Place is gorgeous. Bathrooms are a bit small compared to other resorts.Comment of B. Giulian , United States the 2016-10-30
"If you're gonna spend most of your time in the pool, go for it."
Pools were great, room was ok. Outdated furniture for sure, but bed was comfy and bathroom redone. The doors are old and I could see into the hallway from inside my room with it closed. That needs to be fixed. The on site restaurants are rediculously expenisve, at least for me. They wanted 12$ for continental breakfast per person. A bagel with lox was 13$. Breakfast buffet was 25$..... the area was nice and there's a few good hiking trails nearby
"Personal favorite/ beauty/ affordability "
I love the "El Con!" We have been here many times over 25 years, partly because of their Casita Suites, 2 bedrooms plus large living room, wonderful for families. Room: This time we tried a hotel room for our 6-day stay, which worked perfectly well. Large room, great balcony on the opposite side from the pool, so quiet and shady all day. Small bathroom with shower-tub and one sink, not as luxurious a room as the other 3 hotels where we stayed this trip (Wyndham Westward Look, Westin La Paloma, and Loews Ventana Canyon) but perfectly good, & comfortable king bed (as they all had). Two free bottles of water per day (only the Westin also did this). Grounds: Magnificent views of mountains that seem to loom over the central pool area, with lovely lawns, cool kiddie pool, separate gated hot tub with waterfall. Restaurants each have a terrace of outdoor seating and the same views, wonderful, and there is also inviting outdoor seating and fire pits for the hotel bar. Great place to run on property!....Down the long driveway from the hotel is upscale housing on quiet streets, best running of the 4 hotels. You are 10 minutes from Catalina State Park for spectacular hiking: our favorite is Romero Pools, 1200 ft and 5.6 miles round trip, but you can turn around partway, and there are several easier hikes. Restaurants: As above, we had breakfast and dinner outdoors every day. Best Breakfast Buffet of the 4 hotels! Omelette/waffle chef, best fruit of the 4 hotels with variety and lots of berries, warm bread pudding that was like a warm apple cake, very good Greek yogurt and homemade granola, lots of pastries and superb muffins. Epazote at dinner was similar to Azul at Westin in menu, views, and price (see my other reviews). They have a casual bar (lunch) at the pool that closes in midafternoon, but no casual bar for dinner like Billy's (Loews) or Lookout Bar (Wyndham Westward Look). The experience of eating outside at both El Conquistador restaurants was sensational. Cost: The El Con is closer to the Wyndham Westward Look in price, i.e. on the cheaper side, we paid $187 per day room rate, compared to $182 (Wyndham), $207 (Westin) and $263 (Loews). (Add tax and $20-25 resort fee to all prices.) Favors: We spent a week at each hotel, and all of them gave us early checkin and late checkout, often hours' worth, which was handy or we would have been "homeless" for the afternoon. I didn't feel we "deserved" it, I understand their rules, but we are good customers and I felt grateful that they were all so gracious. Overall: The El Conquistador would have to be at the top of my list for luxury and affordability; the Westin would be next if we could get a deal similar to this trip, but if not, then Westward Look.
"March 19th stay"
Beautiful weather in March. The pool was amazing. The rooms were very clean. The beds were soft for a good night sleep. The drinks and food were high in price. I recommend a minimum of a two night stay to enjoy all the amenities.
"Very friendly staff at a superb resort hotel!"
I usually stay here for business and each time the staff never failed to impressed me with their friendliness and help. The resort is beautiful and the pool is great. The room is average - what you can expect from Hilton - and the location may be a bit off but it is not an issue if you have a car.
"great except the food"
The hotel was great, the staff was wonderful. But my spouse and I are vegan, and had to leave the premises to eat. I don't think they even had hummus to snack on. they were no willing to put something together for us (one vegan dinner dish only, was an oily pasta dish. Really'). But the pool was great, nice grounds. Nice room.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Diners Club - Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) - Discover
Check-in: 4:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM