The Xanadu complex of two large, three story buildings has nicely furnished and clean one and two bedroom condos for a reasonable price. The manager, Carolyn, let us look at two units. We got a one bedroom with full kitchen for $425 a week during Christmas week. This is off-season at Lake Havasu as people think it is cold there if it gets below 70 degrees. Being from Alaska we thought the mid-sixties were fine and it was nice to not have the town crowded.
We swam in the 82 degree pool everyday as it is long enough to do laps. The hot tub was 105 and very clean. There are also gas grills and lounging chairs in the courtyard around the pool. (If you want to seriously swim laps check out the Aquatic Center just half a mile south on State 95- its a nice pool with a wave machine for the kids.)
It is about a 10 minute walk to a Safeway and other stores so we could easily supply ourselves. The kitchen had everything we needed. There is a restaurant and bar right across the street in the Quality Inn complex. It is a short walk down Smoketree street to the lake front city park and the canal and sidewalks which lead to the London Bridge tourist area. We chose to drive down and park at the park at the end of Smoketree because if you walk you have to cross a busy hiway.
The third floor condo (number 8C) was in the back facing the back alley and a residential area with a pretty mountain backdrop. The third floor condos facing the front of the complex have a better view of the sunset and lake but they are exposed to a lot of road noise. Many rooms have a balcony overlooking the pool which is nice but can also be noisy as swimming is allowed until midnite.
The living area had a big couch (fold-out bed) and lounger chair and a table big enough for four to eat. There was a nice big screen tv in the living room with cable. The bedroom had a queen and four pillows- very comfortable and a second TV. The bathroom had a full tub and good hot water. There was a little too much furniture (extra chairs) for just the two of us but it stored in the large walk in closet. We had a small balcony which caught some nice sun in the late afternoon.
The condo had a free DSL ethernet hook-up which worked with our laptop but was a little slow. We had a 25 foot ethernet cable so we could hook up anywhere in the living room. There was a wireless router available but it required a big download of some program I didn't trust in order to operate so I stuck with the cable.
On the downside the Xanadu complex is about 20 years old and each condo is individually owned and furnished. So the furnishings and maintenance varies with each condo. In ours the water suddenly went out on our first morning. Carolyn got right on it as she thought the whole building was out. When we came back in a few hours it was working again. The kitchen sink had a very leaky faucet which would drip into the cupboard and run out on the floor whenever you turned on the faucet. Luckily there was a bucket which fit under the drip.
The towel rack in the bathroom kept falling off the wall but was easily remounted and the kitchen and bedroom windows didn't slide open very well. There were a few carpet tacks poking out of the edge of the carpet- ouch! On our second day we heard some noise on the front walkway found that two carpenters were replacing the door trim on all the doors. They were running a generator right outside our room but only for a couple hours and we only had to walk around the lumber a few times.
The Xanadu is on the corner of Smoketree and Lake Havasu so it was easy to get out on the hiway and tour around the area. You gotta go to Oatman and see the wild burros- take some carrots to feed them and go in the morning before too many tourists show up- drive through the town and park on the far end to see the burros as they walk in to town. Then continue on old route 66 over toward Kingman for a scenic drive. You can come back on Interstate 40 where its legal to go 75mph and everyone goes 85.
For walking you can stroll along the canal and under London Bridge or for serious hiking go south on State 95 and turn right at the McCullough Street light. Go half mile and notice the dog park on the left then continue another half mile to SERA park and the trailhead parking area on the right with billboard full of info and maps. You can hike down a narrow dry creek between cliffs or on trails on the high ground- real pretty.
On balance this was a nice place to hang for a week. It's nothing fancy and not a super location but was comfortable and reasonably priced- a condo for the price of a room at most hotels...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One bedroom condos located at the Xanadu resort. fully furnished just bring your suit case. Internet, TV ... more less