The Grand Desert is 12 stories tall and located one looooong block (1/4 mile) from the strip. There is a shuttle that every 1/2 hour, goes to Harrahs and the Rio, but we had a renter car we used instead. When we walked into the unit we were overcome -- our rooms were simply magnificant! We own Fairfield at the Gold Level which means you can request an upgrade and get it without penalty if available. We ended up in a three-bedroom penthouse. There were earth tone apointments, marble floors, overstuffed easy chairs, jacuzzi, two full baths, breakfast bar, a kitchen the Iron Chef would envy, remote controled ceiling fans, four TVs and a full stereo. I?m sure I?m forgetting something, so just imagine anything you?d want and it was there. We had a friend along and he was goggle-eyed at the luxury. We also brought our son and his brand new wife to Vegas with us for their honeymoon. We told them that our Fairfield deeds would be theirs when we die and they couldn?t quite hide their glee! They were in a two-bedroom deluxe unit. It was equally as beautiful.
As you might not know, the Grand Desert hasn?t been open very long. We found a picture that had been hung upside down and a drawer that stuck when you tried to open it. We called the conceirge, not to complain but just to let them know to take a look at these things, and when we got back that evening there was a bouquet of chocolate valentines on our table (we were there in mid February). I put a picture in of that. We found the staff helpful in planning out trips (they offer their own trips to Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon and Moonlight Cruises on Lake Mead) and getting a pizza late at night.
If there was a weakness, it would be the on-site market. We went to a large grocery store fairly close by (front desk gave us directions) to stock our larder for our stay. All in all it was great!
Editor's Note: This property was formerly the Fairfield Grand Desert.
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by Scott Sleeman
Lake Oswego, Oregon
April 23, 2005
From journal Las Vegas Vacation
February 4, 2003
From journal Maybe when completed...
February 8, 2011
Alrewas, South Africa
October 25, 2004
From journal Las Vegas in a flash
Bonney Lake, Washington
December 31, 2003
The swimming pool was terrible. It was way too small for the number of guests, and the water felt slimy and tasted extremely salty, giving us visions of swimming in a sea of body sweat. Our kids, who are swimming-pool fanatics, refused to use it after the first day, and this was in July, in 116-degree weather! Luckily, Wet-n-Wild is on the strip, and tons of fun.
The timeshare units are arranged "hotel style," side-by-side, accessible along inside hallways among a multi-story building complex. It was this hotel-like style that provided our family with the most bizarre experience. Our unit had a connecting door to an adjacent unit (as you might find in any hotel), which we quickly discovered, lacked any kind of soundproofing. During our weeklong stay, we were able to learn that our next-door neighbor was actually a sales agent for the resort, who was allowed to stay on property during his employment. The noise coming from his room next door also taught us everything we would need to know, if we were ever interested in soliciting a prostitute. On two separate evenings, this Fairfield Sales Representative hired a "private dancer" into his room, and then negotiated for "additional services." The first night, he apparently failed the credit card test, and the dancer left. The second night, after a LOT of begging, he was much more successful.
Now, we are not naive about how "family friendly" Las Vegas really is, but we had assumed that a timeshare off the Strip would at least provide some sort of buffer. Apparently not.
We do sometimes wonder if we could have negotiated a particularly good deal on a timeshare here, had we been lucky enough to take a tour with this particular agent.
It will be a vacation memory permanently etched in our brains!
Viva Las Vegas!
From journal Las Vegas Summer
CEDAR LAKE, Indiana
October 11, 2003
From journal VEGAS WITH THE KIDS
April 30, 2007
December 31, 1999
February 28, 2007
June 14, 2006