Carefree and Cave Creek are wonderful towns full of character and within easy travel distance of Phoenix or Scottsdale. My elderly parents were visting from out of state and I took them up to the Carefree Resort in order to see the Third Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival hosted by the resort.
Admission was $8 per person and festivities began at 4pm - by festivities I mean a band composed of several 14 year olds, stands selling fried dough, and an "arts and crafts" area showscasing a things like made-in-China plastic toilet paper holders of cartoon-like horses. Attendants told us that maybe the hot air balloons would start filling with air by 6pm. The balloons were not going to fly and would simply sit in the parking lot.
We wandered into the resort to kill time. It is tired, old and uninspiring. Although I didn't see a room, the dining area, front lobby and patio were enough - dusty, dirty and even a duct-taped broken window/door.
My father has a bad knee and twisted it while we walked around the parking lot, so we needed to leave (it was probably 5:45 - no sign of inflating balloons yet). I stopped to ask if the organizers would consider a partial refund of our entry fees given my dad's injury and my general disappointment with the entire affair. We were flatly refused, without apology.
The facility did provide a golf cart to return my father to our car, which I appreciated. Overall, though, I would not return to the event or the "resort."
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are excited to let you know, the Carefree Resort & Conference Center is under new ownership who will be making capital improvements to the rooms and public spaces over the next few months. The first construction renovation will be in the Cartwright building beginning August 17th until November 3rd 2017. During this period, we expect minimal interruption to the guest experience. We apologize for any inconvenience but want you to know the resort will be fully operational during this period. Just North of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona lies a desert gem, the Carefree Resort & Conference Center. Here you can embrace the Southwestern lifestyle in total relaxation. It’s a place of soothing and simple spaces with uncluttered panoramic views of the Continental Mountains. Play tennis, enjoy the Spa, or simply relax at the pool with a margarita. For couples, families or groups, Carefree Resort & Conference Center is a year-round destination that truly lives up to its name. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carefree Hotel Carefree
- Carefree Resort And Conference Center