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JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort

I was searching around for hotels and cheap flights towards cities where they aligned (hint, there was one in the USA), and found Tucson with the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort for a weekend. I just couldn't refuse the rate and a sub $300 flight.


I had rented a car because public transportation in Arizona is a mirage, and there was no shuttle. Also the resort offered free self parking so that all came together to be a decision point. Starr Pass road (I'm confused how the resort got its name...) leads into the mountains and at the very end of it is the JW Marriott. I checked in at the front, and then parked the car at the self parking area on the east end of the resort (the main lobby is central-west end).

The Room

A massive, comfortable, secluded suite with living room, entry way, huge bathroom, bedroom and balcony.

The Restaurants

Many restaurants on the property. Primo for Italian, Signature Grill offering breakfast, lunch and heavy dinner, JW Market where you can get ice cream, drinks and such, Plunge by the pools and outdoor areas, Salud the evening patio bar and restaurant, Catalina the BBQ place at the golf clubhouse, and a Starbucks if you like bitter coffee.

The Resort Grounds

A rather large resort with many water features and a crazy large pool area, as well as various activity areas to while away the time if you're not gambling.


I was astounded by the level of service at this hotel; it is amazing and I definitely recommend here. 700 employees around the area, running the hotel and the golf course, which they own, do a fantastic job of keeping things running smoothly.

The food is great, and so many places to eat and drink. There is no reason to leave during your entire stay. I was hard pressed to accept I was checking out at the end of the weekend and had to fly home.

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