Location: The resort sits on the hillside just below Star Pass proper, which has several easy trails for casual hikers to explore. The location is noteworthy because it's far enough from the city to be quiet (and DARK!) but close enough for easy access to restaurants etc. Gates Pass and the Sonora Desert Museum are both just minutes away, and other hotspots like Madera Canyon, Pategonia State Park are within easy driving distance.
Property: The grounds and rooms are very clean, and the resort is very light-pollution conscious. Both indoor and outdoor lighting are minimal. Sitting in a dark desert just steps from your door and listening to the wildlife while enjoying the clear star-spattered Arizona night sky is something everyone needs to do at least once in life. The property is also right up against the desert; we got up just before dawn one morning and saw three coyotes trotting past on the golf course side. We also awoke to the song of a Cactus Wren that was nesting right outside the room every morning.
Room: We got the smaller "B" unit, since we mainly just use resorts for a "base of operations", so we didn't have most of the amenities that other reviewers are talking about. Keep that in mind when placing your reservation; all their rooms are NOT created equal. The B-sides don't include laundry facilities (and there are none on the property so you have to drive to the city) or kitchens, just a minifridge, microwave, coffee maker, and a few utensils. The beds were a pleasant surprise: Tempurpedics! They seemed small to me though. I'm not a small person; I'm used to my toes hanging over the edge no matter what, but not both feet past the ankle?
Staff/services: We got in late; Alex "the night guy" was very friendly and helpful. The lack of any sort of spa facilities or laundry facilities was somewhat surprising, as we had become accustomed to seeing them at other resorts. The internet service in-room was... GASP... free.
Overall, the place isn't perfect, but then again none of them are; We had a wonderful week there though and would recommend it without reservation.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Starr Pass Golf Hotel Tucson
- Starr Pass Hotel
- Starr Pass Resort