We booked 4 days/3 nights on the Family Package in July 2014. The advertisement allowed for 2 free Margarita's per night and games to play as a family such as, bocce ball, volley ball, badminton, croquet, as well as free bike rentals.
We booked room the Queen Hacienda (remodeled) and were assigned room 108. This was a living room (not a sunken living room), separate bedroom with two queens, a standard bathroom (no jetted tub here) and some sort of "spare" room that looked like it should have been a bathroom but with another sink and closet but no toilet or shower.
Stables Restaurant: We enjoyed lunch and dinner there. Our fav's: Wedge Salad, Free Range Chicken Corn Chowder; Otero Burger, Chili Relleno; Margarita's are EXCELLENT on the rocks. Service was good, but getting the check takes awhile.
The grounds - simply beautiful. Like an oasis in the deserts; lots of grass and everything laid out nicely. Signage is great so Spa, restaurant, etc are easy to find.
The Bike Rentals - Beach explorer type bikes that can be taken to "The Village" (Tubac town center) and locked up while you shop to your heart's content or just ride around the resort. My kids enjoyed that the most.
This room was just okay. Yeah, it was spacious, but felt a bit tired even though it was remodeled. Perhaps it was trying to pull off "rustic", but some of the furniture was old and dinged; the couch had some yogurt or mayo type food smudges on it when we arrived, so I put a spare sheet over it so I didn't feel grossed out. The weird "spare room with a sink" was pretty useless. I asked upon arrival if we had a kitchenette and was told yes, but I never found it. By definition a kitchenette is a small cooking area. There was no small stove or microwave to define anything in the room as a kitchenette. The fridge was under the tv in the living room cabinet. There were two shelves to put dry goods and snacks which was adequate. The a/c vent had a rattle in it when it engaged. The room had nice heavy doors (some of the nearby rooms had Arcadia doors in front AND back) and a screen door on the back with a nice little place to sit and see the golf course. To the front was the pool view, but not so close as to be noisy from other vacationers.
My take: CALL, don't book online like I did so you really understand what you are getting in your room (like a kitchenette). A jetted tub would have been nice as well as a newer room. I figured (to my detriment) that a remodeled room would be upscale and I suppose it was compared to the older unremodeled rooms). The pictures and descriptions are somewhat vague. So make SURE you know what you are getting.
THE ADVERTISED FAMILY SPORTING GAMES: One of the reasons we booked here was because of the advertised games that were available. We did not allow our children to bring their electronics so we could show them active, fun outdoor games. We asked for the croquet set one late afternoon and received a set in a bag only to find there were 8 mallets, one ball, and no wickets (the hoops). So we took it back. The person on duty checked the other set; again only mallets, no balls or wickets. I asked for the bocce ball set; no bocce ball set. There were a few badminton racquets and two birdies but no net. And no volleyball net set up anywhere on the grounds. We were told to ask the morning reservation crew or check with the Pro Shop. Next morning, we checked with the morning crew - we were told the Pro Shop never has that stuff and that the bocce ball set was never returned nor were the croquet sets complete. They did have maintenance set up the volley ball net that morning, but by later that day it was108 degrees out and I wasn't up to a vigorous game of volleyball, though, I appreciated the effort.
The pool: an older okay standard pool. Not crystal clear or really clean looking. The water the 4 days were were there was a bit cloudy with some bugs and leaves in it. Perhaps it looks better in the morning. A few of the lounge chairs were broken or ripped. You will need to take the GREEN towel from your room as that is your pool towel. Take it back and hang it out to dry. There is no towel drop off at the pool, nor are they any towels available at the pool. Jacuzzi was nice and hot but a standard concrete, box shape with bench seat all the way around. Don't forget your pool key to get in AND out of the pool area. The rules in their book say no one under 18 without an adult; the signage says no one under 14 without an adult, but there were about 6-8 kids there that hopped the fence and had no adult.
Lastly, on our second night someone was booked next to us that woke us up at 11:20 and continued to laugh, squeal and talk loudly (alright, yell) until midnight. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt; I doubt they realized how loudly they were coming through the brick wall. On two occasions they threw something up against the wall and it slid down, whatever it was. It would be nice if people realized they are not the only people in the place however, and keep it down a bit. I checked with the front desk the next morning and they checked out first thing so I did not have to ask for a room change.
All in all, there was some good and meh, but no ugly. I don't think I'd rate my experience at 4 stars; 3.5 would be perfect; 3 is too low. It is truly a lovely area with great views; great, friendly staff, but my room (and neighbors) ruined the better rating. Additionally, the family games were non-existent and certainly not as advertised. Will I return? Not sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautiful luxury destination resort is set on 500 acres at the base of the Santa Rita Mountains in Southern Arizona, south of Tucson. The resort features 98 luxury Hacienda style accommodations, two restaurants and cantina at the golf course, a full-service spa and salon and a 27-hole championship golf course. The resort is just five minutes from the charming Village of Tubac, a world-renowned artists community. This romantic, almost secret place is still a haven for Hollywood notables, politicians, accomplished business executives, and generations of families who returned year after year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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