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“Desert Christmas” 4 of 5 stars
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Starr Pass Golf Suites
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   3645 West Starr Pass Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85745   |  
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Vancouver, Canada
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12 hotel reviews
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“Desert Christmas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We spent Christmas in a casita at Starr Pass. The "little house" was spacious for the two of us and the furnishings reflected the desert setting. Our bed was comfortable and it was very quiet.
We enjoyed seeing roadrunners and javelinas. We visited Saguaro National Forest and the Sonoran-Arizona museum. There were groceries available at the nearby Albertsons. We would like to come back and spend longer here.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SPGmanagement, General Manager at Starr Pass Golf Suites, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Delighted to hear you chose Starr Pass and the natural wildlife to spend your holidays with!
We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Litchfield Park
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

My wife and I stayed two nights the weekend just before Christmas, in a "Studio Room".. which isn't as nice as the full "Casita." The desert setting was pleasant, and very accessible from downtown Tucson (just 10 minutes away by car.) The room was larger than most hotel rooms, but the spartan furnishings made it feel under-dressed. We couldn't open the microwave door without removing the coffee maker from the little "food nook." If you like Tempurpedic beds, this is the place. We even saw a javelina and a coyote from our car. A bit tired, but overall, a good experience.

Room Tip: Casitas feel more like a small studio apt... "studio rooms" feel like half-empty hotel roo...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SPGmanagement, General Manager at Starr Pass Golf Suites, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
We appreciate you taking the time to write a review on your experience with us. We hope you stay with us again soon and perhaps reserve a full casita and have a front seat to the fabulous wildlife you experienced this last time!
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Longmont, Colorado
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

The location is wonderful for hiking and relaxing. The property is older but well kept. The hot tub did not work for our five day stay, very dissappointing! The rooms are large. Our two bedroom two bath unit was great for four adults. No wifi in rooms.

Room Tip: We faced the mountains, very nice. Patio was great.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Willcox, Arizona
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

A combination of minor surgery and new chemotherapy treatment meant that my time in Tucson could be unpleasant. I understand that this accomodation was donated to the Cancer Society of America by Shell Hospitality, and the Cancer Society arranged for my wife and I to stay here for the duration of my treatment. We were greeted at the front desk by a very friendly and helpful member of staff, who followed up with several calls to the casita to make sure we had everything we needed. We did need one small thing, and that was delivered to the door within minutes. The casita and amenities were wonderful - I was able to sleep after the surgery, while my wife did her work in the living room. The 'text' checkout was also a plus as I had to leave early on the last morning. We will likely return as 'paying' customers in the future.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SPGmanagement, General Manager at Starr Pass Golf Suites, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you for your review Greenliner 708, we very much enjoy hearing what our guests have to say about their stay with us. We are very sorry that it was unfortunate circumstances that brought you here, but deeply hope you are able to return for some fun one day soon. Tucson has a lot to offer, and we are confident you would enjoy spending more time here.
Thank you again for your review, and we hope to hear from you soon!
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Galena, IL
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15 hotel reviews
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We spent a week here in early December and loved it! The front desk staff were all excellent and interested in making our stay enjoyable. We booked this as a timeshare Getaway. We love staying at villas like these versus hotels because of their space, full kitchens and great rates. I will try and book Starr Pass Golf Suites if we return to Tucson.

The Unit:
They are all one story. The entire area is beautifully landscaped in desert plants and well tended by staff. There was a spacious great room with fireplace and a large bedroom and separate bathroom and a galley kitchen with all appliances. There was a small balcony off the great room. A big plus was the bed. It was a king tempurpedic, the best bed we've ever experienced at any place we have stayed. These are quite expensive and we were thrilled to have such a quality item. Our view, in unit 63a, was of the golf course, with a long view of the city. Starr Pass is located in the hills southwest of Tucson in a very upscale community of homes. The night lights of Tucson provided a beautiful backdrop to each evening.


We didn't use the restaurant, but were frequent visitors to the fitness center and pool. The outdoor hot tub was closed for repairs the entire time of our stay. The fitness center was well equipped and large, though the treadmills, which I use, were very dated. There was a good variety of equipment in the center. The pool was huge and had comfortable chairs and loungers.

The Starr Pass Golf Course was magnificent, though pricey. Club rentals were an outrageous $69 per round!

There were hiking trails right outside our unit and throughout Starr Pass, but the front desk didn't have good maps. The Marriott Starr Pass Hotel, a beautiful facility, is a short, free shuttle ride from the units. You can't use the pool facility there, unfortunately.

Drawbacks:
There weren't many, and they were insignificant in the overall picture. The chairs at the breakfast bar were uncomfortable to the point where we didn't use them after the first day. My wife thought the walls were stark and could use some pictures, etc. The main annoyance, though out of the control of Starr Pass, is that the resort lies right under a main flight path to the airport. Planes come in low all day and much of the evening.

Tips:
*Book golf rounds on golfnow, where I found a rate 70% off the quoted rates at the pro shop. Bring your clubs, though, as rentals are outrageous.
*There are few scheduled activities, so this is not the best place to bring children. In fact, we saw no children the entire week, though it was a school week. However, that fact seldom stops people from taking their kids out for vacations.
*Take the free shuttle to the Marriott, as visitor parking is non-existent.
*You are very close to many outstanding attractions here and the front desk will be happy to assist you.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SPGmanagement, General Manager at Starr Pass Golf Suites, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you for your review, we always enjoy hearing from Trip Advisor’s Senior Contributors!
We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your time and the facilities at Starr Pass Golf Suites. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We spent a week in December at Starr Pass with our time share exchange. I called ahead to ask for a first floor unit with a desert view and was told that all the units are one story and the buildings are surrounded by the desert (2 pluses). We had a lovely view of the desert and setting sun from our patio which was furnished with a table and 2 comfortable chairs. The furnishings inside were fresh and clean and decorated with a southwest flavor. The furniture and bed were VERY comfortable. It is nice to have a full kitchen and laundry in the unit. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The location is great - in the desert BUT real close to activities, stores, and local sights. Every day we visited interesting locations: The Sonoran Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon, Saguaro National Park, Karchner Caverns, Amerind Museum, Native Seeds S.E.A.R.C.H., Arizona State Museum at University of Arizona, Mission San Xavier del Bac, and downtown Tucson Persidio (all of which I would recommend). The only con was the undependable internet connection. We had a good stay and look forward to returning.

Room Tip: All room are on the first floor, and I would ask for a desert view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SPGmanagement, General Manager at Starr Pass Golf Suites, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
Thank you BFWPa, Starr Pass always enjoys the reviews from a Trip Advisor Top Contributor!
It sounds like you used your time very wisely while in Tucson; visiting so many fabulous and exciting attractions this city has to offer. There are still many more things to see and do here in the wild west, so we hope you give us the opportunity to welcome you back to the scenic Starr Pass Golf Suites!
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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

My wife and I spent two nights at a Starr Pass one bedroom "casita". The reception desk was incredibly focused on delivering customer service at the highest level, making my wife and I feel welcome the "moment" we walked in the door. The room was inviting with all the conveniences of home. The view was spectacular overlooking the city of Tucson to the east. The service was stellar! In Tucson, Arizona ones rarely needs to utilize a fireplace. It just so happened that it was a rainy cold weekend and we needed a fire. I called the front desk, requesting fuel for the fireplace. A log was delivered promptly with the young man, "Michael", asking if there was anything else he could do to accommodate our needs. We found that every staff member we encountered, embraced the same level of customer service commitment. If you are looking for a great place to kick up your heels and chill out, book a room here! I repeat, book a room here!!

I will recommend this establishment to family, friends, and colleagues... Thank you

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SPGmanagement, General Manager at Starr Pass Golf Suites, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
Stellar service is what we love to hear! The associates of Starr Pass Golf Suites pride themselves in giving the best customer service possible, and feedback like these reviews, allows them to know what they are doing right. Glad you enjoyed the cozy fireplace; it really gives the room an extra southwestern ambiance when in use. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts!
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Address: 3645 West Starr Pass Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85745
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Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Green Hotel in Tucson
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Starr Pass Golf Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Starr Pass Golf Suites is a Southwest vacation jewel. At the heart of the resort is the celebrated Starr Pass Golf Course a 27-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Facility. Its desert style layout and dramatic terrain challenges golfers of all skill levels. Starr Pass Golf Suites is also perfect for a family getaway, hiking, or those seeking to enjoy the culture and adventure of the old southwest. The magnificent views from your spacious casita include natural desert landscaping drenched in 350 days of sunshine per year. A 75-foot heated Olympic swimming pool, whirlpool and fitness center are just the beginnings of a full array of amenities. Come see all the Tucson foothills have to offer at this southwest getaway. ... more   less 
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