What could be better? The pleasant, well-maintained grounds have an authentic Southwestern feel. The property sits on the edge of an open space, with pretty desert all around. We arrived late afternoon, and heard coyotes howling, as if on cue, as soon as we got out of our car.
The front desk clerk called us on our way to the resort, to ascertain our arrival time. We were only about 8 miles away at that time, and she assured us that she would stay until we arrived (even though we were approaching 5:00 p.m., when the desk was scheduled to close). She greeted us and showed us to our room, carefully explaining the operation of the room's HVAC system, to ensure our comfort during our stay. Excellent service!
The bar service in the lounge on Saturday night and the food and service in the restaurant that night were also excellent. We were pleasantly surprised. We are members at this facility's sister resort - Laguna Del Sol in Wilton, CA - and the food and restaurant service there can be spotty at times.
We have stayed at a number of clothing-optional properties, and I believe that this is one of the best. I would have given it an excellent rating, but for a couple of minor nits. We stayed in a standard room. The bed was very comfortable, but the carpet was worn and stained. The bathroom could have been a bit cleaner. And the shower faucet was plumbed incorrectly, so hot water came out on the cold water setting, and vice versa. We had to call the front desk to find this out; just thought that we weren't getting any hot water in the shower. In retrospect, I think this is a piece of information that should be shared with guests upon check-in.
We have stayed in the premium rooms here in the past, and they are nicer than the standard rooms. Just figured we wouldn't be spending much time in the room, so decided not to splurge on this trip. There are also condos here, which are quite new and probably even nicer than the premium rooms, though without the historic feel. A couple of the hotel rooms are pet-friendly, which we always appreciate.
Dinner service on the second night here was less impressive. We were told that the restaurant served dinner until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, and their posted hours confirmed this. The lounge was closed on Sunday, so we had a couple of cocktails in our room and arrived at the restaurant at 7:20 p.m. The restaurant staff looked stunned as we walked through the front door. The flustered manager told us that they'd shut everything down, and "thrown everything out", then she quickly offered that we could choose from a limited number of menu items based upon the ingredients they still had available in the kitchen. We chose cheeseburgers, which were tasty, although not medium rare as we had requested. The manager gave us each a complimentary glass of wine and a dessert to share, which was nice, and she was very apologetic. (Perhaps overly so; the hugs she gave us were awkward and a bit unprofessional.) She also promptly locked the front door after we were seated, and we watched another potential customer try the door before 8:00 p.m. only to turn away when he found it locked. A dark mile or two of road separate the resort from the nearest off-site dining establishments, and we would no doubt have wanted to call a taxi if we'd had to go off-site for dinner after having had those cocktails in our room. I guess the lesson learned here is that if you plan to eat in the restaurant on a slow night, make your intentions known, so that the restaurant staff anticipates your arrival and doesn't shut down early.
A couple of practical notes. This resort provides beach towels in the rooms, so it is not necessary to bring your own. We've always stayed here in November. While the skies may be sunny, the pool area is not sheltered from the wind, and it can be too chilly to lounge by the pool at this time of year. There are plenty of things to see and do in Tucson, so you may want to have a back-up plan for sight-seeing if the weather is uncooperative. The conversation pool and spa are both nice in the cooler weather, and good for relaxing after a day on the town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mira Vista is an upscale clothing-optional resort that's a relaxing, stress-free escape from the world, yet so close to town. 14 suites and rooms, full-service restaurant & lounge, 2 large pools, conversation pool, spa, tennis, fitness center, massage. Unique, historic 30 acre property with forever views and beautiful desert landscaping. Open to day guests.New in 2011: Phase One of The Casas at Mira Vista condos for sale and nightly rentals. All roads paved, new 50amp RV spots. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mira Vista Hotel Tucson