Our Accolades

2015 TripAdvisor: Our guests have spoken and, because of you, TripAdvisor has recognized The Inns at El Rancho Merlita with their Certificate of Excellence award for the fifth year in a row, placing us into their “Hall of Fame”!

2014 TripAdvisor: Certificate of Excellence

2013 BedandBreakfast.com: We are honored that BedandBreakfast.com selected The Inns at El Rancho Merlita as a Top 10 Luxury Inn for 2013! In their eyes, we offered the best travel experience as a luxury B&B…and we humbly agree!

2013 TripAdvisor: Certificate of Excellence

2012 TripAdvisor: Certificate of Excellence

2011 iLoveInns.com: We were thrilled to receive the honor of being named one of the Top 10 Romantic Inns in 2011! It seems that our location, hospitality, personal attention and reviews from our wonderful guests convinced them that El Rancho Merlita offers a truly romantic and relationship-rejuvenating vacation setting.

2011 TripAdvisor: Certificate of Excellence

2009 KSAZ FOX 10 — Phoenix: Cool House

Articles & Videos about Our Bed and Breakfast in Tucson

2011 Arizona Highways Magazine: On page 3, editor Robert Steive calls us out because we were included in their list of favorite Inns & B&Bs. The Rest Stops article begins on page 18, and El Rancho Merlita is covered on page 27.

2010 AAA Highroads Magazine: Charming Stays, Arizona’s Hidden Havens: The Inns at El Rancho Merlita on page 28 is a great little article on our inn. The write-up covers our Merle Norman history, the inn renovations to its bed and breakfast state, and talks about some of our rooms, our grounds and our amenities.

2010 Arizona Daily Star: Ranch House with a story discovers niche as B&B. The article skips over the long-ago history and focuses instead on how the Osbornes came to own the ranch and the journey from ranch to B&B.

2008 Builder/Architect: The Rancho Merlita cover story article is a great write-up of innkeeper Diana Osborne’s architectural history and her unique story relating to what is now The Inns at El Rancho Merlita: finding the property, considering the area while planning the renovations, and the resulting accomplishment of finishing this one-of-a-kind property.

2009 Tucson Home Magazine: Designer Showhouse 2009 is the original publication of The Inns at El Rancho Merlita’s history.


Diana Osborne (DKO Studio)/Jan O’Brien (Arizona Designs) – Outstanding Kitchen Design

2006/07 Sub-Zero/Wolf Kitchen Design Contest: a professionally judged contest of overall kitchen design featuring Sub-zero/Wolf appliances. This is a great honor since this contest is both a nationwide and world-wide event.