We got an early check-in, and got into a crowd of people checking out, so had to wait about 30 minutes to check in. Routing around the parking lot is a little strange. There were cars blocking the place where the valets take your car. I had to park in the lead-up to the valet place and walk up to check in.
The pool requires a wrist-band, which is a little weird. Also to get pool towels you have to give your room number and name, and sign a form. That's a little weird. Then you have to turn the same number of towels back in, or you get charged $10 a towel.
The room was pretty nice. Rather old style. There's a vanity outside the bathroom, but no sink there. It's a Hilton, so don't expect a microwave oven or a refrigerator. There is a minibar in the room, with Hilton priced drinks.
Our package included free wifi, which worked pretty well.
We were in building 3, with a view of the mountains, facing away from the pool. Mostly we could see mountains with houses on them, but the big mountains near the resort are extremely scenic.
The pool was the highlight of this hotel. It's surrounded by excellent landscaping, and it's 9 feet deep in places. It's got a very nice bar (with Hilton priced drinks) and lots of nice poolside chairs and lounges. There's a kiddy pool, and a water slide, and a hot-tub and cold-tub near each other.
The conference area is pretty standard. Our free in-room wifi doesn't work in the conference area, but there was wifi available to purchase, for $45 per day. As I said, Hilton pricing.
Fortunately we had a group rate, and so the room was pretty inexpensive.
There was an amateur astronomer at night with a pretty nice telescope letting folks see the stars. That was pretty nice. And at the pool there was a kid movie at 8p.m.
I would stay here again, but there were a few issues with the place. Walking to the room from the parking lot was a pretty long way. We saw a snake right behind the lobby, right near the pool. It was a king snake, and was headed right toward the guy with the telescope. We shoo'ed it away from there. I thought that was pretty funny. Not dangerous. Very Arizona.
The handrail in the elevator in building 2 was loose and rattling. The smell in the hallway between rooms was weird. There were only two coffee cups in the hotel room. Just a few little things.
The beds were extremely comfortable.
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- Located on 500 acres of serene, colorful high Sonoran Desert terrain in the foothills of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains, the full-service Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort offers a magnificent setting, minutes from Tucson's renowned entertainment. Come experience the rare wonders of our AAA Four Diamond retreat, where plush amenities and superior service combine for an unrivaled experience, no matter what the occasion might be. ... more less
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