My wife and I just returned from the Smoke Tree Resort today after spending a week there. We were in bungalow 31, which is one of the larger units; we had a HUGE living/dining room which had floor to ceiling windows on one side and half windows on another. It had a large L-shaped sofa, a four top dining room table and two large very comfy chairs with a small table in between—very nice. It also had full length drapes for when you wanted a bit more privacy.
Our unit also had a small full service kitchen and comfortable bedroom with attached bath. The bath was interesting, it a huge walk in shower, but no tub. We also had a large patio with chaise lounge and another table with chairs.
THE PROS: The location is excellent, just off Scottsdale Drive. Pretty much everything we wanted to see was a short drive away; there is a gourmet grocery story literally a 5 minute walk from the resort. The grounds are immaculate.
I cannot say enough good things about the service here. As noted by other reviewers this is a family run resort and it shows—the people who ran it couldn’t have been more helpful or friendly. They appeared to be sincerely interested in trying to make your stay the best possible.
THE CONS: At the outset none of my criticisms are huge, the pros clearly outweigh what I’ve listed here—but it’s the little things that separate the good from the great. Little things could be changed to make the experience better, two examples:
1) Many of the units had a full size kitchen; it would have been nice to have had some very basic cleaning supplies to just wash dishes--who wants to have housekeeping in to washes three glasses?
2) In the Scottsdale area there are at least 55 TV stations offered by the local cable provider, strangely enough the resort doesn’t provide a complete guide to all the channels, they list some but not all. It’s a given no one goes on vacation to watch TV, but after being out all day touring no one wants to have to flip through 40 channels because they forget which channel the Food Network (or ESPN etcetera ) is on.
It’s true the resort offers Wi-Fi throughout, but to call it high-speed is a bit much. The exercise room is also less than advertised. Finally, maybe it’s just me but when you market yourself as a resort, it seems to me that you should have some type of resort services on-site. While it’s great to say you’ll make arrangements for just about anything the guest may want that to me is not the same as having the service available on site. Having an actual restaurant on-site later this Spring will be a very positive addition.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Smoke Tree Resort & Bungalows is a true desert oasis. Five lush acres are home to 26 recently remodeled suites and bungalows. These individual private retreats offer luxury accommodations with all the modern amenities. Enjoy a workout or relax poolside in the manicured gardens. The expert staff arrange everything from golf and tennis to hiking or massage. World-class shopping and dining is just steps away. Life is too short to sleep in chain hotels! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Smoketree Resort & Bungalows Hotel Scottsdale
- Smoketree Resort And Bungalows
- Smoke Tree Hotel
- Smoke Tree Scottsdale