Modern units have full kitchens with separate dining and living areas and laundry facilities
Pretty grounds with furnished terraces and stainless steel grills
Agave, the Arizona Spa, has 20 treatment rooms
Small fitness center on-site
Adults-only and children’s pools, and the Adventure Water Park has a waterslide and board sport simulator
Plenty for tots including a kids' club, outdoor foosball, billiards, and a big chess set
One on-site casual restaurant, and five off-site options nearby at the neighboring Westin Kierland Resort
Shuttle bus to Kierland Commons’ shops and restaurants
Free parking and free Wi-Fi
High prices at the on-site restaurant
Spa is actually located at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
Some complaints of persistent timeshare sales pitches
Some public areas have worn furniture and can seem a bit untidy
Limited on-site dining options
The 298-room Westin Kierland Villas is an upscale timeshare outpost of the Starwood chain. It has an excellent location just outside Scottsdale, a kid-friendly swimming area, an adults-only pool, and Agave, the Arizona Spa. The villas are comfortable and modern with full kitchens, laundry facilities, showers with twin showerheads, and spacious balconies. This is a hotel with an informal atmosphere as opposed to the more formal competitors in this steep price class. Although there is little to complain about, certain competing hotels such as the Phoenician offer more restaurant options on-site activities, as well as larger grounds. Additionally, the persistent timeshare presentations may drive guests to the surrounding properties. Wi-Fi and parking are both free.
Informal villa property with quietly elegant character
Westin Kierland Villas is aimed at the well-heeled leisure or business traveler. Dwarfed by its sister hotel down the street (Westin Kierland Resort), the Westin Kierland Villas has an informal, quietly elegant character. The lobby features dark wood columns, earthy beige and brown southwestern tones, and framed works of art highlighting the region. Businessmen will appreciate the many tables in the lobby and outdoors for informal meetings. In the open courtyard there are countless cabanas and additional seats for those to enjoy the sunny atmosphere and stainless steel BBQ grills (not those standalone coal grills at most resorts) for day or night cookouts. Grounds around the buildings and facilities are well planned and landscaped with paved paths, cacti gardens, and sandy fire pits along with billiards, giant chess, and foosball areas. The atmosphere is family-friendly and relaxed.
On the edge of the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa grounds, across the way from Kierland Commons, and a 30-minute drive to Scottsdale
These villas are in a mixed residential-business
area that is located in a high-end district known as Kierland. The Kierland
Golf Course hugs the hotel property around the northern corners, while streets
and neighborhoods surround the rest of the hotel. This is a convenient location
for both business and leisure travelers, as there is plenty of shopping and
dining at the nearby Kierland Commons, including The Cheesecake Factory, P.F.
Changs, and Morton’s, The Steakhouse. The resort is about a 20- to 30-minute
drive from downtown Scottsdale. For dining down in that area, a few
notable venues are The Mission, Culinary Dropout, Cowboy Ciao, and Olive &
Ivy. The Phoenix Sky Harbor
International Airport is approximately 30 minutes from the villas,
depending on traffic.
Villas with full kitchens, in-room laundry facilities, showers with twin showerheads, and balconies
Villas at the Westin are quiet, roomy, and clean. The decor is contemporary and tasteful with clean lines, wood furniture, and stone tiled bathrooms. This may be a good option for families as units are well-equipped with full kitchens, washer/dryers, comfortable eating areas, flat-screen TVs, and furnished outdoor balconies/patios. Kitchens have stoves, microwaves, refrigerators, dishwashers, coffeemakers, and toasters. Bathrooms are clean and spacious. There are large vanity mirrors, towels, toiletries, and robes. Showers have dual showerheads, while the separate tubs are large and have jets. The one-bedroom villas have 543 square feet of space and comfortably sleep groups of four, while the one-bedroom premium villas are larger, at 871 square feet of space. Wi-Fi is free.
Separate adult and children’s pools, spa, golf course, gym, and outdoor gas grills
This Westin outpost has a number of facilities that are shared with the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. But those that are exclusive to the villa guests include the fitness center, separate adult and children’s swimming pools and waterslide, private cabanas, bicycle rentals, and gas BBQ grills. The fitness center is well-equipped with weights, benches, and cardio machines with individual TV screens. For activities outdoors, concierge services offers running maps of the area surrounding the property and hosts group runs. There are also bike rentals available on-site. Outdoor activities include the separate adults-only pool and children’s pool with waterslide. Both pool areas are generous with sun loungers and umbrellas that can help beat the desert heat. Cabanas are the nicer option, but those are available via reservations and the space can fill up rather quickly and early. The kids' club staff offers supervised activities out by the water and also indoors with arts and crafts. The McDowell Market & Grill is the only restaurant/dining option on the property and it is limited. This space has more of a marketplace/cafe setup than a casual restaurant, but it does have a nicer outdoor area with bigger tables, more seating, and a bar to the side. The gas grills are the more fun alternative for those hoping to have cookouts. Wi-Fi is free.
Facilities that aren’t exclusive to villa guests are the spa services at Agave, The Arizona Spa, which is located in the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, and the golf course. The spa has a full treatment menu, 20 treatment rooms, a full-service hair salon, sauna, and whirlpool. The gym at this resort also offers workout classes. For golf, there are three nine-hole courses to create 18-hole combinations and a Pro Shop. There is also a water park on-site with tubing, a 110-foot-long waterslide, and a Flowboarding area that simulates waves. One thing to note: While the water park is advertised as a family-friendly spot, many parents have complained of rowdy adults and large groups drinking around the area.
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