We had some airmiles to use so decided to book a flight from London to Phoenix where we booked a hire car and spent many hours planning the various places we would stay and for the first time in the US, decided to try bed and breakfast accommodation at most of our stops. They were absolutely great. Firstly a word about our flight to Phoenix which was an adventure in itself as a duststorm decided to settle on the runway as we were about to land so we were diverted to Las Vegas. We found this a great unplanned start to our holiday with British Airways making all the arrangements. Anyway that is another story. This review is about Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast in Tucson. They have their own website if you want to look it up.
Wow! What can we say – we loved Azure Gate. There are 4 rooms, 2 of which are self contained houses with their own living and cooking facilities. We stayed in the Santa Ana House which is attached to the main house but has its own door on to the swimming pool terrace and another door on to a private terrace where we loved to sit watching the lovely desert scenery in Azure Gate's own land. Santa Ana has its own lounge and kitchen area with microwave and large fridge which was already stocked with drinks and milk. Coffee beans and other goodies were also provided thanks to the hospitality of Christine and Dennis, our lovely hosts, as well as a wealth of information on the local area. The bedroom was in a loft area reached by a spiral staircase and the bathroom was downstairs so be prepared for that if you get up in the night! The breakfasts were a real highlight -they really were outstanding. Every day we wondered what the dish of the day would be and it was always delicious and prepared with such care and described in detail by Dennis. There are also 2 bedrooms in the main house and another larger detached house called Catalina. Guests come from all over the world and the ones we met all spoke highly of their accommodation. Azure Gate is set in lovely peaceful desert scenery and close to Saguaro National Park East (where we did lots of walks in the heat!) yet within a few minutes drive of Tucson with its shops and restaurants. A very special place to stay.