with TripAdvisor!

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

I found The Boulders on line and went with a good friend for a girls only trip. What an amazing;y wonderful trip! From the moment we arrived we were pampered. The spa gave me the best facial of my life. The instructor for yoga was wonderful. The rock climbing instructor, Kerry, was fantastic and I would tell everyone that this is a must do activity! The concierge sent us to great places for hiking and dining outside the restaurant and helped use book tickets for the Taliesen West night tour. Was this pricey? Well, what would you expect from a Waldorf Astoria? But they earned every penny, and we will definitely come back again!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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TheBouldersCarefree, Manager at Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2013

Dear DocRose42,

Thank you for sharing your experience with TripAdvisor. We hope you had a wonderful girls trip, enjoying all we have to offer from the Waldorf Astoria Spa to the one-of-a-kind Boulder climb!

Thank you again, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Great hotel nice rooms and dining options within walking distance. Hotel retains it old world charm, but has been upgraded over the years to meet modern standards. Very quiet location with fantastic sunsets and great desert sounds in the evening and early AM.

Room Tip: Stay on second floor for a great view.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheBouldersCarefree, Manager at Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2013

Dear Phillagirl,

Thank you for sharing your experience with TripAdvisor! We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us from our old world charm to our beautiful Sonoran sunsets.

Thank you for being our guest and we look forward to welcome your return.

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

There are no places to eat there, that are worthy of a 5 star hotel. I went to get a slice of pizza while I was waiting to check in and they flipped out. The rooms are great. Excellent TV, excellent coffee maker, great beds and sheets extremely clean. The pool had a lot branches and leaves in it so that was a problem. I felt the pool wasn't clean enough, but it was ok It's a very good place otherwise. The woman at the bar was rude about me eating my slice of Pizza. Some people their are extremely rude and some people there are very rude.

Room Tip: This is the best place you can get in Scottsdale Az
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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TheBouldersCarefree, Manager at Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2013

Dear Aptiva1,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at The Boulders Resort and for your kind words. On behalf of our entire Team we are truly sorry for the lapse in service you received. We strive to provide our guests with great service and a wonderful experience and we truly regret the disappointments you encountered.

Our Food & Beverage venues, menus and offerings have been revised since your visit in August 2012. We are grateful for your insight and look forward to welcoming your return to introduce the changes we have implemented.

Once again, please accept our apologies and our thanks for bringing your experience to our attention. We look forward to your return; if we can assist you in anyway, please do not hesitate to let us know.

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Address: 34631 N Tom Darlington Dr, Carefree, AZ 85262-3721
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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
Price Range: $236 - $622 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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
Boulder Arizona

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