Sharetime’s regular resort reviewer shares his thoughts on The Cliffs at Peace Canyon in Las Vegas.
Many readers might wonder why they should consider a visit to the Las Vegas area on a timeshare exchange. Well, the first reason is obvious – for gambling in the numerous casinos on the strip and downtown.
However, while this may be the main reason why so many people come to Las Vegas, I have now visited twice – and for many different reasons.
One reason why people should consider visiting Las Vegas is for the top-rated shows by some of the world’s leading entertainers based at the casinos.
Then, there are some great shopping opportunities, the fantastic sights and free shows in and around the strip and the great weather, especially in the spring and autumn.
For me, however, the principle attraction for visiting Las Vegas is to take trips to places such as the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park.
The last two National Parks were visited on my last trip to Las Vegas and were booked through the timeshare resort with Sweet Tours. What a superb day out it was for us - although tiring as it involved travelling about five hundred and sixty miles in one day with a 6-15am pick up from the resort.
As for our stay at The Cliffs at Peace Canyon, I would like to start by getting two negative comments out of the way.
First, this is one of those resorts where, after checking in, you are directed to a member of staff from guest services.
My fiancée and I had been travelling for about twelve hours so all I wanted to do was to get to my apartment and rest. However, we were subjected to the usual invitation to attend a free breakfast or lunch and then have a timeshare presentation to become an owner at the Grand View resort, in Las Vegas.
I had to say “no” several times before they understood that no meant no and we were then able to go to our unit.
The second negative was about the quality of the sun loungers, which were too firm and uncomfortable.
I hesitated in writing these two comments because in every other way this is one of my favourite resorts in RCI.
I first visited about twelve years ago. I liked it then and I like it even more now, as the units are spacious and comfortable.
I like the fact that both bedrooms in the two-bedroom unit are at the opposite end of the apartment, which gives more privacy for guests.
The units have their own washer and dryer, which is very convenient. I found our unit to be very quiet, but that depends who your neighbours are in any particular week.
The pool area is very pleasant with water tumbling into the water on either side of the pool. The pool has a maximum depth of just four feet, which is unusual, but not a problem for me.
I found all the staff to be friendly and helpful, especially the young members of staff at guest services as I had contact with them when booking my day trip to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.
The resort has an excellent computer room, which you can use at any time of day. This was particularly useful for printing boarding passes. There is also a fitness room, which to my shame, I never stepped in to; even to look at what equipment they have on offer.
I am not very comfortable driving on what I see as the wrong side of the road, so I try to avoid visiting timeshare resorts where a car is essential.
At this resort, a car is not essential as there is a free minibus service to a large supermarket, the ’strip’, which is about ten miles away, or to Fremont Street. This is an hourly operation leaving the resort from 10.00am with the last return pick up at 11.30pm.
I have often written reviews of timeshare resorts where there is very limited availability. This is not the case with the Cliffs at Peace Canyon as RCI has availability for most weeks over the next two years and at a reasonable exchange trading power.
There is a $25 charge at check-in for services such as Internet access (although for high speed internet there is a daily charge of $1.50). While I don't appreciate these extra charges, which are now quite common especially in California, this is far better than the thirty dollars a day daily charge at the Manhattan Club in New York.
I ask myself at the end of every timeshare vacation: would I go back? The answer is ”yes” as the positives far outweigh the negatives at this lovely peaceful timeshare resort on the outskirts of Las Vegas.