Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
Hacienda Del Sol
Why we love it: this lovely historic hotel has a blockbuster wine cellar
- live music Tuesday to Sunday
- the chocolate-truffle wrap in the elegant spa
- sleep in the secret love nest of silver-screen stars
The review: Early Moorish architecture inspired this ranch school for high society girls in the 1930s. After WWII, it converted to a guest ranch and was rumored to be a favorite romantic hideaway for Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Watch for rooms named after other Hollywood icons who patronized the ranch! Today it’s a glamorous 59-room property with a spa and event space, plus a fire pit, hot tub, and negative-edge swimming pool that unfurl views of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Hacienda Del Sol is on the National Register of Historic Places, but it doesn’t rest on those laurels. Over 100 unique pieces of art dot the grounds, where graceful arrangements of Sonoran Desert plants thrive. Regional touches abound, including hand-made Talavera tiles and flat roofs with exposed “vigas,” small logs that were harvested from nearby Mount Lemmon.
Rooms range from straightforward doubles — modern or historic — up to a grand 2,000-square-foot casita that includes a fireplace, full kitchen, and two suites. Most have wood ceilings, hand-crafted Mexican furniture, and décor that balances clean contemporary with Arizonan traditions. Don’t miss the library off the lobby, complete with hand-carved ceiling beams, and vintage records guests can play on a turntable.
The Hacienda serves more than 800 wines, a bold move that has earned a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for 21 consecutive years now. Experience New American cuisine from grapefruit brûlée to Hatch chile hummus, Guajillo adobo pork belly tacos, and churro flan tart with coffee caramel sauce.