My fiance and I went here this past weekend and we had a wonderful time. The resort is tucked away about a 40 minute ride from Phoenix airport. From the moment you reach the gate you feel the warm welcome. The room itself is very nice. We were a little worried when we were brought to our room and the bellhop brought out his flashlight and was searching for "little critters". It made us feel slightly uncomfortable for a little. Besides that the room was good. We walked around the resort a lot. They have a nature path, I recommend walking it in the morning to look at all the beautiful plants. If you don't like walking they always have shuttles driving around the resort. We were always asked every time we were out walking, but politely declined.
The spa looked wonderful... the prices were a little expensive, but not a surprise since it's a Waldorf. The gym is located in the spa... good equipment and clean. They also have a pool behind the spa... we never went to that one, but it looked very nice. We went to the pool the one day behind the main lobby. The chairs are very comfortable. There are servers that are continuously walking around if you would like drinks or food brought to you while you are lounging. I had one of there drinks... pricy for the size of the drink you actually get since its mainly ice.
We were skeptical to eat at the restaurants on the resort since reading all the reviews. We still have mixed feelings. Probably the best restaurant was the Spotted Donkey. We ate there twice.. it was over-priced for Mexican food, but it was at least good and the service was good. I wouldn't recommend The Grill. We were so disappointed. The food was hard and over cooked and the staff seemed more interested in other things. I would have given them the benefit of doubt, but we heard the tables around us complaining as well. The lady next to us stopped eating her food, called the waitress over and said " I know it's off season, but this is not acceptable", as she tapped her rock hard sandwich bread and broke her dry french fry in half. We felt the same exact way, but was so famished we needed to eat something. So maybe when it's season this restaurant will be better?
We played a round of 9 on the north golf course. The views and course were great. The rental clubs weren't bad. I would recommend it just so you can see the course, even if you don't like playing golf. The view from the 9th hole is beautiful!
So over-all I would definitely recommend it. However, if you have kids you should probably consider a different resort. Although there were a couple children there, they are very out-of-place. Especially noticed this at the pool... it is quite, people are relaxing, drinking, etc. Just trust me, everyone looks at you like, why are they here. It could have just been that family since the father was yelling at his child...it was very awkward, the pool was full and every person was watching. So my recommendation, let this be a wonderful romantic getaway for you :)
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- 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