My husband and I ended up at the Hacienda del Sol as a result of some flight miles we had to use up. Sort of a throw the dart at the map trip that landed us in Tuscon. I did select the Hacienda Del Sol due to the fabulous reviews, and it definitely lived up to those reviews. This is an amazing little resort right at the foothills of the Santa Catalina mountains - and what an UNBELIEVABLE view of the mountains you have!
Due to our overwhelming satisfaction with our stay, this review is lengthy. I will break it down by category, so you can skip to what most interests you.
ROOMS: We booked a suite with a patio (very reasonable price for the accommodations provided). The suites are a few steps away from the main building along a quaint pathway through their unbelievable cacti and dessert plants. We had a separate little building with one other suite attached to us. It was like having our own little place. The room had nice decor, a comfortable bed and was clean.
FOOD: The food here is excellent! They have 2 restaurants (The Grill and Terraza) that share 1 outside patio (which we used for every meal except breakfast, because it's too cold then). You can order off either menu. The Grill is more fine dining and the Terraza more casual. We ended up ordering off the Terraza menu for every meal, as the selections were so great. It was as if someone custom made a menu just for us. Every single thing we ate was excellent and of high quality. "Casual" food was elevated to another level. They also have a great cocktail menu. The restaurants seemed to be popular locally as well, as we observed many locals coming for lunch and dinner - although we never had a problem getting a table (reservations recommended for dinner).
POOL: The pool was perfect. It is heated, so it's always a perfect temperature. You have a nice view of the mountains from the pool as well. There is also a hot tub just down a stairwell from the pool that we enjoyed as well.
SERVICE/STAFF: Excellent, excellent, excellent! Everyone we encountered was pleasant, courteous and accommodating. Front desk staff, housekeeping, restaurant staff were all exceptional. The perfect mix of friendliness with professionalism.
ACTIVITIES: There is horseback riding available on site. We took a 1 1/2 hour ride and were very happy with it. We also went to Sabino Canyon (15 minute drive away) and took the 45 minute tram ride into the canyon. I highly recommend this. Absolutely stunning scenery! You can also hike in the canyon. There are other things to do in the area, but we mostly wanted a low key relaxing vacation.
All of the above combined with the fact that we seemed to hit the resort at an unusually slow time (as we felt like we had the place to ourselves at times) made for a fantastic stay. We travel a couple of times a year and this is, by far, one of the best places we have stayed at. Would definitely go back!
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Thank you and your dart for choosing to come to Tucson and stay with us recently. I like your category breakdown, helps make my replying easier and simple for fellow travelers navigate all your points.
Starting bottom to top we appreciate you taking a ride at our on-site Stables, the weather during the day has become perfect for a jaunt through the arroyo and canyon. Sabino Canyon is one of the best and most visited places in Tucson. Its great that you can enjoy the atmosphere either hiking or riding the tram especially on those scorching afternoons.
I want to thank you for acknowledging and our Staff for providing triple excellent service while here. We can have all the great facilities, landscapes and food but without our dedicated staff the experience would only be half fulfilling in my opinion.
We appreciate you joining us in both dining rooms many times during your stay. Both kitchens have recently came out with new menus. The chefs will love to hear that both have been well received especially the elevation of the casual menu which they have added a few "higher" end items for a good balance.
Value is important these days and I am happy to see the Suite was clean and comfortable for you at a reasonable price for such. Sounds like you had the Suite on our west side, those are great for some seclusion and great desert landscapes right outside and on the way to our main areas.
Thank you for the beautiful pictures posted, I love the one at the pool during sunset. We look forward to you coming back to see us in the future and safe continued travels. Regards
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