El Rancho Merlita is located on the Northeast edge of Tucson, yet it is close to all of Tucson's best attractions and restaurants. Pattie, the hostess, made us feel right at home. The inn is classic 1950s and 1960s with lots of nice modern touches...thick bathrobes, comfortable beds, interesting art work, inviting grounds, computer, rec room, etc. When we visited we had just finished a bike ride around Southern Tucson, yet we saw more wildlife at ERM than on our trip, including javalinas, coyotes, road runners, quail, and hummingbirds. We highly recommend this inn to anyone who wants a taste of old and new Tucson. Oh yes, we met another couple who had been there for several days. Pattie arranged a spa day for the wife who said that it was wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay at the historic 1950’s Merle Norman Ranch House and estate. Carved wood beams, rope trim, and hand hewn local rock fireplaces define this home. Outside, relax under deep shaded porches, and enjoy the swimming pool and spa. At night, cuddle up in our soft Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious Museum of New Mexico Collection bedding. Every morning Innkeeper Pattie Bell will greet you with her freshly prepared breakfasts, inspired by southern Arizona local flavor. ... more less