Hacienda del Sol is a historic jewel. The story began in 1929, when John and Helen Murphey created Hacienda Del Sol; a desert retreat inspired by early Moorish architecture, with many personal touches crafted by the Murphey's themselves. The property was originally a "home away from home" ranch school for the daughters of society's elite families. The prestigious school's roster boasted names such as Vanderbilt, Pillsbury, Maxwell, Westinghouse, and Campbell, to name a few.
In the late 1930's, renowned architect Josias Joesler was commissioned to rebuild and redesign sections of the ranch, adding his notable signature to many architectural details.
In 1948, Hacienda Del Sol was converted into a guest ranch that immediately attracted the Silver Screen’s most popular stars. Legend has it that the Hacienda’s Casita Grande was a favorite romantic hideaway of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Leading men John Wayne and Clark Gable both signed their names to the hotel’s illustrious guestbook.
The guest ranch was forgotten for some time… until 1995 when fate landed the secluded property into the loving hands of a group of Tucson investors. With the vision of returning the ranch to its original glory, the owners have continually renovated and renewed Hacienda del Sol with special care. In 1997, The Grill restaurant was opened, and continues to be one of Arizona’s finest dining venues. In 1999, a major restoration of the hotel was completed, retaining and enhancing the original integrity of the architecture and landscape.
Today, the story continues, with simple pleasures, understated elegance, and charming hospitality at this classic Arizona inn. “The Soul of Tucson in the Heart of the Foothills” bespeaks the desire of its Tucson owners to nurture the beauty and authenticity of this special property.
Hacienda del Sol is included in the National Registry of Historic Places in Arizona, and is pleased to be a member of Historic Hotels of America.
“Providing happy and memorable experiences for our guests at Hacienda del Sol is of the utmost importance. But just as important is our dedication to community. We’re thankful Tucsonans have been so good to us which is why we give back as often as we can. Our efforts include participating in dozens of local fundraisers and charities. We’re glad to have contributed to the following organizations and we thank everyone for their continued support.”
American Cancer Society
Anshei Israel Preschool/Kindergarten
Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation
Arizona Historical Society
Arizona Youth Partnership
Assistance League Of Tucson
AZ Arthritis Center
AZ Blind & Deaf Children’s Foundation
AZ Builders’ Alliance
AZ-Sonora Desert Museum Gala
Bag It for Cancer Education
Big Brothers & Big Sisters 07 Gala
Boys & Girls Clubs “The Event”
Casa Support Council of Pima County
Catalina Boy Scouts
Catalina Foothills School District Foundation
CODAC Behavioral Health Services
Congregation Bet Shalom
Corks for Cancer
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Arizona
El Rio Foundation
Eller School of Public Administration
Father’s Day Council
Fox Tucson Theatre
Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center
Immaculate Heart School
Integrative Touch for Kids
Lineweaver Elementary School
Lute Olson Celebrity Auction
Make a Wish Foundation
March of Dimes
National Rifle Association
Old Pueblo Riders
Pueblo Special Olympics
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Saddlebrooke Community Outreach
Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation
St. Joseph’s Hospital
Stone Canyon Community Foundation
Swing for the Cure
The Catholic Foundation Gala
Therapeutic Riding of Tucson
Tohono Chul Park/Wildflower Festival 07
Tu Nidito/Children Dealing W/Death
Tucson Center for Women and Children
Tucson Centers For Children & Women
Tucson Hebrew Academy
Tucson Jewish Community Center
Tucson Junior Strings
Tucson Museum of Art
Tucson Pops Orchestra
Tucson Republican Women
Tucson Symphony Orchestra
U of A Campaign for Community Giving
U of A Museum of Art
U of A Residence Life Program
Scheduled for completion in the Summer of 2015, we’ll be adding 32 new guest rooms to our resort, furthering elevating the resort experience for our guests.
As part of this exciting refresh, guests can still expect the same level of comfort and services they’ve come to expect from our historic, world class retreat.