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Tucson is fringed by the beautiful Catalina foothills, in the heart of the magical diversity of the Sonoran Desert. Despite being in a desert, pockets of Tucson have plenty of water, and this spot has been inhabited by humans for around 10,000 years. The best places to stay in Tucson can be found in the centre of town, or up in the foothills by the giant cacti, but all of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Tucson are interesting culturally and historically. It’s just that kind of a town.
Because of its water, Tucson has always been an important spot on Arizona’s travel routes. But, as well as being beautiful and historic, modern Tucson is also lively and extremely rich culturally.
Tucson’s colourful look and feel is influenced by its Hispanic heritage, its ancient past, and the fact that up until fairly recently it was part of Mexico. So expect plenty of Spanish speakers and some extremely good Mexican restaurants.
There are also some great boutiques in town, but for most visitors the desert, Saguaro National Park or the Santa Catalina Mountains call. Hike, bike, explore, collect and generally see as much of this uniquely beautiful countryside as you have time for.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Tucson range from a Dude range to a historic inn in the centre of town - definitely something for everyone!
For the Catalina Foothills
- The Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch is a 59 room resort set in 39 acres of the beautiful Catalina foothills. The decor is rustic but chic, with exposed beams, wooden floors and handcrafted furniture. There’s also a pool and restaurant and spectacular views of the desert from almost anywhere in the ranch’s grounds.
- If your idea of the best places to stay in Tucson would be a bit closer to the heart of town then what about the Arizona Inn? A charming, historic inn offering a choice of 95 rooms or suites, apartments or private ‘houses’ with their own pools. You can also choose whether to dine indoors or out.
For a working ranch experience
- Book the Tanque Verde Ranch for a taste of the West. There are loads of activities for all the family, plus outdoor pool, tennis court and various dining options.
Best Hotels in Tucson
Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch 59 rooms from $189Tucson
A luxurious and historic resort nestled in 39 acres of the breathtaking Catalina foothills. Rooms are chic & rustic with exposed beams, wooden floors, oriental rugs and handcrafted furniture. The restaurants, supplied by the organic vegetable garden, command spectacular views of the desert.Swimming Pool - Year round outdoor pool.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of characterBarefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.
Arizona Inn 95 rooms from $299Tucson (Arizona)
Verdant lawns, flowers and fountains surround this luxury historic resort. Charm, comfort and a home from home vibe is great to find in the heart of this desert city. You have a choice of a private house with pool or a cozy room. Inviting dining options, inside or al fresco will suite your mood!DowntownBirdwatching - 250 species of birds to spot.Sights nearby - Tucson Botanical Gardens.Full of character
Tanque Verde Ranch 69 rooms from $450Tucson (Arizona)
Working ranch offers a Western experience in Saguaro National Park with pool, spa and tennis courts. Large classic rooms have red rock views, mod-cons and bathrooms. Southwest, BBQ and Mexican cuisine is served by the pool or at the restaurant overlooking the great outdoors. Activity central!Fishing - For all the family - get a packed lunch for on the go.Remote - Off the beaten track.Full of characterOutstanding location