"Nice hotel! Staff overall was very friendly! Most impressed with the dining room and the food! Housekeeping was very friendly but had to call a couple ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sat 18 Feb 2017

Enter dates to see availability

Hotel Description

A family-friendly stay in Carefree awaits you at Carefree Resort & Conference Center. Within steps you'll find Desert Forest Golf Club and Carefree Desert Gardens and Sundial within a 20-minute stroll. Highlights at this resort include 2 outdoor swimming pools, a full-service spa, and a restaurant.

You can enjoy flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and all 204 rooms feature free WiFi, balconies or patios, and coffee/tea makers. Nice touches to enhance your stay include designer toiletries and premium bedding. Room service, free weekday newspapers, and free local calls are also available.

A relaxing visit to The Spa at Carefree can include deep-tissue massages and hot stone massages along with facials, body treatments, and aromatherapy. The restaurant, The Lariat, is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. For a drink, you can stop by the resort's own bar/lounge. Enjoy the 5 outdoor tennis courts, fitness center and spa tub plus access to bike rentals. 30000 square feet (2787 square meters) of event facilities include 22 meeting rooms and a conference center, and other business amenities include a 24-hour business center and limo/town car service. Plus you'll find free WiFi in public areas, concierge services, and a 24-hour front desk. Each morning cooked-to-order breakfast is served between 6 AM and 11 AM. There's also free valet parking, along with the convenience of a free area shuttle.

With a stay at this 3.5-star Carefree resort, you'll be 4.2 km (2.6 mi) from Boulders Golf Club and 4.5 km (2.8 mi) from Cave Creek Museum.

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max
$110 per night

Premier Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Premier Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Suite, 2 Double Beds (Sonoran)

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Suite, 1 King Bed (Sonoran)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Carefree Resort & Conference Center ratings based on 28 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.7 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0
2 out of 5

Very Disappointed

Checked into filthy room, Changed rooms (positive). Search for item left in first room took 3 tries over 2 days. No poolside service even with Cabanna rental. Poor restaurant service for poolside food. Help very unwilling to deliver, when they did food was fridged, but did replace. No poolside facilities, have to go thru lobby also to get to bar and restaurant. Flat out mediocre experience.

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017

Was this review helpful to you?
Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 21, 2017 by Gloria, Front Office Assistant Manager

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback. We have taken your comments and shared them with our staff. I'm sorry your experience wasn't what you were expecting.

3 out of 5

Honest room service, the rest was so-so

Pros: pool
Cons: food prices and showers!
Location: Cave creek is a very nifty little town and just a hop skip and a jump away from carefree.
We stayed here for a night since my husband rode in the rodeo Sunday. Overall a pretty hotel, very disappointed in the shower quality, you would think with the amount of my they spent to lay all that beautiful tile that they would actually upgrade the shower heads, TERRIBLE showers. When I got there two of the 3 ladies helping us were super friendly the other; who I'm thinking was a manager. She decided to have an attitude with me over us purchasing our hotel through Travelocity, not cool. Food was very overpriced. Nice pool and hot tub. And the best part of this was that my husband left a very valuable item of ours in the drawer and the cleaning service did the right thing and took it to the front desk which we are beyond thankful for. The biggest issue with this was the front desk didn't call to let us know they had received our belonging!! It was until my husband remembered we left it when we were 60 miles out already! We are glad they returned it with no problems but they didn't call to say they had it?? Something about that just seems fishy.

Posted by , from New Mexico on Apr 3, 2017

Was this review helpful to you?
Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 7, 2017 by Gloria, Front Office Assistant Manager

Hello A, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback. We will work hard to resolve the issues experienced. I'm glad you enjoyed our pool and hot tub. Come visit us again soon.

4 out of 5
Nice hotel! Staff overall was very friendly! Most impressed with the dining room and the food! Housekeeping was very friendly but had to call a couple times when items weren't replenished!

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017

Was this review helpful to you?
Comment from Hotel Management

Feb 28, 2017 by Gloria, Front Office Assistant Manager

Hello, We're happy to hear you enjoyed your stay overall. Come see us again soon!

3 out of 5

Nothing expectacular

Location: There are plenty of things to do, but I wasn't there for leisure.
I stayed a week at this hotel during a recent conference. The hotel is clean but needs updating, and could use more handicapped access. There were a substantial number of people staying at the hotel, but they were not prepared to handle it, or did not have enough staff. At the restaurant we ordered lunch and waited two hours before being served, which made us late to return to conference. This hotel has potential but needs to keep up with times, and provide sufficient staff during busy times.

Posted by , from California on Oct 24, 2016

Was this review helpful to you?
Comment from Hotel Management

Nov 1, 2016 by Gloria, Front Office Assistant Manager

Hello Mia, We have taken your notes and passed them on to management. We hope you enjoyed your stay, and will come back to see us again soon. Thank you.

5 out of 5

Nice Resort

Pros: Clean and staff was great, plus oved the location.
Location: Great view of mountains and very quiet, no traffic sounds. Easy access to shopping but Carefree and Cave Creek had lots of unique eateries and shops.
The resort is located about 35 miles north of Phoenix. Great mountain views and very peaceful. There is lots of local eateries and unique shops that aren't overcrowded with people. There is a restaurant onsite with a tasty menu anytime. Also had nice business center which was great for checking emails and printing boarding passes. The staff was helpful in suggestions of places to go and printing of maps. Second time we have stayed here. They have a shuttle into the neighboring town.

Posted by , from WI on Oct 31, 2015

Was this review helpful to you?
Comment from Hotel Management

Nov 12, 2015 by Kristen

Hello JumpinJo, Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted to hear you had a great stay with us and you were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery. We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you, Kristen, Assistant Front Desk Manager

4 out of 5

Nice Hotel

Pros: Free Internet, Quiet, beautiful scenary
This resort was of good quality. The rooms were pretty average rooms, nothing to rant and rave over. What made it a nice place was the service was great but the scenery is what gives it a nice ambiance. The hotel landscaping was done beautifully and the mountain views were gorgeous. I would recommend this as a nice place to stay.

Posted by , from Phoenix, AZ, USA on Dec 7, 2012

Was this review helpful to you?
4 out of 5

This place was really nice...

Pros: Quiet
I really enjoyed this place, it is perfect for a romantic get away, but is also family friendly.

Posted by , from Albuquerque, NM, USA on Aug 2, 2012

Was this review helpful to you?
4 out of 5

This stay was really nice

Pros: Quiet
I enjoyed my stay. The rooms were big; the food at the restaurant was delicious and well-priced. The kids loved roasting marshmallows at the fire pit near the pool. I would stay here again.

Posted by , from Albuquerque, NM, USA on Jul 30, 2012

Was this review helpful to you?
5 out of 5

Sunbreak Paradise

Pros: Close restaurants, Quiet, big beautiful swimming pool, free shuttle into town and will pick you up later, friendly professional helpful staff, cactus & desert, food and service was really good
I love everything about the Carefree Resort and Spa! Stayed there off season in July of 2012, because I wanted the hot sun and to swim in the pool - change of pace from Seattle's rain. Everyone at Carefree Resort and Spa were helpful and friendly. The pool is large and the water is cool! Great buffet breakfast for a really low price, and they have a free shuttle that takes you into town for dinners, drinks, shopping and fun. Real Cowboys & Cowgirls, real bull-riding and lots of fun mixing with the locals. I did rent a car for one day & the wonderful concierge, Diane, had the car delivered right to the front door of the hotel...drop off was the same. Scottsdale is just a straight ride south. I found the outlet malls too. NICE! I recommend this hotel off or on season. The rooms are large and comfy with southwest furnishings and paintings... I want to visit again soon!

Posted by , from Seattle, Washington on Jul 24, 2012

Was this review helpful to you?
4 out of 5

nice stay

Pros: Quiet
Cons: pool
We enjoyed our stay. We are not use to down pillows and so we did not like that. Only wish there was a hot tub, more elaborate pools. We will go again, nice getaway.

Posted by , from Az on May 31, 2012

Was this review helpful to you?

About the Carefree Resort & Conference Center

Location 37220 Mule Train Rd, Carefree, AZ 85377

Property Features

Carefree Resort & Conference Center offers its guests a full-service spa, 2 outdoor swimming pools, outdoor tennis courts, and a spa tub. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. Business amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and meeting rooms. Event space at this resort measures 30000 square feet (2787 square meters) and includes a conference center. A fitness center, spa services, and a terrace are also featured at the family-friendly Carefree Resort & Conference Center. An area shuttle within 3 mi and a shopping center shuttle are free. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3.5-star Carefree resort.

  • 204 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 15 conference rooms
  • 30000 sq ft of conference space
  • 2787 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1963
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Cabanas by the pool (surcharge)
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference center
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 5
  • Free area shuttle
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Free valet parking , RV, bus, truck parking , Parking (limited spaces)


  • Airport: Phoenix, AZ (PHX-Sky Harbor Intl.) (57.2 km / 35.6 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free area shuttle within 3 mi and shopping center shuttle
  • Parking: Free valet parking and self parking

Room Amenities

Carefree Resort & Conference Center offers 204 air-conditioned accommodations with complimentary bottled water and coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Beds feature premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers, designer toiletries, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Carefree resort provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private balcony or patio
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Weekday newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 6 AM to 11 AM.

The Lariat - Overlooking the pool and garden, this restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Spanning 23 acres of the Sonora high desert, the Carefree Resort offers numerous recreational opportunities. Guests have access to 2 outdoor pools and 5 lighted tennis courts. A complimentary fitness center offers treadmills, stationary bikes, stair machines, weight-training equipment, and an outdoor deck with mountain views.

Bicycle rentals make it easy for guests to explore the peaceful landscape.

Destination activities geared toward families are offered daily; several are complimentary.

The resort can arrange a variety of off site activities that include boating and fishing on Bartlett Lake, hot-air balloon rides, and Jeep excursions (surcharges). Guests also enjoy priority access to 15 highly ranked golf courses nearby, including the Grayhawk Golf Club, designed by Tom Fazio, and Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

The recreational activities listed below are available on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby

Spa Services

The Spa at Carefree has 5 treatments rooms, a relaxation lounge, separate men's and women's locker rooms, and a spa boutique. Treatments include massages, skin care, aromatherapy, and body treatments.

  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Number of treatment rooms 5
  • Reflexology
  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hydrotherapy treatments
  • Massages


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 1:00 AM
  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Special check-in instructions:

If you are planning to arrive after 10 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 3 children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25. per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets: USD 50-75 per pet, per stay (maximum USD 75 per stay)
  • Only dogs and cats are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 50 lb)
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information, you can reach out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
  • Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 12 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Pool access
  • Fitness center access
  • Shuttle service
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • Self parking

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 12 and USD 30 for adults, USD 10 and USD 30 for children (approximately)
  • Pet fee: USD 50-75 per pet, per stay (maximum USD 75 per stay)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25. per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Carefree Resort
  • Carefree Hotel Carefree
  • Carefree Resort And Conference Center
  • Carefree Hotel
  • Carefree Resort Conference Center

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Up to 3 children 18 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Certain facilities might have restricted access. For details, you can contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation.
  • To make arrangements to bring your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).