JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa
What We Love
- The inspiring setting, with its saguaro-covered foothills and desert landscapes
- Two award-winning restaurants–one Mediterranean, one Southwestern –plus a BBQ joint and tequila bar
- The impressive, globe-spanning menu of soothing treatments at the Hashani Spa
What To Know
- WiFi is comped in the lobby and lounge, $16.95 per day in guest rooms
- With 13 meeting rooms across 81,000 square feet of total meeting space, expect to encounter corporate groups
- Pets are not allowed
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This sprawling ochre-hued resort of 540 rooms and 35 suites blends remarkably well into its surroundings in the foothills of Tuscon Mountain Park. As you’d expect in golf and wellness-mad Tuscson, the spa and golf courses are highlights: find serenity at Hashani Spa during exotic treatments like the Native American-inspired hot stone massage. The 27 hole championship golf course, meanwhile, meanders through the mountains and arroyos of the arresting Arizona landscape. Kids aren’t overlooked either, thanks to a water slide, multi-level pool, lazy river, and whirlpool, along with a kids and teens club–aspiring PGA stars 15 and over can even play a free round after 3pm, provided they’re accompanied by an adult.
In the Area
Take the whole family to the marvelous Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, spanning 21 acres with two miles of walking paths and 230 animal species. Head to downtown Tucson and visit Old Town Artisans, an array of arts, crafts, and antique stores in an historic structure with ceilings made from saguaro cactus ribs. Afterwards, take refreshments at The B Line, a hip bistro on 4th Avenue that dishes up treats from cult veggie burgers to fish tacos.
How to Get There
We spent most of our spring break at the Marriott Starr Pass and were not disappointed - we had an excellent stay.
Our room was large and comfortable and had a huge bathroom. Our kids are getting older now (14 and 10) and sometimes find it tight sharing a double or queen but the desk supplied an air mattress and bedding for the ten year old which was much appreciated.
We loved the pool area and lazy river - also the poolside food service was very good. My only complaint about the pool is that when we checked in we were told the upper pool was for adults only and the lower pool was the family pool - I think we must have been the only ones who were told this as both pools were always full of kids throwing balls etc. also there were two hot tubs - one was actually not at all hot, and the other one was always full of kids so we didn’t really get to enjoy those.
Lazy River and water slide were very welcome and especially enjoyed by my ten year old. Lots of other activities - ping pong and corn hole and nice lawn to play on.
We used the gym almost every night and again, some feedback - was told my 14 year old daughter was not allowed to use the gym during spa hours, or attend the fitness classes, even with an adult, but could use it only before 7 am or after 7 pm. This seemed a bit extreme as I would have accompanied and she wanted to work out to keep fit for soccer and track, not just to fool around, but we heeded the rules. Might consider allowing teens to use gym with an adult in future though. After 7 not practical when we were eating dinner and then going to bed.
The lounge and bar area out back is divine, with lovely views and good atmosphere, lively and fun, good drinks and mostly good service. Tequila toast was fun and drew a crowd each night. Evening by the fire pit was also very pleasant with beautiful nighttime views and peaceful feeling.
Spa was very nice and I appreciated the day pass with purchase of the longer manicures. Again, my 14 year old daughter not allowed to join me but I enjoyed the salt water lap pool, jacuzzi and steam room. Again, lovely views from the spa area and very relaxing.
My husband played golf three days and enjoyed it. We also took advantage of having a child play free with adult and my son enjoyed that very much. In fact we all accompanied him one day (on his birthday) and they let my daughter and I get our own cart to ride along which was very pleasant and special. We saw lots of wildlife and enjoyed the beautiful views.
We used the Starbucks and also at at Salud and Plunge - all were serviceable. We preferred eating dinner in town though for more variety and the hotel is not too far away from the city even though it feels very remote.
In short, we loved it and would gladly return. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We found it easy to park on the street and were almost always opposite the front entrance.
The views we're beautiful but that was not enough for the lack of parking for paying guests, vallet is outrageous and billing department is a joke. It is now day 5 and I still have not received my final bill as promised. They charged my credit card and my debit for rooms still waiting for them to reconcile final bill and release money. When I call they say they will have it done by end of day. Construction is working on half of building so we got a discount for a room with no balcony but they failed to tell us about the paint smell and that construction workers would be on our balcony all day working so we had no peace while staying in the room. The lobby is loud and the hotel feels crowded. If you're looking for a peaceful getaway go somewhere else. This was my first and last stay.
We had a great stay at the JW Marriott and would definitely recommend. The area is beautiful and the staff are very friendly. We had our trade show there and everything was wonderful. The rooms are very spacious and clean and the room service is excellent.
We have an annual weekend conference here every year. The resort is beautiful and has many extra activities free of charge. Staff is super nice and the highlight is definitely the pool! The rooms are large and spacious.
This place is amazing. Very nice place to stay. Even if you have arrangments elsewhere my wife and or friends have gone here many times just before sunset for drinks and an amzing view. They ritually do a free tequila shot for everyone in outside patio area and tell a local story about a famous mexican ...ill keep it a secret but its a fun time had by all.:)
Great swimming and lounging areas. Beautiful sceneries!