El Rancho Merlita

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Old West-style hospitality meets elegant modern convenience at the El Rancho Merlita, Arizona. The ranch offers stylish accommodations in two two separate inns, namely the Ranch House Inn and the Arroyo House Inn, which house a choice of six guest rooms and two luxury bed and breakfast suites with beautiful views, first-class facilities and amenities, and award-winning cuisine. Rooms have private bathrooms with jetted tubs, and some of them have furnished patios.

Amenities at the Inns include a gourmet breakfast, which is served in the casual dining room every morning, massages and yoga classes, outdoor fire pits, a stargazing patio, a movie library, and indoor/outdoor games. The ranch has a swimming pool and sundeck with lounge chairs and shaded tables for guests to relax.

Located in Tucson, Arizona, El Rancho Merlita is just several miles from the Dorado Country Club Golf Course and the Udall Recreation Center. Photo: El Rancho Merlita

»Rooms & Suites

Rooms & Suites

The ranch offers stylish accommodations in two separate inns, the Ranch House Inn and the Arroyo House Inn, which house a choice of six guest rooms and two luxury bed and breakfast suites with beautiful views and upscale amenities. In-room complimentary amenities include HD LCD televisions with premium cable programming, DVD players, CD radio alarms, mini-fridges, in-room safes, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet.

The Ranch House Inn is a beautifully restored 1950’s ranch-style western inn surrounded by acres of preserved landscape with luxurious lodgings and a long, broad veranda with sweeping views. The Ranch House Inn features four luxurious guest suites, namely The Merle Norman Suite, the Spanish Colonial Suite, the Black Mountain Suite and the Arizona Territory Suite. Each suite has unique designer western décor, king-size beds with luxury linens, vintage tiled bathrooms, and private patios with glorious views. Spacious en-suite bathrooms feature steam showers, whirlpool tubs, robes and slippers, and specialty bath products, and cozy sitting areas have wood-burning fireplaces and air-conditioning.

Nestled on the Robb Wash beneath large shady trees, the neighboring Arroyo House Inn offers comfortable bed and breakfast accommodations in the estate’s original guest house with three guest rooms and one luxury suite. These charming lodgings feature colorful fabrics, hand-painted tiles, original western art, and warm, inviting ambiances, with designer western décor, king or queen-size beds with luxury linens, vintage tiled bathrooms with robes, slippers, and specialty bath products, and private patios. Spacious en-suite bathrooms feature shower-over-bath combinations, bathrobes and slippers, and specialty bath products, and cozy sitting areas have air-conditioning. The one suite in the Arroyo House Inn offers extra levels of luxury with a king-size four poster bed, en-suite bathroom with steam shower, and copper soaking tub, robes and slippers, and specialty bath products, and a cozy sitting area with a wood-burning fireplace and air-conditioning. Photo: El Rancho Merlita

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A delicious gourmet breakfast is served in the dining room or on the patio every morning and features hearty, home cooked cuisine and freshly brewed local coffee from Raging Sage Coffee Roasters. Breakfast dishes include fresh fruit and juices, sweet and savory entrées, including Ranch House Chilaquiles with Date Walnut Loaf, Chicken Sage Sausages, and Baked Oatmeal with Peaches and Almonds. Other sweet delights include Blue Corn Blueberry Pancakes, Hopi Pumpkin Muffins, and Super Smoothies. Photo: El Rancho Merlita

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»Amenities& Recreational Activities

Amenities& Recreational Activities

El Rancho Merlita offers an array of amenities to enhance guests’ experiences, ranging from a large saltwater swimming pool, hydrotherapy spa, massage and spa services and beautiful gardens to a variety of group activities to enjoy and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet throughout the property.

Massages can be enjoyed in the privacy of guest rooms or in The Hideaway, which is tucked away in the desert gardens and offers a tranquil retreat. The ranch also has a labyrinth for some mystery and fun, a hand-built stargazing patio for soaking up Arizona’s amazing night sky, and a Tack Room with a range of games, including tennis, darts, bocce, and horseshoes.

Other complimentary amenities at the Ranch include afternoon and evening snacks and beverages served throughout the day, indoor or outdoor dining option, business services such as a computer, printing, fax and photocopying, various newspapers and periodicals to read, parlor games, pool towels, and a fire pit. Photo: El Rancho Merlita

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Plan This Vacation

With a rich history and Native American influence, as well as magnificent natural surroundings, Tucson offers an array of things to see and do from numerous natural parks and outdoor and recreational adventures to festivals, fine dining. Ranked as one of the top 10 cities for cycling, mountain bikers and hikers can enjoy numerous hiking and bicycling trails in the Saguaro National Park and the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, while the El Tour de Tucson and the Catalina Highway also offer excellent cycling and mountain biking trails. Explore the cool depths of the Coronado National Forest or the Sonora Desert on horseback.

1924 North Corte El Rancho Merlita, Tucson, AZ 85715, website, Phone: 520-495-0071 Photo: El Rancho Merlita

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