JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
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... pacing grey wolves which I only captured a partial shot. We also saw the three javelinas-- not sure I've ever seen them before -- they were not lively but not hidden. The amazing part was the desert walking.... Denis still in hopes of seeing a snake... thank goodness only a couple reptiles seen. Walked a labyrinth and wandered a cactus garden. Just a wonderful stop.
... the way. The elevation rises about 1000 ft to the top. The shuttle stops so you can get on and off to take hiking trails or walk the road. There are enormous rock formations; even a rock formation that resembles Snoopy lying on his back. Picnic tables are nestled in the trees and saguaros; and we should have brought a picnic. The white crown flowers of the saguaros are popping out with blooms. Along ...
... but the houses really fit into the environment and all their surrounds are various forms of cacti, looks great. This is a big university town, so again young people everywhere and lots of quirky shops and funky cafes and bars. It is freezing though, we cant believe we are so far south and still snow on the mountains. The locals say it is a record cold snap 5 straight days of freezing temps. Am glad its temporary, one week ago we were in the warmth of Florida, ...
Joann and I paddled this stretch of mild water in about 4 1/2 hours in my newly-acquired Advanced Elements 2-person inflatable kayak. Beautiful canyon, red and beige and grey cliffs. Very few others on the river; just some of the shuttle boats, fishermen, and other kayaks.
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Historical Traveler Reviews JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa Tucson
The lobby and pool area of this new, attractive hotel have a great view of the Tucson area and surrounding desert landscape. But if you are a leisure traveler, don't stay here unless you want to feel like you have crashed someone's business meeting or social event. The guest rooms are well decorated in Western motif and a little larger than usual for a Marriott, but the front desk staff (who apparently are forced to wear those kitchey cowboy outfits) lack detailed knowledge of particular guest room locations and layouts. Also, as one bewildered front desk attendant admitted, the hotel's "in-house" reservationists are located off-site, and most of them have never actually seen the property. The mandatory valet parking and $17 per day fee, which a chilly assistant manager refused to waive despite the $250+ we paid for our room, is outrageous! One good point -- the concierge desk is friendly and capable.
We returned to Tucson for a conference in March. We lived inTucson for 4 years and new the area well but had never been out to Starr Pass. The Resort is situated in a beautiful area of town with the mountains out the back door. There are a few good desert hikes nearby for those looking for something other than lounging by the pool. The rooms are larger than normal hotel rooms and furnished better with the exception of lack of drawer space to unpack. The television armoire offers several drawers but not enough for more than a few days of clothes. You really need to request a room with a view of the pool because if you face the other way you get the parking area or lobby area which is not what you are paying for.
We stayed at the JW Marriott Starr Pass from March 18 - 20. This was a gorgeous hotel and the service was fantastic even thought they are still a bit unorganized. We went for a quick weekend getawy with our 2 children ages 19mos and 4 years old. This hotel is definately not Kid friendly. They have a splash section for the kids by the pool and lots of grounds, but the dining was a nightmare. We had to eat out almost everyday we were there or order room service because they didn't have any dining for the young ones. Also, the valet parking was a NIGHTMARE. Make sure that you call down to the front desk about 15 - 20 minutes from when you need to leave otherwise you will be waiting that long if you just walk up. There is no self parking, so be prepared to spend 15.00 a day plus tips. The rooms I thought were on the small size, but very tastefully decorated. I must disagree with the other review that the bathrooms were small. Our bathroom had a seperate tub and shower and were quite roomy. The bathroom was marble with a large vanity area - very nice. I would recommend this hotel to couples that do not have children under the age of 12. I will go back again, but this time maybe for a weekend getaway with my husband only.
Stayed for four nights in March and seriously question why Marriott gave this their coveted JW identification.
We and some friends recently stayed (mid-February) for 4 nights at the Marriott Starr Pass. While we could see the possibilities of the resort being an absolutely spectacular experience in the future, it is not there yet -- and still has a ways to go.
Stayed at the hotel from 3/3/05 - 3/9/05 for a conference. They are definitely becoming organized. Service was great, catering was excellent, and the rooms are very comfortable. Not to miss are the fire pits on the patio.
A brand new resort with breathtaking views of Tucson valley. We had a pool view room with a balcony, that looked out over the city lights at night. I have no idea what the views are from the other side of the hotel, but where we were was incredible. The food from room service was wonderful, as was the service itself. The only thing negative I can say was that the room was just average, and I didn't think, worth the normal price. We were there on a lower group rate for a convention. The bathroom was relatively small, and not too impressive. And I am generally anti-Southwestern decor, which the entire resort was done in. I loved the layout of the hotel, and it was very reminiscent of the Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas, though a little more Spartan in comfiness and decor. The Starbuck's in the hotel was handy, but there was no shop for sundries or reading material. The retail shops were supposed to open the day we left, so I never got to see them. The other thing I had a hard time with was the TV, as far as the menu and saving movies. It forced you to watch whatever you had saved by repeatedly going back to it whether you wanted to watch regular TV or not. It also had a habit of switching to the hotel info station when you tried to change channels. At the end of our stay we had a mistaken $320 spa charge on our bill, which was not ours, and they took care of right away. I heard the spa is incredible, though I didn't get there myself. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who has never been to Arizona before; it would be quite novel to them. We live in Phoenix, and are inundated with the whole Southwest thing, so any other theme would have been welcome. One more thing..... when you are driving in, make sure to drive to the very very end of the road to the hotel. The signage on the roads for checking in is very deceptive, and everyone I talked to had gone to the wrong place to register, including myself. Then there was a very long line at the valet, and no self-parking (mandatory$15 per night parking fee).
We stayed at the Marriott Starr Pass this past weekend for the Tucson Gem and Mineral show. I was very apprehensive after reading the reviews. Marriott has made tremendous progress. I didn't see one bulldozer and things were very much in place on our visit this weekend. The bar, main restaurant and Starbucks are open on the main property with fairly standard Marriott fare; the club house based steak house is open nearby which we did not visit; the spa is open as is the on property workout room. All very nicely equiped. This is a very nicely done property and very much ready for customers. They are overstaffed (staff needs more seasoning, but everyone is trying really hard which makes all the difference) and very accomodating. The level 2 deck is a really beautiful setting for early morning paper reading or late day bar service, pool is very nice and I didn't really notice the plane traffic others commented on. Golf course is nearby. All in all, very nice setting and ready for business. Ask for a balcony room; ours wasn't but it never occured to me to ask.
Just returned from 4 nights at the Marriott. My wife had business in town and needed to be close to the Convention Center. Before we checked out of another hotel in the area, we drove by here just to make sure it was open. Let's put it this way....Marriott should have waited another few weeks. There is still landscape work being done with bulldozers, the spa is not open yet and all the restaurants are not fully operational.
We stayed at the new Starr Pass Marriott as part of a convention my husband was attending 1/26 - 1/30 2005. The hotel had partially opened two days before our arrival, and in my opinion, they should have waited. All day we listened to construction noise inside and earthmovers outside. Also the hotel is located right in the flight path of the landing strip of the airport so there are jets flying over constantly as well as fighter jets and hueys from the nearby Air Force Base. Not very relaxing when you are sitting by the pool trying to read a book. The 1st morning our shower did not drain and only was fixed after 3 calls and 14 hours. There was sheetrock dust on the carpet from the curtain rods being installed that was not cleaned up during our stay. The hotel amenities list states that every room has a jetted tub. Ours did not and neither did several other guests. The sliding mission style bathroom doors offer absolutely no privacy. You can hear everything that goes on in the bathroom. The door does not lock and it does not seal, you can see an inch wide space all the way around it. Turn up the TV if you're going to make noise in the bathroom. Only two of the restaurants were open (one of them poolside so did not open till lunch) and trying to get 250+ people through breakfast and lunch in an hour's time was nearly impossible, even with the buffets. The food was slightly above average but not worth the expense. It was difficult locating some of the areas such as the gym and walking trail as there was not a map of the hotel in the rooms and this hotel is HUGE. Also, this hotel is about 15 minutes from Tucson and they do not provide a shuttle in, you either have to rent a car or hire a cab. So if you do not plan on hanging out at the hotel or golfing at the resort course, it is quite inconvenient. They do however, provide a shuttle to the Starr Pass golf course which is a very nice course. Maybe in another year or so Starr Pass Marriott will be worth the expensive price of the rooms, but right now, I would not return.