We stayed here a week and were so comfy we could have stayed longer. We had originally booked the La Casita but Di Ann knew there was going to be a checkout the day we were checking in so she offered to upgrade us for free to the La Paloma so she wouldn't be rushed to clean. We took the upgrade and we were glad we did. It was a bigger unit, perfect for being 'park central' to my father-in-law in the Cowboy unit and a friend who parked his trailer in the rv space. We cooked every night, which turned out to be a good strategy given the low diversity of restaurants in the area. I communicated quite a bit with Di Ann while meal planning at home to make sure I knew what was present to cook with, and anything that wasn't already there Di Ann graciously stocked from her own kitchen if necessary to make it easy on me. She even had briquettes for the barbecue grill that were leftover from a previous guest so we didn't need to bring them. Not only was the kitchen convenient, but the whole place was set up great for an extended stay. It was truly like having our own house. We slept in only one of the beds and it was pretty comfy. We used the second bedroom for our luggage so we could spread out more (both bedrooms were pretty small). The bathroom (in between the two bedrooms) was really spacious with lots of room to put out cosmetics, etc, and it was well stocked with shampoo, soap and towels. All in all, a great home away from home.
I also checked out the Cowboy room -- it was adorable! I didn't spend much time in there but my father in law said it was comfortable.
This place has a lot to offer for a great price. About the only drawback is that it is not right in the canyon, but if you can live with that you can definitely save money and probably be more comfortable in every other way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is a wonder-filled place for Birders, Mountain Bikers, Hikers, and our night sky awakens an awe that brings folks back next year and the year after that to gaze at the heavens. They start calling themselves Astronomers, though some prefer Star Gazers or Incurable Romantics. We have beautiful views of the Chiricahua Mountains, one of the prime destinations for literally hundreds of bird species. Portal, Arizona, famed for being base camp to Birding Afficianados from around the world, is 7 miles away. So when you stay with us, you are close to the action but far from the "Madding Crowd". The Chiricahua Mountains provide a migration corridor above the surrounding desert and rise through seven life zones. Providing a wide range of ecosystems and a variety of plant, animal and bird species, it is one of only two sites in the US where the elegant trogon nests, and it is also home to 16 varieties of hummingbirds. Nestled in the area are hummingbirds, screech owl, great horned owl, elf owl, ring-tailed cat, skunk, coati, gray fox, deer, black bear, javelina, and bighorn sheep. Come and visit. Bring all your relatives. We have cottage, motel and RV accommodations. It is a beautiful place for a family reunion. You can relax by the koi pond while the more energetic strike out to discover the beautiful land that Geronimo and Cochise loved. This country is steeped in the history of the Old West. The famed town of Tombstone is less than 100 miles away. Tucson, Arizona is only a 2 hour drive, while the Mexico border is about an hour away. Rivers, canyons, and mountains are all within easy driving distance. ... more less
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