This is a recently enlarged and totally refurbished very large bedroom/bathroom featuring it's own private entrance on the side of the main house and sliding glass doors that give access to a large desert garden with swimming pool and outdoor dining area.
This cozy room has it's own cooling/heating, ceiling fan, bamboo wood flooring, wet bar with fridge, microwave oven and coffee maker and a flat screen tv. Wireless internet is available. There is a large walk-in closet and plenty of storage for all your luggage and personal belongings. The bed is a very comfortable Queen size.
I like to spoil all my guests with luxurious quality sheets and towels and make sure basic toiletries and a hair dryer are available.
Coffee, tea, fresh fruit and yoghurt are provided and I keep the fridge stocked with some cold water and juices.
I have a portable baby crib with bedding and a highchair available for anyone traveling with a baby or toddler.
The house is situated in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains with wonderful views, surrounded by desert and is extremely quiet. The only sound may occasionally be the coyotes at night and always the desert birds in the morning.
Close by you'll have access to great shopping and many excellent restaurants. The University of Arizona is an easy 6 mile drive away and yet there are also a lot of hiking trailheads very close by.
Our week with Els was a delight. The room was spacious and comfortable with lots of homey touches. The patio was available to us and we enjoyed watching the large variety of birds that visited the feeders (especially appreciated by Charlie, our cat). Els was an interesting and gracious host who is fortunate to live in a magical neighborhood, perfect for walking. Thanks for a great experience, Els!
Els emailed us to confirm that we were coming a few days before our trip. She greeted us upon arrival, and showed us our beautiful room and surrounding outside area. We were very comfortable, enjoying desert views and desert birds out our window. The neighborhood was naturally landscaped with exceptional species of cactus. We enjoyed walking around the peaceful neighborhood. The location was convenient, and the ease of a separate entrance was an added bonus. Els provided us with fresh fruit and yogurt, as well as the makings for fresh tea and coffee. We enjoyed our desert stay very much.
I loved staying at Els' Sonoran Desert Retreat! It was beautiful, comfortable, and quite with many little amenities that added to my comfort and enjoyment. Els was a wonderful host, friendly and helpful with great suggestions for restaurants and hiking. I especially liked the patio and its bird feeders and the early morning and evening visits by the quail and hummingbirds. I hope to come back soon!
The Sonoran desert retreat is a true oasis, an amazing gem in the Catalina foothills of Tucson. Els will make you feel right at home in this immaculate and adorable casita attached to her house. 5 stars!!!
This was my second time staying with Els, and her suite was even better than I remembered. Impeccably clean and well laid out, it was a perfect home to come back to every night. Els is wonderful. Very kind and laid back. Thanks much and see you next year!
Stayed a week with Els for the second time. Everything was perfect, location is in a beautiful residential area, room is very comfortable and private. Els is very respectful and comfortable, the perfect host!
The rave reviews of Els and her place are right on, so i'll try to add something to them if i can. First, this is the most complete and welcoming accommodation that i've ever been in. it's not just a room or a quest suite, it's like someone has gone out of their way to think of everything and make everything accessible and comfortable. Which they have. I've been looking all around tucson for about two weeks and this looks like one of the best places to live. close to everything, beautiful, safe, (i walked and jogged all around), mountain views. and Els. From all the reviews, it's obvious that she's enjoyable to talk to. She's got the relaxed sort of traveled european style. Since i'm not much of an extrovert, i wondered if there would be too much chatting. It turns out that Els seems totally fine with whatever you want. She said she has some guests that she only sees for a brief greeting. We had a nice relaxed beer on the patio and said goodby at the end. It was just right.
We found that Els, as well as her place, is great.
It is a lovely setting and a perfect location in which to explore Tucson and all it's hiking and sights. It is not far from downtown and easy to get to.
It's also very comfortable, clean and makes for a wonderful stay.
We will look forward to going back another time very soon.
Els, thanks for a lovely relaxing visit in the beautiful place you call home. If and when I am in Tucson next, I won't think twice about where to rest my head after long days of hiking (luckily just minutes away!) and soaking up the sun (never an issue in Tucson!). Many thanks.
Els provides the most inviting and peaceful accommodations I believe I've ever experienced. She is a gracious host and provides many thoughtful amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The neighborhood is wonderfully quiet and beautiful, and the premises invites rest and relaxation. Definitely a place I will return to!!