The Azure Gate Bed and Breakfast

9351 E. Morrill Way , Tucson, AZ 85749 USA (Show map)

About

Open The Azure Gate to a place where you can dream ... a desert oasis of quiet beauty and birdsong. The Azure Gate is a romantic secluded estate on 5 acres of botanical garden ambiance located in NE Tucson at the gateway to magnificent Mt. Lemmon. Open its gate and enter a magical place of brightly designed Mexican tiles, saltillo tile floors, colorful walls, courtyards with splashing fountains, and exquisite gates made by artist, Simon Donovan. Relax by its pool. Explore meandering pathways and trails. Fall asleep in one of the beautiful bedrooms to a desert lullaby of hooting owls and yipping coyotes. Awaken to a sunrise song of cooing doves and the fragrant anticipation of a delicious breakfast.

Reviews

Overall
4.9

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

The Best!

4.8 on May 23, 2016

Our second visit to The Azure Gate was every bit as enjoyable as our first. The highlight is Dennis's cooking (no better anywhere!) but what attracts us more than anything is the hospitality of hosts Dennis & Christine. On a stroll around the large property we saw all kinds of wildlife including a bobcat! We have found a new Favorite Place in Tucson and will for sure be back many times.


Oasis in the Desert

5 on May 18, 2016

This was our tenth visit to the Azure Gate B&B. For us it is visiting friends. We stayed for a month from March 27th to April 26th. There are many reasons to recommend the Azure Gate, but the key is Dennis and Christine. They want you to have a good time at their B&B and in Tucson, and do everything they can to make that happen. There are two rooms in the house and two casitas on the property, and all are wonderful. The breakfasts are out of this world. Guests rush back to their rooms for their cameras to take pictures of the breakfast offerings. Christine refers to the outside area and patio as the "Oasis", as do the guests. The area is quite beautiful and peaceful with a variety of sitting (sun and shade) to enjoy the surroundings. As well, the five acres surrounding the Azure Gate allows enjoyment of the local vegetation. If you plan on visiting Tucson, the Azure Gate is the place to stay.


Serenity

5 on May 18, 2016

Our stay at Azure gate B&B exceeded our expectation. Sure the breakfasts were gourmet quality and interesting because Dennis loves to cook. But that might be the least of it. Dennis is a nature photographer and shared photos and information that enhanced our trip to Arizona. The home and grounds and the host and hostess exude a serenity that is contagious. We left Azure Gate to continue our trip both very mellow and looking forward to more adventure. Hobson and Andrea


Azure Gate B&B, A Lovely Retreat

5 on May 11, 2016

We stayed recently at Azure Gate B&B. From the fine linen sheets to the superior food to the amazing botanical grounds, the experience was delightful. Best of all was the warmth of our hosts. My husband, a wonderful cook, particularly enjoyed being allowed in the kitchen to watch Dennis create his amazing gourmet breakfasts. We felt like family and hesitant to leave! A lovely experience.


Fabulous stay at Azure Gate!

5 on May 09, 2016

This is our favorite B & B to visit. Part of this is our love of South East Arizona, but Azure Gate is truly an oasis in the Sonoran Desert. Christine and Dennis are perfect hosts and have become dear friends, since our first visit in 2007. We love staying at the Catalina Guest House. It is a separate living space from the main house. We love sitting on the patio watching the wildlife come and go. It is such a comfortable relaxing place to return to after a day of hiking. As mentioned in my prior reviews, the breakfasts are fantastic. Dennis is always coming up with new delicious ideas. He never ceases to amaze our palates. Absolutely fabulous breakfasts. We consider ourselves so lucky to have found this amazing place.


Serenity and Perfection

5 on April 05, 2016

My sister and I happened upon the Azure Gate two years ago and brought our husbands with us this year. After talking about it to my husband, his expectations were high, and it did not disappoint. If you are looking for a peaceful, well maintained, and clean place to stay in Tucson with friendly owners and a fabulous breakfast, this place will meet all your needs, as it did ours! I cannot recommend it highly enough.


Beautiful, quiet desert B&B with great people and outstanding food.

5 on March 27, 2016

Wonderful place overall. Attractive, quiet grounds with a mix of more formal landscaping and relatively wild desert landscape. Quiet neighborhood nearby for a morning stroll. Nicely decorated, well-kept rooms and common areas, including an extensive "things to do / places to eat" library. But the best parts are the people - Dennis and Christine are excellent hosts, and the other guests (mostly returning guests, a good sign) similarly were friendly people - and the breakfasts, which Dennis puts a lot of skill and creativity into every morning. Overall it made for an outstanding stay on my first time to Tucson.


Breakfast is the key ingredient

4.8 on March 26, 2016

Azure Gate is set in a desert garden where the sounds of trickling water and birds are the only sounds heard. It is a place of beauty and grace. Although the only onsite dining is breakfast (included), it is not a meal to be missed.Dennis prepares spectacular breakfasts, beautifully presented, and then comes out of the kitchen to describe them to you. He and Christine are wonderful hosts, always ready to accommodate you by recommending sights to see or places to eat. We have stayed there twice now and have already booked for next year.


great experience

5 on March 07, 2016

attractive facility and food. Christine and Dennis are very cordial hosts. we were the only first time guests, and it is easy to see why people come back.


Great Escape

5 on March 05, 2016

My wife and I stayed at Azure Gate B&B in January 2016 and it was a wonderful experience. Dennis and Christine were very welcoming and accommodating and it was obvious that they truly enjoy having guests. Our room was clean and comfortable and Dennis’ cooking was great! He makes an effort to provide a very special breakfast experience. The location was quiet and peaceful and we enjoyed strolling through the garden. We would certainly stay there again the next time we are in Tucson and highly recommend the Azure Gate to others.


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Rooms & Rates

Saguaro Room

The Saguaro has a feel of the Old West with a Queen Bed hand crafted of saguaro ribs, original Western art, its own courtyard. There is an adjacent library with a Spanish desk, telephone and internet hookup, comfortable sofa and chair, antique game table for playing cards or a board game, shelves and shelves of books, CDs, and a large video selection.

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

Nightly Rate: $140 - $150

Sabino Room

The Sabino Room is reminiscent of old colonial Spain with an elegant queen size brass bed, hand-painted furniture, a stained glass window, shower with marble tile, and an artist designed pedestal sink with matching hand painted tile. The Sabino is adjacent to the library which has a Spanish desk, comfortable sofa and chair, antique game table for playing cards or a board game, shelves and shelves of books, CDs, and a large video selection.

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

Nightly Rate: $130 - $140

Santa Ana Guest House

The Santa Ana Guest House consists of living room, study nook with desk, telephone, and internet access, along with a fully appointed kitchen. The bedroom loft has a queen size bed and views of the Santa Catalinas and the Rincon Mountains. The Santa Ana has a gracious old brick patio with views of the Catalinas, a private entrance, and entrance to the courtyard oasis and pool. There is Cable TV, VCR, and CD player. Guest have access to the library which has shelves and shelves of books, CDs, and a large video selection.

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

Nightly Rate: $155 - $175

Catalina Guest House

The Catalina Guest House boasts 850 square feet of living space reflecting the delight of azure waters off the coast of Mexico. It is beautifully furnished with original art, fully appointed eat-in kitchen, a spacious Mexican tiled bathroom with walk-in shower. The living area contains a sofa and loveseat, a large fireplace, Cable TV, VCR, and CD player. There is also a desk with private telephone and WIFI internet. The large upstairs bedroom has an outdoor balcony for sunset viewing. The Catalina also has its own patio, courtyard, and misting ramada with peaceful views of the desert.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $175 - $195

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Location

Location Type

national parks, Desert, Mountains, Ranch, Suburban

Airport

Tucson, AZ (TUS) 18 miles

Directions to property:

from Tucson: east on Grant, left on Tanque Verde, north on Catalina Highway, east on Morrill Way.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Baseball's spring training, birding areas, Botanical Gardens, hiking trails, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area, Zoo

Inn Details

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Videos , Full kitchens in guest houses, Pool, Walking sticks, Trail system, Binoculars, Chess Room

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, wildlife photography, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Video Arcade

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4:00-6:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: two day minimum, single night when available $20 extra
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night or one-third of the total whichever is greater.
  • Cancellations: A refund, less $50 service fee, will be given with 30 or more days notice. For less than 30 days, a refund (less $50), will be returned only if the accommodation is rebooked.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Dennis and Christine Widman

Languages spoken

English

About the innkeepers

Dennis and Christine have lived and traveled throughout the US and Europe. Dennis is an avid wildlife photographer and does training and consulting in business communication. Christine is a children's book writer. Her sixth book, Cornfield Hide and Seek, will be in bookstores Spring of 2003. Both love hiking, birding, nature, good food, conversation, and the arts. They will gladly assist you in finding the spectacular trail, savory dinner, local festival, or artistic SW memento.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 9:00 am
  • Serving Location: outside patio, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , gluten free, lactose free


Signature Dish

southwest crab cakes
Made with fresh blue crab