May 242015
 

Bella Vista de Tucson Bed and Breakfast

A comfortable bed and breakfast in Tucson,
offering a picturesque garden and stunning city views

After much Internet browsing about accommodations in Tucson, Arizona, I settled on a bed and breakfast just west of the downtown area. Bella Vista de Tucson Bed and Breakfast turned out to be a wonderful choice. Nestled on a hill overlooking downtown Tucson with views of the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains in the background, it had a quiet, residential feel and yet it was only a five minute drive to the centre of downtown Tucson.

The original adobe house had been added to and modified over the years. Today, there are two guest rooms at one end of the house, each having its own private entrance.

Bella Vista de Tucson Catlalina Room

Entrance to Catalina Room, the room we stayed in

Bella Vista de Tucson Catalina room

Images of Catalina Room

Bella Vista de Tucson garden

The garden

The room was comfortable and the location ideal, but what made this bed and breakfast stand out for me was the garden and the garden art work: tile work, mosaics, a bottle wall and folk art. A small amount of tile work was present when the current owners, Bob and Lynn Kerry, bought the house, but the majority are their creations.

Bella Vista de Tucson

Mosaic work in the garden

mosaic bench

The Kerrys created this bench

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A sampling of the garden artwork

Bella Vista de Tucson

Owner’s dog Blue in the garden, next to sun room (to the right) where breakfast was served

A buffet breakfast, consisting of pastries, cheese, eggs, fruit, yogurt, bread and cereals, was served in the sun room. That was where we meet the couple staying in the other room. We had timed our visit to coincide with the Tucson Festival of Books. The other couple was in Tucson for the same event. They had attended the festival the previous year and stayed at Bella Vista de Tucson. They’d enjoyed both so much they returned.

Bella Vista de Tucson

We had a patio area

Tucson

View from the patio

Bella Vista de Tucson was a delightful place to stay and reasonably priced. It will be my first choice for any future visits to Tucson.

Update May 2016: It is possible this bed and breakfast is no longer in operation. The website no longer exists. The phone number I have on record is 520-792-1370.

*Note: This post was not sponsored. We paid the regular rate for our room.

This post is linked to Noel Morata’s Travel Photo Discovery.

  48 Responses to “Bella Vista de Tucson”

  1. This looks like a grat choice! That tile work is really special. I haven’t stayed in a bed and breakfast for a long time. But Bella Vista de Tucson looks like a great choice. I love that you have a separate entrace

    • Jacquie, I loved the tile work. It had been a long time since I had stayed at a bed and breakfast too. Somehow, I keep forgetting about that option when looking for accommodations. This stay is a good reminder to look for other B&Bs.

  2. Wow, I love all the mosaic work – how wonderful to see all these in one spot. I’ve done some small projects in the past and would love to do something large like these wall pieces, thanks for sharing them with us and link it up today Donna

    • Noel, the mosaic work was pretty impressive. Everywhere I looked there was some other treasure to discover.

  3. The mosaic work reminds me so much of all the Gaudí elements we’ve just seen in Barcelona, with the undulations and whimsy. This looks like a lovely place to stay: very sweetly and unpretentiously decorated.

    • Betsy, I loved all the Gaudi elements in Barcelona. You’re right – there is some of the same undulations and whimsy in the mosaic works at the B&B.

  4. You certainly did make a great choice! What a beautiful B&B and exceptionally beautiful garden with all the artwork!

    • Marilyn, it was a great place to stay – relaxing, good location and the garden was so beautiful.

  5. I love this place! The mosaic tile bench reminds me of Gaudi’s Park Guell in Barcelona. Love all the tile work, the garden is beautiful! I enjoy staying in private rentals over hotels for the eclectic decor one often encounters. I will be in Tucson in October – so excited! If I hadn’t already booked my accommodation I would definitely look into this B&B.

    • Susan, you’re the second person to be reminded of Gaudi. I loved the mosaic work in Park Guell and can see why this reminds you of it.

  6. Love it! So Old Tucson.

  7. Like Betsy, I found the charming tile work in the garden reminiscent of Gaudi. What creative B&B owners!

  8. Hi Donna. Love this! I’m a big fan of color, and the colors here are stunning. I love the plates!

  9. Thanks Bill. Glad you stopped by.

  10. I absolutely love all of that mosaic work in the garden, and the use of plates is a nice touch. I would love to stay there and have more often been looking for that type of accommodation with a separate entrance.

    • Jeri – the separate entrance was really nice. It made it feel more private and you worried less about disturbing someone.

  11. Bella Vista de Tucson does sound like a choice place to stay. Since I have relatives in that town, I probably will never get to enjoy it first hand but I did enjoy viewing the pictures depicting the artsy decor.

  12. What a gorgeous place to stay. I just loved all the mosaic work in the garden, it must have felt like a discovery around every corner.

  13. This place looks great Donna. Next time we’re in Tucson I’ll definitely check it out. We discovered a great place in Tubac, Arizona called the Poston House Inn. It was an accidental find and really lovely too. I really love Arizona 🙂

    • Colleen I visited Tubac for the first time this winter. I loved the town. I was only there for the day but thought it would nice to go back some time and spend a night or two. I will remember the Poston House Inn. Thanks.

  14. Love the southwestern style, and Tucson is such a great city!

  15. We travel to Tucson quite a lot to visit family. This looks like a cute place to stay. I loved the bench they created reminds me of Parc Guell in Barcelona. Have to check it out on one of our visits.

  16. I love the adobe house and the decor of the guest room but, you’re right, the garden steals the show! What a fun place to relax in and wander around. It looks like a place where the distractions of life can seem far removed… Anita

    • It was nice to stay somewhere so central and yet feel so relaxed and, as you put it, removed from the distractions of life.

  17. Wow, would definitely brighten my day any day. It is colored yellow! Beautiful, one-of-a-kind bench! You made the right choice!!!

  18. I guess I won’t be original by commenting on the major Gaudi influence! I confess that I tend to avoid Arizona because I don’t like places that are landlocked but this made it look charming!

    • Kay, this place was charming. And Arizona, even landlocked, has some spectacular things to see.

  19. Like everyone else who’s posted, I love that tile work. I’ve never seen that style before of embedding whole plates into the mosaic. Nice!

  20. What a fabulous garden – I could imagine spending time there!

  21. This looks like a beautiful place to stay! Relaxing and charming – will definitely put it on the “must-see” while in Tucson list. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  22. What a great little place, I love the mosaic!

  23. Like Betsy, my first thought was how “Gaudi-esque”. What beautiful photos! Isn’t is great when you do the research and are happy with your choice?!

  24. I love mosaic and I’m happy to see your choice…

  25. I remember this home very well. I spent many summer days there when it was my Aunt’s home. I’m glad to see it’s so well cared for and the colors are just beautiful.

    • Helen, I’m so glad you found this post about your aunt’s former home. It’s a beautiful house in a lovely location. I imagine you enjoyed your summer days there.

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