My husband and I just returned from a trip to Arizona, made GLORIOUS by this gorgeous boutique resort. From the moment we arrived we were greeted with authentic kindness and care. We were whisked from our car, straight to a simple check-in area [complete with delicious iced tea and lemonade] and given a tour of the grounds as we were shown to our room.
All the rooms in this resort are 'casitas.' Basically, you get your own little house with a kitchen, sitting area, big bathroom and lovely bedroom with plenty of storage space and dressers for each person to have their clothes. Turn down service happens nightly and the cleaning crew seems to sneak in and out of there anytime you are gone.
The pool is lovely, and again, the staff is welcoming and remember who you are after meeting you only once. Also, they could gouge you on the prices there, but guess what THEY DONT. [Especially in terms of resort standards]
We also had a couples' massage at the spa which was incredible. Before the massage you can hang in your separate locker rooms which have a eucalyptus steam room that leads to an outdoor jacuzzi and shower, as well as lounge chairs to chill in the sunshine before you have your service. When our awesome massages were complete, we were handed champagne on the way out and instructed to take a quick steam and shower to help pull out the toxins brought up by our massage. Again, the staff was incredible and caring and I love them!
One cool thing about this resort is that they provide an environment where you don't need to feel obligated to tip at every turn [except at the restaurants] by instilling a very reasonable daily resort fee [$28]. This included unlimited valet parking, which was worth it alone!
All of this and I never even mentioned how gorgeous the grounds are. Immaculately kept, thoughtfully designed landscaping surround these historical grounds, and the rooms are lovely as well. This is also a fairly small resort, which is nice because you end up being a part of a nice, intimate community of vacationers. And on our trip, it was 95% adults. We saw one child the whole time we were there. [Not that I don't like children, but it's nice to have some peace on vacation :)
All in all I can't express how enamoured we both were by our stay here. We felt very special, were greeted with smiles and 'hellos' everywhere we went and treated like royalty. It's a great place to go for a romantic getaway, OR to have your wedding! I highly recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Manor of Taste, Royal Palms provides an engaging and unforgettable journey for all senses. Built in 1929, this enchanting Spanish Mediterranean mansion offers 119 artfully appointed casitas, estate rooms and villas. On every stroll through winding cobblestone pathways guests will discover romantic nooks, crackling fireplaces and splashing courtyard fountains. Intimate and tranquil, Alvadora Spa indulges the senses with natural beauty and the finest spa amenities. T. Cook's crafted, thoughtful and bold approach to food, complemented with The Mix Up bar's inventive mixology, is yet another reason to make Royal Palms a must-see destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Palms Hotel Phoenix
- Royal Palms Resort