Editor's Note: This property was formerly the Fairfield Grand Desert.
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St. Louis, Missouri
August 8, 2003
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!
From journal Las Vegas for Timeshare Lovers
Flushing, New York
July 12, 2004
From journal July in Las Vegas with Kids
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
October 2, 2003
First of all, the level of service is top-of-the-line. The staff is certainly first-class when it comes to service! Anything you need, you just ask and it's done.
The unit was beautiful and decorated in desert warm hues. All of the appliances in the kitchen are new (of course, everything is new because it's a new resort). The master suite has a king size bed, two nightstands with drawers, and my unit had a beautiful view of the pools. Of course there were TVs in both bedrooms. There were extra drawers in the curio that the TV was in and a safe in the master closet. The master bath is huge and has a two-person Jacuzzi that has window with shutters so you can open them for a view of the bedroom. Also, there is a two-person shower and double basin. There is a closet in the master bath where the washer and dryer are located with one load’s worth of detergent and softener provided. The second bedroom had two full sized beds, a huge dresser with mirror, and a closet. The second bathroom or main bathroom was next to the dining area, which was built in and had chairs as well. The sofa had a queen pull-out bed that was extremely comfortable.
I loved the pool area -- the landscaping was gorgeous with palm trees and seating areas abundant. I wish I had more time to enjoy it.
I loved this place and I honestly can't see how anyone could pass up this resort if they're lucky enough to get offered it. It is EVERYTHING A GOLD CROWN SHOULD BE!
From journal Big Leagues in Las Vegas
Fort Lee, Virginia
March 9, 2003
But the best part about staying in the Grand Desert would be the Las Vegas Strip. Nothing in the world beats Sin City, and the Grand Desert (though not on the Strip) offers the best of Vegas. They offer a shuttle to and from the Rio and Harrah's, which allows you access to the Strip without the hassle of actually staying there. Though many will say that not having a casino in the hotel is a problem, I say that it is an attractive quality. If I wanted to stay in a casino hotel, I would, but I like having some peace and quiet as well as the excitement of Vegas.
Another benefit that the Grand Desert offers are day trips to the Grand Canyon, moonlight cruises on Lake Mead, and tours of the Hoover Dam. As always, there is too much to do and not enough time to do it, but they do try help you out.
I enjoyed their pool area because of their mister system. This is a huge benefit during the summertime when it's 100+ outside. The area is nice and big and only getting bigger.
MacGreggor's Market is small and expensive. I recommend that if you are staying for any period of time, you drive out to Vons off of Tropicana and buy groceries there.
The only problem is that their second tower is being constructed, but the noise is hardly noticeable, and as soon as the tower is done, more people will be able to have the thrill of staying in the best resort in Vegas.
From journal Vegas for All Types
North Providence, Rhode Island
October 11, 2004
We went up to our suite, which was a one bedroom, and were a bit disappointed that it didn't have a Jacuzzi tub. We mentioned this to the gentleman at the front desk, and he made every attempt to be sure that we were moved to a one-bedroom deluxe room the next day.
The large kitchen was well equipped with all the necessary dishes, pots, pans, complimentary coffee, dishwashing detergent, paper towels, and more. The master bedroom had a large, comfortable king-sized bed, and from there you walked into a room with the Jacuzzi tub and a large mirror and sink. As you walked through that room, you entered the bathroom, which had a huge shower, a sink, and a vanity with drawers to put your belongings in. The bathroom opened from the Jacuzzi room and also from the entry area. The living room/dining area was a good size and had an armoir with a TV and DVD player. I must say that this was one of the nicest, cleanest resorts we have ever been in.
From journal A Wonderful Alternate Vacation
June 27, 2002
The market they claim to have is hardley acceptable. The hours are minimal, and finding eggs and a loaf of bread is near imposible. The front desk does have many take out menus for you to view.
The units are done in terracotta colors. The master suite has a jacuzzi and a glassed in shower. It is really beautiful. No unit has a balcony due to Vegas laws.
Transportation is provided to and from Harrahs every 1/2 hour. The bus fills up quickly due to timeshare tours for the fairfield that depart from Harrahs. The hours are limited also. If you suffer from jet lag and are ready to rock at 5 in the morning, you better get your walking shoes on. At night the neighborhood gets scary, so walking is not recomended.
From journal Vegas with the Kids
May 29, 2004
There were two pools and three hot tubs, a computer room, game room, and activities center with pool tables, air hockey, and foosball. There were activities at the resort like aerobics and pilates, bingo, air hockey tournament, and wine and cheese at the pool.
From journal Las Vegas Vacation
Franklin Park, Illinois
March 4, 2004
The staff at the check-in desk was so friendly and very helpful with information.
The new monorail system, which is supposed to start operating this summer, is very nearby. The area is supposed to be more developed in the next year or two. While the weather was not fit for swimming in February, the outdoor pools were lovely. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. I may never stay on the strip again! They offer a shuttle bus to Harrah's and the Rio, which helps to get to different areas. They also arrange for a complimentary bus tour to Laughlin, which I HIGHLY recommend. Laughlin is a mini-Las Vegas. It makes a stop at Hoover Dam and you receive a free lunch buffet at the Edgewater Hotel in Laughlin, which was excellent.
From journal Super Bowl in Las Vegas
August 2, 2003
From journal Las Vegas Vacataion