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Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carefree
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
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“Never wanted to leave the property!”
Reviewed February 14, 2014

This resort is an incredibly beautiful and beautifully run oasis in the Sonoran desert. Every staff member was helpful and professional, especially the bellstaff and Roy in particular. Our 2nd floor casita was spacious but cozy, with comfy leather chairs, and the throw blanket and wood-burning fireplace made it extra special. I didn't want to head to Scottsdale proper or Cave Creek; my husband and I just ate good meals at the spa and lodge, enjoyed the gorgeous views and landscape on the walks back to our room, and took in the quiet and the stars. Wish we could've stayed longer.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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TheBouldersCarefree, Manager at Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this review, February 19, 2014
Dear Tricia F,
Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us in our beautiful Sonoran Desert locale. We will share your kind words with our team members, especially the bell men and Roy! We are glad you enjoyed our spacious casitas, our wood-burning fireplace, our world-class spa, and everything we have to offer. Thank you again for sharing your experience with us, and we look forward to welcoming your return.
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

We have spent a lot of time at The Boulders, and the other reviews describe the level of service, cleanliness and beauty accurately. If you like this resort, it's hard to stay anywhere else in the valley. The real wood burning fireplaces and deep soaking tubs in every room kind of "sold" me. Yes, it's a different "feel;" definitely a bit remote, pretty huge; more like a small village, very quiet and peaceful, much more suited to adults than kids.

Some will find it simply "too far away" to have convenient daily access to Phoenix and Scottsdale, if you want or need that. We feel it's the best of both worlds, where you get peace and relaxation at the resort, plus access to the entire rest of metro Phoenix within a short drive. It's perfect for a vacation where your tightest deadline might be a dinner reservation down in the valley. Just avoid coming and going from Phoenix/Scottsdale at morning and evening rush hours.

There are several restaurants on the property, but we dine almost exclusively away from the resort. We have tried the spa restaurant, golf club grill, and one other. All were ok, not bad, not great. The staff in every part of the property however, is absolutely wonderful, restaurants included. Some of the employees have worked here since the resort opened, with many others having 10...15...20 years in. Randy tends the little bar in the main lodge, and is a cool, kind of old-school bartender. We enjoy seeing him on each visit, normally for an evening beverage to walk the grounds with after dark.

The spa is spectacular in its beauty and simplicity, on par with most of the best the country.

The upscale golf facility is like a small city in itself. Two beautiful and challenging courses. Very nice practice facilities. And head golf pro Don is the cherry on top of the whole experience. Just a prince of a guy who still coaches touring pros, but makes golfers of any level feel comfortable and confident from the start. Perhaps the best resort pro in the country based on the guest experience.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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TheBouldersCarefree, Manager at Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Dear LakeMichBoatGuy,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are happy to hear that you had such a wonderful stay with us. We strive to provide you with our superb facilities, great locale, and most of all great service through our impeccable team members. We will share your kind words with Randy at the “little bar in the main lodge” and the rest of our team members. Thank you again and we look forward to your return.
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Issaquah, United States
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

The bell staff at the Boulders Resort at Carefree went out of their way to make sure that we were very well taken care of during our stay. They were very attentive to all of our requests. I highly recommend this resort. We called the bell staff several times each day for various types of assistance such as for: delivering firewood and extra coffee to our casita; picking us up in their golf cart and taking us to our rental car and to the Spotted Donkey restaurant for dinner and taking us back to our casita; delivering my dad's scooter to our casita. They are a fantastic group of gentlemen who are willing to go out of their way to make you feel well taken care of. The gate attendants/security guards are very friendly as well.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Saint Johns, United States
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

We had a wonderful relaxing time at The Boulders. The bed was so comfortable that when we returned home I ordered the exact same mattress. The room was amazing with the fireplace and large bathroom and closet. My husband and I had an amazing time and would stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Houston, United States
1 review
Reviewed February 12, 2014

The Boulders Waldorf Astoria is a five star hotel. The amenities were fabulous along with golf courses. The golf professional staff were so very helpful and so nice! We all felt at home there. I hope to take another group there in the near future! A dreamy place and can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Fountain Hills, United States
1 review
Reviewed February 12, 2014

I would recommend The Boulders to anyone. The service, rooms and people were unbelievable. We went for my wife's birthday and she was wishes a Happy Birthday from all of the staff even at the gate when driving through. It was a phenomenal experience all the way around.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

This facility was beautiful. The grounds were extremely well kept and wonderful to walk through on your way anywhere. The staff was extremely courteous, always looking after you and making sure you had everything you needed before you could even ask....very accommodating. i would definitely come back, and would love to bring my family (teenage kids)

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Thank Robyn B
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TheBouldersCarefree, Manager at Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Dear Robyn B,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are glad you were had such a wonderful work visit with us. We are glad that our team members and facilities made your visit with us more memorable. And we look forward to your return with your family for a relaxing adventure filled time with horseback riding, ATV adventure tours, Desert Hummer Tours, walking trails, mountain biking, boulder climbing, and much more, we are sure your kids will not be bored.
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Property: Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton
Address: 34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ 85262
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Location: United States > Arizona > Central Arizona > Carefree
Amenities:
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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