Sierra Vista, Arizona, is known as the hummingbird capital of the U.S., enticing birdwatchers from around the world to descend on the tiny desert town in hopes of spying one of the 18 recorded species found here. Popular sighting spots include San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, the Coronado National Memorial and the Ramsey Canyon Preserve. In response to the outpouring of such visitors, several motels opened for business in Sierra Vista, with each offering its own brand of style and charm.
The Sierra Suites are situated right outside of Fort Huachuca and are only 20 minutes from area attractions like Tombstone and Kartchner Caverns. The first thing guests see is the inviting Southwestern style lobby, with its brick fireplace, terra cotta tiles and high wood beam ceilings. Safety deposit boxes are available at the front desk, and executive travelers have access to a business center with computer and printer. For recreation, a large, outdoor, heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi are open year round, while the extra-large workout space features a Pilates ball, exercise mat and free weights. In addition, a deluxe breakfast buffet with hot and cold items is offered daily. Guests rooms feature one king or two queen beds, 25-inch TVs, individual climate controls and Lodgenet movies and music. Spacious two-room suites are also available.
Comfort Inn & Suites
Comfort Inn & Suites provides convenient access to local points of interest such as Coronado National Forest and the city of Benson's historic downtown. Those seeking recreation work out in the fully equipped fitness center, swim laps in the pool or play the links at the nearby Pueblo Del Sol Country Club. Copy and fax services are available at the front desk, along with free copies of USA Today, and a complimentary hot breakfast with waffles kicks off each morning. Both smoking and nonsmoking rooms are available, with each featuring amenities like satellite TV, microwave, mini-fridge, computer hook-ups and free local calls. Discounted room rates are available for FEMA-approved government travelers. The motel also offers its Choice Privileges® Rewards Program, where frequent guests can earn points toward free hotel stays and airline miles.
Americas Best Value Inn-Sierra Vista
Americas Best Value Inn is AAA rated and centrally located off AZ-90, exit 302, just 30 miles south of Interstate 10. The Mall at Sierra Vista and Wayland Baptist University are both within walking distance, and other local tourist spots like the Rose Tree Museum, Mountain View Golf Course and Sierra Vista Aquatic Center are less than five minutes away. Several restaurants are also right next door offering a variety of cuisines, including Yama Sushi, the Landmark Cafe and La Casita Mexican Restaurant and Cantina. Property amenities include a swimming pool, continental breakfast, and free parking for buses and trucks. Guest rooms are fairly staid, featuring basics like cable TV with HBO and Wi-Fi access; handicap accessible rooms are also available upon request. Additionally, smaller pets are permitted to be on the premises.
Motel 6 Sierra Vista
The Motel 6 is convenient to nearby attractions like the Riparian Conservation Area, popular for hiking and hunting, and the Henry F. Hauser Museum, featuring both permanent and changing exhibits on the history and environment of the Greater Sierra Vista Area. This motel is perfect for budget-conscious travelers and features a guest laundry, free morning coffee and high-speed Wi-Fi access throughout the building. Special amenities such as a shuttle service and guest room "micro-fridges" are available for a nominal fee, and restaurants like Outback and Applebee's are situated close by. Guest rooms are basic, offering premium cable and a small work space. Well-behaved pets are welcome to stay, but must be on a leash outside of the guest's room at all times. In addition, children stay free when accompanied by a paying adult.
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