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Lodge on the Desert
Ranked #17 of 129 Hotels in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 August 2008

Room overall was looking good except for bathroom that looks really old vintage, but that is a very small detail for the good price they offer! We didn't go to the pool as it was looking very terrible: pool is really really not as good as it looks like on hotel website! Finally, the main problem at the lodge is that there are bugs in rooms!! We have request to change room: in new room there was still many bugs ( small black bugs that are jumping). Looks like they are coming from ventilation. Anyway, even if good price and cute room I would NEVER EVER go again to this hotel!! BUGS ARE NOT INVITED IN ANY OF MY ROOMS!!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2008

This is a little similar to the Arizona Inn except for a couple of things. One, it is much cheaper. Two, the decor in the rooms is different. Three, the breakfast menu is pretty limited, although I love their bacon. Four, the shower is better. And last but not least, it is positioned on a major street. (The Arizona Inn is on a small street). It's basically the Arizona Inn's equvalent of Diet Coke. If saving money is your gig, this is a great place to stay. If you want more luxuries at a higher price, then stay at the Arizona Inn. It's nicer. Still, this spot is a very good hotel. 4 out of 5 for me.

  • Stayed: April 2006, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 June 2008

I got such a great deal on this hotel; I didn't pay attention to the reviews about the construction, but it was a little disturbing when we arrived. Not to worry, though. The room (#20) was beautiful and the courtyard outside the room was quiet and very pretty. Tile and beams in the room were gorgeous. Closet was impressively large, as was the room. The construction didn't bother us in the evening or at night. Early in the morning, we could heard the birds outside. Overall a good stay and a good location for us.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 May 2008

It's true, it is under construction and, while the construction isn't actually going on over the weekends, you can't get away from it. The construction site runs runs right up to the pool, right up to the restaurant, right out to the street (eliminating any pavement in the parking lot). Essentially, if you're not in your room, you are looking at the construction. That said, the room was WONDERFUL! Big, fresh, clean, comfortable. . . if only we had come to enjoy a weekend inside!

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2008

We really enjoyed our stay at the Lodge in early March, 2008. We were upgraded to a bigger room (#60) when we arrived, which was a spacious one bedroom with sitting area and huge bathroom. The room was nice and the grounds/courtyards were quite charming. You really get the adobe feel in this place.

There were a few issues, mostly related to the construction going on next door. The Hotel is more than doubling in size. Several mornings we had an interuption in water, and for ice we had to go to the restaurant, but is was right on site. (BTW, we enjoyed the food there and the wait staff was very friendly).

Althoug the hotel is "worn" in a few places and you'll see some chipped paint and wall cracks here and there, we really found this hotel comfortable and relaxed. It's near theColorado Rockies Spring Training ball park, so quite convenient for baseball fans like us.

Our rate thru Travelocity was much lower than the hotel's website quoted, so do some comparison shopping.
We'll stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 2008

The lodge on the Desert is currently under going some welcome new additions. I will be honest in saying that at first I was nervous about staying at the hotel with construction next door but the staff was so wonderful that they made my vacation worth it! The service from the hotel and restaurant staff goes way above and beyond the concept of “Great” service. I felt as if though I were a guest in someone’s own home instead of a hotel.

For example, the front desk staff gave us wonderful and thoughtful suggestions to local eateries and events. (However the food at the Lodge is amazing and very affordable.) The staff always remembered our names and asked how the dinner was or ball game we went too that day. I want to honor them by remembering their names: Cassandra and Limpo were thoughtful and nice and every day extended to us the kind of service you don’t find anymore.

I forgot all about the construction and just enjoyed the quite in the evenings and fragrant flowers outside our room. The beds are sublime and you sink into them and fall asleep immediately. I recommend this hotel to anyone… if they can overlook the construction they will see a gem of Tucson and know that the renovations that the hotel is making are to improve the hotel and make it even better.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled as a couple
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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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Address: 306 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711-2855
Region: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
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 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
#9 Spa Hotel in Tucson
#11 Family Hotel in Tucson
#24 Business Hotel in Tucson
Price Range: £98 - £205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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