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“A Shining Starr!” 4 of 5 stars
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JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85745   |  
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Ranked #5 of 127 hotels in Tucson
Los Angeles, Ca
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“A Shining Starr!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We enjoyed our 6 night stay at this well-run resort. We found the room to be in perfect condition, nicely renovated and quite large. This is a big property, but they have a couple of elevators which doesn't make the corridors quite as long. It's a ways from the center of Tucson, so a car is a necessity if you want to get around town. The employees are friendly and over all they made our stay a pleasure. We dined in both restaurants for dinner- one time each - and had a good meal, although not award winning. Breakfast was included in our room charge- we liked the option of ordering off of the menu and choosing a couple of items from the buffet. Again, not award winning, but better than average.
The hotel staff was friendly, warm and professional at all times. Any request was promptly responded to.
The tequila toast ceremony was fun, we enjoyed meeting many guests sitting outside in the evenings.
The negatives were that the spa hours didn't accommodate folks who were touring all day and wanted a massage after 5pm, the classes in the well designed exercise studio were not offered frequently enough and the swimming pools were not heated. I don't understand why.
We were told that the resort is scheduled to be renovated, although I thought it was well maintained and clearly up to Marriott standards.

We would consider staying here again, with a car.

Room Tip: Near the elevator and the rooms overlooking the city were great, although if you sleep with your win...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We have gone to the desert over spring break three out of the last five years. Twice to the JW Marriott, Desert Ridge, and the JW at Starr Pass. Both are outstanding resorts. We have found the service at all JW's to be superior, without being stuffy. As beautiful as the resorts are, they are kid friendly. If the service at all JW's rate an "A", Starr Pass was just a hair better at an "A+". The golf course was unbelieveable. It was difficult, but an absolute spectacular blend of challenge, vistas, and quality layout and bent grass greens! Yes, in the Tucson desert!

Room Tip: The rooms facing the pool, patio and golf course are super!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Tucson
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19 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Outstanding property, with an amazing view of Tucson and the surrounding desert mountain setting. Room was very nicely appointed, we had a beautiful view of the golf course, and comfortable. Temperature allowed us to enjoy the evening on the patio and see the lights of the city come on as the sun set - just perfect. Don't miss your complimentary tequila shot every evening - OLE! I even had some private time with a coyote, at the driving range, early one morning.
Great staff, from the hotel to the golf course. Service oriented, and very friendly with a quick smile - enjoy!

Room Tip: South side has the views of the resort and golf course.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

No better way to start the evening festivities; free Tequilla Toast each night in the open courtyard. Afterward, enjoy a beverage of your choosing and relax under the stars.
This is a sprawling resort, which is never overcrowded, even when a convention is in attendance.
Pros: swimming pools, lazy river, tasty dining options, comfy rooms
Cons: long walk from garage to hotel area, lazy river can be a little obnixious with loud families, non-resort dining is a few minute drive away

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

I recently attended a conference at this hotel and it is a great property. I do not understand the reviews stating the rooms are tired and old. My room was excellent and the furnishings were in great shape. The hallway carpeting is in need of cleaning, but the room was good. Extremely helpful and friendly staff.
A special recognition to the Audio/video team particularly Anthony. He assisted with every need and was always smiling. I would stay here again for business or leisure.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chad L, Guest Relations Manager at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Dear Valued Guest:

Thank you for sharing your experience, as it is always nice to receive feedback from a seasoned traveler. It was a joy to share your comments with our associates, and especially to notify Anthony of your kind words. Mr. Anthony defiantly embodies the spirit of the JW Marriott and Starr Pass and I am glad the he was able to take care of your needs. We look forward to your return and thank you for reviewing the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa.

Kind regards,

Chad Lybrook
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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164 reviews 164 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

hotel was in need of maintenance & updating. Well used furniture and old paint. The hot banquet buffet food was cold and fair. Other Marriott resorts I find to be much better. The resort is very secluded. Nice pools.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Anselmo, CA
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We took 14 guys to Starr Pass for a 5 day golf trip from May 1 to May 5 and had a blast. The resort is beutiful, the staff freindly and helpful, rooms large and comfortable and finally the 3 nines were a pleasure to play.

This was our 6th annual trip and we have always gone to different places each year, but for the first time, everyone in the group voted to come back to Starr Pass next year.

  • Stayed May 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chad L, Guest Relations Manager at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, responded to this review, May 19, 2013
Dear Valued Guest:

Thank you for your response on your past stay, I am ecstatic to hear that you loved your experience. It is an honor to read that your annual trip will include a comeback tour next year. Please let us know if we may be of assistance in making any arrangements for you and your friends. We look forward to your return and thank you for the exciting 5-Star review.

Kind regards,

Chad Lybrook
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Address: 3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85745
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Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Tucson
#4 Spa Hotel in Tucson
#4 Family Hotel in Tucson
#4 Business Hotel in Tucson
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Tucson
#8 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and SpaEnjoy the mountains of Arizona at JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson Resort & Spa. Located just west of an area considered the birthplace of Tucson, AZ, this resort hotel is rich with culture, history and beauty. Experience a truly unique destination resort complete with world class spa facilities and nationally acclaimed Arizona golf courses. Fine dining and award winning restaurants further complement this one of a kind Tucson resort hotel. ... more   less 
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