JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa
A Great Family Hotel
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona is a beautiful resort perfect for the family getaway. It boasts 4 restaurants, coffeehouse, a resort-style pool, splash pad, lazy river, spa, and golf course, this resort has everything your family would need in a hotel. Continue reading to learn more about our stay at this amazing resort.
In October 2013, we took a family vacation to Tucson, Arizona. The destination was selected based on two factors, we wanted to drive, and we wanted to stay at a JW Marriott property. The year before, we had stayed at JW Marriot in San Antonio and really loved the amenities of the resort, so we were anxious to stay at another resort in the JW Marriott family. Per some research, we found Star Pass JW Marriott resort in Tucson, Arizona and it was the perfect fit.
Denver to Santa Fe (Leg 1)
The drive from Denver to Tucson is nearly 900 miles or an estimated 13-hour drive. We split the trip into two days – day 1 we stopped in Santa Fe, NM. This leg was approximately 5 ½ hours. It was an easy drive; just straight south on I-25. We took several stops along the way. Our daughter was just shy of 3 years old at the time and needed lots of potty breaks and places to stretch her legs.
Santa Fe, NM
I fell in love with the Spanish architecture and the strong Mexican influence of Santa Fe. The touristy shops are filled with art and jewelry…and of course, some tacky tourist items that I simply loved! Walking around Santa Fe’s plaza was an amazing experience. I felt relaxed in Santa Fe and look forward to taking another trip.
We had dinner at La Fonda restaurant and experienced table-side guacamole for the first time ever. I have ALWAYS loved guacamole, but my husband had previously refused to try it. However, he gave our table-side guacamole a taste and loved it. Truly. I had to fight him for dips into the bowl.
Tip: If you haven’t been to Santa Fe, NM and you love great food and culture, you should consider a long weekend trip to this city with maybe a side trip over to Taos, NM. I highly recommend going during early October. The weather is beautiful, and the rates are low!
Santa Fe to Tucson (Leg 2)
The next day, we woke up early and drove down to Tucson, AZ. This leg was a little longer and most of the time we felt like we were the only ones on the interstate. Wide open roads for miles and miles and miles.
JW Marriott Star Pass Overview
This hotel is serene and beautiful. We arrived mid-week and the resort was quiet. The weather was in the low 80’s and it was perfect for some pool time!
Tip: This hotel is a popular conference destination, which means during the week, the pool isn’t busy. Also, locals use this hotel for an excellent “staycation.” If you want to avoid a busy pool, then be sure to stay at this resort during a weekday!
The hotel has a medium sized pool, a splash pad, and a lazy river. I found the water in the lazy river to be too cold for me, so we stayed on the pool side. We spent most of our days on this trip just playing in the pool!
If we weren’t in the pool, then we were walking around the large resort and surrounding area. The Star Pass area is beautiful, and we wished we had booked one of the hotel guided hikes, so we could trek a little further into the desert.
In the evenings, we loved watching the javelinas (kind-of like a pig, but actually part of the peccary family) munch on the lush vegetation that surrounded the hotel. I’m sure the hotel found them to be a pain, but we found them rather interesting to watch.
Local Activities in Tucson
There are lots of local activities around Tucson, AZ and this website contains a great listing for you to consider during your trip to Tucson. Out of the list, we only made it to one of the destinations, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. I regret that we didn’t make time to visit Saguaro National Park, I love the desert scenery and national parks! Check out this post from Two World Treasures – Visiting Saguaro National Park in June to see why I wished I have visited!!
Overall, this was a great road trip, but little did we know, this road trip came at a cost…. Read more about this on our blog post titled, Our Blood Clot Story – Nobody is Immune.
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