Oro Valley has a pleasant location beside the western foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, along Hwy 77 a few miles north of Tucson. The land slopes down very gently to the west, where many upscale residences have been built in recent years, many overlooking the greens and fairways of the five golf clubs in this area. The quiet back streets pass numerous patches of as yet undeveloped ground, still home to the same flourishing desert vegetation that can be seen in Catalina State Park, adjoining Oro Valley on the far side of Hwy 77.
Most shops, restaurants and hotels are also located along the main road, two centers being Oro Valley Retail at the 1st Avenue intersection and Oro Valley Marketplace at Tangerine Road.
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Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
10000 North Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
The full service Hilton resort in Oro Valley occupies 500 acres of scenic desert land at the edge of the Coronado National Forest, on the western slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Highlights are three championship golf courses (Conquistador, Canada, Pusch Ridge), 31 tennis courts, a tropical garden featuring four pools and a 140 foot waterslide, four restaurants and over 65,000 sq ft of indoor/outdoor function space. The Southwest-style accommodations include regular rooms (420 sq ft) with views of the mountains, desert or gardens, and suites, which have a minibar, sofa bed and private balcony or patio. The nearest shopping center is one mile north along Hwy 77, while Catalina State Park is 3 miles away.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Oro Valley-Tucson North
11075 N Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Holiday Inn Express Oro Valley has a pleasant, quiet setting adjacent to the (usually dry) Canada del Oro, a seasonal stream draining Push Ridge to the east, at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The hotel is set back a little from the main road (US 77), within a mile of such locations as Oro Valley Marketplace, Foothill Business Park, Honeywell Aerospace, and a good selection of restaurants. Highlights of the Holiday Inn Express include free hot breakfast buffet, an outdoor pool/hot tub, free wi-fi and a 24 hour business center.
Oro Valley is an expanding suburb at the north edge of greater Tucson. Marriott's representativel in town is the recently built Fairfield Inn, built on the east side of Oracle Road (AZ 77), in a desert location backed by the saguaro-covered foothills of Pusch Ridge, part of the Santa Catalina Mountains. This is an all suite hotel - 47 single bed and 42 double bed, all large, clean and very well maintained - and also offers an outdoor pool, sun deck, fitness center, and dining area where the free breakfast is served. The Fairfield Inn Tucson North/Oro Valley is within a mile of Catalina State Park, Oro Valley Country Club and El Conquistador Country Club.