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“When in Tucson...do nor miss this place!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Inns at El Rancho Merlita

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The Inns at El Rancho Merlita
Ranked #7 of 49 Tucson B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Pleasanton, California
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“When in Tucson...do nor miss this place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2012

We saw the pictures...We called what we thought was a classic B&B...We booked to visit Tucson for our son's law school graduation. Wow...what a find! The main house was wonderful with its 4 rooms...all great, amazing front covered porch, welcoming living room, library theater room with an incredible CD movie collection and PATTIE, the innkeeper. My family's has always made fun of me because they (correctly) figured out that I am always thinking about experiencing our next meal when we vacation. Well, breakfast is seldom figured into this equation...until you sit down to one of PATTIE's breakfast. All with a southwest theme, all worthy of my cravings and enjoyed outside among the cactus. The property and grounds are truly amazing for an Inn that has four rooms in the main house and four rooms in what were the servant’s quarters which are a short walk from the main house. You just want to take a little walk around and enjoy the desert skies. Hang out at the pool and spa or sit outside any have a glass of your favorite.......This is a special place...

Room Tip: All rooms are great, but stay in the main house if you have the option.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Silver City, New Mexico
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54 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2012

This B&B is one of the nicest we have ever stayed at. It is clean, well cared for and well staffed by great people. Patie is quite helpful and provides a great breakfast that is second to none.
The grounds are well designed and very well cared for. The buildings look great and provide a really comfortable experience.
We visit Tucson regularly and the Inns will be our place to stay from now on.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pat0110
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Lake Forest Park, WA
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

This is a fantastic B&B but, frankly, it's more than that. Or at least more than any other B&B we've ever visited. We honestly felt like we were at an exclusive Hollywood-ish retreat, perhaps in Palm Springs. Maybe it's because it was built by Merle Norman, but whatever it is, they make you feel—very—special.

• It is very, very private. Entrance is gated and the road winds back a few hundred yards to immaculately kept grounds where the paths are raked to look like zen gardens, flowers are blooming, and nooks to be discovered. It is a peaceful, relaxing escape.

• It is elegant in an old money, Arizona way. Leather. Textiles. Paintings and sculpture here and there.

• There are numerous sitting areas and alcoves tucked-in across the grounds as well as several firepits, horseshoes, labyrinth, etc.

• The breakfasts are outstanding with many organic and locally sourced foods and can be eaten inside adjacent to the kitchen or outside in a neat patio area. Full, hearty and different, but always tasty. They easily accommodated our dietary concerns. And it was nice to discover a mid-afternoon snack with prickly-pear lemonade or ice tea.

• The attention to detail is very high. The grounds and buildings are immaculately kept. The rooms are beautiful and spotlessly clean. Ours included a safe, TV, small fridge (with 2 stainless water bottles), extra little touches like Q-tips and cotton balls in the bathroom, etc. The touches of the innkeeper (Pattie), the architect/owner, and an interior designer are everywhere and were a pleasure to find. (For example, lockable, beautiful iron screen doors so you can let the cool evening breezes in while you are out to dinner.)

• Stunning pool and hot tub with loungers, tables and plenty of shade (if desired).

• It takes a short drive to get there from the major highways (30 minutes or so), but it is worth it. And it is convenient to quite a few terrific golf courses (Arizona National for one), the eastern segment of Saguaro National Park and hiking in the Catalinas and the Rincons. And there are a number of good restaurants within 15 minutes and many within 30.

• Very nice to wake up to doves, road runners, hummingbirds.

• Pattie is a special inn manager. She is gracious, professional, quick with recommendations, but it is her attention to detail and experience that really helps set El Rancho Merlita apart.


This is simply a stunning southwestern inn. After 4 days we really, really didn't want to leave. That tells you how much we loved El Rancho Merlita. And it is an an outstanding value, particularly in the shoulder or off seasons. We give it our—very—highest recommendation.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank MEsteban
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Level Contributor
131 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2012 via mobile

This was such a beautiful place...an incredibly relaxing and comfortable historical ranch property that has been carefully restored. The Merle Norman suite was perfect and very spacious. Cindy and Amy were so wonderful, helpful and gracious. The grounds are beautifully maintained, including the large pool which was very refreshing in the 100 degree heat. The breakfasts were amazing. Peaceful relaxation and warm hospitality in a serene setting.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Local50
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New York City, New York
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

the desert setting is spectacular. The elegant main building was built in the 20s and has larger rooms; the second building is fine, but the rooms are smaller. The sense of peace, the hummingbird garden and the lovely setting make this an ideal destination for those who want to "get away from the bustle." Do not try to check in before three with out prior arrangements.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank calliope026
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Additional Information about The Inns at El Rancho Merlita

Property: The Inns at El Rancho Merlita
Address: 1924 N Corte El Rancho Merlita, Tucson, AZ 85715-4493
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Region: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Tucson
Price range (per night): ₹ 10,210
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay at the historic 1950’s Merle Norman Ranch House and estate. Carved wood beams, rope trim, and hand hewn local rock fireplaces define this home. Outside, relax under deep shaded porches, and enjoy the swimming pool and spa. At night, cuddle up in our soft Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious Museum of New Mexico Collection bedding. Every morning Innkeeper Pattie Bell will greet you with her freshly prepared breakfasts, inspired by southern Arizona local flavor. ... more   less 

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