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Loved Marriott Canyon Villas
We just returned Sunday from the Marriott Canyon Villas - we are Marriott Timeshare owners at Grande Vista in Florida and traded for a week here.
This property was beautiful - the staff were great and Maui Matt definitely knows how to take care of his customers! Try his Long Island Ice Teas and his Mai Tais!!
The rooms was nice and it is a plus that you get to use the facilities at the JW Marriott (fantastic property).
As usual, a great vacation by Marriott. We are very happy that we purchased a timeshare property and have gotten to experience many of the Marriott properties.
The Desert Ridge shopping center is just another added plus - there are so many restaurants and shops that you really don't need to go anywhere else. We drove 3 1/2 miles to Scottsdale Road and there are a ton of restaurants along that road as well. We did a trip to Montezuma's Cliff dwellings, Grand Canyon and Sedona - words can't describe them. Go enjoy and take in the sites.
Canyon Villas compared to Legacy
My wife and I stayed at the Marriott Canyon Villas (CV) in Scottsdale on a 3-day timeshare promotion. The Marriott was okay, but the CV we stayed in was quite cramped. The hall leading to our room was stark concrete, poorly lighted from the parking lot. You felt like you were in a crowded apartment building. It did not feel comfortable to walk, felt like a parking lot everywhere. You can use the JW Marriott across the road but you have to drive over or take a shuttle. We drove, then had a fairly healthy hike from the parking lot to the huge facility. Everything is huge, crowded, corporate. In contrast, we finished up our stay at the Legacy Golf Resort. The Legacy is a pleasant place, very well maintained. The rooms are larger and nicer than the Marriott. It feels human, pleasant to walk around, nice scale. While we liked the Wildfire Faldo course at the Marriott, the golf course at Legacy is very nice too, and probably a bit more challenging though comparable and much cheaper. The little restaurant in the club had a great veranda and very good food and service. The workout facilities were fine. A few blocks away is the Farm at South Mountain, 3 charming restaurants in one location for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We had a great breakfast there. All in all, we liked the Legacy better.
Great. Not perfect but great.
Late May - 10 days at the Canyon Villas in Phoenix with our six-year old daughter. Though this was our first trip to the southwest it was our third stay at a Marriott Vacation Club. No other resort chain has gives us the kind of space and family environment we enjoy.
Here’s our take on the Canyon Villas:
• The villas are terrific. Clean, spacious with a very attractive color scheme.
• The pool is huge and clean with fun options like volley ball, basketball and a waterfall.
• Two beautiful Jacuzzis also host warm waterfalls.
• Kid’s pool features shallow water and abundant fountains.
• Everything is squeaky clean.
• Arizona weather is fabulous! Rainy day? What’s that?
Not So Good
• The service at the resort is adequate only.
o No poolside service.
o Towels are picked up infrequently around the water.
o Basic maid service takes all day to happen even when you request or tip to have your bed made before 3:00 or 4:00 pm
• We heard a lot about the JW resort across the street. It’s disappointing. Yes, it’s beautiful but sterile. No smiles are evident and I’ve seen factories with better family environments.
o All the amenities are here. The villas have no restaurants.
In short, this is an attractive resort with a good family atmosphere but don’t pay the $400 a night if you rent and think twice before spending a fortune if you buy.
Loved This Resort!
We stayed at this resort from 6/15-6/22 it was our first time staying at this Marriott Vacation Club. We own at Marriott Shadow Ridge in Palm Desert Ca and thought we'd like to try a different resort for a change. We were not disappointed. although Canyon Villas is a much smaller resort. we actually liked the compact layout w/ the resort.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa overlooking the courtyard and future construction it was a quiet area near the b-b- q area. The rooms were actually slightly larger than what we have at our home resort and everything was new and updated. The pool area was close by and worked well for our family. The bar area there is very small and the lobby/marketplace/maze was also much smaller than what were used to but everyone who worked there was friendly and helpful it really didn't matter. Also, there were several group activities planned for the children daily with a great staff.
The JW Marriott was a short drive or even walking distance if its not too hot. Our children enjoyed the lazy river and we spent a couple of days enjoying that resort as well. It was convienent that we could charge drinks and lunch there to our Canyon Villas room and they had our names on their resort list for towels which was nice. The Desert Ridge shopping Ctr is close by for everything from supermarkets, movies, to nice restaurants you really don't need to go far for anything if you just want to stay close to the resort. We would highly recommend this resort to any family who enjoys a good timeshare resort. I believe in reading other reviews here some people with higher expectations don't fully understand how a timeshare resort works. It is not an all inclusive resort with room service, 24 hour activities, restaurants, bars etc.. It is however a great place to bring your family ,stock up your fridge and relax and enjoy your stay!
Good stay - but overpriced
We stayed at the Canyon Villas for three nights during the last week of March. I had a conference at the J.W. Marriott and was unable to get a room at the hotel, but this location was very convenient to the hotel. There were shuttles to and from the hotel every 30 minutes, but it was a relatively easy 10 minute walk, if you didn't want to wait for the shuttle. The property itself was very nice, surrounded by a golf course. We didn't use the pool. The property is just a 2 minute drive from the Desert Ridge shopping center, which is an outdoor mall with tons of shops and restaurants. Our room was nice, but somewhat smaller than expected. Counter space around the bathroom sink could have been much larger. For $350/night, I was expecting more. We did have a small kitchenette, with a microwave, sink, toaster, fridge, and coffeemaker, along with plates, utensils, etc. This was quite useful. Overall, a decent place, but expensive - I wouldn't have paid more than $250, but my company was footing the bill.
A Kids Paradise...and Adults Have Fun Too!
Just got back from 3 nights/4 days here. Went with my wife, 5 kids and 2 babysitters. Booked two 1-bedroom villas. The 1-bedroom villas do NOT have an adjoining door, it's impossible, because there is a "lock-off" studio room in between the 1-bedroom villas. But the villas were only one door down from each other, so it was still good. But if you want the adjoining studio instead, it’s a good deal, and the studio has its own bathroom as well.
The key to this hotel is that there are two resorts in one: The Canyon Villas is a great resort in its own right: A huge main pool with a waterfall and basketball hoop and volleyball net; a lap pool, two Jacuzzis, a kid’s pool, and another 1.5 foot deep kid’s theme pool not far from the main pool with shooting water animals, sprinklers to run through, etc. Main pool area has a great bar, life-size chess/checkers set, ping pong table, billiards table, etc. Lots of open spaces between buildings, BBQ pits all around, grass areas to play ball, etc. We could have stayed only at the Canyon Villas pools and had a great time.
But, since we had access to the JW pools down the road, we went there as well. They have a huge main pool with an island in the middle that houses an arched sprinkler system overhead, so kids could run through that and jump into the pool. The lazy river, with complimentary one or two-person inner tubes, is great. It takes 5-10 minutes to make a full circle, very relaxing. The slide, which is connected to the same water as the lazy river, is great for kids; even the little ones can go down by themselves.
So between all the pools at both resorts, the kids will never, ever be bored. We went over July 4th weekend, and it was not too crowded. Yes, it was 116 degrees, but as long as you stay in the pool all day, you hardly feel it because it's so dry. And the rates in the summer are very cheap. You can also get even cheaper rates if you book it through Marriott Vacations and do the 90-minute timeshare pitch. No pressure, went by quickly, and they even give you your choice of a $100 Marriott certificate or $100 Visa gift card without even asking!
We only saw the 1-bedroom villas, and they are very nice and roomy. Large bathroom with separate shower and tub, two sinks, and access from the bedroom and living room area. Two TVs with all the premium movie channels and two DVD players. Large full kitchen with fridge, oven, stovetop, microwave, china and glasses, etc. Washer and dryer as well, so no need to over-pack clothes. Very comfortable king bed in the bedroom, and a pullout queen sofa bed in the living room. And the way the couch is set up, even when the bed is pulled out, there is one side of the couch that stays put and can easily hold another child on it. All we had to do was put a sheet over the cushions and our 3-year-old had his own bed. So the villa holds 2 adults and 3 kids very comfortably, and we brought a queen air mattress for our other two kids and we were all set!
They have a complimentary shuttle service that takes you between both resorts. It runs twice an hour all day and night up till 10pm. The shuttle also makes twice hourly stops at the Albertsons supermarket down the road. So you can do all your shopping there and never have to spend any money at the overpriced resort restaurants if you don’t want to. The Albertsons is also part of a huge outdoor shopping mall, with lots of major stores and even a movie theatre, so you really don’t need a car at the resort if you don’t want one. The shuttle driver even once waited 10 minutes for me when I ran into the stores late at night just to grab something quick.
Yes, the maid service can be spotty, and old towels tend to hang around the pools a bit longer than usual, but those were such minor issues. They DO have poolside service for drinks and food…or just walk up there yourself and get it even quicker. I did notice two people smoking (over 4 days!), but we just didn’t sit near them, problem solved. Overall, an amazingly fun resort that is cheap in the summer, very pricey the rest of the year, but very worth it. Very few places in the country offer this much for kids to do, and my kids could not have been happier. I would go back every year if I could!
ok if you get a deal
We got a deal by previewing the timeshare. The resort is very spread out. We had just a rm rather than a 1BR. It was very small, handle on drawer broken already. The rm is set up poorly so that the bathrm door opens up to the rm and blocks any passage. The maid svc was spotty. The pool water was even too cold for kids at 76 degrees--heat it! The workout rm is also very small and actually house in 2 rms. It appears to cater to owners or the overflow there on business at the JW.
We stayed at the Villas for 5 nights during Spring Break with our 4 children . We had a 2 BR on the lower floor. The setup was a king bed in master and king bed with sofa sleeper in the 2nd BR. There was also a sofa sleeper in the LR. The condo was spacious and nice. There was a full kitchen and W/D in the room. The pool area was nice with bar, pool table, ping pong, chess set outdoors. We visited the JW pool area also. Very nice, lazy river, a little louder and more people than the Canyon pools. We thought the Canyons were in a good location with the Desert Ridge shops and restaurants just across the road. Scotsdale is the next exit off the highway with plenty of shopping, restaurants, entertainment. We had daily maid service and used the concierge for directions and info. Great place if traveling with the kids. We didn't use the golf course or hotel restaurants so I can't comment on them.
This hotel was great and the staff was outstanding. They also had shuttle service to the adjacent JW Resort. They treated everyone like Royalty. I went with my husband and kids. They were too big for the kiddy pool but wow what a pool. Not just a little pool but a huge pool for the little ones with whimsical figures spraying water and a water fountain arcade for the kids to run around in. The hotel had plenty of shade and never once was at loss of a great spot. The rooms were great and they had all the amenities of home including a washer and dryer in my room. The hotel was close to a great shopping, movies and fun, fun, fun, fun….
Dry Heat My ***
Stayed at the Desert Canyon Villas, went for husband's school, while he obtained his PhD in Administration, he took a week course out there...
"Rented a car..."
Drove out and saw beautiful deserts, wildfires, museums, and got off the beaten path a bit.
Mariott Desert Canyon Villas