We've been to this resort many times and have had a good experience each time with check-in and check-out, hotel restaurant, pool, spa, and other amenities offered at the hotel. The grounds and interior are very clean and the views from the resort are spectacular! The downside is room access (no elevator, just steps) and the general feel and look of the hotel rooms. We just returned today from a one-night stay and felt although the room was basically clean, the interior decor of our room was dated (back to the 70's or 80's) and could be improved. Dark bedspread and drapes, a heater-cooler that was old and noisy so it was hard to sleep (but it worked), and the hard mattress gave us both backaches. This resort recently installed one-cup coffee makers in each unit that are difficult to use and only make one cup of coffee at a time. We did have a problem when we pulled back the bedspread and discovered badly stained sheets that although they were clean, should have been thrown away. Housekeeping did come up and replace them for us. Everyone was very courteous throughout our stay and although their room prices have gone up by 50% since our last stay in September of 2006, we will probably stay again. They used to give free bottled water in the rooms, but now charge $2.00 per bottle. Their dining room is exquisite and moderately priced with the food being delicious and the presentation excellent. The waiters were very attentive. All in all, the best place to stay in the area. I would just recommend that they update their rooms with new heating/cooling units and brighter decor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover simplicity, beauty, and understated elegance. The Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico combines the essence of the Old West with spirit of Old Mexico. With its acclaimed cuisine, championship golf, and memorable vistas, Esplendor Resort offers an exciting place for travelers to enjoy the beautiful scenery and history of southern Arizona. The 179 comfortable guest rooms are adorned with evocative Southwest furnishings. Just 40 minutes south of Tuscon, Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico will transport you to another world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Esplendor Resort At Rio Rico Hotel Rio Rico
- Esplendor Resort Rio Rico
- Esplendor Hotel Rio Rico
- Rio Rico Resort