11 Replies Latest reply: Jul 30, 2009 6:14 AM by anadyr RSS

Phoenix Spa & Hotel, Camalback Inn or The Butte?

stormchaser Platinum
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Planning a long Spa week end in the spring!  Any input on which of the Spa/Resorts is best? Thanks in advance for your helpful hints

  • Re: Phoenix Spa & Hotel, Camalback Inn or The Butte?
    pretender414 Gold
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    I haven't stayed at Camelback but I did stay at the Butte and it was wonderful! It's set back from everything so it feels like you're getting away but are still close to the airport and other convenient locations in town. Sitting by the pools was a fantastic relaxing time, the staff was super friendly and I loved my room. They treated me extremely well upon check-in and I had great service at the cafe. I'd definitely stay there again. I have a feeling that the other hotel would also have similar service and quality.

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    daddio42 Platinum
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    My favorite is the Desert Ridge, nice new hotel with great landscaping.  Camelback and Buttes are both nice.  The difference is that the Buttes is closer to the Airport and Downtown, whereas the Camelback is in a more secluded location right next to the Camelback mountains.  In addition, the Buttes and Desert Ridge are multi-floor hotels, whereas the Camelback have two story multi-building casitas.

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    luvrhd Gold
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    I have to agree with you this is the best place to stay in Phoenix.  We are going back in September for our 10th Anniversary.

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    kahunapremier Platinum
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    Another AZ Spa and Resort to consider is the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa. Was on business throughout Tucson and this IS the place to stay-bar none.

    Lazy river, suites, outside courts, golf course, you name it, it is there. BTW, I was there early to mid Dec. I hope to be back shortly.

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    wardaz Platinum
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    In my humble opinion, I did not care for the Camelback Inn.  My friend and I stayed there the weekend after Christmas two weeks ago and we both agreed the renovations to the lobby, restaurant, and bar were very well done, but the rooms are more on the level of Best Western - very sad for a JW and certainly not worth the price paid.  In fact we were so unimpressed we cancelled our spa appointments and went to The Boulders in Cave Creek.

    We believe the JW Marriott at Desert Ridge is far superior and much more worth the money.

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    lorirobert Platinum
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    Too bad you cancelled your spa appointments. I used their spa twice during a recent stay and they were the best spa treatments I have ever had.

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    3boymom Gold 1 Reviews
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        I have made reservations at a Westin in Tuscon because I could not find a Marriot that I thought was nice in Tuscon.  I read your post and wanted to know if you could give more info about this hotel

    Thank you

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    tjcnewyork Platinum
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    My wife and I really enjoy unwinding at the spa.  If you are looking for an outstanding experience in the Phoenix area, I highly recommend Camelback Inn, the JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Scottsdale.  I've been there 3 times for business and leisure.  They have just completed a renovation so the resort has a complete facelift - I'm looking forward to going back there, again. 

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    phxpashun8 Platinum
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    I live in Phoenix.  I "stay-cation" in Phoenix.  I "spa-cation" in Phoenix and Tucson!

     

    All 4 JW Marriott's in Arizona are lovely -- it ALL DEPENDS on what you want to do (or not do) while at the hotel/resort/spa.

     

    The Camelback Inn (CI) is the Grand Dame of all Marriott's -- being Bill Marriott's favorite property where he spends his birthday and Easter with his family.  Yes, the rooms are a bit "kitchy" but you will not find beds like that at the Best Western!  This is a resort for adults who enjoy the finer things in life -- great food, music, golf, and a wonderful spa.   CI has a "spiritual" vibe about it -- seeming to fit more into its surroundings while still having gorgeous desert landscaping.  It's quiet and feels somewhat secluded -- yet, you can be anywhere in Phoenix or Scottsdale or even, Tempe, in a matter of minutes with all kinds of restaurants, hiking, zoo, botanical garden, night life, baseball, basketball, etc, etc...OR you can "check out" of the real world and never leave the resort...Ahhh, that would be my choice!

     

    Desert Ridge (DR) -- opened in 2002 and is a bit more family oriented than CI.  The pools are definitely there for the kids, although many adults enjoy too!  Personally, I prefer to use the pool at the spa -- for the sereness.   DR is huge, sprawling, beautiful, lively -- yet the rooms are very quiet.  The spa is fantastic -- worth every penny.  The food and the golf are great.  There's a shopping district you can walk to, or not.  

     

    I LOVE both Camelback Inn and Desert Ridge -- for very different reasons.

     

    We are going to Starr Pass in Tucson, this weekend!  And I have not stayed at The Buttes in years (before it was a Marriott property) -- and did not leave with a good memory of the place... (horrible room -- felt like a basement and smelled like mildew)  Personally, I consider it more of just a hotel than a resort -- and may give a try again -- one of these days!

     

    Let us know where you ended up going and how you liked it! 

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    eastcoast54 Platinum
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     Any recommendation for what to see while visiting Camelback. What is the temp around the beginning of September?

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    Alumni Steward Platinum 8 Reviews
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    Should be in the 90 degree range during the day.  Go to the Heard Museum in Phonix and walk around Old Scottsdale. If it is open Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's studio and school ius a fascinating tour.

     

    Have fun 

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