The Inns at El Rancho Merlita

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

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Pattie Bell for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    To explore the area in general, and to relax and enjoy the property.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    The small resort like nature of our property, the peace and quiet and great views of the Catalina Mountains. And of course our delicious breakfasts and casual Western hospitality.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The weather!

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    That it is an even greater experience than expected.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The Inns at El Rancho Merlita! But, of course, we are changing that every day.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Sabino Canyon, Mount Lemmon, Saguaro National Park, Downtown Tucson, The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We have a labyrinth, a game room, 3 fire pits, a saltwater swimming pool, a hot tub, and 3 & 1/2 acres of gorgeous Sonoran Desert with impressive views of the Santa Catalina Mountains, all right here on the property!

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We are a 5 minute drive from one of Tucson's best Italian offerings, Zona 78. Our guests also enjoy venturing Downtown for a completely unique regional dining experience at Cafe Poca Cosa.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? has it all!

    How many rooms does your inn have?


    Do you accept pets?

    Sorry, no. Tucson has a lot of pet facilities. This vet has a great reputation and is not far away from the inn:

  • Amenities

    The Inns at El Rancho Merlita mountainsComplimentary amenities include:

    • Luxury Linens, Robes & Slippers
    • Specialty Bath Products
    • Hi-Speed Wi-Fi internet on secured server
    • Ranch House Breakfast
    • Afternoon treats
    • Computer, printing, fax & photocopying
    • Western library collection
    • Parlor Games
    • Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub
    • Home Theatre & Movie Collection
    • Exercise
    • Horseshoes
    • Croquet
    • Stargazing Patio & Fire Pit
    • Yoga & Massage Space

    Greet the day with a private or group yoga session, a short stroll away through our desert meditation gardens. A soothing massage melts away tension after a bike ride up the Catalina Scenic Byway in our private massage therapy studio. Grab a book or a movie from our extensive Western collection. Cuddle up in our soft Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious Museum of New Mexico Collection bedding couture.

    The Inns at El Rancho Merlita Beautiful SurroundingsThe Inns at El Rancho Merlita Pool

    In the afternoon, return from your day of exploring Southern Arizona's many treasures to the aroma of house baked Chipotle Cinnamon Brownies, Arizona Pecan Bars or one of our other scrumptious Ranch House Treats. Pour a tall icy glass of Prickly Pear Lemonade and head for a refreshing dip in the pool. Or snuggle up in front of the fireplace with a mug of steaming Spiced Cider from one of our area's apple growers.

    The Inns at El Rancho Merlita Bed and Breakfast menus are designed to offer a bounty of options to please the varying palettes of our guests. We are proud to share the abundance of handcrafted specialty food products and locally grown produce that Southern Arizona has to offer.

    From desert floor to alpine forest in 60 minutes, from fine dining at Maynards Kitchen while watching the Southern Pacific trains roll by to a cowboy steak at Pinnacle Peak Restaurant in Trail Dust Town, you can create amazing adventures in a single day from Rancho Merlita! Tucson ranks in the top 10 for clean air, best town for trail runners, best cycling city, best city for triathlete training, accommodations and visitor destinations in North America. Our in-house Certified Tourism Ambassador Innkeeper will help you with choices and reservations.

  • Meet the Innkeeper

    The Inns at El Rancho Merlita innkeeperPattie Bell brings 35 years of hospitality experience to El Rancho Merlita, twenty of them managing Bed and Breakfast Inns in Arizona. Her freshly prepared breakfasts and afternoon treats will knock your boots off, with special needs graciously accommodated. Take advantage of her designation as a Certified Tourism Ambassador when planning your itinerary.

    Allow her to recommend a favorite trail in Saguaro National Park East, where to eat after visiting the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, check the tram schedule for your day exploring Sabino Canyon and Mt. Lemmon, or map out a road trip tasting Arizona Wines, such as those from Callaghan Vineyards. Whether you are seeking a rejuvenating respite or enthusiastically indulging in all of the activities Tucson and Southern Arizona have to offer, Pattie will ensure your travel aspirations are met.

  • Breakfast

    The Inns at El Rancho Merlita breakfastBegin your day at El Rancho Merlita Ranch House B&B with a piping hot mug of coffee or a pot of your favorite tea. Our Ranch House Coffee Beans are locally roasted, ground fresh daily, and robustly brewed! A trip to one of Tucson's farmer's markets might be the inspiration for a Frittata of Roasted Chiles and Harvest Vegetables seasoned with Southwestern Herbs from our garden. Some of the other breakfast choices we offer are:

    • Blue Corn Blueberry Pancakes with Turkey Apple Sausage
    • Arizona Citrus Pistachio Muffins
    • Patties Pumpkin Gingerbread

    Dietary needs will be accommodated whenever possible.

  • Area Attractions

    The Inns at El Rancho Merlita outdoorsDuring your stay, come explore all the activities and attractions available in Tucson and the surrounding area. From museums and historic site tours, to dining and local nightlife; you are sure to find something to satisfy your interests. Please visit our website for more information about the activities below:

    • Dining
    • Golf
    • Hunting & Fishing
    • Museums
    • Nightlife
    • Tours
  • Introduction

    Welcome to The Inns at El Rancho Merlita in Tucson! Go back in time as you enter the historic 1950's Tucson Ranch House Inn at the estate built by Merle Norman. Carved wood beams overhead in every room, rope trim, and hand-hewn local rock fireplaces make this Tucson Bed & Breakfast a vintage western experience. Relax under deep shaded porches or enjoy breakfast in the spacious breezeway beneath a long mission tile roof with views of the Catalina Mountains. Stroll the paths to the large swimming pool directly from your room or soak in the whirlpool as you watch the moon rise. Additional room snow available in the original guest house, now our Arroyo House Inn. This Tucson Bed and Breakfast offers luxury defined by Arizona's rich western heritage.

    El Rancho Merlita Bed and Breakfast - Tucson, Arizona

  • How To Find Us

    From the Airport

    1. Head north on Tucson Blvd.
    2. Right on Valencia,
    3. Left on Kolb,
    4. Right on Broadway,
    5. Left on Pantano
    6. Right on Wrightstown Road
    7. Drive 1 mile, then turn right on Corte Tomasin into El Rancho Merlita
    8. Once inside the main gate, turn left on Corte El Rancho Merlita and continue straight to the iron gates at the end of the cul-de-sac

    From the Interstate

    1. Head east on Ina (becomes Sunrise)
    2. Right on Kolb (becomes Sabino Canyon)
    3. Left on Tanque Verde
    4. Merge right onto Wrightstown Road
    5. Drive 1.3 miles, then turn right on Corte Tomasin into El Rancho Merlita
    6. Once inside the main gate, turn left on Corte El Rancho Merlita and continue straight to the iron gates at the end of the cul-de-sac

    From Central Tucson

    1. Head east on Speedway
    2. Left on Pantano
    3. Right on Wrightstown Road
    4. Drive 1 mile, then turn right on Corte Tomasin into El Rancho Merlita
    5. Once inside the main gate, turn left on Corte El Rancho Merlita and continue straitght to the iron gates at the end of the cul-de-sac