We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Where do I start...”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carefree
Certificate of Excellence
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Where do I start...”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

I thought about detailing our Boulder's room adventure but really, there's no sense. You might not believe it and for those who did, it would end up hurting their business and that's not my purpose. Here's the bottom line: this is a really old, tired, musty, vermin-ridden and poorly maintained property being operated by some really positive, pleasant, solution-minded folks doing all they can to make the customer happy. They were all terrific.
But when you have a name like Waldorf Astoria Resort, you create expectations about a venue that today's Boulders simply can't meet. This is an extraordinarily large complex that needs major renovation. If not, sell it to Motel 6 and I would have given it four or five stars. PS: start with an in-house coffee shop...most of the over-nighters have them.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank mikenmel123
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
TheBouldersCarefree, Manager at Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Dear mikenmel123,

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at The Boulders Resort. We extend our sincere apologies for the disappointments you encountered. The Boulders Team strives to exceed our guests’ expectations, and we are truly sorry we let you down.

We appreciate your insightful comments regarding the need for modernization; we are currently reviewing various possibilities and look forward to undergoing this procedure.

Once again, we deeply regret the displeasure and inconvenience you encountered. If your travels return you to The Boulders, it will be our great pleasure to welcome you back and endeavor to provide the experience you deserve and expect.

With our renewed apologies,

The Boulders Resort
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

2,122 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    1,412
    354
    182
    111
    63
See reviews for
363
1,064
83
226
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (380)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Campo di Trens, Italy
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2014

If you look for a place to go golfing at New Years time - this is it. Wonderful hotel with big cozy rooms (fireplace in the room!), awesome golfcourses, perfect weather. We had a great time there - and the trip exceeded our exspectations. go there.

Room Tip: Ask for a room looking to the golf courses - it´s quiet and has a great view!
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank moidi
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2014

The positive:
I stayed at the Boulders while on a work trip. The property was very well taken care of. Gorgeous views. The rooms were quite spacious with huge bathrooms. I felt like I was staying in a suite. It was very easy to get around. All we had to do was send out a text and somone would show up immediatly to pick us up on a gold cart. The staff were all friendly and knowledgable, regarding the plants and animals on the property. It was interesting to learn about the different types cacti.
The negative:
Outside of the property there was nopthing to do. Scottsdale and Sedona were a good hour or more drive away. All there was do do was golf. If you like to dine in and golf, then this is the perfect resort for you.
I am not a golfer so if I took a vacation here I would be bored out my mind!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Colleen L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
TheBouldersCarefree, Manager at Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Dear Colleen L,

Thank your kind words on our beautiful resort located north of Scottsdale. We hope you had a great work trip and are glad that our team members exceeded your expectations. Our beautiful desert locale about 20 minutes north of the 101 Loop provides our guests with a 1300 acre oasis. The Boulders Resort is not only home to world-class golf, but also home to the 33,000 square foot Waldorf Astoria Spa where you are able to enjoy spa services, as well as complimentary fitness classes for our resort guests. Located not 5 minutes away are the western towns of Carefree and Cave Creek, about 1 hour northwest is the cowboy town of Prescott, and the beautiful red rock city of Sedona is about an 1.5 hour north.

Best Regards,
The Boulders Management Team
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cottonwood, Arizona
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Room was nice, furniture, linens and décor nice. Robes quite a nice touch. TV Control would not work from the bed only from the sitting area. Pool was a little dirty. Had two drinks by the pool, worst Bourbon and Coke I have ever had. Resort was very quiet and nice, employees very friendly and helpful, just got quite a stuffy feeling. Price not too bad either. Would probably return. Return a/c filters dirty in room Great coffee set up in the room

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Carol E
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
IRELAND
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Unique property with scenic desert location. Very well appointed modern "casita" rooms - spacious and well furnished, some with beautiful desert views. Grounds are very well maintained with excellent leisure facilities (3 pools, tennis, spa, golf).

Unfortunately this is let down by average food and spotty service. Breakfast (quality) is not to the standard one would expect at a luxury resort and dinner experience was poor in the main restaurant. Bell staff, in fairness, were all very pleasant and housekeeping was good.

Location is a double edged sword - serene and remote but beware that remote can mean a long drive for off-property restaurants and shops or the airport - plan times accordingly.

Room Tip: Stand alone Boulders Casitas are worth the extra.
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank andrewf2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Serene surroundings with luxury. Spectacularly beautiful setting. I can't imagine how to make it much better than this. The golf course was beautiful and in near perfect condition. The accommodations were worthy of a dream.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Review collected in partnership with Waldorf Astoria

Helpful?
1 Thank hAltonJones
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
peabody, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 August 2014

we loved this hotel very much…clean, helpful staff, just beautiful…highly recommend….the pool is just beautiful, clean…the golf course is wonderful….beautiful location…we highly recommend this hotel…you will just love it…

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Review collected in partnership with Waldorf Astoria

Helpful?
1 Thank Mary D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Carefree
Troon North
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
#1 of 5 in Paradise Valley
1,667 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton

Property: Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton
Address: 34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, AZ 85262
Phone Number:
Region: United States > Arizona > Central Arizona > Carefree
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carefree
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton 5*
Number of rooms: 223
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to a secluded haven amid the natural splendor of painted desert sand, towering cacti, and clear, blue sky - The Boulders. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hilton Hotels Direct, Expedia, Hotels.com, Priceline, Prestigia, Booking.com, 5viajes2012 S.L., getaroom.com and HotelQuickly so you can book your Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel Carefree
The Waldorf Astoria Collection Carefree
The Boulders Resort And Golden Door Spa
Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection By Hilton Carefree, Arizona
The Boulders Resort Luxury
Boulder Arizona

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing