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Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd., Tucson, AZ 85718   |  
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Ranked #3 of 127 hotels in Tucson
Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Magical Valentine's Anniversary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This is a gorgeous historical property that has not been left to go to seed. We stayed in Room 19, which was the room for the teachers at this former boarding school for girls (circa 1930s I think) and it was spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated. A 2-room suite with bed and bath in one large room and a sitting room. Both had flat screen TVs, there was a mini fridge too. A lovely patio with table and chairs and a chiminea which the supervising housekeeper ensured had a log at the ready. Room 19 is an end room and was very quiet, no noise at all sleep or morning hours. Ice machine right next door. We had the 7-course dinner at The Grill, amazing food presented very nicely. Gorgeous views of twinkling Tucson below, get a window seat to get ful advantage. Lovely lighthing and decor, romantic. Accommodating and service oriented staff in every position. Liked it so much we had breakfast there the next morning and it was possibly better than the dinner, my husband had the buffalo eggs benedict, he loved it; I had buttermilk pancakes with carmelized apples and the best crispy bacon. Same fantastic view. The gift shop had great things to choose from, a very wide variety from gifts for the kids to adults. Bought some unique notecards which were taken from paintings by the talented staff member at the front desk, Richard Dennis.

A lovely, lovely time worth every cent. We were so well taken care of by the wonderful staff. The grounds are so very very pretty whether day or night. Can't go wrong here.

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  • Stayed February 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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BrianBattaglia, Front Office Manager at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Thank you for coming to share your anniversary with us. Thank you for such a detailed and enthusiastic review. Room 19 was the Headmistress Suite from 1929 to approx 1944 and now serves as our wedding/honeymoon suite. I am happy you found the suite to be comfortable and well appointed
Interestingly enough the hotel was about to be torn down in 1995 when the current owners rescued and began rehabbing the entire grounds.
We appreciate you patronizing the Grill, glad to hear you enjoyed the scenery and ambiance on the West Patio, great tip for fellow travelers to request this. From our reviews and comments you picked the 2 most popular items on the breakfast menu, good to see they held up their reputation. I will pass along your thoughts to our F & B team.
One of our Owners Robyn has transformed the gift shop over the past few years to have as you say a great variety of items including more local artisans and alot more unique gift ideas, I am sure she will appreciate your kind words.
We hope to see you again in the future, please contact me if I can assist with any planning. Regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Fun historic inn. Pictures throughout tell its history as a girls school. Great location to all activities yet you don't feel you are in the city because of its wonderful desert landscape. We stayed in a suite, one of 3 in its building. Very quiet. All the amenities you want. Great view of the mountains. Friendly staff at all levels. Ate in the bar- great food and drinks, then a softly lit walk back to our room. Morning coffee in our room is a tucson coffee Arbuckles, nice rich. The room still smelled of our evening fire in our bedroom fireplace causing us to linger longer. A must place to stay in tucson

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BrianBattaglia, Front Office Manager at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Thank you for coming to stay with us last week. Thank you also for sharing your experience with the travel community.
Sounds like you had suite # 4, great to hear the accomodations met your needs for comfort, peacefulness and scenery.
We try and keep as much local as possible with our vendors, Arbuckles coffee is a definately a hit with guests. For some Hacienda at home we also ship pre-packaged bags of beans or grounds from them if you are interested.
Kind rare to have hotels with real wood burning fireplaces these days, we find the atmosphere and ambience they create for our guests is worth the effort in cost and effort.
I hope you can make it back to see us, love to have you try another of our unique suites next time. Regards
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Ojai, California
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Review is only for restaurant.
I have been coming to Tucson for many years now. About 15 years ago, I discovered HDS. What an amazing place! Some of the best times with friends and family have been shared over lunch or dinner in the restaurant. Whenever I am with out-of-towners, HDL is a for sure stop. What a beautiful place to just enjoy life!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BrianBattaglia, Front Office Manager at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Ed, thank you being such a loyal and enthusiastic diner for over 15 years. We also appreciate you sharing the experiences with your friends and family. Our Owner recently returned from a conference in Ojai and says it is a fabulous place as well. I have passed along your review to our restaurant management, they appreciate seeing feedback as we on the hotel side. I am happy to make future reservations for dining for you anytime. Regards
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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

If you're ever in the Tucson area, this is a "must stay" motel. Actually, the term motel doesn't fit all that well. This is an authentic hacienda that has been converted into a motel. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with native flora. Outside you'll likely encounter a number of semi-tame lizards, along with an occasional roadrunner. The rooms are very clean, comfortable and nicely decorated in rustic southwestern style. The staff is very professional and responsive. If you're there on a weekend, do not miss the Sunday brunch. It's expensive, but worth every dime, The selection is extensive and the quality of the food is superb.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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BrianBattaglia, Front Office Manager at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us at the Hacienda Dave. Thank you also for taking a moment to expound on your experiences here.
Motel can sometimes be thought of as a negative today however we were built in 1929 and the phrase coined in 1925, historically it fits and we definately straddle many types of properties
We are kind of like a mini Southwest animal park here on property, I have not had the fortune of seeing a roadrunner yet though. I hope the lizards were on their behavoir near you.
The Grill does appreciate your praise and recommendation of Sunday Brunch. Great room tip especially for the weekends. We also offer advance purchase rates which reward early guaranteed bookings with up to 30% off.
Next time you are in Arizona please come and see us again, please contact me if I can help with reservations. Regards
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Cottonwood, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

This lovely 'old' place is in a residential neighborhood up and away from the fray. Lovely gardens and patios with casually elegant accommodations and staff more than happy to set an evening meal for us in one of the beautifully landscaped patios. We will stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BrianBattaglia, Front Office Manager at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Thank you for making the trek So. Arizona to come stay with us. I appreciate the time and effort spent sharing your thoughts on your time here. Being built in 1929 age wise we are definately old while trying to stay up to date with current modern comforts. I enjoyed your "casually elegant" phrasing, sort of an oxymoron but it definately suits us well. We definately try to keep a more relaxed atmosphere here while maintaining high levels of service and professionalism. We look forward to having you back in the future please contact me if I can assist with a reservation. Regards
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Bermuda Dunes, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Stayed on a "four nights for the cost of three" offer January 6 - 10, 2013. As accompanied by a dog that likes to bark, the casitas (we were in # 48) were perfect for us as private & with plenty of separation from other hotel rooms. Ours was very spacious & nicely appointed, with a long covered porch/patio overlooking the city lights to the south, the canyon & setting sun to the west, & the Santa Catalina mountains to the north. It was cool at night, so we especially liked the stocked fireplace. Liked the peacefulness & privacy. The casita was sufficiently large, we could have lived in it! We felt the price charged was an excellent value. There are several different types of rooms & prices, but we saw no others to compare.

The hotel is historic and stunningly charming. The extensive grounds are immaculately maintained desert lanscaping, along with flowers & citrus. We really enjoyed exploring. The historic courtyard is simply lovely. We liked the variety of small areas to sit & have a drink or a chat. We very much liked the location of the hotel, up in the foothills with expansive views, & far from the traffic-filled bustle of much of Tucson.

We found the food of a high standard, both in The Grill & using room service. The peppery chocolate truffles after dinner at The Grill are not to be missed!

Very helpful & warm staff throughout. Our concierge/receptionist was informative & professional; it seemed as though she was working all the time! Highly recommend a sports massage from Kai, & so much enjoyed a one-on-one trail ride on Rooster, with Shane (on Sugar) as our wonderful patient & informative guide. So cool to have the stables on the property.

Overall, the hotel doesn't have quite the five star gloss of a Four Seasons, but it has a throwback sense of history & quaintness & originality that means far more to us. We really, really enjoyed our stay!

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  • Stayed January 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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BrianBattaglia, Front Office Manager at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Miss Thompson, thank you for coming to stay with us for 4 nights from the Low Desert. Thank you also for a wonderfully detailed review.
There is no place like home, thankfully your Casita made you and your dog { no barking complaints were lodged } feel welcome and comfortable while away. Having the creature comforts of space, private parking and working fireplace help give less a hotel and more a home feel. In todays economy value is at a premium, good to hear we have kept our rates competitive and provide or exceed expectations.
Thank you for taking the time to use all of our outlets on property. I am thrilled our Stables are taking guests on great adventures of the Southwest landscapes, we switched companies a year ago and it is paying off well. As typing I just ran into Kai and have passed along your thoughts.
We definately are not a glossy property, we prefer to put the gloss in the paint and the shine on our service. I appreciate your interest in our unique history rather than having 10 pools and butler service. Hope to see you in the future. Regards
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

#1 in service and ambiance. If you stay one night you will want to extend to 3 or 4 additional. This was originally a girls school in 1928 and provides the comfortable elegance of years past. The restaurant and bar best ever, ask to see if Chef's table is available , to see all of the kitchen action while you dine. The wine list is worldly and extensive, but also very reasonable priced wines along with the super greats! The staff knows their wines, chef knows their food /presentation and the servers are polite and cater to your needs all as you enjoy the desert surroundings....... Your blood pressure will drop by 20 points as you strole into the restaurant or bar.
The rooms are all different size and shape which is part of the old atmosphere all settled in the foothills of Tucson, but only 5 minutes away from elegent shopping, restaurants, and La Paloma jack Nicholas golf course. Like I have written above, you will want to stay a week, "locally owned and loved".

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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BrianBattaglia, Front Office Manager at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Mike, thank you for coming to stay and dine with us recently. I hope your business meeting went fantastic and your guests enjoyed themselves. Also thank you for sharing your first review about your experiences here.
I appreciate your personal # 1 ranking for us, hopefully your kind review will help bring us back to the official # 1 spot in Tucson.
Kudos to our restaurant staff, it is quite amazing when each part of the team adds its own unique touches to make a complete impression on guests. I will share your thoughts with our Management team.
I love your last comment, sums up our owners committment to keeping our place a special oasis in the desert for the last almost 20 years.
I hope we have earned and will see you in the future for work and leisure visits, please contact me if I can assist with room or chef's table reservations anytime. Regards
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Address: 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd., Tucson, AZ 85718
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Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Tucson
#2 Family Hotel in Tucson
#2 Spa Hotel in Tucson
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
#7 Business Hotel in Tucson
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience resort luxury with authentic, southwestern ambiance in Tucson, Arizona. Discover the romantic and vintage style of Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. Rich in Tucson history, the resort resides in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains on 34 acres of natural desert landscape. Botanical gardens envelop the resort’s private casitas, guest rooms and suites. Authentic adobe structures and hand-carved, wood-beamed ceilings circa 1929 are just a few of the preserved details amidst modern day amenities. ... more   less 
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