My fiance and I brought our 5 kids to this resort over Memorial Day Weekend. The kids are ages 17, 13, 10, 8 and 6--given the age span, it's very difficult for everyone to be pleased at the same time.
Rooms--we had 2 adjoining rooms, one with a rollaway. The rooms were very comfortable and the beds were great! My only comment here is that it was quite a trek from the elevator to the room, so you might want to take that into consideration when making a reservation and request a room close to an elevator. When I say trek I mean a 3 minute walk, which is pretty lengthy.
The pools were great --kept clean and there was enough room to accomodate all those there. There is a "beach" that was a big hit with the smaller kids. When he and I wanted a bit more of a quiet experience, we paid 20 each to use the mineral pool at the spa and the spa accomodations. We truly enjoyed that and I only wish I had gone earlier in the day so as to spend more time there.
Camp Hyatt--I love you. So do our kids!!!! I somewhat reluctantly sent the three smaller kids one evening so that we could try the Wine and Dine at SWB--one of the hotel restaurants. To my surprise, when we picked them up, they literally begged to go back the next day! Happy kids mean a happy mom. And as they say, when mama's happy........
Other experiences: they had local herpatologists come to the hotel with animals (tortoise, snake, alligator, etc.) for an educational program. The kids thought this was great! We did too! We went to dinner at the hotel restaurant--Alto and took the gondola ride afterwards which was also a hit.
Food--this is my one drawbrack. For the most party, the food was really good (especially at SWB for the Wine and Dine) but really pricey. For example, breakfast for one adult and 5 kids was $125 and was nothing out of this world. The kids menus are a bit abbreviated and very similar at the restaurants, so after 4 nights eating most meals at the hotel, we had some complaints.
The grounds are truly beautiful.
For a great family weekend, this was win-win for us.
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- Set amidst flowering cactus, breathtaking sunsets and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa features a 2 1/2-acre "water playground", 27 holes of championship golf, world-class tennis, Spa, the Native American Learning and Environmental Center, an international art collection and four distinctively different restaurants. ... more less
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