The hotel, although a little dated now, still has lovely grounds and pool areas. The grounds are very well kept and the exotic palm trees and the architecure of the hotel itself made me think this was Ancient Egypt must have been like !
The rooms are a good size. Although being a HHonors member, I originally was allocated a room facing the car park. However, since it was summer and the hotel wasn't that busy it was easy for me to change to a room with a nicer view by the South Pool.
The bed was very comfortable, and the air conditioning was very quiet and you could control it so that it was very chilled if you like it around 60 degrees inside and 110 degrees outside !
The hotel provides pool towels and these were of a high quality.
The bar prices for drinks and food were a little higher than I expected and the menu not all that adventurous - typical American food available in any city in the USA - even though they tried to give a "South West" slant on things.
The bars at the pools were not always open, but room service is always available at a price. Free water is available though.
I actually loved this hotel, but as for Arizona itself, it does leave a lot to be desired. Everyone seemed to be miserable. I never met anyone who was from the area, and the loacl taxi drivers had very little knowledge of the area and seem more intent in driving around and around just to make their meters clock up more dollars. Waiting for taxis can take upto 30 minutes. I don't think this is acceptable in a tourist area.
As for dining out, I failed to find any restaurant with decent food and decent service. Nobody seemed to have the time of day to serve. Also when will restaurants wake up to the fact that cheese is not imperative to every single dish. Cheese means the food is crap and it's the only way to hide the fact the food is so bad. European restaurants can also take note - stop this terrible practice at once.
The Doubletree does a marvellous "Fruit Cup" as an option for a side dish. I can recommend it and thankfully it doesn't have cheese, garlic, chipolte or roasted vegetables in it.. Keep it that way !
The hotel does cover a large area, and some rooms are far away from the front desk, but the bell boys will drive you to and from your room should you wish to avoid the long walks in the summer heat.
For the price paid, the quality is excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located only minutes from downtown Scottsdale, Arizona and twelve miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale offers a warm welcome and a comfortable stay, in tranquil surroundings. Relax and recharge in our beautifully landscaped property, surrounded by lavish courtyards, cactus and tropical palm trees. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree Paradise Valley Hotel Scottsdale
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