Fun and Funky Tucson hotels (that aren't horrible corporate chains!)
If bland cups of coffee and soul-less rooms with beige decor make you cringe, and you detest sharing your breakfast space with 43 other people, then read on! This selection of cool and hip Tucson hotels will allow you can relax in a little more style than in the cookie cutter world of corporate chains. Many of these boutique locations offer their own style and flair that is a bit of a twist on the usual run of the mill hotels. The Oracle (along with trusty crystal ball) will peer into the future and predict that you will love staying at any of the hotels on this list.
Miraval Life in Balance
There is almost no crystal ball needed for the Oracle to know that you are going to LOVE this place. Nestled on 400 acres among the Santa Catalina mountains is the gorgeous Life in Balance Spa at Miraval. Book a package and try everything from horse riding to outdoor floating meditation. Get ready to align your chakras and be at one with the universe in this delightful purpose built retreat. Unwind and relax in the midst of a true southwestern desert setting and experience this luxury location with all its upscale amenities.
This is a historic hotel built all the way back in 1919, but if you are conjuring up images of a sedate Victorian style building, think again! This is a hip, happening, partygoers dream. Hotel congress is a self styled, urban, rock and roll hotel. It's fun, it's busy, and it can get noisy. This cultural landmark has nearby murals, plazas, bar and a nightclub called Club Congress. The Oracle in its wisdom can peer into the future and foretell that you are going to have a fun time at this iconic hotel. There are festivals and events hosted here the year round so if you are a social butterfly this is the place for you to land.
The Downtown Clifton
This unique and boutique hotel is situated right in the heart of Tucson and is an art lovers dream. This is mid century modern combined with an electric western vibe. The Clifton proudly displays many examples of local artists work on it walls and in it rooms giving it a warm, crafty feel. Bright colors and 1940's touches make this a funky and original location and it's a cosy place from which to enjoy the city. It is not a huge hotel but the Oracle is ever wise and happens to know that this lovely little piece of Tucson art history is expanding and adding additional rooms to accommodate more guests.
A Victorian adobe mansion right in the middle of Tucson? Who knew! Well, the Oracle did! Enjoy luxury living combined with a real old world charm in this boutique hotel. 'The Liz' as it's affectionately known offers a warm and welcoming ambiance whether you are staying for business or pleasure. The hosts take great pride in making sure that your needs are catered to and spare no effort to make sure your stay surpasses that of other inns. Much attention to detail is given to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Historic and peaceful. The location is a few doors away from the Owl's Club where you can go for a cocktail before heading downtown for an evening meal. The Oracle recommends Cafe Poca Cosa for an upscale Mexican food experience downtown.
El Rancho Merlita
Let me peer into my crystal ball, the mists are clearing it's...it's…..the former home of cosmetic mogul Merle Norman!? Yep that's right folks, this super Southwestern and elegant 4 bedroom estate was once the retreat of the famous cosmetics queen. Now operating as a hotel this midcentury home offers luxurious accommodation and has kept some unique features like the flagstone floors and open beamwork that has been lovingly restored. This private estate really lets you get away from it all and if a weekend of relaxation of pampering is on the agenda then El Rancho Merlita will fit the bill. And I'm sure Merle won't mind you staying in her old house!
This lovely little inn has been family owned and operated since the 1930's and the Oracle knows that you will enjoy this charming and historic hotel. This tranquil desert oasis offer peaceful, casita style accommodation and embraces the spirit of the southwest. Enjoy peace and tranquility in the lush gardens but be just a short way from downtown Tucson. This is a perfect spot for recreation and relaxation. Boutique, and historic with a real family feel, and just a charming place to stay while visiting the city.
Triangle L Ranch
The Oracle would like to recommend this historic ranch in. . . Oracle, as it happens! It used to be called the ‘Boot Ranch'. It was an area occupied by Apache Indians and Buffalo Bill was a regular visitor here. There is too much history to list here for this amazing ranch, you will have to pay a visit to truly appreciate it. It has been painstakingly restored and kept many of the original features. Triangle L was actually one of the first ‘dude ranches' in Arizona and sparked somewhat of a trend. It offers a selection of luxury rooms and cabins and the old adobe barn has been converted into an art gallery displaying work from local and international artists. It is also home to the annual Glow Festival.
Wherever you pick to stay during your visit to Tucson the Oracle (with the help of the trusty crystal ball) can envisage that your stay will be a pleasant and happy one. Whatever your vacationing style there is something to see, fun things to do, and someplace for everyone in the unique desert city. So if you fancy making a departure from the usual array of corporate chain hotels then try one of the unique properties on this list.