Stayed at the Hilton Tapatillo Cliffs?

Old Jan 9th, 2002, 09:58 AM
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Stayed at the Hilton Tapatillo Cliffs?

I am planning to stay at the Hilton Tapatillo Cliffs in Scottsdale this April. Can anyone share their experience with this hotel? Will have a 6 year old with us - are their fun things for kids?
Old Jan 9th, 2002, 10:17 AM
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It's a beautiful, great place! They had a remarkable Sunday brunch when I was there (of course that was about 10 years ago!)
Old Jan 9th, 2002, 11:31 AM
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I stayed there a few years ago. It is nice and your kids will love the pool. One of the other Hilton's has a much bigger slide. I beleive that you are allowed to visit that resort, if you chose.

There is a desert hiking trail that you can access near the tennis courts. It is a very easy walk and after just a few minutes, your really away from any "civilization."

You might just want to be aware that this resort is fairly big and some rooms can be quite a distance from the pool. As the resort builds uphill, you might have quite a hike back from the pool.

There are a few buildings that are closer to the main building and the pool, if this is an issue for you.
Old Jan 9th, 2002, 11:42 AM
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If you're talking about the Hilton Tapatio in Phoenix -- I stayed there 2 years ago. It's very nice, all rooms are suites, has a number of pools and a water slide. There were no kid-specific activities or amenities that I recall. However, Point Hilton Squaw Peak, also in Phoenix, is more family and children oriented (see Hilton's web site) if that's important.
Old Jan 9th, 2002, 11:52 AM
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I haven't stayed there, but I drive past it on my way to work every day. It's a beautiful property. However, it's not very convenient to all of the shops and restaurants in Scottsdale, it's at least a half an hour's drive away (and that's with no traffic). And it's in north central Phoenix, not Scottsdale.
Old Jan 10th, 2002, 05:09 PM
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Tapatio Cliffs is in Phoenix; not necessarily near Scottsdale.
Hilton Squaw Peak is closer to Scottsdale
Old Jan 10th, 2002, 06:45 PM
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I stayed at Tapatio Cliffs last year, and much of the literature actually refers to it being in Scottsdale. Whatever the case, it is a decent family place with nice rooms. Several pools, but other than that you might want to venture out a couple times. There are some nice hiking/horse trails accesible from the resort that can provide a very nice stroll. My one gripe was the price of the resort restaurants. I don't expect bargains at a resort, but Tapatio food was higher priced than my other experiences.
Old Jan 13th, 2002, 05:15 PM
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We have stayed there with our kids (ages 10 and 13 now) for spring break for the past three years. The pool is lovely and has a great waterslide and a waterfall. They also have pool "floats" and "noodles" available for the kids to use. There is a small game room with video games. There are some nice trails to walk on in the nature preserve that the hotel is located on. They also have a stable and you can do a horseback ride out into the desert (though a six-year-old may be too young for that). There are several restaurants to choose from, which is nice with kids. It is a lovely place and all the rooms are suites. We did look at the Pointe Hilton at Squaw Peak which does have more kid activities, but seems to be a much busier place in a not-as-pretty location. Let me know if I can give you more information. Tapatio Cliffs is a beautiful place. One suggestion. . when you check in, request a room closer to the main pool so that your little one won't have to walk so far. It's pretty spead-out.
Old Jan 14th, 2002, 01:19 PM
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Hmmm..I have mostly good things to say about Tapatio Cliffs, but my experience there was not great. The good: I thought the rooms were spacious and very comfortable. I think all are some form of a suite and very comfortable. The pool and grounds are very beautiful and the walk around the Spanish looking complex is very nice. The bad: We had to drive to the main pool from high upon the hill where our room was.. they aren't kidding about "cliffs". We stayed in 3 different rooms and the air conditioning running along the ceilings leaked terribly in all 3. We kept calling to complain and maintenance would make us leave and come back until finally they would just move us. Then the same thing happened in each room. It was unusually humid when we were there, so that was part of it, but when I say it leaked, it was like someone was "peeing" a stream from the ceiling. Not just an occasional drip. The last room did this over near the mini bar so at least it didn't keep me awake or "rain" on me, but I am not sure what the deal was with this. Fortunately the folks at Hilton were very accomodating and we paid almost nothing to stay there. Service was excellent, and they even sent us a tray of fruit and cheeses for our inconvenience. Another downside as stated in other posts is that the hotel is not particularly close to very much, but then again, most stuff to do around Phoenix requires you to drive anyway.
Old Jan 14th, 2002, 01:30 PM
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We stayed there about 7 years ago. It's a great place for kids.

They had an all you could drink happy hour that went on for quite a while. It was part of the room charge. They probably don't have it anymore.
Old Jan 16th, 2002, 11:39 AM
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Thanks for the posts regarding this hotel. My husband and I and our 8 year old son will be staying there next week. We will definately ask for a room closer to the pool. Thanks for the information. I will post again after my trip and give you my opinion.


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