Rated 4 out of 5 by Mhg227 For a relaxing getaway
Recommend this hotel for a relaxing getaway. Nice pools and great spa. Concierge (GiGi) was also very helpful as was the onsite car rental. Wish there was better variety in dinner choices on site - there are a number of choices for lunch including spa, pool and golf club, but not so much for dinner.
February 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ponyguy Unexpected amenities at this resort
We're not seasoned travelers and we've never stayed at Sheraton before, so this company and its operations were new to us. I'll offer a few observations from an outsider's POV.
The resort is nicely located well away from the noise and congestion of the city and the Interstate... about a 3 mile drive winding along an access road graced with gently illuminated saguaro and allied desert foliage.
A couple of well-groomed Troon Golf courses surround the property, and the well-known Scottsdale import Rawhide replicated Western Town is a short bus/car ride away, or better yet, a boat ride down the replicated Gila River.
Our room was much more opulent than that to which we're accustomed. The hotel employees were attentive and courteous to a fault. A small refrigerator holds ample snacks, drinks and booze to the room, at a nominal additional fee.
We did not have occasion to visit the dining room, but the lounge was small enough to be comfortable, but capacious enough that no guest was forced to stand.
The pool area was a treat for the mermaid in our family, but in the winter season, aside from the hot bubble-spa, there should have been at least one heated pool out of the three or four.
Cell phone reception was terrible with my 3G AT&T iPhone4. Complementary W-Fi was offered in the lounge area, but in-room Wi-Fi came at a steep charge in excess of $12 per day; this is inexcusable, particularly when the cell phone service is spotty. Heck, almost every "less exclusive" competitor offers free Wi-Fi for its guests.
Parking is generous, but requires a bit of foot travel unless the valet service is invoked. I have a "Gimpy Tag" (handicapped parking) so, close-in parking for our rental car was easy.
In summation, this is a great place to spend a pampered week, especially if you want to get away from your telephone and hide from the rat race. There are, however a couple of blemishes that management could easily remedy, given appropriate impetus. A printed floor layout of the Main Resort building would have been a great help to those of us who have never been there before; the resort is quite large and spread out, so locating a given room is a challenge.
February 21, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Essi No respect for Platinum members?
So I came in late(11:45pm) on a Thursday evening and was informed by the person at the desk that they were busy that night and that, as a Platinum member, he could put me in small room that night and to come back to the front desk at noon the next day as there would be suites available.
Mind you, I didn't ask for the suite.
When I returned at 1:00pm on the Friday, I was told otherwise by the front desk. That person even had to go to the manager before telling me that I was given wrong guidance the night before. Now if this was a request from my end, I would completely understand that there was no availability, but don't offer me something and then take it away!
I cannot recommend a hotel that doesn't care about the fact that I only give my business to Starwood.
February 14, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by knbrown2010 Not for the price
The staff was amazing and the place was well kept, however the rooms are tiny! No fridge without a charge, the AC wasn't working and I paid $300 for double beds?!? Not even queens? I could have had the exact same room with a free fridge and microwave at a place half the cost. The pool was fun and nice, just extremely disappointed in the rooms. Not worth the money when looking for resort quality in your rooms.
February 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by esuperyc This hotel has great service
Good and fast shuttle bus to outlet. However, the hotel is far away from city downtown. It is not convenient for shopping without a car.
Food is tasty.
The Wi-Fi in the room is awful! The speed is very slow! But the Wi-Fi in the conference room is very fast.
February 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by QueenZip Excellect Hotel and Staff!
I stayed at the hotel for a LegalShield Business conference and the hotel exceeded my expectations! Very clean and a relax atmosphere with original artifact throughout the hotel. The ENTIRE STAFF from the front desk to the restaurants all are very friendly always asking is there something they can do to help (every department). The beds are so comfortable that you will try to figure out a way to take them home.
I got sick the last night of my stay an unfortunately had to go to the ER the staff made sure I got there and when checking out the next day they asked how I was doing...I thought that was very nice that not only did the agent as the desk remembered but cared enough to ask. as well as the driver that transported me there.
January 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by rlee Excellent but out of the way...
The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass is an excellent resort property with one exception, so incredibly remote so as not to be accessible to anything except the peace and quiet of the dessert. I have stayed at several properties in the area and this is the most remote. Cab fare to Old Scottsdale or Camelback, my favorite local spots for dining and exercise, are exorbitant, so if you want to be central, stay elsewhere. If you simply want a great place away from it all, stay here.
January 17, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by CoronaExtra I said I wouldn't recommend it, and I won't
My biggest issue is the total LACK of management contact. I've left a phone message and sent the GM 2 emails about the sewage smell that occurs throughout the day. Additionally, the housekeeping is poor, and room was dirty, including a pair of kids socks left under the ottoman, that house keeping missed. There is a spider web in one corner that is huge. Further, there are A LOT of mosquitos in the room. We kill 20-30 a day, and are not opening the doors. The seem to get in another way.
Positives, we received good Platinum recognition and a nice upgrade (expect for the filth and smell).
September 8, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by BusinessGuru Great for an intense business conference, not a lot of entertainment features
I attended this Resort for 2 nights for a business conference of 500 plus industry professionals. The Wild Horse Pass is a great meeting venue, but lacks access and opportunity for families seekiing family friendly entertainment. Great for meetings no distractions, only two restaurants on premises.so any sight seeing must be done via car rental or shuttle to a nearby native american casino. ,
February 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by katkat Super Relaxing
We've stayed at the Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa twice. It's super relaxing and beautiful and the staff is great. It's a great family getaway with lots of things to do. The highlights for us are the horse back riding and super fast winding pool slide. The only negatives for us was that the water in the pools was cold and there is basically nothing in the nearby town of Chandler so you are kind of stuck eating at the hotel restaurants... which are fine... except for the pool bar. Not great food there. But Tempe is about 15 minutes away and there are lots of restaurants there.
December 2, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by gczjr Beds
Got stuck with 2 double beds when I asked for a king for my wife and I. Was told none were available. People who arrived later received kings.
February 3, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Jemma911 A poor quality hotel--not a resort
Registration took over an hour because the registration staff had no knowledge about the package I purchased. The bathroom had bugs crawling around; the kiddie pool has not been cleaned in months and slippery/grime on bottom--could not allow my 2 yr old in. Paid for an extended check out (to 6 pm) but the key was turned off earlier as I went back to room about 3 pm only for the key to not work. Housekeeping let me in to get my things. There was no lotion or shampoo etc. The hairdryer had gunk/grime all over it. Found makeup under the bed. Staff was apologetic, but that was about it. Would not stay here. Really disappointed with Starwood on this hotel.
September 15, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Roger77 This facility can not handle multiple conventions.
There were 3 conventions at the same time. There are 3 restaurants on site, one only had 1 of it's 2 rooms open and a one hour wait, the other upscale restaraunt closed at 9 p.m. Brilliant there was 400 people on site. After a long day of travel we had to eat at the bar. Not a good start. We came for breakfast the next day there was a 45 minute wait. We had to get something from the Starbucks stand. Great.
Our room wasn't vacuumed once.
We got three towels each day, HELLO their are two people staying in the room! The maid never gave us a new bag for the ice bucket. I would never go back to this hotel. and they wanted to charge $20.00 to work out.
May 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by RainZone151 Great views of open spaces
We have stayed at this hotel several times now and we always enjoy our stay. The location is away from the freeway and there is much quiet and solitude available.
The staff is very friendly and attentive, from check-in through check-out. They attend to your every request.
Our kids love the pools. They seem to keep only one of the pools heated. And, unfortunately, unlike the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, the water slide is not heated. My kids were bummed that it was ice cold!! Also, the Jacuzzi could be at a hotter temperature. We like to escape the cold up in the Pacific NW in the Spring and Fall...but when AZ is chilly, heating the water slide is a must for the kids to have fun.
Overall, would recommend this hotel...just be aware of the pool temperature issues...especially if you're traveling with kids.
November 17, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by culliganperson disappointed
When we arrived we only had one hour to eat and go to our meeting. the 2 available restaraunts were full... 45 minute wait. We felt trapped at your location with limited choices. The food, coffee, tea , etc.. that you supplied for our conference was cleared away too soon... We arrived at breakfast at 7:40am and everything was gone. we paid ALOT but received very little.... We should have been able to use the exercise facilities at the very least. Disappointing
February 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tiff Great place for families
If you have kids, this is the place for you. Come for a weekend of fun and sign your kids up for the lego adventure weekend. Start Friday off with an ice cream social for the kids and smores when the sun starts to set. Saturday wake up, eat breakfast and drop the kids off at lego adventure at 9:30am and pick them up at 3:30pm. While they are having a blast, the moms went to the spa for a massage and facial, and hung out by the private pool, while the dads went golfing. Saturday after you pick up the kids, spend some family time by the pool and watch the Saturday night movie by the pool. Sunday wake up get packed and head out to the pool for some early morning fun, before checkout at noon. Did I mention they have a kid activity every hour by the pool, or close by. Great weekend for everyone, we had 4 adults and 6 kids ages 4 to 10.
August 2, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by DT80 Always Near Perfect
This has long been a favorite resort of mine in the Phoenix area. It is just so nicely laid out and built for relaxation. I love the walking trail and use it every morning to start my day. The staff here is also about the friendliest you will find anywhere. They all go above and beyond to please the guests. The pool area is great for both kids and adults, and is so large that you never feel crowded. The 2 golf courses on site at Whirlwind Golf Club are outstanding and run by Troon Golf. The resort is a bit out of the way, south of Phoenix on the outskirts of Chandler, but it works for me. Every bit of civilization is just minutes away on Chandler Blvd, and Ray Road.
April 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by azranger Refreshing
Everyone at the hotel was so nice and accommodating. They really went out of their way to ensure we were enjoying our stay.
The Spa and golf courses were incredible.
This was our second time staying at the Wild Horse Pass Sheraton....So looking forward to our next getaway there....
September 2, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by AEvisitor Disappointing stay
I spent 6 nights here for a business conference and was let down several times. My stay started with an underwhelming check in process where my initial room was in a horrible location sold to me as 'great access', I switched rooms without a problem- many in our party weren't so fortunate. My first meal on site left us waiting 90 mins without food or an explanation, forcing some people to be late to meetings- no offers we're made until we demanded the meal be comped.
The following day I realized I was automatically signed up for the green program and had to request to be removed.
Through out the week there were several more examples- at one point I had to drive someone to the emergency room, the from desk didn't show any concern and barely even helped by giving directions. The food quality was mediocre at best with very few vegetarian options.
My cell service was awful and the wifi was even worse, this is not a location to try to conduct business.
January 25, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by kkrohner Money Vacuum... Once youre there, they have you and they push their limits...
I have stayed 25 nights in Starwood properties in Shanghai, Detroit, Phoenix, within the past month.
After a month of travel I took two days to stay at this hotel with my girlfriend for some well needed R & R.
Upon arrival, my SPG status was recognized and I was upgraded to a better view. Upon checkout though, I learned that this upgrade was not complementary and my rate increased by $70/night + taxes.
Also at arrival, I was advised I had complementary internet. Upon Checkout, I was charged $50 and told that SPG Gold does NOT receive complementary wifi. Not correct. I explained I had travelled extensively with SPG, but Billy assured me I was wrong. He did take it off, but I was still wrong.
We also used the equestrian facility, which was wonderful, Roger is fantastic, I highly recommend. Funny thing tho, upon checking out, I was charged for both incoming calls and outgoing call (which was transferred from the hotel operator). SO I pay for the calls to use their service which I am paying for.
We had a couples massage at the SPA, the spa was great, highly recommend.
After the spa, we ordered in room service. We got an equivalent of a $40 Chili's or Applebees meal for $107 including $17.60 service charge. The chicken was $28 for a 1/4 piece of chicken on rice. The Salad was 5 pieces of lettuce. The bread does not come with the meal, but they did bring to us eventually because we complained that no one told us.
Overall, here is my advice. Check your bill. It seems that this is a game. They say its complementary then they charge you to see if you are paying attention. I found higher integrity in China and would have never expected to be treated with this.
Seriously, they pee on your shoes and tell you it's raining.
Also, they double billed my AMEX.
When you call for a manager, they don't have one available, and they will not call you back.
When you complain to Starwood, like I did, they wont record the complaint.
I went through this with Billy at the front desk yesterday, Billy who likes to connect about San Diego Baseball.
This is real, this is a real complaint.
After spending $15-20,000 with SPG in the past month, I think I will be going back to Expedia.
At least I know what I am dealing with there. Not a rouse that we are important but at the end of the day, no one cares about SPG status, only your dollars and cents. Loyalty Smoyalty. Means nothing to them.
Kevin. Starwood Member since July 2013 - 51,384 pts.
November 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by WineAdvisoryGroup Great Resort
Wild Horse Pass is a great place and 's a fabulous place to come with the family... and having tried it a few months beforehand, my new "go-to" place when going to the Phoenix area. The resort is very relaxing, the food is superb, the rooms excellent (although be careful to request a room near the elevators if you can't walk very far... as the place is VERY spread out). There is also a very special high-end restaurant there called KIA (dinner only) that is one of the best spots in AZ...maybe the best... fantastic food and service... a Mobil 5 star! The regular "all day" place is the typical hotel fare... and very good. Enjoy the morning coffee in lobby... so peaceful.
The kids will love the pool area and slide, the horseback riding (extra fee), and a load of kids activities... all listed on their web site... or call concierge. When you check in you get an event calendar so you can plan your day. Also, great golf course right on the property.
The staff here is super friendly and aim to please.
October 22, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gold1 Family Favourite
Spent 2 nights at the Sheraton Wild Horse Resort & Spa during spring break.
These two days were spent almost exclusively on resort except for some evening shopping. My family experienced most of the amenties, kids activiites, Aja spa and restaurants during our stay in the desert.
It is a great place to experience a desert landscape in complete luxury - and escape the action of the city. The Wild Horse Resort has been a family favourite hotel - this was our third visit in the past 3 years.
We like the pools, the resort grounds (both the walking trails and stunning high desert landscaping), the spa, the very comfortable rooms (decor, heavenly beds, large bathroom and balcony) and the resort amenties.
In particular, my kids enjoyed:
the swim up movie night, the pools / water slide, wildlife on property (ducks, herons, humming birds, etc), the desert landscape, smores fire and the proximity to the purple mountains and horse stables
My wife enjoyed:
> the Aja spa (excellent facility with great offering), resort amenities and breakfast offering.
I enjoyed the great service (at all points of our stay), the room and the manicured grounds.
The only area of concen was the pool temperature. We have been here 2 other times and the pools were much warmer....
It is a big deal when you have a young family escaping a winter climate for the Arizona sun.
May 18, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Yogi Fine food and Golf - absent courtesy and hospitality
First, the good - the food at the restaurants - even the grill at the adjacent golf courses is terrific.
Also, each of the two golf courses played beautifully - great resort courses.
The bag and cart guys were very responsive and did a fine job taking care of the clubs - getting them cleaned, loaded, stored: all good.
The spa staff was friendly and the services there were good.
Now, the not so good - botched reservations - no SPG Platinum recognition, nothing. it took several hours for the desk to fix the reservation - had to move rooms - never got it right - all wasted time.
If you are in a room with an adjoining door - you can hear EVERYthing that happens next door - I experienced this as did the couple we met in our golf foursome.
Totally (and I mean totally) absent managerial staff - no one available to return a call from the front desk, to the concierge, to the hotel manager (the latter-most was emailed.)
Hotel service: making the rooms, emptying trash, slow or worse waitstaff, and the Troon pro shop was not at all helpful.
Three of the four main pools were not heated - ICE cold.
Despite reaching out several times to the staff, the response was typically confusion, misinformation, or silence.
I would return to play the courses at Whirlwind but would avoid staying at the hotel.
So sorry to say, but with so many Starwood options in and around Phoenix - think twice, or three times about Wild Horse Pass.
January 3, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Michael2014 Very pleasant stay
I needed a nice break and reached out fairly last minute to plan a few nights stay for friends and myself. The agent was very helpful in obtainin the best possible deal and adding an additional stay on that same night.
January 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Michael2014 Very Helpful
The stay was very pleasant and comfortable. Nice break. The Agent was very helpful in ensuring all needed accomodations were fulfilled within very short notice. A bit pricey, but would stay there again!
January 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by KWeshocks 3rd stay
We stayed one night this time to ease an early airport drop off at PHX. As platinum members we have been upgraded the other 2 stays, but were told the hotel was full. There was also no late check out for the same reason. I wish I had known this information on check-in as it made the logistics difficult for an airport pick-up later in the day.
We like this hotel and will return but will check the occupancy first to make sure there are fewer issues.
The hotel is quiet and restful and we have loved the spa and pools. We would like to return for a special occasion and try Kai.
March 14, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by LJ15 Wonderful staff and service levels
The hotel staff were all wonderful and did everything possible to make my stay a comfortable one. They were friendly, responsive, and attentive. The hotel itself was very pretty in that "Southwestern" way with beautiful expansive views from the entire lobby and bar area. The rooms were clean and comfortable and had everything one would need. The grounds were beautiful and well kept, and the walking trail through the desert was absolutely fantastic! Pool area looked very nice, and it was great that they stayed open until 11pm.
October 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bikinaz Best Staycation in town
I usually stay at least one weekend a year in a local resort in Phoenix for a family fun staycation. My wife and I have noticed that we always ended up compared our stays to the Wild Horse Pass Resort. After our second stay here I now remember why.
This resort is the best bet within 15 miles of Ahwatukee. The beds our fantastic. Every employee I ran into was very friendly and wanted to help you. Even a gal I ran into at the back employee entrance while walking my dog in the middle of the night was nice.
My only complaint which is really trivial and just searching to find fault, is there is no FoxSportsAZ network in the hotel. I find this strange too, because they are a sponsor at the ballpark. If you're a Dbacks fan, bring your radio.
June 17, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Seattleboys POOLS TOO COLD
My three boys and I came down to Chandler to see Grandma during their mid winter break from school. Grandma's pool is not heated at her house, so we decided to stay at the Wild horse for a few days to play in the pools and use the water slides. Unfortunately, the pools were too cold to play for any extended time in, and the boys spent their time running from the slides to the hot tubs.
I was also disappointed that the Wi-fi in the rooms was not complimentary, even to a Starwood Preferred Guest!
The boys did enjoy the Horseback riding...at $65/hr. each!
February 20, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by NonfatLatte Poor Service ruined this visit
My expectations are high as a Platinum member; especially for a resort property. My room was not ready when I arrived and I waited 2.5 hours for it. I was promised I'd be called when it was ready and it did not happen. Consequently, I missed Thanksgiving dinner with my family.
The room service was also unbelievably bad. Staff is amateurish, botching orders and leaving plastic wrap on food and beverages. One time I ordered food for 3 and the service person did not bring a cart. Wanted me to clear the desk. Besides the fact that my work items and PC were on the desk, 3 people couldn't eat at the desk. She acted indignant.
I was amazed at the poor service quality overall
December 15, 2013