I found paradise in the middle of a neighborhood. Searched online for something other than a chain hotel and was fortunate to find Rancho Merlita. What a treasure! If you like a little taste of being in a 'remote' place but in the middle of everything at the same time, this is the location for you. Formally the estate of cosmetic legend Merle Norman, the home was almost plowed down to make a subdivision, but was saved from demolition and turned into a bed and breakfast. The main house has accomodations and so does the separate guest house - you get the feel of Arizona but in a homey type of environment. In the morning you will be awaken by the mourning doves, see a family of quail scurry by and admire the ancient look of the tree lizards, the outright cuteness of the ground squirrels and wild rabbits. Breakfast is short of amazing made by Ms. Bell who runs the property impecably. I even got a copy of the breakfast bread I had at my first breakfast; if you want a copy you'll have to stay - I'm not giving away the secret! In the afternoon you are treated with a little snack and beverage which you can take to the pool or back to your room. In the 'library' at the main house, there are a variety of DVD's you can watch, or like me, if you need to print your boarding passes for your next day flight bring it on - they have a computer complete with a convenient printer. Wi-Fi is available and accessible. Room was comfy, slept better than in any hotel I have stayed at before and there was nothing I could think of that wasn't available.Little trails for you to walk and a star gazing patio area to enjoy at night. It's a gated property so you feel also very safe. Near the main drags of Broadway, Speedway and Tanque Verde you can literally turn in any direction and be close to an amazing sight to visit. Nothing seemed too far away from Rancho Merlita. Will definitely come back if in Tucson again without thinking about it twice. Great for couples young and old.
- 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