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“A Find ! Great Place ~ Great staff!!”

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Lodge on the Desert
Ranked #24 of 128 Hotels in Tucson
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“A Find ! Great Place ~ Great staff!!”
Reviewed 14 March 2008

This is not your run-of-the-mill 'corporate' motel/hotel. Even though they are under contruction~an addition~ (at the time of this wiritng) it was still a great place to stay. First, the staff could not have been more accomodating. Each of the three gentlemen at the desk remembered us each time we walked through the lobby. One night we couldn't get a close parking spot and the night desk person (Manuel) gave up his spot to us! The room was large. It is clean, charming and a great mid-town (NOT downtown) location. The beds are very comfortable (all new) with soft sheets and 100% cotton duvets. The tv needed to be updated, but I'm sure that will happen once the remodeling is complete. The lodge has a charming feeling. You get the sense that most of the guests are returning visitors.

The pool is small, but cozy and very warm. We didn't eat in the restaurant, but the food looked wonderful.
We cannot say enough about Scott, Manuel and Josh. They were never too busy to help us and offer suggestions. Don't expect luxury and bellmen and room service. It isn't that type of place. It is a vintage Adobe type lodge, but it is clean. Expect to be treated great, have a comfortable room and a quiet stay. (Monday - Friday it is a little noisey with the construction, but it was still worth it!)

  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 February 2008

The property is not without its charm as others have stated. The grounds are lovely and the historic value of the place cannot be denied.

The room I was given (#11) was spacious, but the carpet seemed like it was original from the 1930s. The walls were cracked. The windows (as others have remarked) are so thin that you get to hear every car that drives down the road out front and it is a busy street.

I booked a room at the last minute as always and this was the closest place I could find to U of A that had a vacancy. I probably would not stay here again until they make some major improvements.

Stayed February 2008
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Reviewed 13 January 2008

The Lodge is a unique, historic property dating from the 1930s and constructed of adobe. It has the ambiance of that period with thick walls, hacienda layout, winding paths through xeriscaped grounds. If you love traditional and regional architecture this will delight. The rooms are very spacious (ours was about 15 x 26 for the main room plus a dressing area, large walk-in closet, and bathroom with separate
shower stall and tub). Appointments include luxury, top-of-the line mattresses, comfortable seating, gas-fire, and the usual amenities. Most of the rooms are at ground level but there are some on a second level (as ours was). Each room appears to have a private patio or verandah which extend the sense of being in a private home rather than
a hotel. We dined twice at the hotel restaurant and felt that the
service and food were very good. The staff were friendly and helpful. This is not a resort/spa kind of place, nor filled with high-end furniture and fittings. In fact, the furniture looks locally made, and
this adds to the lodge's charm. I highly recommend this lodge for people who enjoy an inviting, understated, and authentic place to stay.

  • Liked — Room, grounds, general ambiance, staff, value
  • Disliked — Minor maintenance flaws--a cracked window, some windows didn't open, blinds need replacing
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lodge on the Desert
Address: 306 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711-2855
Region: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Tucson
#9 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
#14 Family Hotel in Tucson
#24 Business Hotel in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lodge on the Desert 3.5*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lodge on the Desert is a Tucson classic and guests experience the authenticity of the Old Pueblo blended with the modern southwest charm that has evolved throughout the Lodge's storied 80 years. This 100-room boutique hotel is situated on five acres in mid-town Tucson, AZ and appeals to leisure and business travelers alike. Plus with event spaces for up to 175 guests, Lodge on the Desert is popular for small to mid-size meetings and intimate social gatherings. An Arizona landmark and Tucson tradition renowned for its intimate residential setting and genial hospitality, here guests discover pathways meandering among regal palms, native cacti and manicured lawns wrapped in ribbons of seasonal flowers. Charming hacienda-style accommodations afford guests a sanctuary in which to retreat and relax. It is truly Tucson's urban oasis. And considered by many to be the Old Pueblo's mid-town masterpiece. ... more   less 
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