My wife and I, along with two relatives, stayed at the lodge for 6 nights. Overall, we were disappointed in the resort based on what we paid. We were in a second floor, two-bedroom loft suite with a perfect mountain view (upgraded suite). The suite contained a kitchenette with microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, and kitchen table with four chairs. The living area contained a couch, desk, table, stand, and an LCD TV. Downstairs, off the living area, there was a bedroom with a king bed and full bath. Upstairs was a loft with 2 queen beds and a ¾ bath.
1. Great View of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
2. Tennis is available for $15 for up to two hours, including loaner racquets and balls.
3. Golf is available – didn’t golf – can’t comment except to say that the course is apparently beautiful.
4. Restaurant on-site, however, it is somewhat expensive. Never ate there so I cannot comment.
5. Clean and well kept – no bugs.
6. Very comfortable beds.
1. MAJOR CON: There was a narrow, tight, spiral staircase that lead to the loft. It was awkward to climb and descend. Almost impossible for seniors, and too dangerous for children. If you have a large suitcase, it is extremely difficult to carry it up and down from the loft. When we checked in, a young, strong, man, lifted my 45 lb suitcase over his head and climbed the staircase. There was no way that I could do it. Additionally, I was very careful to be sure that I had what I needed for the day every time I descended the staircase. You wanted to keep you ups and downs to a minimum. The spiral staircase alone, is enough to deter me from ever staying there again.
2. There is a mandatory $24.00 daily “resort fee charge.” It covers such things as tips, pool use, parking, wifi, and other misc fees. From other reviews, this fee irritated a lot of people. From my prospective, just add it to the cost of the suite when planning your budget – and NEVER tip anyone.
3. Loft is much hotter than the downstairs. Be sure that those who like it hot, sleep in the loft.
4. People staying in the loft have NO PRIVACY. There is a three foot wall, partially blocking the view to the living area downstairs. Conversations can easily be heard. If the loft guests go to bed earlier than others, they will find it difficult to sleep due to noise from the living area.
5. The loft bathroom had a stand-up shower. The main bathroom had a bathtub, but it was higher than most tubs. The rim of the tub was also wide making it difficult to climb in and out of. There were no handles or bars to hold onto. The shower, sink, and toilet were all in same room in both baths – inconvenient for two people getting dressed in the morning.
6. Housekeeping service was poor. Frequently, there was only one hand towel and bath towel left in the bathroom. We only had three coffee cups, even though four were in the suite. Not enough coffee.
7. Utility and furniture problems: Heat didn’t work – although it was quickly repaired. Safe battery died – again, another call to the front desk. Only two chairs and one small round table were on the balcony – for four guests. Cable reception was very poor. TV quality was terrible.
8. The living area is not that big. I stayed at a Days Inn for one night before the flight home, and there was more room there. It is adequate, but not a spacious as they would lead you to believe.
9. The kitchenette area is very small – room for only one person, making it difficult to prepare meals.
10. Be sure to get a balcony that has an open view. Many balconies have a solid brick wall, approx 3 ½ feet high. When seated, the great view is blocked by the wall.
11. The small pool was being renovated, and was closed during our stay. They offered to shuttle us to their sister resort, Lowes Ventana Canyon, a half mile away, to use their pool. The pool at Lowes is MUCH better than the one at the lodge, so the inconvenience was offset by having a better pool.
12. No free breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Against the dramatic backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains, stately ancient saguaros lift their arms to the sky, a myriad of fascinating wildlife scurries about the Sonoran desert landscape and all is right with the world. Nestled in this pristine setting is the perfect vacation destination, the Lodge at Ventana Canyon, with 50 cozy one or two bedroom guest suites. We invite you to make the Lodge your home away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lodge At Ventana Canyon Hotel Tucson
- Hotel At Ventana Canyon
- Resort At Ventana Canyon
- Lodge Ventana Canyon
- Lodge At Ventana Canyon Tucson, Arizona