Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

A sun-drenched Tucson ranch
The quiet service and style of Tucson’s Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort are reminiscent of a genteel, bygone era.

Set on a desert ridge in the foothills of the craggy Santa Catalina Mountains, the building opened as a boarding school in 1929 for girls from prominent families, including the Pillsburys and Vanderbilts.

In 1948, the property — designed by noted Tucson architect Josias Joesler — became a guest ranch, where the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and John Wayne came to ride horses past saguaro cactus and mesquite and to immerse themselves in the relaxing Western lifestyle.

Today, you’ll find that the 34-acre resort’s historic architecture, lushly planted courtyards and killer mountain views make for a million Instagram posts. Once you stop gazing at the setting, you’ll encounter gracious service, modern amenities and lots of extras that make this a great place for a sun-drenched escape.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The luxury hotel provides the ultimate desert experience, with its stables, where you can saddle up for a 90-minute trail ride through the property’s arroyos, or dry creek beds, or sign up for sunrise or sunset rides.
  • Two pools and a Jacuzzi let you soak up the views, not to mention the heated waters. Fire pits by the pool and throughout the property take the edge off of a crisp, clear night.
  • Inside the historic main building, cozy up to the hand-painted fireplace and admire the vintage Monterey furniture in the old living room or catch up on your reading or play a board game in the library.
  • There are the gardens, tucked throughout the grounds, are also dotted with sculptures. Specimen cacti, pots filled with seasonal flowers, bougainvillea and lantana abound.
  • The intimate spa offers three treatment rooms, in which you can book old standards like deep-tissue, hot stone and couples massages. For a special treat, indulge in a custom organic facial that employs Eminence of Hungary high-quality organic spa products, which can be purchased in the gift shop as well.
Things to Know
  • Virtually all of the body and facial treatments can also be done in the privacy of your room. Call the spa, and it will bring up the table, the aromatics and the soothing music.
  • Margaritas and other cocktails can be ordered poolside.
  • Don’t be afraid to swipe a grapefruit or tangelo from the citrus grove located in the chef’s garden. The groundskeepers are known to look the other way.
  • You can hike the property’s trails on foot or take a short drive to numerous trailheads at the base of nearby mountains. If you prefer exercising indoors, a small fitness room has all the basics.
The Rooms
  • With the 2015 addition of 32 mountain-facing rooms, the Tucson hotel’s 59 units are all slightly different, including the intimate, vintage accommodations that were once dorms in the historic building.
  • The spacious new rooms boast patios and outdoor showers. We recommend booking the 1,600-square-foot, two-bedroom Tracy-Hepburn casita for the most lavish experience.
  • All rooms, though, are furnished with custom alder furniture handcrafted in Mexico, bespoke bedding and deluxe linens.
  • Beamed, hand-painted ceilings, Mexican tile details and hand-painted sinks reiterate the resort’s Southwestern roots.
  • Flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, bedside charging stations and in-room refrigerators are a few of the modern amenities, while plush bathrobes and orange-scented Tarocco toiletries are luxurious touches.
The Restaurants
  • The Grill is a much-lauded eatery known for its astonishing views.
  • With a New American menu and vast wine list, it’s no surprise that the hotel restaurant is popular among guests.
  • Terraza serves as the resort’s casual dining patio and bar.
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
5501 North Hacienda Del Sol Road, Tucson, Arizona 85718
TUS (26-35 min)   PHX (1 h 40 min-2 h 10 min)  
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