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Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix (Unbound) REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix (Unbound) REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

Old Sep 13, 21, 9:09 am
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Any recent stays here? How does it compare to the Andaz Scottsdale?
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Old Oct 28, 21, 1:27 pm
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any recent stays?

Originally Posted by faroooq View Post
Any recent stays here? How does it compare to the Andaz Scottsdale?
Trying to decide between here, Andaz, Phoenician or JW Camelback.

Any chance of upgrade as Explorist? Don't need a major upgrade, just don't want the base room.
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Old Oct 28, 21, 1:46 pm
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Originally Posted by mstrg325 View Post
Trying to decide between here, Andaz, Phoenician or JW Camelback.

Any chance of upgrade as Explorist? Don't need a major upgrade, just don't want the base room.
I can't 100% say on upgrades but usually Andaz is less busy most of the time so you might have better odds. All of the hotels you mentioned are in different parts of town sort of. Not sure if you are looking to hang at the hotel the whole time or going out in about to places to eat but you should factor that a bit since ubers are getting pretty expensive here in the valley. If you are renting a car it won't matter as much.
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Old Oct 28, 21, 4:33 pm
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Originally Posted by mstrg325 View Post
Trying to decide between here, Andaz, Phoenician or JW Camelback.

Any chance of upgrade as Explorist? Don't need a major upgrade, just don't want the base room.
These are completely different properties, I think that's the first call to make, rather than focusing on potential upgrades. Royal Palms in particular is a totally different type of property compared to Andaz or Phoenician, with Camelback occupying a middle ground. I personally would choose Camelback first and Andaz last, though all four have their pluses and minuses, and personal preferences are really going to make a difference here.

I do agree with prior post that you're probably more likely to get an upgrade at Andaz as Explorist than at Royal Palms. I'm not a fan of the rooms at either property.
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Old Oct 31, 21, 11:34 am
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Ended up checking into the Royal Palms. I had a Casita style room, was not impressed with the room and we were unable to enjoy the property. Three weddings were going on that weekend. Ended up checking out and transferring over to the Andaz in Scottsdale. I was upgraded to the Sarinaan Suite and had a great time. If you are looking for a resort style property in the Hyatt portfolio. I much preferred the Andaz.
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Old Dec 27, 21, 8:41 am
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I am staying here for a one night stay and sadly Im glad Im not here any longer. We were upgraded from a base room to a camelback view room with a terrace on the ground floor. While the resort is very charming and intimate, the room is seriously showing its age.

However the bones of the building are the worst thing. We had a miserable night sleep as any movement from the rooms above reverberated and echoed horrendously loudly. Maybe we had a herd of elephants staying above us but the noise from the corridor was just as bad. A real shame.
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Old Feb 25, 22, 7:11 pm
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Just finished a spectacular one night stay here. I booked last minute and saw an Upgrade Premium Suite available on the app for $230 plus 9k points that booked directly into a Camelback View Spa Suite (vs 12k points for the Mission Palms, this seemed like a great deal). I was further upgraded before arrival into an Arcadia Villa. Sadly, the hotel was sold out for my second night so I could only book one here, and one at Mission Palms.

The Arcadia Villa was one of the most unique rooms and best upgrades Ive ever had. It had two private patios, both furnished, one with a fireplace and the other with a water feature. There was a full-size and cozy living room, bedroom with gas fireplace, and a huge bathroom with separate toilet and closet. The bathroom had a huge shower for two, connected to an outdoor shower. The villa backed up to Camelback Rd but I didnt find the noise to be a big deal; I didnt hear any noise at all in the bedroom with the door shut.

I was offered a glass of champagne at arrival and shortly after we reached our villa, a full bottle of cava and four cookies arrived. The service was universally friendly and prompt. The pool is heated but was a touch cold for my taste; I used the hot tub instead. The grounds are beautiful.

Breakfast is offered til 130. My family each had a drink and entree and shared a fruit plate and all charges were removed. Parking was $22. There are no sidewalks outside the main entrance so I dont think it would be feasible to walk anywhere. Checkout is noon. Finally, someone upthread mentioned the lack of children and I didnt see a single child other than my own; seemed like an older/business crowd here.

I had a great stay, too short at 18 hrs, and would love to return.


Living room


Bedroom with fireplace


Huge bathroom


Front patio; fireplace is in the far corner


Rear patio, with water feature


Welcome amenity: cava and cookies


Eggs Benedict; delicious
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Old Feb 25, 22, 7:21 pm
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Originally Posted by River in Sight View Post
Just finished a spectacular one night stay here. I booked last minute and saw an Upgrade Premium Suite available on the app for $230 plus 9k points that booked directly into a Camelback View Spa Suite (vs 12k points for the Mission Palms, this seemed like a great deal). I was further upgraded before arrival into an Arcadia Villa.
Nice upgrade! Surprising during high season. The grounds are lovely and the breakfast is excellent. Unfortunately, the condition of most rooms is pretty poor, so it's good you scored the upgrade :-)
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There are no sidewalks outside the main entrance so I dont think it would be feasible to walk anywhere.
Actually, if you turn right from the property, it's a very short walk down Camelback to N Arcadia Drive, turn right again, and it's a very pleasant neighborhood for walking on the south flank of Camelback Mountain, with excellent views as you climb. Or you can dash across Camelback, and you're in Arcadia, which is one of Phoenix's most pleasant neighborhoods for walking (with a rather unique Frank Lloyd Wright designed residence about 1/4 mile down Rubicon Rd.).
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Old Feb 25, 22, 8:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
Nice upgrade! Surprising during high season.
I was surprised as well. They were selling the base rooms for $700 and I couldnt figure out why they seemed to be giving away the Camelback Suite at $230 + 9k points, let alone how I scored a further upgrade. The check-in agent who escorted us to our room told us it was his very favorite room on the property.

Thanks for the tip on walking, we didnt see any sidewalks and it seemed a bit dicey to walk on that busy road. I will check out the neighborhoods you mention next time.
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Old Feb 25, 22, 10:06 pm
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Originally Posted by River in Sight View Post
They were selling the base rooms for $700 and I couldn’t figure out why they seemed to be giving away the Camelback Suite at $230 + 9k points
I've seen similar upgrade rates at this property before. Suspect it's a pricing error.

Originally Posted by River in Sight View Post
Thanks for the tip on walking, we didn’t see any sidewalks and it seemed a bit dicey to walk on that busy road. I will check out the neighborhoods you mention next time.
There's an unpaved shoulder and it only takes about a minute to reach N. Arcadia. The areas around Royal Palms are nice, but the very best for walking (and also great for running) is Paradise Valley, on the other side of Camelback, in the area around Sanctuary.
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