The Inns at El Rancho Merlita

1924 North Corte El Rancho Merlita, Tucson, Arizona 85715
Innkeeper(s): Pattie Bell
 

Arizona Territory

$119.00 / $189.00 night

A woven wood headboard and loom woven bed accessories reflect southern Arizona’s wild western heritage, where frontier’s people were settling down in previously Indian Territory.  This room is light and inviting, with views of the Santa Catalina Mountains beyond the front lawn and the pool.  The classic 1950’s tile in blue and yellow, and original wood-beamed shower ceiling, create a one of a kind Rancho Merlita experience.

Tucson was captured by the Mormon Battalion during the Mexican-American War. Following the Gadsden Purchase in 1853, Arizona became a territory of the United States, although the American military did not formally take over control of Tucson until March 1856. In the late 1800’s, the great-grandfather of Rancho Merlita owner Diana Osborne was a Territory Representative by the name of Eugene Childs. In 1882, Frank Stilwell was shot and killed by Wyatt Earp near Tucson’s train station. This event helped trigger the Arizona War, also known as the Earp Vendetta Ride that lasted a few weeks.  The vendetta ride is an example of a jurisdiction dispute and failure of the law enforcement system on the Old West American Frontier.

One of our guests told us that he was invited to swim in the Rancho Merlita pool fifty years ago by John Wyatt Earp, a direct descendant of the famed Wyatt Earp.  John Wyatt Earp’s aunt, Anita King, was a friend of Merle Norman.  Anita King was known as the Paramount Girl, and was the first woman to drive across the country by herself.

Additional Room Amenities:

  • King Bed 
  • Refrigerator, safe, TV, DVD
  • Wireless internet
  • View of the swimming pool and mountains
  • Private bath – shower only, blow dryer, robes, slippers, iron and ironing board
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Spanish Colonial

$169.00 / $259.00 night

In this room, Spain’s colonial influence is interpreted and celebrated.  Finely hand-painted walls look like aged wall paper.  Sensuous, ornate furniture and handcrafted details hearken back to a time of quality craftsmanship.  Rich tile, oriental rugs and broad views of the desert gardens make this room a traveler’s quiet repose. The generous bathroom and wide doors provide ample room for wheelchair access. A walk-in closet includes a beautiful Santa Lucia Gentlemen’s Chest and iron Cheval mirror. Furnishings by Sunset Interiors & Design Studio.

Tucson was established in 1775 as a fortress called the Presidio of San Agustin del Tucson very near modern-day downtown.   Interestingly, the precise location of the Presidio was chosen by an Irish Spanish soldier named Hugh O’Conor (Hugo Oconór) because it fulfilled “the requirements of water, pasture, and wood and effectively closed the Apache frontier” for New Spain.   During the Spanish period of the presidio, attacks such as the Second Battle of Tucson were repeatedly mounted by Apache Indians. Eventually the town around the presidio came to be called “Tucson” and became a part of Mexico after Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821.  The ornate style from Spain’s royal and imperialistic culture is a visible trademark of this era throughout Mexico, Tucson, and Southern Arizona.

Additional Room Amenities:

  • King Bed 
  • Wireless internet
  • Private bath – soaking tub and spacious walk-in shower
  • Refrigerator, TV, DVD, safe, blow dryer
  • Picture window with desert garden view
  • Walk-in closet, robes, slippers, iron and ironing board
  • ADA – Wheelchair Accessible
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Handicap Accessible
Internet/Wifi

Black Mountain

$139.00 / $199.00 night

The name Tucson originated from the Spanish interpretation of the O’odham Indian name for the settlement area, Cuk Son, meaning spring at the foot of a black mountain. Luxurious black and red leather, native influenced woven fabrics and artifacts subtly reinforce our diverse southwestern history. This room is cozy and inviting, with views of the Santa Catalina mountains beyond the front lawn and the pool.  The pristine 1950’s tile in black and maroon, and the wood-beamed shower ceiling, create a vintage one of a kind experience.

Tucson was probably first visited by Paleo-Indians, known to have been in southern Arizona by about 12,000 years ago. Recent archaeological excavations near the Santa Cruz River have located a village site dating from 4,000 years ago. The floodplain of the Santa Cruz River was extensively farmed during the Early Agricultural period, circa 1200 BC to AD 150. These people constructed irrigation canals and grew corn, beans, and other crops while gathering wild plants and hunting animals. The Early Ceramic period occupation of Tucson saw the first extensive use of pottery vessels for cooking and storage. The groups designated by archaeologists as the Hohokam lived in the area from AD 600 to 1450 and are known for their red-on-brown pottery.

Additional Room Amenities:

  • King Bed
  • Refrigerator, safe, TV, DVD
  • Wireless internet
  • View of the swimming pool and mountains
  • Private bath – shower only, hair dryer, robes, slippers, iron and ironing board
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Internet/Wifi

Arroyo Bonito

$219.00 / $289.00 night

Arroyo Bonito is nestled along a river bed known as an arroyo.  Most of the year this river bed is dry, but a cool breeze usually flows down it and native animals use it as a transportation route and safe haven.  This is the largest and most luxurious space in the Arroyo House Inn.  A four poster bed butts up against a solid rock tiled wall and faces a fireplace.  The bathroom features two sinks, a walk in shower, and a gorgeous stand alone copper soaking tub.  Enjoy a drink in your private patio with views of the Catalina Mountains listening to the birds sing as your hot bath fills.

You will find all the modern amenities one could hope for: flat screen television with many satellite channels including music, as well as 7 HBO channels, DVD player for a selection from our extensive personal movie collection, mini-refrigerator, and personal safe.

Additional Room Amenities:

  • King Bed
  • Refrigerator, safe, TV, DVD
  • Wireless internet
  • View of the Catalina Mountains
  • Private bath – walk in shower, air-jet copper soaking tub, blow dryer, robes, slippers, iron and ironing board
  • Private Patio
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Merle Norman Suite

$229.00 / $299.00 night

The suite is large with a spacious bedroom, quaint sitting room with a vintage partner’s desk that belonged to Merle Norman and her husband in Los Angeles, a bathroom with whirlpool tub, steam shower, and two sinks.  The private patio can be accessed from the bedroom or the bathroom and features a relaxing fountain.  This is a great place to have your morning coffee, or order an afternoon tea tray.

This was Merle Norman’s private suite. The rock wall fireplace is original, with locally quarried stone.  Light a fire and relax in your private suite.  Merle Norman kept her collectibles on the mantle, now we use it as a place to showcase southwestern and Southern Arizona art.  The original wood beam ceiling, made of notched Arizona ponderosa pines, is beautifully preserved.

Custom Monterrey furniture, sumptuous historic-patterned woven fabrics, ranch style furnishings, and unique modern rugs create a refreshing Western décor designed by Sunset Interiors & Design Studio.  There is a custom armoire, which conceals all the modern amenities one could hope for: flat screen television with many satellite channels including music, as well as 7 HBO channels, DVD player for a selection from our extensive personal movie collection, mini-refrigerator, and personal safe.

Additional Room Amenities:

  • King Bed, wireless internet, refrigerator, TV, DVD, safe
  • Rock wall with wood burning fireplace
  • Picture window with pool and mountain views
  • Private bath, whirlpool tub, steam shower, hair dryer
  • Separate sitting room/office has Twin daybed to accommodate one extra person ($50)
  • Large walk-in closet, robes, slippers, iron and ironing board
  • Private patio
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Fireplace
Internet/Wifi

Mi Nidito

$119.00 / $189.00 night

Mi nidito means my little nest in Spanish.  With a rich tan, red, and black color scheme, this room is cozy as a nest.  At the same time, a dramatic headboard with a classic mission-style profile conjures the elegance of colonial Spain.  There is a custom armoire, which conceals all the modern amenities one could hope for: flat screen television with many satellite channels including music, as well as 7 HBO channels, DVD player for a selection from our extensive personal movie collection, mini-refrigerator, and personal safe.  This room is wheelchair accessible.

Additional Room Amenities:

  • King Bed
  • Refrigerator, safe, TV, DVD
  • Wireless internet
  • Private bath – shower/tub, hair dryer, robes, slippers, iron and ironing board
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Cielito Lindo

$129.00 / $199.00 night

This is a bright and cheerful room.  Rustic bed coverings, authentic artwork, and beautiful details delight the eye.  Large bathroom windows allow golden light to fill the room.  Open those windows, and hear the wind blow through the trees along the Robb Wash.  If you are lucky you might spot a coyote or javelina.  Unwind in the bubble jet Kohler soaking tub.

There is a custom armoire, which conceals all the modern amenities one could hope for: flat screen television with many satellite channels including music, as well as 7 HBO channels, DVD player for a selection from our extensive personal movie collection, mini-refrigerator, and personal safe.

Additional Room Amenities:

  • King Bed
  • Wireless internet
  • Refrigerator, TV, DVD, safe
  • Private bath, bubble jet tub, hair dryer
  • Robes, slippers, iron and ironing board
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Internet/Wifi

Valle Verde

$99.00 / $179.00 night

This room is fun with vibrant colors and a Mexican flair.    Enjoy the playful western art.  The bathroom, with a custom copper sink and beautiful tile, provides plenty of space.  There is a custom armoire, which conceals all the modern amenities one could hope for: flat screen television with many satellite channels including music, as well as 7 HBO channels, DVD player for a selection from our extensive personal movie collection, mini-refrigerator, and personal safe.  This room is wheelchair accessible.

Additional Room Amenities:

  • Queen Bed
  • Wireless internet
  • Refrigerator, TV, DVD, safe, blow dryer
  • Robes, slippers, iron and ironing board
  • ADA – Wheelchair Accessible
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Handicap Accessible
Internet/Wifi
  • Policies

    Enjoy the unique western decor featured in each room designed by Sunset Interiors. This Tucson B&B offers the intimate atmosphere of a bed and breakfast with the luxury bedding and amenities found at world-class hotels.

    • Check-in: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. or by prior arrangement
    • Check-out:  11:00 a.m.
    • Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Complimentary Breakfast served 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
    • Children 12 years of age or older are welcome
    • Rates are based on single or double occupancy
    • Smoking in designated outside areas only
    • Sorry, no pets please

    Reservations:

    Reservations at our Tucson, Arizona inns may be secured on-line and by telephone with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express.

    Cancellations:

    We understand that sometimes a change in plans is necessary. Charges for cancellations are determined on a case by case basis. You may be responsible for the charges for any room nights we are unable to rebook if you cancel within our 14 day cancellation period. A $25 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations.

    If you have any questions, contact the innkeeper by phone or by email.  We look forward to your stay at El Rancho Merlita Ranch House Bed and Breakfast Inn in sunny Tucson, Arizona.