This is not really a resort. It is an odd combination of motel (think Holiday Inn Express) with a huge opulent marble lobby, bar, restaurants and meeting rooms. The rooms are fairly large and are just okay, not great and not terrible. They have the individual room air conditioners, as someone else commented, they are right next to one of the beds at about head level! They seemed to work fairly well and at the typical level of noise when they cycled on and off. Helps drown out the noise of other guests. Comments about thin walls are accurate. The pool is nice, with a great view toward the golf course and mountains. The lobby is a bit creepy and overdone (chandeliers and marble a la 1958).
Many people have commented on the $16 resort fee, and it definitely colors one's opinion. As of June 2007, the resort fee allows one access to the following: Continental breakfast (better than some). Starts at 6:30 pm. Includes oatmeal (hidden in black pot near the end of buffet), raisins, strawberry yogurt, small choice of dry cereals, usual cheap danish and muffins, fruit such as apples, half grapefruit, bananas, choice of toast. Juices, coffee, cheap tea. There are styrofoam cups for to-go coffee (or oatmeal or yogurt) but no plastic spoons.
There is a local newspaper (Desert Sun) in the lobby. I appreciate this because most places just give you the supremely useless USA Today.
Internet computer: The one which is at the "Concierge" desk actually works.
Supposedly there are free appetizers during a Happy Hour and half off drinks, but they don't tell you about this and I'm guessing anyone that walks in off the street gets it, too.
There is self parking. No sign of a valet but apparently there is supposed to be one. Just not during normal check in hours.
No free local phone calls.
Didn't bother to use the fitness room.
The room service charges and the ala cart breakfast prices didn't really seem that bad for a hotel. I didn't eat anything but the free breakfast.
They call the pool view the preferred rooms, and charge $10 more a night. They are worth the extra, and you won't get a free upgrade if you book via Priceline. Don't take a room facing Hwy 111 on the south wing, near the meeting rooms, loading dock, etc.
I thought the rooms were fairly large compared to Holiday Inn Express, which seems comparable in terms of price and amenities. However, the rooms with two beds have doubles, not queens. No HBO or CNN, but they do have the Golf Channel. The bathrooms seem to have been remodeled, with nice tile and a curved shower curtain bar, just like the one in Holiday Inn Express. However they haven't figured out that you need a longer shower curtain or water gets by the edges onto the bathroom floor. My bathroom was pretty clean, although the tub drain was really slow. The pillows seem old, and the sheets are cheap muslin. Assorted holes in the blankets. The towels were quite nice. I wouldn't use their toiletries, you know when the soaps are as hard as a rock they don't replace them. The room is equipped with a safe, one-cup coffee maker (!) , iron, hair dryer, and minibar. I was told that I could use the mini bar refrigerator without a charge, however upon reading the hotel data sheet, I saw that personal use may result in a $30 restocking fee. The desk clerk claims that if you leave everything in the mini bar you won't be charged. Unfortunately, there isn't much room for more than a few bottles of water if you do that. Don't forget to return the minibar key or it's $5.
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