This spacious resort on 80 acres of prime real estate includes the beautiful Pusch Ridge backdrop that adds to the feeling of privacy. In the other direction are the Santa Catalina Mountains. The spectacular setting is particularly conducive to sundowners and sunsets.
The uniquely Southwest experience focuses on activities, indigenous flora and fauna, and environmentally aware design and scaping. Cuisine sparkles with local ingredients that celebrate the flavors of the Sonoran Desert.
The property also has their own horse stable and a mini Western village available for private events. Several swimming pools are located throughout the property, with one reserved for adults only.
Every guest room is designed to reflect the desert oasis that surrounds you and capitalizes on balcony views overlooking the mountains or desert. But to really enjoy the property it’s best to go outside and walk the property at various times of the day. The colors change in the desert with the hour, and you’ll be amazed how alive the area feels.
I stayed in room #3412 with a view of the pool. A comfortable chaise with ottoman provided me with hours of leisure reading.
Single King and Single Queen rooms available as ADA-compliant.
As with most resorts these days, there is a daily resort charge of $25 per room plus tax. The resort fee entitles guests to the following: WiFi in-guest room, local & toll free calls, two bottles of water in room upon arrival, 10% off massage treatments at Elements Wellness Center, 10% off at The General Store gift shop, shuttle to Oro Valley Recreation Center 8am to 6 pm daily, two hours of bicycle usage per day for two, daily use of fitness facilities and wellness classes for two, and one hour of putting green and driving range access per day.
Expect a stay at this world-class resort to leave you refreshed, inspired and perhaps, even enlightened.
Rates on popular booking sites will vary based on season, day of the week, and whether breakfast is included. Rates can run from $142 to $241 per night on popular booking sites, and even higher during peak times in the winter. Check hiltonelconquistador.com for specials and for AARP Members discount and AAA Members discount of 5%.
Hotel review by Albuquerque-based travel & food writer/photographer Karin Leperi, who was hosted two nights for review purposes. All photos and text by Karin Leperi.