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Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast

11707 E. Old Spanish Trail , Tucson, AZ 85730-5617 USA (Show map)
89 Reviews
$125 - $145
per night

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You will feel right at home in this natural sun baked adobe home. Its great porches, polished colored concrete floors and open trusses in the great room along with the antiques and collectibles give this Bed and Breakfast its unique ambiance. A wood burning cook stove in the delightful country kitchen invites guests to a scrumptious homemade breakfast. Awake to the sounds of desert birds and wild life. Enjoy the beautiful views, hiking and biking trails, horseback riding, and bird watching all near by. Guests are invited to afternoon treats and relaxing in the hydrotherapy spa. Take in the beautiful sunsets and stargazing, all in the great Arizona Sonoran desert. Desert Dove has two spacious guest rooms with private entrance. Both rooms beautifully decorated with antiques and collectibles. Each room has a private bath room, luxurious queen size bed, comfortable seating area. Full breakfast served in the dining area or patio/porches. Desert Dove is smoke free. Sorry there are no facilities for children or pets. Come fly away! Relax! Enjoy! Reminisce!



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Dining4.7

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Wonderful hospitality

4.8 on May 27, 2014

My wife and I spent five nights with Betty and Harvey who are most welcoming, attentive and kind hosts and excel in what they are doing. The breakfast was delicicous, our room was decorated very personal and had WLAN for free, something not even found at all hotels. Nice desert garden with ample oportunities to relax outside, watching hummingbirds and others. Don't miss this place!

Resting stay at the Desert Dove

4.2 on May 21, 2014

Tranquil bed and breakfast just north of Vail. The owners have been running the B&B for almost two decades. The room was clean and spacious. The grounds on the property are vast and interesting - clad with antiques and various plants, cacti, flowers. If you like to play your B&B stays quiet and low key, there are two restaurants no more than a mile or two that are both stopping in for - especially the Settlement Smokehouse. The owners are very gracious and conscientious of making sure you are comfortable and that your coffee cup is never empty! They were a bit more "present" than what we've experienced with other places, in terms of in and out of the B&B quarters as well as wanting to join you for breakfast, but that was just fine. Overall, a great stay and a much needed and wonderful respite for my husband and I.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for taking the time to write this review. We appreciate your input. Yes, we do live on site. We have shared and private spaces which work well for both guests and innkeepers. We often join our guests at the breakfast table for coffee, if they are alone and wish to visit.

Susan & David say thanks!

4.8 on April 21, 2014

Excellent bed and breakfast and we have never stayed at one this good. The attention to detail and quality of service were fabulous. Betty and Harvey share their home with enthusiasm and pride. The back garden is perfect for relaxing with an afternoon bottle of wine to enjoy the surrounding scenery of mountains and desert. We will definitely be back! Susan and David - Phoenix, AZ

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for staying with us David & Susan. A pleasure serving you. We look forward to your next visit. :)

Saguaro Park

3.2 on March 31, 2014

Lovely people, wonderful breakfast, clean and tidy room, comfortable bed all made for a restful stay at Desert Dove. The step down in the shower is quite unnerving to say the least. There really needs to be a permanent grab bar installed. I do not trust those suction type grab bars.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your comments. We appreciate your input. I always mention the step down shower when checking in guests. We will consider the grab bars, however we are not a full HC bed and breakfast.

Comfort, convenience, friendliness

5 on March 24, 2014

Betty and Harvey Ross are interesting, friendly, attentive, and helpful. They served delicious breakfasts and shared this time with us each morning. The room was comfortable, light, airy with a lovely view of their gorgeous desert garden and patio. There was plenty of space to hang and store our clothing and personal items. The decor throughout the home was lovely. The common room provided guests with a full sized fridge for personal items and was stocked with drinks and treats provided by our hosts. There was a coffee and drink machine and a microwave, dishes, silverware and a table. They even had a washer and drier for guests on extended stays. The Desert Dove is very well located for touring Saguaro National Park east and the entire eastern side of Tucson and not far from the historic downtown as well.

Innkeeper Response
Nice comments! Thanks so much for staying!

Great place for R &R

5 on March 24, 2014

Quiet location close to Saguaro National Park, beautiful home with spacious comfortable rooms, delicious & unique breakfast plus snacks, backyard garden and bird watching both entertaining and peaceful with gorgeous views of the mountains, and above all very kind and sweet hosts

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for your comments.

Beautiful B & B right outside Saguaro NP East!

5 on March 20, 2014

Betty and Harvey have designed and built a wonderfully inviting Bed and Breakfast! They are the most welcoming hosts, and their home is beautifully decorated and equipped for their guests. Betty cooks a gourmet breakfast in the mornings, and their yard is a treat as well. The Desert Dove lies just right outside the main entrance and visitor center of Saguaro National Park East, so there are miles of trails to explore almost from their doorstep. I would highly recommend a stay in this beautiful home!

A perfect couple of days at Desert Dove

5 on March 01, 2014

Trying to escape Marylands snow, we booked a stay with Betty and Harvey for Valentines weekend. We were greeted with such warmth and incredible hospitality. The room was immaculate, the bed just right, and the thick adobe walls made for the utmost silence perfect for an easy nights rest. Breakfasts were healthy, delicious, and varied daily. Betty readily accomodated my wife with special dietary needs. Don't be afraid to ask for gluten-free, vegetarian, or other preferences. Once done with breakfast, both Betty and Harvey were filled with information on what to do and see in the Tucson area and beyond. We decided not to plan any activities for this trip, and just wing it as we went along. The info provided by the Ross' more than made up for our lack of planning. As busy as we were, Desert Dove also proved to be the perfect place to take a break, and just lay out in the sun reading a book with little more than the buzz of passing hummingbirds for a soundtrack. If we find ourselves in Tucson again, we would not hesitate in the slightest to stay at Desert Dove again. It's the perfect blend of Arizona sun and Minnesota Nice. Thank you Harvey and Betty for a perfect few days.

Innkeeper Response
Happy to accommodate you both, a pleasure having you as guests.

Great time at Desert Dove B&B

4.8 on February 13, 2014

The B&B is in a quiet location, close to the Sonora Desert Park. Each of the two rooms are decorated beautifully and are large and comfortable. The queen bed was extremely comfortable. The hosts are charming and very helpful. There is a kitchen area available to their guests. Most of all, Betty and Harvey take you in as special guests and set a beautiful home cooked breakfast table. Breakfast was a delight. We hope to return in the next year.

Fantastic stay!

5 on January 24, 2014

We were so impressed by this beautiful home and gardens with lots of hummingbirds, beautifully decorated house, and delicious breakfast. The owners are the most delightful couple too!

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Rooms & Rates

Antique Garden

The Antique Garden room has a fantastic view of the Catalina mountains and our desert garden. The room is beautifully decorated with antiques and collectibles such as a picket fence headboard, dried flowers, and various antique garden tools. A private bathroom, luxurious queen size bed, comfortable seating area, a desk for writing, CD player, radio, soft bathrobes, and a hair dryer are some of this room's amenities.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $145

Victorian Rose

The Victorian Rose room has a nice view of the Tucson mountains and desert landscape. The room is beautifully decorated with antiques and collectibles from old hats, purses and vintage clothing. A private bathroom, luxurious queen size bed, comfortable seating area, antique wicker chairs for relaxing, a desk for writing, CD player, radio, soft bathrobes, and a hair dryer are some of this room's amenities.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $145

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Location Type

Countryside, Desert, Mountains


Tucson, AZ (TUS) 18 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, University of Arizona, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Biosphere 2, Sabino Canyon, Mt. Lemmon, Kartchner Caverns, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, In-room internet, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Piano, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3 pm.- 5 pm.
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night deposit required for 3 nights or less - 50% deposit for 4 nights or longer.
  • Cancellations: Deposits will be refunded if cancellation is seven days prior to the scheduled arrival. No refund given if less than seven days notice unless the room is resold. Credit may be given for another date.



Harvey & Betty Ross

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  • Time Served: 8:00 till 9:00 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

, upon request



11707 E. Old Spanish Trail , Tucson, AZ 85730-5617 USA (Show map)

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