The 575-room JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson has completed property-wide renovations and enhancements that totaled $3.5 million.
“It’s been an exciting year to watch all of these enhancements unfold and come to fruition,” said Russ Bond, general manager of the property. “We are always striving to stay relevant and ahead of industry trends, while at the same time, listening to our guest’s feedback and creating a signature JW Marriott experience for them on every level.”
The resort’s 20,000-square-foot Hashani Spa underwent a transformation including design, all new furniture and equipment, as well as resurfacing the spa’s private adult’s only, saline pool, cabanas, decking, and hot tubs.
The spa’s third level entry was completely transformed and opens up into a reception area with comfortable seating and a boutique. An Express Treatment Pod was added to provide guests-on-the-go with 12- or 25-minute treatments for scalp massages or to relieve tense shoulders.
Paying tribute to the land in which Hashani Spa and the resort were built, a three-story high, metal cactus sculpture predominantly graces the center of The Spa’s large circular staircase. In the Tohono O’odham language, Hashani means Saguaro, which is how The Spa’s name came to be.
The resort’s lobby was redesigned to complement the vast open space and picturesque views, bringing in a touch of contemporary but cozy seating enclaves and configurations while still maintaining its southwest feel.
Located on the lower lobby level and inspired by the open-air festivals and Mercado’s of Southern Arizona and Sonora Mexico, the JW Market offers a diverse selection of locally-inspired specialty snacks and products from Tucson’s finest purveyors. Chalkboard menus adorn the walls featuring regionally-influenced flatbreads, artisan breads, sandwiches, and soups to go. Legendary local favorite Isabella’s hand-dipped ice cream is served using fresh, natural, and all local ingredients that are non-GMO certified. Happy Hour at JW Market is promoted via a roll of butcher paper on the wall, touting specialty wines and beers on tap that are routinely rotated throughout the year.
Relocated from the lower lobby, a much larger Starbucks graces the upper lobby level across from the gift shop offering sweeping mountain views to accompany its famous brews and cold nitro brew coffees.
Considered the most popular gathering spot on property, and home to the resort’s nightly tequila toast, Salud Terrace was refreshed with all new furniture and additional fire pits and the interior bar was completely refinished.
The resort’s gift shop which offers a vast array of logoed apparel, local artisan jewelry, and signature products and accessories also underwent a redesign complemented with new furniture and accents.
Exterior enhancements included re-roofing the entire resort and painting the exterior of the resort building.
Nestled on 50 acres in the saguaro-covered foothills of Tucson National Park, the resort that features 575 guestrooms including 35 suites has six dining experiences, the spa, a fitness center, a collection of outdoor water features including the meandering Starr Canyon River and Monsoon Falls waterslide, the Blur Teen Lounge and Rising Starr Kid’s Club, two tennis courts and access to multiple hiking and biking trails on property. Starr Pass Golf Club features 27 holes of championship golf designed by Arnold Palmer and is located just 12 miles from Tucson International Airport.
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