My husband and I stayed 2 nights at the Scottsdale Villa Mirage with our four children (ages 7, 4, 3, and almost 1). Usually by the end of a hotel stay with 4 kids, I’m ready to be home, but with this spacious condo and the amenities of this resort, I could have lasted much longer. This resort is part of the ResorTime.com portfolio. ResorTime allows travelers to book luxury resort condos by the day or week at discounted prices. No time share tour is required!
When we walked into the spacious 2-bedroom suite, my daughter exclaimed, “This looks like an apartment!” And, it did. The kitchen had a full-sized fridge and all the dishes and appliances you would probably have in your own kitchen. You could easily bring groceries to cook and eat all of your meals there. The table only had 4 chairs, but there were 2 bar stools and 2 extra folding chairs in one of the closets so there was more than enough seating during meal time. The living area was spacious enough for the kids to run and play, with a private balcony overlooking a courtyard. It had a flat-screen TV with a DVD player (DVDs are available to rent in the lobby for $1.99 but we brought our own). The one bedroom was pretty much its own suite, with a pull-out bed, desk, balcony, TV, and huge bathroom, which was great for having some adult hang-out time after we put the kids to bed. The master bedroom was just a simple bedroom with a TV but it was connected to the master bathroom, which had a huge tub.
There was plenty of space for everyone to sleep and play comfortably. The baby could nap without being disturbed by older siblings. Usually, at hotels, baby’s nap time is quiet time. With the space here, the older kids were free to play how they wished. There was also plenty of storage space and a washer and dryer hidden away in a closet which is great for long-term stays.
Amenities and Facilities:
What’s your swimming preference? It’s here. They have a big pool with a waterfall to play under, a great big hot tub, a kiddie pool, a splash pad, and an adults-only Jacuzzi. My 3-year-old, who is not yet a swimmer, loved splashing around in the large 1.5” deep pool while his baby brother sat on the step around the edge and splashed his heart out. Big sis loved going under the waterfall again and again. As a parent, I appreciated the step all around the border of the main pool so I could sit in the water to watch my kids play. One problem with the pools was that the main pool and hot tub were separated by a wall and gate from the kiddie pool and splash pad. To keep the big kids and babies happy at the same time, my husband and I had to separate a few times. But, there were steps in the big pool where the little ones could play, too. There was not much shade in the pool, but umbrellas can be moved around. Nice, big beach towels for pool use are located in your room. Towels aren’t available at the pool (this would have been handy) and you must remember to bring them back to your room so you won’t accidentally be charged for them.
The Activities Center had a ping pong and foosball table. It was nice to take a break from the sun for a little and teach the kiddos the fine sport of foosball. They loved it, although, the table was a little worn and warped. This center also had a fitness center (16 and up only) and locker rooms with a shower, steam room, and sauna. There are towels in the locker room but they are only for the locker and fitness rooms. There is also a room that is used for kids craft activities that are offered for $10 per kid. I suspect that room is used for babysitting while parents attend the time share presentation. I was offered some fun activities for my kids if I attended the 75 minute presentation, including making a build-a-bear, but I declined.
There is a calendar of daily activities going on at the resort, most of which were free. There were poolside games that kids and adults alike were encouraged to join in and with prizes of ice cream! My daughter loved lounging on the pool chair while playing bingo. In the evening, we were treated to a “Dive-in Movie” (no charge) shown on a blow-up screen beside the pool. The resort even provided ice cream sandwiches for a movie snack.
Food Options and Location:
There is an onsite restaurant called Café Oasis and it’s located by the pool. The food is average restaurant price ($5 for kids meals) so if you don’t want to leave the pool it’s a great option. There are also lots of grocery stores and restaurants located nearby and the resort even provides discounts at a few of them. BBQ grills around the resort are available for guest use.
Tips and Suggestions:
In the lobby, there are two desks. One is the check-in desk and the other says “concierge.” The concierge’s desk is where you will be encouraged to attend a time share presentation. You will be offered many wonderful rewards and free babysitting, but I said no and was still treated kindly. She did also give me a free pool bag with water and gave me some maps, coupons, and info about things to do around town, including a long list of places that are fun with kids.
There are no elevators so if you have a lot of stuff, request a bottom floor.
Review the map of the resort because some fun things like a playground and the adults-only Jacuzzi are hidden in different courtyards.
Nearby Attractions (within 30 mins):
Desert Botanical Gardens
Arizona Science Center
(full list here https://www.diamondresorts.com/Scottsdale-Villa-Mirage-Guide)
This is a great place to stay with kids and I definitely recommend it.
This review is based on a complimentary visit to Scottsdale Villa Mirage. I received no other compensation and these opinions are entirely my own.