We stayed at Desert Trails for several days in July '12. We found John exceptionally helpful and accommodating when we were planning our trip and the perfect host when we were there. He was friendly and chatty and made us feel welcomed and that our business was valued, but he was absolutely never intrusive. As is clear from the web site, the house is about 10 minutes away from commercial establishments in what feels like the middle of nowhere. (It is actually very easy to get around.) The public areas of the house are lovely and well appointed. There were lots of books about Arizona around the living room, breakfast room and bedrooms and they had multiple copies of Arizona atlases which they offered out on loan. The pool area was lovely and the beautiful grounds are full of birds and lizards and of course lush desert vegetation but there are no mountain views.
We stayed in the Spud Rock room which had both pros and cons. The room itself was fresh, clean, well lit and large enough. We appreciated the sliding door to our own sitting area but do know that it looks out onto a brick wall and that even with the curtains drawn the early morning light comes streaming in.The bedroom felt more like a bedroom in a house with tired, not very interesting decor but the bed and bedding were astonishingly comfortable. The bathroom was huge, with two sinks in a wrap-around counter and a separate room for the toilet and shower. The water pressure was great and both parts of the bathroom were immaculate. The bathroom would be improved by the addition of a towel hook next to the shower. The towels were rough and itchy, it didn't bother us at all but I mention it since some people care about having fluffy towels. We loved that snacks and drinks were available at all times and that we had free use of the guest refrigerator.
It was exactly what we wanted in a Bed and Breakfast, we would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Sonoran desert from the comfort of a unique, fired-adobe territorial situated on acreage bordering Saguaro National Park East. Different delicious full breakfast everyday and complimentary snacks, fruit, and beverages. Hiking, birding, wildlife viewing and horseback riding within walking distance; dining and shopping within 15-20 minutes. ... more less