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“Nice stay--and oh, so quiet!”

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Rancho Manana Resort
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

This is a golf resort located in the scenic Cave Creek/Carefree area north of Phoenix. The weather was unusually cool for this late in spring, a pleasant surprise, and while my wife and I aren’t golfers, the course is a local favorite. We were in a two bedroom casita which was quite well appointed, with a full kitchen, two spacious bathrooms, and a nice living area. With no other plans than to get a taste of the area, we spent a lot of time at the resort.

My first impression was the courtesy of the staff. We dealt with only two employees, at check in and upon departure, and both ladies were extremely friendly and accommodating. All questions were answered fully and we were asked if there were any other areas in which they could help.

Since we didn’t have any plans for the weekend other than taking in a Diamondbacks game with some friends, we spent most of our time at Rancho Manana, with a dinner out at the Horney Toad, a local restaurant.

Only two complaints: The hot water was problematic in the showers. We found that the water heaters are on a timer, which apparently needs to be reset when a guest checks in. If you take a shower at say, 10 am, no problem. If you want to take one at 5:30 am, the water may not be heated. Upon checkout, we found out that this is an energy-saving move (kudos from our “green” sides), and that the water should normally be heated around the clock when a guest is staying in each casita. Apparently, someone didn’t get the word that our casita was to be rented that weekend. In actuality, as we showered later in the morning, the water was fine. My advice is to make sure that the timer has been reset at checkin.

Sidebar: This is a good energy-saving move. I estimated that the resort was only about half full on the weekend we visited, so keeping all those water heaters at full strength wouldn’t be a good idea.

The other problem we encountered was on our last day. The pool, which is quite large and accommodating, needed chemical treatment. The color was the typical green one sees in a pool in bad need of shock or chemicals. While this didn’t keep us from swimming, (the weather was typically blistering hot, as this was Phoenix in late May), it was a bit of a turnoff.

We presented both these issues to staff upon our departure, and were assured that the problems would be corrected.

Special thanks to the young security guard who allowed us to slightly “overstay” the hot tub closing time of 10 pm. We were running late one evening and he was quite accommodating.

One aspect of this place that needs to be mentioned is the "peace and quiet". Cave Creek has very strict noise ordinances, and the experience of walking around the property late at night was almost eerie in the complete lack of surrounding sound. A nice change from city noise.

All in all, a nice visit. The casitas are spacious enough to accommodate four guests comfortably, and the kitchens are fully stocked with cooking supplies for preparing one’s own meals. The friendly staff and extreme quiet of the area makes for a relaxing stay. We’ll be back!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

We were there for seven nights. The two bedroom casita was beautifully appointed. The small fireplace took away the morning chill. Granite countertops, Viking range, and Sub Zero refrigerator, along with a large variety of OXO utensils, made cooking pleasant. The two bedrooms were very spacious as were the tile and travertine bathrooms. Service was excellent. I reported a slow draining shower and a maintenance person was there to fix it within 15 minutes. We were on the second floor which gave us a lovely view of the sun setting over the nearby mountains from the deck. The only reason I didn't give it a "5" rating is that we have stayed in other places with more amenities such as exercise room, spa, and other . I would definitely recommend this place!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

We stayed in Casita #12. It had 2 bedrooms, 1 with King bed, 1 with 2 twins, and so although we were travelling on our own, our casita would have been an excellent choice for a family travelling with children. (My understanding is that the casitas all have 2 bedrooms, some with two king bed arrangements, which would have sufficient privacy for friends travelling together.) The kitchen was fully equipped, including china and cutlery for 4 - the only thing we would have liked that was missing was a kettle as we're really tea drinkers after the first cup of Java. However, the full kitchen meant we didn't have to eat out every meal and had a place to keep drinks cold. We did request maintenance for one minor issue, which was promptly addressed by friendly staff, and the reception area followed up to make sure it had been fixed to our satisfaction.

As a casita, there was no visible housekeeping, at least not during our 4-day, 3 night stay. It was up to us to keep things neat and tidy. Although this wasn't what I'd expected, I found it a nice contrast to wondering if someone was going to be popping in to check on sheets/towels, etc. The master bath had a huge tub with jets, along with a walk-in shower, while the 2nd bedroom had a walk-in shower and a French balcony. Each casita has a private patio or balcony - ours overlooked the first tee of the golf course, and from it we could see quail, road runners and mourning doves.

The pool was close to the main building, maybe a 3 minute walk. The pool is relatively shallow but good for short swims to cool off. There is also an onsite golf course that looked very nice, a pro-shop for the golf course and a spa, although we didn't make use of either this trip.

While we were there, there was no coffee for purchase - you either had to make your own, or pop out for a quick drive into Cave Creek (about a 3-5m drive, maybe a 15m walk?). We ate at the onsite restaurant one night - great staff, one meal was great and the other average. We ate in town another night and there were several choices in town if you wanted to eat a variety.

Room Tip: I don't think there are any bad rooms - but there are some that are upstairs, and some at ground...
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2016
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  • Stayed: September 2016, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2016, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 7, 2015
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  • Stayed: March 2015, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 25, 2014
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rancho Manana Resort

Address: 5720 E Rancho Manana Blvd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331-8513
Location: United States > Arizona > Central Arizona > Cave Creek
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Cave Creek
Price Range: $109 - $393 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rancho Manana Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 38
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