My husband and I stayed at the Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort over the July 4th Holiday Weekend, in one of the "historic rooms" that were part of the original exclusive young ladies' boarding school dating from the 1930's. The Resort has stayed as true as possible to the iconic Spanish Colonial original construction while providing its guests every amenity. Yes, the original buildings show their age if you look closely, but step back and you feel transported to the Spanish colonial Southwest once more, even in the newer additions. The central courtyard bordered by the library on one side and guest rooms on the other three is a naturalist's delight. Our room, on the second floor, had a walkway/shared balcony that overlooked the courtyard and the city of Tucson on the valley below. Every morning, we enjoyed fresh coffee while watching the birds and lizards flitting in and out of the mature vegetation and the multitude of large pots overflowing with flowers. City lights were amazing at night, accompanied of course by a drink of choice from the fully-stocked bar below. What is most striking about this resort is the lack of "resort fees", also known as "nickle and dime" charges. Icy cold bottles of water in our room daily, along with Arbuckle ariosa coffee, fresh towels, fresh bedding, bathrobes and bathing supplies; free Internet in our room; and the most gracious staff we've ever experienced, all at no additional charge. From the time we checked in, when the parking attendant noticed we had made a wrong turn and came to direct us to our room, to the time we checked out, when the Front Desk noticed, on their own, that the charges that had been allocated to our room did not reflect our discount, we felt warmly welcomed. One staff member, the night we checked in at 9 pm still a bit hungry, quietly mentioned our plight to the maitre d' who was overseeing the takedown of a special dining event that left the kitchen unable to accommodate other orders. The maitre d' tracked us down in the bar and invited us to fill a plate from the special event buffet, since "the event is done and the remaining food might as well be eaten". We can't imagine a more gracious treatment! Oh, and by the way, the food is FABULOUS. Taking all the mothers in our family, from 90-year old great-grandma to our 30-something daughter and her family, to the Mother's Day Brunch at the Hacienda del Sol Grill is an annual treat not to be missed. If you choose one of the much newer, "posh" resorts for your stay in Tucson rather than the Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, you will have missed experiencing the heritage and the renowned hospitality of this area; and that would be a shame indeed.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Hotel Tucson
- Hacienda Del Sol Tucson
- Hacienda Del Sol Hotel