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Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
Ranked #3 of 129 Hotels in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 April 2010

This is a great little (30 rooms) hotel for friends, family or business. We just had a two night stay that was enjoyable and convenient. Easy access is provided to downtown Tucson, the U of A campus, hiking trails, great shopping and restaurants. Upon arrival and easy check-in, we sat on one of several patios and enjoyed appetizers and a glass of wine.

Dinner was on-site at the "Grill" offering beautiful views of the Arizona sunset from the inside or a relaxing and comfortable out door patio. Both food and service were outstanding with a varied menu with southwest flare.

Rooms appear to vary in size and amenities but ours was quite spacious (huge) and the bed extremely comfortable; air conditioning and flat screen TV’s in both the living room and bedroom.

After a morning hike in the foothills, we put on our suits, jumped in the Jacuzzi and relaxed poolside for most the afternoon. Bar staff from the restaurant provides service to pool guests. While not as convenient as a poolside bar and grill, we had no problems ordering a drink or lunch (try the Grill’s cheeseburger or Carne Asado Tacos).

On our last day we walked to the horse stables and set off for an hour long trail ride in the beautiful and open desert surrounding the hotel, followed by breakfast and coffee on the patio, then check out.

There were several events taking place over our stay including weddings and various private celebrations. The hotel seemed to handle these efficiently as staff was running about but they were still plenty able to care for our needs and wishes.

If you want the “Westin”, it is next door. This is not a “chain” hotel however it is within the Summit Hotels & Resorts group of luxury resorts. Hacienda originally was a girl’s boarding school and has all the charm and feel of the Southwest one could hope for. Situated on a hill near the base of the Catalina Mountains, views of the beautiful Sonoran desert are magnificent.

This hotel may not be for everybody, but if a relaxed atmosphere, attentive staff, excellent food, superior accommodations situated in a historic adobe structure within the beautiful Arizona desert is to your liking, then this hotel is for you.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 April 2010

We just returned from 5 days at Hacienda del Sol, unit #4, that a previous tourist also wrote about. We did not try the fireplace but the smell of smoke did permeate the unit (must have been from all their tries!). Yes, the toilet was not perfect but the resort WAS. I was literally choked up when we left. The grounds are magical. The resort is restful, restaurants amazing. All employees could not be more helpful. I would highly recommend this desert retreat. Horseback riding was also a load of fun! Ask for Paul!

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 April 2010

Our room wasn't ready when we arrived so we had tacos for lunch - best ever with fresh tortillas and two kinds of salsa - before we checked in. The bed was medium with a soft top, quite comfortable, and the room was quiet despite large events at the hotel. We enjoyed the garden, the shower, the decor with lots of Mexican tile and adobe. The staff and service were both excellent. We had dinner at the Grill one night and that was excellent too.

One downside - they were re-paving the parking lot so they kept closing off sections with no warning. I never quite knew where to park or if I could get out in the morning. It'll be done next week so it's not an ongoing problem. I hope they do better in guest relations for large projects in the future.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 March 2010

We checked into Hacienda Room #4 and were immediately impressed with how spacious our suite was. Two flat-panel televisions, a large fireplace, a Southwestern-themed bathroom, and a sprawling king sized bed. However, the toilet had problems and therefore the first hour of our stay was spent with maintenance in our room (they came immediately) repairing the toilet. They got it up and running, but it was not how I wanted to start our stay.

We had trouble lighting the fireplace, so the front desk sent the security officer two of the three nights we were there to give us a hand. That was extremely helpful. The officer refused to take a tip, even though he spent a great deal of time with us (the firewood was wet due to the recent rains).

Our room was lovely-looking, but the bed did not yield a good night's sleep for either of us. The mattress was way too soft. If you need a firm bed, this isn't the room for you. Like a soft bed... stay here!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2010

We stayed at this resort for three weeks and think that this time span allows a good impression. Overall we greatly enjoyed our time. H.d.S. is a historic Southwestern-rustic facility. It is definitely not glitzy, and it is not one of the typical Tucson golf resorts. It is actually a rather small hotel facility with about 30 units. The structure started as an upscale girls' school in 1929, was converted into a retreat resort in the 1940s that attracted Hollywood types, and apparently faded later. In recent years a consortium of local owners, one of whom we met on the grounds several times, has brought it back to a high functioning status. It consists of an adobe-style hacienda around a central courtyard, with a small lobby, gift shop, old-fashioned but comfortable lounge and library on one side. There are two separate and one attached meeting rooms which were busy with meetings. Attached to the main building is a restaurant that overlooks a deep ravine. There is a heated pool and separate hot tub down from the entry lawn. The whole facility is on over 30 acres and sits on a ridge above the main city along with scattered upscale residences. There is a stable and horse corral down below, reachable by a rough driveway and path. The immediate grounds are a well-kept display of wonderful desert flora. Scattered in the periphery are separate casitas. We stayed in a two-room suite behind the main structure which had its own grounds. Covies of quail played around the area near our entry. Our unit was spacious, even huge, and had a remarkable view of the mountains out the french doors. However, each of the units had individual decoration and layout. The floors were rustic tile, there was a working fireplace in the corner, and wide flat screen TVs in living room and bedroom. The bed was kingsize and soft. The living room had a desk, hidaway sofa bed, two overstuffed chairs, a game table with four chairs, and several floor lamps and a side table. The TV was in an armoire along with a small microwave and refrigerator. I would have preferred a small kitchenette unit, but as it was we were able to have breakfasts there The bathroom was pleasant but not elaborate. The shower was handheld and the water pressure was just adequate. The commode was a little small for a large person. An ample supply of towels, soaps, and two gowns were always available.

An available service is free access to an elaborate Jewish Community Center with pool and exercise facilities about 6-8 minutes' drive. Upscale shopping and dining are within 15-20 minutes, and Tucson has a plethora of natural areas; we loved the Sabino Canyon and the two units of the Saguaro National Park.

The attached restaurant, The Grill, is one of the best in Tucson and very popular with locals as the parking area was full every night. The food and service are superb, but it is expensive, so we ate most meals elsewhere. There is a small bar with an outdoor eating area, and live music on weekends.

The best part of our stay was the level of attentiveness and friendly service by the staff. Whenever we brought up a concern or a request, someone attended to it instantly. The people we had contact with were more than cordial. The only trouble we had was one evening loud music from the outdoor bar area extended too late. When they were called, it stopped immediately, and we were given an apologetic wine basket and had a meal at an affiliated restaurant comped; that was way more than we expected.

The owners were installing a new entry drive and parking area covered with paving blocks; the older entry was not well marked and full of potholes. That should be corrected within a couple of months. We would have liked a less expensive dining option on site, some upgrades to the bathroom, and a small kitchenette. I suggest they also develop a network of hiking paths on their spacious acreage, and exploit their grounds with a guide to the plants.

In summary, this is a unique, comfortable, and relaxing facility that served well as a midwinter escape for a couple of northerners. It is not perfect, but has the stamp of local owners who care about the experience of guests. If and when we return to Tucson we'd chose it again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

I brought a group of 19 friends and friends of friends from Norway to show them the Southwest, and we ended the trip with three days at hacienda del Sol. As on my previous visits, it was a great experience. The Hacienda has an unique atmosphere that inspires peace and relaxation. People would rather stay at the hotel than go sightseeing.
A number of us tried the restaurant and they had a fantastic meal with excellent and friendly service.
We are just looking forward to an opportunity to visit the Hacienda again.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

The service was very attentive all around. The restaurant is excellent. We stayed in the hotel's largest accommodation, a private 2-bedroom casita: 2 huge bedrooms, each with TV and private bath, large living and dining rooms, kitchen, front and back patios. The place has a southwestern motif and a lived-in feel rather than the coldness of a typical hotel. The location is fabulous, in the foothills of the Catalina mountains. The desert landscaping is as beautiful as anything we saw in the desert museum. Actually, had we realized how peaceful and lovely the hotel would be, we might have budgeted an extra day or two just to relax and use the hotel's facilities, rather than just use it as a base for sightseeing,

Best: peaceful retreat - a great place to get away from it all.
Worst: poor lighting in rooms; road to some rooms are still under construction.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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Address: 5501 N Hacienda Del Sol Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718-5122
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Region: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Tucson
#2 Spa Hotel in Tucson
#2 Luxury Hotel in Tucson
#5 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
#10 Family Hotel in Tucson
#19 Business Hotel in Tucson
Price Range: £152 - £357 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 59
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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