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Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Rio Rico
San Tan Valley, Arizona
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“Gorgeous hotel, great food, beautiful setting = Great Getaway!”
Reviewed 8 April 2012

My husgand and I spent two nights at Esplendor Resort. I was a bit apprehensive since had I had made all of the arrangement and he is not known for being an enthusiastic traveler. My concern was completely unfounded.
Some reviewers commented on minor issues like cracks in the concrete or large vases without flowers but the overall feeling is one of Old World elegance. The grounds are well-tended and the lobby and common areas are spotless. Our room was not large but tastefully decorated . . . more than adequate! And, while we usually immmediately seek restaurants outside of the hotel, this was an exceptiion. We ate every meal at the hotel. The food was great, service prompt, and portions generous. What's not to like? We'll go back!

Room Tip: We had a room on the second floor overlooking the hillside and looking toward Rio Rico. I'd ask...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

My sister and I make an annual trip here. We have been doing it for years and just love being here. The resort is quiet and comfortable. We prefer a top floor room. The beds are comfortable and the room is definitely big enough. The restaurant on site is good but a little pricey. We love the little Mexican restaurant on the frontage road. The customer service here is phenomenal and they are always trying to make sure you have everything you need for your stay. They recognize us when we come and it just makes us feel special.

Room Tip: Get a top floor room!
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

The setting of this resort in Southern Arizona is beautiful, but the hotel definiteley needs some serious updating.Large empty vases would look so much better with some flowers in them. There are lots of cracks in the concrete walkways, although the resort was very clean including the rooms. The staff at check-in and in the restaurant was very friendly and helpful.
The food was ok and basically, so was everything else. It is a good value for the price and a convenient location to explore the wineries in the Elgin and Sonoita area.

Room Tip: We had a ground floor room in the "Sun" building with a great patio to watch the sunset.
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

We had a long, wonderful weekend at this beautiful resort. It has charm, and some of the most fantastic views of the southern mountains I've ever seen. Rooms are clean, and staff is professional, courteous, and ready to help. We spent afternoons in nearby Tubac, a colorful little town of gallerys, local artists, and delicious little restaurants. There is also nearby golf, hiking, and a ghost-town called Ruby.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms overlooking or nearby the pool, the views are beautiful.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

The Esplendor Resort was once probably quite something.It has faded a bit in more ways than one. It is a bit down at the heel, although still comfortable. There is supposed to be a wireless network in all rooms, but the signal comes and goes so much that it is unworkable. You can get it in the lobby. The food in the bar and restaurant is OK. The staff are friendly and helpful.
The special rate for room plus golf at the country club is good. If only a little money were invested In the place!

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Additional Information about Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico

Property: Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico
Address: 1069 Camino Caralampi, Rio Rico, AZ 85648-1610
Region: United States > Arizona > Rio Rico
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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Rio Rico
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,866 - ₹ 11,919
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico 3.5*
Number of rooms: 179
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover simplicity, beauty, and understated elegance. The Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico combines the essence of the Old West with spirit of Old Mexico. With its acclaimed cuisine, championship golf, and memorable vistas, Esplendor Resort offers an exciting place for travelers to enjoy the beautiful scenery and history of southern Arizona. The 179 comfortable guest rooms are adorned with evocative Southwest furnishings. Just 40 minutes south of Tuscon, Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico will transport you to another world. ... more   less 
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