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“Fantastic, Relaxing Spot” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Inns at El Rancho Merlita

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The Inns at El Rancho Merlita
Ranked #9 of 48 Tucson B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Phoenix, AZ
Level Contributor
48 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fantastic, Relaxing Spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

As a surprise to my wife I booked a night away for our anniversary. I did a lot of research on B&B's in Tucson and decided on this one based on other reviews. I had high expectations and I was not disappointed. My wife was surprised when we pulled in as the entrance and grounds are fantastic.

We stayed in the Merle Norman suite (I recommend it) and it was amazing. While it has that retro feel, the furnishings are first class and the fixtures are modern and sharp. The suite has a Jacuzzi and a steam shower, as well as 2 sinks and a walk in closet. There is also a sitting room with a desk, very old fashioned and wonderful. Plus, there is a fireplace in the room and a private patio.

Everything about the place is comfortable. The common areas are inviting from the great room, to the media room, to the kitchen. And the back grounds are neat with pathways through the desert that lead to a game room, a fire pit, a stargazing patio, or a labyrinth.

The Innkeeper, Pattie, was a terrific host. She was attentive and yet out of the way so we had our privacy. Plus the breakfast was great, with plenty of local flavor.

We stayed there one night and wished it had been a week. We will be back for sure.

Room Tip: All the rooms are nice and they have their own charm, but the Merle Norman suite is worth the extra...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

After traveling many days, touring NM and AZ parks and sites, we spent two days in Tucson -- and what a relaxing, perfect place to stay. We stayed in the Ranch House, Spanish Colonial, a larger room. The quality of the decor throughout is first class, our room was beautiful, quality linens, with every detail thought of and absolutely perfect. Patty, the manager, provided great ideas of day trips, hikes, restaurants, and directions to us, which were all exactly 'spot on'. The location east is out of the busier areas, with the Saguarro NP (east), foothills areas nearby, but still easy to get back into town. It exceeded our expectations in every way, and we would absolutely recommend it and return again if in Tucson.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ktripper2012
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Kelowna, B.C.
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62 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

As Bed & Breakfast owners in Canada we used Trip Advisor for our trip to Arizona.
We found El Rancho Merlita and could not have been more delighted with the whole experience.
From the first phone call, to the reception we received, the upgrade of the B&B room, which has a huge king size, beautifully decorated, afternoon tea and refreshments, wonderful breakfasts, in fact, it was so great, we added another night to our stay. The grounds are gorgeous, but the best part was the Inn-Keeper, Pattie Bell, thank you for being so helpful, your maps, your ideas and recipes. We shall never forget this trip and when you need a well deserved break do come and stay with us in Kelowna. B.C. Canada.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TOEBB
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Thatcher, Arizona
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

Over exceeded our expectations, rooms and grounds are well managed, clean and pleasing. Heated jacuzzi and pool were excellent. If you have special food needs, they are very flexible and work to meet your needs. Host is very friendly and accommodating, well educated on surrounding attractions. Even when the place is booked up, very quiet and peaceful.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, Missouri, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

This review is long overdue, but our experience was soooo good, I just have to share it. My wife and I were in town to visit one daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter while moving the other daughter and her family into Tucson. We needed a getaway for ourselves and my wife found El Rancho Merlita. A housekeeping problem forced an upgrade to the Merle Norman Suite. What a delight! The suite is beautiful, spacious and well equipped for relaxation and refreshment. Pattie Bell made us feel welcome and treated us like old friends. The pool was unbelievable and an after sundown swim was the perfect way to unwind after a hot, summer day in Tucson. And the grounds truly transport you to another era. It was easy to imagine Merle Norman's extravagant employee getaways. Our only regret was that we only had 24 hours for our getaway. I can only say ditto to the other five-star comments. Their reviews are not exaggerations, as hard as it is to picture an experience like this.

Room Tip: The Merle Norman Suite is definitely worth the extra price. From looking at some of the other rooms...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Florence, AZ
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

We are so glad that we chose this B&B for our two-night stay. Our room was great, but the community rooms were awesome. Everything is decorated in a beautiful Arizona-style. The fabulous view of the Catalina Mountains can be enjoyed from the living room, the front veranda, or our guest room. The gated expanse of mature desert, a lovely front lawn, relaxing swimming pool and hot tub add to the feeling of being tucked away in a beautiful estate all your own. There are trails to walk, a labyrinth, outbuildings, and lots of places to sit and enjoy the views. Each morning we had breakfast on the back patio with the hummingbirds and small birds providing the entertainment. The terrific blue corn pancakes with prickly pear or mesquite bean syrup were delicious. The next day we had fresh fruit smoothies and delicious chilaquilles baked in individual bowls locally made with the Inns logo. We set out to visit the Tucson area each morning with cold water bottles provided for our use. We returned after a hot day to refreshing pricky pear lemonade and ginger-cornmeal cookies before we cooled off in the pool. We hated to leave, but we'll be back.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Arizona Territory room that had a separate entrance out to the front veranda. It w...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Florencex2
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Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

Our first time in Tucson, we stayed in the Arroyo at the Inns of El Rancho Merlita from Sept. 20 through Sept 25, 2012. Located immediately east of Tanque Verde Blvd. on the northeast side of Tucson, the main house is the former home of cosmetics queen Merle Norman, and was the 2009 Decorator Show House for the Tucson Museum of Art. Our primary hostess, Pattie, was a terrific resource for local sites and restaurant recommendations and she also prepared wonderful filling breakfasts. The rooms are very comfortable and well-laid out. The pool was quiet and relaxing, and included a spa. Homemade cookies and prickly pear lemonade were provided throughout the afternoon, as were tea and coffee. Though we didn't partake, massage was available by appointment. We easily filled four and a half days in Tucson and there are still activities to experience when we return. Even our fellow guests were varied and friendly. There is no doubt we will return to both Tucson and The Inns at El Rancho Merlita!

Room Tip: The Merle Norman suite is lovely and extensive, but the smaller rooms are also very comfortable.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Inns at El Rancho Merlita

Property: The Inns at El Rancho Merlita
Address: 1924 N Corte El Rancho Merlita, Tucson, AZ 85715-4493
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay at the historic 1950’s Merle Norman Ranch House and estate. Carved wood beams, rope trim, and hand hewn local rock fireplaces define this home. Outside, relax under deep shaded porches, and enjoy the swimming pool and spa. At night, cuddle up in our soft Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious Museum of New Mexico Collection bedding. Every morning Innkeeper Pattie Bell will greet you with her freshly prepared breakfasts, inspired by southern Arizona local flavor. ... more   less 

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