The small city of Marana borders Tucson to the northwest, along I-10; the mostly residential center is 2 miles from the interstate close to the Santa Cruz River, surrounded by irrigated farmland, though hotels are found several miles away beside the freeway, at exits 246 (Cortaro Road) and 248 (Ina Road), and provide a generally quieter, more easily-reached alternative than those in Tucson to the south. Cortaro Road is the main location, also site of a supermarket and plenty of restaurants.|
Marana is the closest town both to Ironwood Forest National Monument, the Silverbell entrance to which is 9 miles west, and also Saguaro National Park - the boundary is just 10 miles south along Sandario Road. To the east, a similarly short drive reaches more fine Sonoran Desert scenery at Catalina State Park.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Marana
8373 N Cracker Barrel Road, Marana, AZ 85743
On the east corner of the Cracker Barrel Road - Hospitality Road intersection, Holiday Inn Express Hotel Marana is located 1 block southwest of interstate 10 (exit 246), and 12 miles from the center of Tucson. The Pines Golf Club at Marana is a few minutes walk to the north, there are several restaurants close by, and the hotel lies on the main route into the west section of Saguaro National Park
. The Holiday Inn Express is a well regarded, three story, interior corridor property offering a pool, hot tub, fitness center, meeting room and free hot breakfast. The 83 rooms are very clean and well maintained.
Comfort Inn & Suites Marana
8425 N Cracker Barrel Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
Comfort Inn Marana is part of a small group of hotels and restaurants at the west corner of the junction of interstate 10 with Hospitality Road (exit 246) - 12 miles north of downtown Tucson. The inn has 65 rooms on 2 floors, with an outdoor pool/hot tub to the rear; this, and most of the rooms, enjoy uninterrupted views over the desert to the west, towards Safford Peak and the Tucson Mountains. Free hot breakfast, a fitness center, coin-operated laundry and guest use computer are the other main amenities. Accommodations are nicely decorated, equipped with pillow top mattresses, a microwave and a refrigerator.
Days Inn and Suites Tucson/Marana
8370 N Cracker Barrel Road, Marana, AZ 85743
Days Inn Marana occupies a substantial, modern, three floor building beside I-10 exit 246, adjacent to several restaurants. There are 62 guest rooms available, all containing a refrigerator & microwave, and including a selection of suites, some with kitchenette and/or whirlpool bath. For relaxation the hotel offers a pleasant outdoor pool, on the sunny southwest side, shielded from the road by a line of trees. Wi-fi and continental breakfast are free.
Super 8 Marana/Tucson Area
8351 N Cracker Barrel Road, Marana, AZ 85743
The bright, comfortable rooms at Super 8 Marana either face north, looking across the parking lot to an adjacent hotel, or south, overlooking the main road and the busy commercial neighborhood beyond, which includes a selection of restaurants, gas stations and stores, largest being Wal-Mart just across the street. I-10 runs past one block east, leading to downtown Tucson, 15 miles south. The main facilities at the interior corridor inn are an outdoor pool, hot tub, free continental breakfast, free wi-fi, a business center and meeting space.
Motel 6 Tucson North
4630 W Ina Road, Marana, AZ 85741
The Motel 6 in Marana, north Tucson, has a fairly quiet location (apart from some nearby rail tracks) along a side street just off Ina Road, close to exit 248 of interstate 10. A reasonable selection of shops and restaurants can be found within a few blocks. Room rates are low, and the two floor, interior corridor motel offers amenities of small outdoor pool, guest laundry, wireless internet access and free coffee.