mother-in-law were more comfortable. Only buildings 2300 and 2400 have non-lockoff 2br units.
Two big groups of guests were the baseball fans in town for Spring training and the golfers here to tee it up in advance of the golf season up North. Look at http://www.cactusleague.com/ for more baseball information. Look at golfnow.com for course information and discount tee times.
The Vacation Club resort was built in phases from 2004-2008 and units are still pretty new and at the higher Marriott standard of this recent period. The main pool is very nice, as a large fake rock formation which provides some shade seating, privacy, and a waterfall. There is a small shack for drinks and food; expect to pay too steep hotel prices for the convenience. But hey, if you care about your budget, buy some 12 packs of pop (beer?) at CVS and some plastic cups. Behind the rock formation is a small private waterfall and sun-bathing area and a hot-tub. This would definitely be the topless area of a European resort, but this ain't Europe. There are two other water areas. One is a two foot deep wading pool called Lizard Lagoon and the other is a small 4 foot deep almost hot-tub pool for soaking and talking. Temp is kept around 90-95 degrees. This is probably Sweeeet in February when the outside temp is 45-60 degrees. A new lounging courtyard has been installed between buildings 2400-2500-2600 and is my favorite place at the resort. Five seating areas are under large sun-sails which provide a filtered shade. There are also two seating areas around fire pits. The courtyard is home to shuffleboard courts, a herb garden, and a stretch of lawn used for Yoga and exercise every morning.
You get full access to the pool, lazy river, restaurants, and spa at the JW Marriott next door. This is a big plus. The Wildfire Golf Club has two courses by Palmer and Faldo. The LPGA has a new tour stop here and the play next week and will play 18 holes using the back nine of both courses. It is a 6-7 minute walk or you could take the shuttle or drive.
The Desert Ridge Marketplace has around 15 restaurants, 30 stores, CVS, Albertsons, a Bank os America and Starbucks. We seemed to be at the Paradise Bakery and Einstein Bagel a lot. I walked both ways to get breakfast in the morning. The shuttle will take you and pick up up. Albertson's and CVS is a must see because the Marriott Marketplace is the smallest I ever saw and prices are always better at a real store.
Unit selection tips: Consider your favorite activities and the temperature/sun direction. The units by the pool are very convenient to the lobby, fitness center, etc. I like the courtyard and the shade. The East facing villas have a golf course view and morning sun. The South facing villas sound like a bad idea after April when temps are 100+. Building 2900 South facing units watch the traffic on the entrance road and the lobby parking lot.
If you have not spent time in Phoenix, pay special attention to temperatures and clothing layers. Mornings are very cool in February and March. We had some days around 60 degrees and some days in the 80's. The air is very dry and we had a lot of allergy problems from dust and spring pollens. (Spring here is the end of February)
This review is only for the second week of my stay. The first week had several housekeeping and maintenance issues.
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