'Hidden gem' may be an overused phrase, but I can't think of a better one for this place - I've lived in Tucson on & off for 32 years & I've never met a fellow Tucsonan who has heard of Mission Hill Casitas. It's barely advertised within Tucson - I think it's more of an internet search treasure. Anyway, we stayed there Labor Day 2007. It being the tail end of summer in the Az. desert, we basically had the whole place to ourselves - I think there was only one other unit occupied a couple rows up. Even management was gone for the holiday weekend, which was nice. So quiet. Of course, there was a number you could call if you needed anything. This is a group of 38 townhomes tucked away in the desert at the top of gated Skyline Country Club - 'old school foothills'. They look to have been constructed possibly in the late 60s, which is nice - mature vegetation & thick brick walls. You can choose different suite configurations depending on your needs. Since we were right under the wire to still get killer summer rates, we chose a 2-bedroom, 2-bath unit (I believe it was Cholla 3&4). It had a full kitchen, extremely well stocked with every imaginable item, a comfy living room with sliders to the balcony, and the main bedroom also had sliders out to its own balcony. You cannot possibly ask for better views of Tucson, better desert surroundings, more peace & quiet, or more genteel, classic southwestern luxury. Most of the time we spent out on the spacious balcony, either in the hot tub, having tea & reading at the table, or just endlessly staring at the incredible view from one of the chaises. Our units were on the very bottom row, which meant they were among the most unobstructed, but they were also closest to the tennis courts - but for the most part, the court noise was muffled & unobtrusive. At night the city lights view, night air & subtle desert sounds were so perfect that I slept on the balcony part of the time! There are nice (but hilly) neighborhood walks. For $10 each we got to go over & use the contry club fitness facilities. The pool is enormous - for my money, best pool views of any resort in Tucson - and we had it all to ourselves. The whole place felt like another, better world & it was with regret that we descended back to the comparatively noisy, humdrum 'flatlands' of town when our stay was over. And writing this makes me hungry to go back soon! Aside from Cholla 3/4, the next best-view units would be Palo Verde 7/8 & then Ocotillo 7/8 (see property map on their website).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- These unique Casitas are individually owned and furnished Townhomes with GREAT views of the Tucson Skyline form your own private patio. Nestled up in Skyline Country Club with privledges to the Private Country Club to Swim, play Golf, Tennis or even work out in the fitness Center! We offer Housekeeping, Basic Cable, free local and long distance phone service. Full kitchens for longer stays then just a night! But most of all these offer peace and quiet, when you just need to get away. ... more less
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