Hacienda del Sol is a small (50ish rooms), upmarket, historic hotel located in the beautiful foothills of the Santa Catalina mountains. It has character and soul in spades, something its chain neighbors don't have. The grounds are beautifully landscaped; the fragrance of flowering plants is everywhere; the atmosphere is unhurried and gracious; the staff genuinely seems to care and the restaurant is a wonderful fine dining experience. We were there for a mid-winter sun and relaxation get-away.
Our suite was large and comfortable, but was not furnished as nicely as it might have been. Bed comfort was excellent. The hotel needs someone with design sense to pull it together. With $5,000 of capital investment in our room, they could charge 50% more. The product isn't broken, just missing a half beat.
The hotel also needs an "adults-only" pool and/or patio. Our pool karma and the perfection of the setting was obliterated by an incessantly screeching two year old and her loud, always-talking, uber-oblivious mother, plus the mother's sisters, cousins and aunts. An adults-only space would have given everyone a place to be. The land is there and, again, the investment would be minimal.
The restaurant far exceeded our expectations!!! Wow, this is serious, contemporary fine dining. Check out the Zagat's review. In addition to the stunning views out the windows, the restaurant's bonus feature is its stunning staff, each one is a looker and good at their job too. Who knew?
I love small hotels with lots of character, for which I am willing to put up with imperfections, like lamps with burnt out bulbs and some odd bits of furniture. So, despite the Loud family at the pool, I was very, very pleased. I have stayed at the Westin and, for me, Hacienda del Sol wins the comparison hands down. You, however, may not see things like I do.
With limited capital investment and a quiet area for adults, this charmer would be perfection for all of us who love small, historic inns.
- 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