JW Marriott Starr PassRespiratory Drug Delivery 2024, a premier conference focused on drug delivery to the lungs and nose, will be held at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Arizona. The hotel is nestled in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, and offers excellent meeting facilities, well-appointed guest rooms, championship golf, a full-service spa, pools, a lazy river, and more. Starr Pass is minutes from Downtown Tucson, one of two US cities designated as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. These attractions and an array of outdoor and cultural activities might entice you to extend your stay beyond RDD 2024.

The desert climate is sunny and dry during the day, and cooler in the evenings. In May, daytime temperatures typically range from 80° to 90°F (27°to 32°C), falling to about 60°F (16°C) at night.

We recommend flying into Tucson International Airport (TUS), which is about 12 miles from the hotel by car. Airport to hotel Uber or Lyft rides cost $25 to $35, while a taxi costs approximately $40.

Our room block at Starr Pass ended April 4, 2024. Reservation requests should now be booked via JW Marriott website or Reservations Center 888-527-8989.

Resort Activities

Coyote GolfThe Club at Starr Pass

The Club at Starr Pass provides a picturesque backdrop in the Tucson desert, in addition to three, nine-hole championship golf courses, each of which offers its own unique Arnold Palmer design.

RDD has negotiated a 10% discount off a round of golf at the daily rate for RDD attendees, which includes greens fees for 18 holes, cart fee, and use of driving range. Discounted rates are valid May 2 through May 11.

Tee times may be booked online, by telephone, or in person. Be sure to inform staff at the pro shop that you are with RDD when you arrive to play.

Starr Pass Golf Club Reservations: +1 (520) 900 8216

Hashani Spa

Hashani SpaRelax, refresh and rejuvenate at Hashani Spa. Our Tucson spa offers treatments that combine the latest beauty and health technology with ancient healing techniques and traditions within a luxurious pampering environment.

RDD participants will receive a 10% discount on all spa treatments when you mention that you are with Respiratory Drug Delivery. Includes all-day access to the spa. Discounted rates are valid May 2 through May 11.

Book online, direct email, or by telephone, informing staff you are with the RDD group. For online bookings, please follow up by telephone to request the discount.

Spa Reservations: +1 (520) 791 6117

Email: TUSSP-spa@marriott.com

Other Activities at JW Marriott Starr Pass

Pools at Starr PassThe hotel has a variety of activities for all ages: 24-hour fitness center, biking and hiking trails, pools, lazy river, and waterslide.

Be sure to take advantage of the daily rituals at Starr Pass (which are inlcuded with your Resort Fee):

  • Each morning on the Salud Terrace, guests are invited to participate in a traditional Native American sunrise ceremony called Mitakuye Oyasin, a centuries-old tradition inviting reflection on our connection to nature and each other.
  • A guided morning hike through the beautiful Sonoran Desert leaves from the bell stand each day. The hike lasts approximately 45 minutes and offers breathtaking views of the desert. Bring plenty of water and wear comfortable shoes!
  • Enjoy the nightly Tequila toast at sunset on the Salud Terrace, watching the sun set and sampling one of 150 artisan tequilas with a complimentary toast: "Arriba, Abajo, al Centro, al Dentro, Salud!" (Up, down, out and in).

For more information, contact the Hotel Concierge at the hotel's main telephone number.

Hotel Main Number +1 (520) 792 3500

Exploring Tucson

Tucson is a cultural and natural hub of the Southwest. The city boasts a wide range of museums, historic sites, the University of Arizona, plus hiking trails, golf courses, and some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world. Visit Tucson provides a multitude of things to do, foods to try, and places to explore. In addition, the Concierge desk at the JW Marriott Starr Pass can help you organize outdoor adventures such as horseback riding, hiking, and ATV rental.

Here are some highlights:

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

A world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, this "living museum" houses over 1200 kinds of plants and 300 species of animals living in enclosures designed to replicate their niche in the wild. Nestled in Tucson Mountain Park, the Desert Museum exhibits the living, outdoor world of nature found in the Sonoran Desert. On your way to the museum, you'll drive through Saguaro National Park, which preserves the most magnificent Saguaro forest in the world.

11.5 miles from hotel

Pima Air and Space Museum

Explore aviation history at Pima Air & Space Museum, home of the largest privately owned collection of historical aircraft in the USA. From a full-scale model of the Wright Brothers' 1903 Wright Flyer, to a mock-up of the world's fastest aircraft, the X15, this museum contains more than 200 military and civilian aircraft are on display, along with engines, flight simulators, and aviation memorabilia. All of the aircraft at the Pima Air Museum are significant from engineering and historical perspectives.

14.5 miles from hotel

Biosphere 2.0

The World's Largest Earth Science Experiment

Discover the world in a 3.14-acre laboratory with active research systems spanning from ocean to desert environments and much more.

37 miles from hotel


Mercado Shopping District: Patterned after a traditional outdoor Mexican marketplace, the Mercado District features a rustic courtyard with greenery, shaded seating, and dozens of locally owned shops as well as a variety of eateries. The market regularly hosts special events, including live music, food festivals, arts and performance shows, and a regular farmer's market.

5 miles from hotel

Fourth Avenue Shopping: Over 100 shops line the streets of Fourth Avenue in Tucson, including boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, sundry shops, and more. This is your one-stop destination for funky fashion, unique decor and gift items, and that perfect souvenir from your Tucson sojourn. Along with great shopping, you'll also find plenty of dining options, including cafes, restaurants, and bars.

6 miles from hotel

Downtown Tucson: Downtown Tucson is a hip and bustling district filled with restaurants, shops, and a wealth of museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson and the Children's Museum Tucson. A walk along the Turquoise Trail passes historic sites like the grand 1850's Cathedral of Saint Augustine. There are also regular live performances at both the Tucson Arena and the Arizona Theater Company.

6 miles from hotel


Seis Kitchen: Experience the sights, smells and flavors of Mexico's beloved street food at its finest. Presenting award-winning regional Mexican cuisine from 6 culinary regions of Mexico.

3.8 miles from hotel

Agustin Kitchen: Located in the Mercado San Agustin shopping center and patterned after a traditional outdoor Mexican marketplace, Agustin Kitchen is a sophisticated bistro featuring fresh dishes, a lively bar scene & a Sunday brunch menu.

5.1 miles from hotel

El Charro Café: Offers a wide variety of Northern Mexican and Tucson-style Mexican dishes, from enchiladas to tamales to mini “chimis”, and their insanely delicious food. Hailed by everyone from Bon Appetit to the NY Times to Nations Restaurant News, this restaurant is named one of America's 50 most iconic restaurants.

5.7 miles from hotel

JoJo's (formerly LaCo): Located in the heart of the Historic Presidio District of Downtown Tucson and tucked inside the walls of Old Town artisans, JoJo's boasts al fresco dining, a rustic Cantina, and live music under the stars. Named Best Outdoor Dining in Best of Tucson 2023.

5.8 miles from hotel


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