December 10, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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Carefree Resort & Conference Center in Carefree, Arizona

Situated on 23 acres peppered with desert wildflowers, towering Saguaro, and Prickly Pear Cacti, the aptly named Carefree Resort & Conference Center is an authentic Southwestern retreat for those in need of rest and relaxation. Carefree Resort & Conference Center's 228 lavish guest room accommodations envelope you in architectural elements that celebrate both the Sonoran Desert and the tropical oasis of the resort's lush setting. Choose from spacious Sonoran Suites or palatial Resort and Premier Rooms.

Begin the day perfecting your backswing on one of the resort's five lighted championship tennis courts before slipping into one of the half-dozen treatment rooms at The Spa at Carefree for a tantalizing out-of-body spa experience. Choose from an array of desert inspired massages and body polishes that will help you unwind and set a perfectly peaceful tone for the remainder of your stay. Then, tempt your taste buds with traditional, yet innovative cuisine from thick, juicy steaks to succulent seafood dishes at The Lariat restaurant. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Lariat takes your dining experience to the next level with a warm ambiance and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. For those who prefer a refreshing al fresco experience, outdoor dining is offered on the Sunset Terrace, which overlooks the resort's gorgeous Serenity Pool and Botanical Garden. Indulge in a delicious nightcap in the Lounge's casual setting before returning to the decadence of your own personal oasis in the desert.

Location of Carefree Resort & Conference Center

Carefree Resort & Conference Center
37220 Mule Train Road
Carefree, Arizona

Nearest Airport: SCF

Amenities for Carefree Resort & Conference Center

  • General Information
  • 228 Guest Rooms
  • Dining
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Shuttle Service
  • Spa on Property
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Fitness Center
  • WiFi
  • Bicycle Rental
  • 2 Pools and a Children's Pool
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Tennis Courts
  • Car Rental
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Luxury Linens
  • Activities
  • Hiking
  • Tennis
  • Nature Walks
  • Business
  • Conference Facilities
  • Family
  • Cribs
  • Rollaway Beds
  • Nearby
  • Shopping
  • Art Galleries
  • Museums
  • Interests
  • Active & Adventure
  • Culture & Arts
  • Educational
  • Golf
  • Summer Getaways

Reviews for Carefree Resort & Conference Center

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a huge room, a king premier room which overlooked the pool. I loved walking around the botanical gardens on the grounds. Unfortunately it never stopped raining the entire time I was here. The buildings weren't connected by a hallway so we had to walk in the pouring rain. The restaurant was lacking and a bit expensive. There was a fitness center across the street and there was a little sundry area in the lobby. I stayed here back in the 1980s when this place was a small desert hideaway. The lobby was large and spacious. There are not too many restaurants in the area.

angeleyes27 - Marlton, New Jersey

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thought we were booking direct with the hotel, but somehow booked through, and were not aware that the hotel was undergoing renovations (was not shown on's website) until we arrived after dark to find the front entrance blocked off, and signage directing us to the parking lot and a lighted valet stand to led to a walkway that wound around the back of the hotel to where you check in. This hotel was recommended by family in the area and we have other family that often stays at the hotel when visiting, but they were not aware of the construction either and were rather upset when they came to see us and found the place littered with connex boxes, areas roped off, open trenches outside, and the construction going on. Due to the construction we did not have access to the main dining area, and during our meals in the daytime there was construction noise, traffic, and dust in the area of the bar/lounge being used for meals, and generally at the main portion of the hotel. A patio off of the main restaurant that overlooks the pool was also not usable due to the construction activity. You were required to walk around to the back of the hotel for check in and check out, about 50' - 75' down a rear walkway and up a flight of steps. The plantings in and around our portion of the hotel were dug up with a staked out / flagged trench, where evidently they were installing new communication lines but remained as such for the duration of our stay. is contracted with Carefree for booking rooms, but it appears as though we paid higher daily room rates booking through them than what Carefree is currently charging for rooms (based on day of week, and room type comparable to what we stayed in), and when this was brought to the attention of the hotel staff they were willing to remove the resort fees, but said that they could not do anything more about the room rates we paid through But for the cigarette butts strewn about the grass off our patio, the room was clean and comfortable. The smaller pool adjacent to the section of the hotel we were in, not the main pool, was looking a little green with algae, so we opted not to take in a swim, and we were out most of the day visiting relatives so it was only early in the day or evenings we would have been able to use it, when it was too cool to do so anyway. We had trouble connecting to the wifi at our location, which again was not the main hotel, but in the rooms across the street from the main hotel. We contacted the front desk and they promptly sent over an engineer, who rebooted the router, but it still didn't work, and we had to connect to another router in the building next door but that only worked if we were in the living room and not in the bedroom of the two room suite we stayed in. The engineer did confirm it wasn't our devices and was their equipment, as we tested it on a cell phone, a tablet, and a pc and it didn't work on any, unless we were in the one half of the suite closest to the building next door even though the router in our building was directly behind the wall in the room next to us. I would normally just use the hotspot on my phone, but the cell service is limited in the rooms as you might expect with concrete and thickness of the walls. The bar/lounge where meals were served was never busy, so we were always able to get a table, and service there was friendly and prompt. The food was good, and they had a good selection, except I had a slightly under cooked Sea Bass at one of our meals. They had a good selection of wine, but limited number of beers, only one or two craft beers (a pale ale, and a stout) to choose from, and when I asked about it they said they were only carrying a limited selection due to the construction. We don't know if it was normal or related to the construction, but we had a cold shower one morning, and slow draining sinks and toilets, with a clog in one of the toilets that had to be cleared by maintenance staff. There are a number of hotel choices in the area, and we opted to stay here because it was recommended by family that lives in the area because it is conveniently located to them and they had good past experience in recommending people to the hotel. But they said they will think twice about recommending it again to others, or at least check to see that it isn't under renovations first. Don't book through, their website is somewhat deceptive in that you may think you're booking direct, particularly if you're using a tablet device, because there is only a small banner at the top that indicates it is hotelsone's website and even then if you've never booked with Carefree before you may not be 100% sure this isn't the site they use for bookings.

Tim S - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arriving at Carefree Resort it looked impressive with immaculately maintained gardens surrounding the main hotel and suites/chalets. We were allocated a ground floor room off the main hotel directly overlooking the small swimming pool for our 1 night stay. We arrived early evening and, the room was in full sun and extremely hot. We closed the shades and switched on the tall floor fan to cool it down (this made no difference). We were in the room only a short time and made sure the air conditioning was switched on before going out for the evening. Unfortunately we returned to the room very late that night to discover the air conditioning wasn't working, quickly realising that both the tall and desk fan (which didn't work), were provided to compensate for the lack of air conditioning!!! The room itself was OK, a little tired, dark and gloomy. The bed was very comfortable, bathroom spacious and a bonus to have two sinks. All surface areas appeared to be clean, but questionable whether there was a build up of limescale or soap scum on the dark tiled shower walls! We also discovered some leftover pizza slices on the top shelf of the refrigerator ! We enjoyed the hot/cold buffet which was reasonably priced (from memory $38 USD for both). Overall impression of this resort - lacks attention to detail - rooms should not be allocated without working air con! We were part of a tour and glad it was only a 1 night stay.

SharpKitty - Dumfries

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed here over Labor Day weekend with others attending my niece's wedding. It was perfect. I loved my room which looked out on the Opera House. Yes, it was outdated, but clean. I understand the resort is undergoing a renovation. The pool area was lovely. The wedding reception was held in the restaurant near the bar. My chicken dinner was fantastic. Real carrots and real whipped potatoes. The kitchen staff did a great job. I just felt that all staff were so friendly and kind. I used the complimentary shuttle to get to a salon and church on Sunday.

Jujube52 - Bowling Green, Ohio

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

We stayed one night for the kickoff of a Classic Car Caravan. The resort is undergoing much-needed renovations so it was a little difficult to navigate and find the check-in area. Staff seemed friendly enough and helped the elderly in the group with their luggage, however golf carts would have been helpful to shuttle folks to the parking lot. We enjoyed an all-you-can eat buffet dinner and breakfast in the Opera Hall, which was good (not spectacular). The Hall offers plenty of space for organizations and large groups. There was about 50-60 people in our group. The sound system echoed and half the room couldn't hear the speaker so eventually we stopped using it. The scenery is beautiful and it's very quite and peaceful at the resort. Love the walk-in shower and large counters. The rooms were very large and spacious but the iPod station was outdated and therefore useless for charging our iPhone 5/6. And for the price, the rooms should include a mini fridge. Hopefully these amenities will be added with the renovations.

MichelleJC7747 - Scottsdale, Arizona

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