Hotels in Catalina, Arizona

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Catalina, in the midst of the Arizonian desert just north of Tucson, is home to red-rock canyons, rolling, dusty hills, and the towering Mount Lemmon—with this unmatched landscape, it’s the perfect desert idyll. Located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Catalina is a great location for both exploring the vast and impressive mountains, canyons, and oases, and being within traveling distance of the lively and historical city of Tucson, in a rural and peaceful atmosphere.

Hotels in Catalina

Fantastic 5-star hotels in Catalina are available if you want to pull out all the stops for an unbeatable vacation in Tucson, with full-blown activity resorts and spa hotels on offer. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain provides luxury accommodation and features its own golf course. And for the true spa experience, check out Miraval Resort & Spa, spanning over 400 acres and with a full range of wellness activities and treatments. There are also more affordable Catalina 3-star hotels to the south of the region, such as the Holiday Inn Express and the Red Lion Inn & Suites, for that great-value Arizonian getaway.

Things to see in Catalina

The best-preserved Catalina countryside can be found in the Catalina State Park. Marvel at the bright-yellow wildflowers in the spring, and enjoy the tall, iconic desert cacti all year round. There are walking trails available for everyone, from beginner hikers to pro mountaineers, as well as equestrian routes—nearby Pusch Ridge Stables provides horse rentals and supervised rides. While at the park, take a detour to Sabino Canyon to the south. With its gushing rivers, rocky hills, and bright-red, blossoming cactus flowers, it’s a site of natural beauty and not one to be missed. And for your final stop here, travel to the top of Mount Lemmon—a winding road leads to its peak, so there’s no need to scale the summit on foot—for inspiring views of Tucson and the Catalina landscape at an elevation of more than 9,000 feet. And visit at dusk for a magical experience of the night sky at the SkyCenter Observatory.

Great for couples

With so much natural wonder open to explore and admire, you and your partner will fall in love with a vacation in Catalina. Combine this with a luxurious spa hotel, alongside excursions to a few of the numerous beauty spots, and you have the perfect romantic escape. Catalina is also a fantastic destination for more active travelers, with hotels with golf courses, gyms, and sports facilities, as well as hiking and bike trails available in Catalina State Park. And families will feel right at home here—book a family-friendly Catalina resort to relax and unwind, while the kids can stay busy with fun outdoor activities.

How to get to Catalina

Flying to Tucson International Airport is your best way in if traveling from other states or overseas, and from here, it’s about a 45-minute drive to the district. Route 77 runs through Catalina right down to the center of Tucson, for direct access to the city sites. There’s also a bus station located in the center of Catalina, with line 401 taking you down to the city center, as well as further north. Phoenix, the state capital of Arizona, is also close by if you fancy visiting, being less than 2 hours away in the car.