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Tucson has great accommodation to suit every taste and budget

The Hacienda del Sol is a luxurious inn with a fascinating history
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Tucson is a popular tourist city and a convention and show location, and has accommodation of all kinds. Golfers head for the resorts and spas in the foothills, while city and culture lovers might want to stay downtown in one of the historic inns.


There are also some very western places to stay, including the biggest dude ranch in Arizona. This is the Tanque Verde Ranch, which has the biggest herd of riding horses in the state. It offers comfort cowboy-style, with riding lessons, guided hikes, painting classes, birdwatching, and other activities all included in the price. Its restaurant also serves superb South-Western and Mexican food, the likes of which no cowboy ever tasted. There are also cook-outs with live music, breakfast rides, a nature center where you can meet the local desert creatures, and an unrivalled location sharing a boundary with the Saguaro National Park East.


The Hacienda del Sol is a luxury inn located in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. It was built in 1929 and over the years visitors have included John Wayne and Clark Gable. You can also stay in the casita Grande where lovers Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn had secret romantic meetings. In all there are 30 rooms, suites, and casitas discretely spread over 34 acres, and this intimate resort offers spa treatments, a pool, hot tub, horseback riding, a fitness center, and guided nature walks.


Almost as old is the Arizona Inn, which opened in 1930 and has been in the same family ever since. It's the perfect choice if you want to be closer to downtown museums, cinemas, or nightlife. The Inn has been included on many lists of the world's top hotels, and it provides understated luxury with its casita-style rooms spread around 14 acres. It's a surprisingly colorful yet quiet retreat in the heart of the city, and it has one of the most popular restaurants in Tucson for locals wanting a meal for a special occasion.


Although Tucson doesn't have as many golf courses as Scottsdale and Phoenix, the ones that it does have are as good as any in Arizona. The best of them are in the foothills, attached to luxury spa resorts, with the added bonus of courses where you play to a backdrop of Southern Arizona's iconic saguaro cacti.


The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa covers 250 acres in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, which form a natural boundary at the North-east of the city. It has its own spa, and a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, which regularly appears on lists of the best courses in the USA. The Westin also has no fewer than five swimming pools, and a children's club, making it ideal for families.


The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort is to the west of the city, not far from the Desert Museum and the beautiful landscapes of the Saguaro National Park West. The views of mountain and desert from many of its rooms are among the things that appeal about this resort, along with its 27-hole championship golf course, its Hashani Spa, variety of restaurants and bars, various pools, and a Lazy River for children and adults alike to enjoy.


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