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Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 47 Tucson B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Evanston, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Our Recharging Place”
Reviewed June 8, 2010

We have chosen to return to the Azure Gate B&B year after year because we feel so very good there.
Dennis and Christine, the proprietors, have always made us feel welcome and comfortable. Off Catalina Highway, on the northeast outskirts of town, it is quiet and just far enough out of town that the natural setting predominates. Your northern horizon is the Santa Catalina Mountains and all around you is dessert foliage and constant bird activity. We eagerly watch for wildlife passing through and have been rewarded with sightings of Gila Monsters, Road Runners, Hares and a Bobcat.
We enjoy hiking in the near by nature preserves and also going into town for shopping, used book stores, body work and a great variety of dinning experiences. Tucson is an eclectic town; a harmonious mix of old and new. A short walk from the Azure Gate will get you to Le Buzz, our favorite cafe, or to other places to have a meal.
We have stayed in both separate guest houses and they both have their own distinctive character and charm. The accommodations are immaculate and beautifully decorated. There is a pool to cool off in and nice outdoor areas to lounge around. We often choose to stay in because we actually relax.
We return when we can because we always have a great recharging experience.
Dean and Sharon

Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed June 7, 2010

We relaxed totally and enjoyed the amazing peace, food, wildlife, landscaping, art, local sights, sunsets, conversation and kindness that abound at this magical place. Dennis and Christine Widman are wonderful hosts, helping you to enjoy everything about this place they love and the Tucson area. The surrounding environment is not the dry desert we expected...this place is lush and verdant--don't miss a nearby park with pond and palm trees--Aqua Caliente--a beautiful oasis. Turtles, owls and many other birds. Just walking in Azure Gate's "neighborhood" is also a treasure. We've already planned a return trip next Spring when the cactus are in bloom. Such beauty.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hollywood, Florida
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Reviewed May 28, 2010

my partner and i stayed in one of the houses on the property. winding staircase leading to a comforting and comfortable bedroom. downstairs, the kitchen was replete with coffees/teas, glasses, dishes, soft drinks. the living room afforded us a homey environment with a television and snack foods. the desk allowed us the availability to write and compute our trip. the bath was filled with blow dryer, shampoos, skin lotions - all the amenities one would find at a large hotel but without the stuffiness. we felt like we were in our own oasis. the breakfasts dennis served up were gourmet; the conversation with the bubbly christine was charming. any time we're in the tucson area, we will stay nowhere else but the azure gate. always a privilege to be pampered there.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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Reviewed May 27, 2010

Azure Gate was a great choice for us: we prefer authenticity and character to perfectly polished and mass produced; natural beauty to man-made landscapes; privacy to lots of opportunity for chance encounters (okay, that's me- my husband is an extrovert.) There was one significant flaw for us, but I'll get to that later and our consensus is that this is a special experience and one not easily found in my experience of staying at approximately 50 private lodges/B&B's over the years.

The thing that struck me more than the extraordinary food and sumptuous desert landscape—with the best soundscape ever—was the total investment of our hosts. This is their baby; they love their work and don't take things for granted. Seems to me it would have been easy for someone to provide us with a less than first class experience, because we were the only paying guests while we were there. Instead, we were treated with the same spectacular gourmet breakfasts and attentive service throughout. You can have as much privacy as you want (I was super happy to note that our 'apartment' was truly private--none of the windows faced any neighboring buildings) yet I never felt I was intruding on Christine during our two long conversations. She is a bright spirit and in a longer stay I would have liked to learn much more about both of their lives.

The one hitch to our experience and we both agreed on this one, is the bedding. Perhaps we are unusual, but our own bed and pillows at home are far superior to the one we spent our 10th anniversary on. The actual bed is just okay, neither excellent nor bad. The sheets could have been nicer to the touch; they felt too crisp (over bleached?) But the easily fixed and bummer were the pillows. I would love to stay there again but if they aren't switched out, we will bring our own! They had a too high and hard loft and we found them hard on our necks, even though I prefer a soft pillow and my husband a medium. If they are feather-down pillows, there is s nothing cushy about them. I will emphasize that we are picky about our bedding. This is one area we’ve come to expect lush not humble in any accommodation that is not labeled as ‘budget’.

No way however can we give them less than excellent marks. Overall they excel in areas that are rarer than beds. They deserve to have every success in this business which relies as much on charisma and caring as it does on the property itself (which is lovely!)

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed May 22, 2010

Natural desert landscape, mountain views and peace and quiet. Dennis is a serious chef and takes pride in his work. The quality of the breakfasts I had was remarkable. I really enjoyed my stay there and it made the stress of job and personal life disappear for a while.

I would definitely recommend the Azure Gate for anyone looking to unwind while in Tucson.

Vinnie Maniola

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled on business
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed May 17, 2010

Fantastic hosts. Not that we saw much of them as we secluded ourselves away in the Catalina Guesthouse--but Dennis was right there to greet us as we pulled into the driveway and he promptly provided a comprehensive tour of the grounds. D&C provide just the right amount of non-intrusiveness and "being there" when you need them. The grounds will especially appeal to artist souls as the surroundings have a bit of art in just about every corner (and non-corner). I loved the creativity. From the patio, where we had our breakfast each morning, we could watch the wildlife skitter though the cacti with the Catalina Mountains as backdrop. If you ignore the unfortunate placement of some power lines between the property and the mountains you will feel as if you are living in a remote part of the desert. Your greatest fear will be that at least one of the myriad birds singing and flying about overhead will splat you or your coffee. Watch out!

A small "herd" of Javelinas (small wild-pig-thingies) descended on the property one afternoon and roamed about munching at cactus. We walked about in the small cactus forest surrounding the house--there are plenty of "trails" but we usually found a bit of cactus spines in our shoes once we returned. In May the cacti were blossoming!

The property is just the right distance from the city of Tucson so that you can easily get to restaurants and activities while feeling remote at the same time. Just up the Catalina Highway you can drive up Mt. Lemmon and find yourself some 9,000 feet high within forty minutes or so. Worth the trip.

The accommodations were really great. We arrived to a fridge stocked with cold drinks (you will find yourself drinking a lot of fluid in this climate). Everything was neat and clean. We opted out of the breakfasts (you get a discount for doing so) because we like to have the option of sleeping late and prefer very simple breakfasts to the gourmet options provided--so have no opinions to offer with respect to the quality of the meals.
If you have not been to Tucson, be prepared for a small challenge in finding things. The roads and streets are laid out in a grid pattern but have a tendency to stop dead and continue on elsewhere. Street names change suddenly. We had a few different maps and not a one of them consistently made those changes clear. And you almost always have to make a u-turn if something is on the left side of the roadway--most roads have median barriers with no crossovers. But you get used to it.

If we should choose to return to Tucson in the future (we were there for one week and did not see everything we'd have liked) we would stay here again without hesitation.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta Ga
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Reviewed May 16, 2010

Things could not have been better. Just a nice place, interesting nick nacks around every corner, Hosts were the best. Oh, the breakfasts were a cut above, a time to be savored.

A wide array of well arranged, things to do and places to eat. A real pleasure to stay at the Azure Gate. Would highly recommend it to any an all.

I laughed to myself as I read the questions below, business center? Why would you want to work in such a tranquil setting? A fitness center, sure thing-take a job down the road or walk the gounds. Room service, Dennis will bring anything to you if you ask, but I always got my own as I saw something new each time a went into a room. Restaurant? Enough stuff to eat for an Army. The breaksfasts are a special time.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast
Address: 9351 E Morrill Way, Tucson, AZ 85749-8550
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Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5 magical acres of desert botanical garden ambiance; two guest houses with kitchens; plus two guest rooms in the main house offer a range in pricing as well as length of stay; enjoy the library, chess room, living room, and outdoor oasis; walk through 10 Azure Gates designed by artist Simon Donovan; Come here to relax and enjoy the peace, beauty, and spirit of nature that is The Azure Gate. ... more   less 
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