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9480 W. Picture Rocks Road, Tucson, AZ 85743   |  
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Ranked #10 of 53 Tucson B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Every now and then - rarely - one has the opportunity of finding the exactly right spot to spend a few days. A spot where the spirits of the traveler and the place, for the lack of a better word, align. The Crickethead B&B was such as experience for me. Located in the midst of the Saguaro National Park, it is an oasis that combines what matters to me - wilderness, great hiking, friendly atmosphere, wonderful hosts, interesting guests, and a myriad of artefacts (masks, statues, marionettes, cloth, gongs) that the owners (Mike and Wayan) accumulated during their travels across Indonesia, Papua and Timor. Wayan's breakfasts were much better than the ones I had at a fancy hotel before my arrival to Crickethead and the conversations around the breakfast table reminded me of the traveling times across Asia and Africa. The place is a magnet for wildlife which comes to visit the little pond in front of the porch. Lots of birds. At night, there is silence and coyote yips. In other words, heaven :). And did i mention the perfect water pressure in the shower?

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Prince George, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

This was our first time at the Crickethead. We chose it because it was close to both entrances to Saguaro National Park West. The room was very comfortable and clean, the water pressure in the shower was great, and the area was quiet. Our hosts made us comfortable, and went above and beyond by providing an old cooler to take with us to our next destination so we could keep our food cold. Now for the really good stuff: the birds, mammals, lizards, and other nature abound at the B&B, and the breakfasts are delicious. Every morning and evening we sat on the patio and watched several desert species come in for water. Our favourite breakfast was the layered French toast with apricots. We'll be back.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

I was looking on Google Earth for a place right next to the National Park, which was the main reason we went to Tucson. This was so close that we took a walk after breakfast following a track, and were in the park in a few minutes! The room was comfortable but you wouldn't want to spend much time inside . . . the porches are so nice, even when it was raining (and it was raining hard the day we were there!). We also enjoyed exploring the park and the desert museum. Breakfast was served in the big kitchen, and everybody is around the table - there are three rooms and you are likely to meet some friendly people who enjoy the wilderness and wildlife in this unique desert.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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eugene, oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Read their webpage and the reviews and see if this place is for you - it may or may not be. This was our first time, and we hope to return. Many of the guests we met were repeat visitors. Lots of birders. Maybe that's how to evaluate Crickethead Inn. . . if you are a birder-type or hiking-type or nature-lover-type, this is the place for you. From our porch there were coyotes howling, great horned owls hooting, a gila woodpecker nesting, and javelinas grunting. Pretty cool!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Last month was our fifth time vacationing here with wonderful hosts Wayan and Mike. This B and B is for those who find solitude in nature and look for a different cultural experience. The decor is authentic from Indonesia and Bali which gives a solid, decorative atmosphere. By the way, the beds are just perfect for a good night's sleep.
If you are wondering about the breakfast, you will be astounded by the variety and delicious start to your day. Rice from Bali is the best.
You can grill a meal on their outdoor grill, and there is a refrigerator for your use on the patio outside your room. Your hosts have brought back from their trips some
wonderful
ceramics, textiles and jewelry for their in-house gift shop. Your first impression may bring to mind a bit of funkiness, but once you get into the "experience" you will loose yourself in a true vacation.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lummi Island, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We were searching for a spring get-a-way from the Pacific NW rain to some sun and blue sky in a natural desert setting and we found it at Crickethead inn. Thanks to Wayan and Mike our hosts we had a marvelous 5 days, just wish it was longer. We knew we were in the right place before we got there. As we drove down the one lane, 1/2 mile rocky driveway we were greeted by the natural desert surroundings and breathtaking mountain view. The Crickethead Inn is literally at the end-of-the-road next to the Saguaro National Park west district boundary. No pretense here. Our hosts were informally friendly and sincere and genuinely happy people. Wayan reassured me she would accommodate my special needs diet. Her Balinese cooking was a special treat and worked out perfectly. SHE IS AN EXCELLENT COOK! Our room was spacious, clean, and comfortable with very nice beds for sleeping and napping. We especially liked that there was no TV in the room - we were here for the desert experience and Crickethead Inn was our oasis of sanity. As some have stated in the reviews before, desert wildlife and sounds abound. We enjoyed the yips of the coyotes outside our door in the evenings, and the many birds and wildlife activity around the grounds during the day. Hike from the Inn grounds or within a 10 to 30 minute drive. Good restaurants within 20 minutes away. The gift shop of Balinese handcrafted items was an added treat! All in all a great time!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the little cottage, privately situated away from the main lodge. We had a beatiful room, gorgeous and comfy Idoneisan carved bed, great shower, large main room, heater for the cool evenings, porch to sit on and a view to feast your eyes on. The breakfasts were delicious, the hosts were warm, fun, smart, and cool. We loved being able to ramble about the desert without having to get into our car. We came to visit family in the area, but wished we had had more time just to hang out in the serenity of this beautiful place. Really, really special - and we travel A LOT - this is in our top five places for the rare combination of great nature, comfort and perfect location.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Address: 9480 W. Picture Rocks Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
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Ranked #10 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Tucson
Number of rooms: 3

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