Phoenix East Mesa--Arizona Golf Resort 3*

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Phoenix East Mesa--Arizona Golf Resort 3*

Ceollaigh
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01 Apr 2003, 03:44 #1

(posting copy of this review on behalf of my sister Lori, aka "develbow")

Just returned from my 4 night stay at the Arizona Golf Resort ($55/night) and thought I'd post a review:

When I won this property on Priceline, I had some trepidations. Most of the AZ guidebooks tend to dismiss Mesa as boring suburbia, and the resort's web page is not very flashy. I decided to include Mesa when I bid because many hotels in Scottsdale were already booked up (my trip was during spring break week) and anyway, I wasn't too impressed with the reviews of Scottsdale resorts typically available on Priceline for under $100/night. I took a chance on the then-unknown Priceline resort in Mesa, and I am glad I did!

First off I will say that the staff at this property are nice almost to a fault! If you are looking for a dark glasses/Black leather jacket, cooler than thou spot, this will not be the place for you! The desk clerk was very friendly when we checked in and never mentioned the low price we were paying for our room. The only "Priceline penalty" I could discern was that we were given a wheelchair-accessible room that did not have a full view of the resort's grounds, but I considered the room to be saleable in every respect (and maybe even a little nicer in that the bathroom was very large to accommodate a wheelchair). Rooms are decorated in southwestern pastels (not personally my favorite scheme but everything was very clean and new). Each room has two very comfortable arm chairs (the first hotel arm chairs I've ever seen that I actually WANTED to sit in) a combination desk/dining table with two upholstered chairs on wheels (the table is wired so that you could plug in a laptop), and a kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and basic eating utensils. The beds appeared to be almost brand new, the linens were also spotless and comfy, and the pillows were real feather pillows, not the cheapo acrylics found in most hotels. Other amenities included free coffee and popcorn for the microwave, a hairdryer, Gilchrist & Soames soap, shampoos and lotion, ironing board, in-room safe and free morning paper.

The hotel's facilities were beautiful as were the grounds. Everywhere you look there are flowering bushes, palm trees and orange trees, and at night the air smells of jasmine. The hotel offers a snack bar, casual restaurant, and a formal restaurant and lounge with live entertainment and dancing (that is, if you like hotel lounge entertainment, I guess you can dance to it--we stayed away!). We ate breakfast at the snackbar and ordered room service one night, and the food was excellent (except for the pizza!) and very reasonably-priced.

Most of the rooms are in single level buildings grouped around courtyards that contain either one of the four spas or the pool (there is also a two-story building that overlooks the golf course). The pool was a respectable size, but if you are looking for a water park you will be disappointed--no slides or fountains. We hung out in our courtyard's jacuzzi for the most part--one advantage of staying in a golf resort and conference center is that everyone is busy during the day and we had our spa to ourselves!

As for Mesa, I actually preferred it to Scottsdale and downtown Phoenix. It is unpretentious and quiet, but there are some excellent restaurants (I loved Rancho de Tia Rosa--wonderful Mexican seafood and nice atmosphere) and downtown Mesa is actually kind of funky, with many antique shops and interesting looking hangouts. There is a grocery store across the street from the hotel and there is a mall nearby, if you are into shopping on vacation. We also enjoyed cruising Main Street, which used to be part of the historic Apache Trail highway and still sports some wonderful old vintage motels and diners.

So to sum up--if you are looking for a swinging weekend or to park the kids at the pool, the Arizona Golf Resort isn't for you. But if you are looking for a friendly, pretty, and extremely comfortable resort this is the place! The crowd at the hotel skewed a little on the older side, but there were plenty of thirty-somethings (like us) and a smattering of families with kids.

Hope this helps!
Last edited by Ceollaigh on 20 Aug 2012, 03:47, edited 1 time in total.
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Devilsnest1
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20 Aug 2012, 03:41 #2

Stayed here Aug 9-12, 2012 on a $34 priceline bid + $7 bonus cash.  This is an older resort that has not kept pace with oppulance of other newer golf resorts in the Pheonix area, hence the 3* rating, despite the "resort name.  The hotel shows age, but it well maintained both inside and out.  They had a nice pool, restaurant, bar and conference facility..  We booked two rooms and were assigned "resort rooms" which were nothing more than a  2* hotel offering, albeit rooms that were very confortable, clean, quiet, and good quality bedding.  Check-in went very well, very friendly staff.  Our room seemed especially warm despite the AC being on Max.  Returning that evening, we still felt the AC was not doing the job so we requested a room change, which the front desk upgraded to a mini-suite with no hesitation.  The other half of our party stayed in their "resort room" and were very happy with the accommodations.  For the money, this was well worth the stay.  If you get this hotel on a priceline bid, you should ask the cost to upgrade from a resort room to a "Casitas" room.  The extra space for an extended stay would be worth the extra cost.  Very handy for travelers flying out of the Mesa Airport.
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