We arrived September 8th 2013 and stayed 4 nights. We didn't have any problems finding the resort.However we understand why others may have had trouble. The resort is in an industrial park,the driveway to World Mark is at the very end of the road,we did question our self's once or twice wondering which driveway was World Marks. It would be very helpful if the World Mark sign was more easy to see.
When we checked in the staff was friendly, they gave us a list of attractions and fine dining. After we checked in we spoke with a fellow named Joe,who wanted to sign us up for the one hour seminar,we declined to attend as we our World Mark guests not owners and are not planing on becoming owners at this time. Joe asked us a couple more times during our stay if we wanted to attend,once again we said no.
We had a 1 bedroom suit with a pull in garage,the suit was very clean and well decorated. The TV is not HD a small problem lol,all the comforts of home were in the suit,no complaints there. The grounds to the property were very nice,pool was nice as well. The only thing we kept saying to our self's was" where are the people"? we hardly saw anyone around the ground we did see a few people near the pool once in a while. There are no activities at this resort,so if you are used to other World Mark properties that offer activities,don't be disappointed when you find nothing to do at this resort,besides lay at the pool or stay in your room. This also goes for the immediate surrounding area around the outside of the resort. Everything you do will be a drive,everything! If you are wanting to go hiking that is right outside your front door this was a bonus. But other than that you will be bored out of your mind at this resort,unless that is what you came for. We did enjoy the Arizona Mills Mall,which is about 10 minutes away by car. We would recommend this mall, plenty of great stores and very clean.
We will probably not stay at this resort again just for the simple fact that it is not what we expected,it probably would work for others who have seen Phoenix before and just want the relaxation and are not into touring the city.But for my wife and I we kind of needed more,and the surrounding area was a bit unpleasant,you will drive a lot on S. 48th Street, by unpleasant I mean the area looked a little run down.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is nearly impossible for anyone who is in any way sensitive to the beauty and grandeur of nature to stand in this special place and not feel the power that the Pimas refer to as the strong medicine of the South Mountain Preserve. Here, we have rediscovered a special place to share with our owners and guests. This is truly a place of deep relaxation and natural beauty. A place gently cradled in the largest regional wilderness park preserve in the country which covers over 50 square miles of pristine Sonoran desert. Surrounded by unspoiled panoramas and teeming with a stunning variety of wildlife that belongs to this desert community, it is seemingly a remote retreat, minutes from downtown Phoenix. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desert Arroyo Hotel Phoenix
- Canyonview Hotel Phoenix
- Canyonview Hotel South Mountain Preserve