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“Great Natural Setting, Hikes, and Luxury”

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Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Ranked #7 of 130 Hotels in Tucson
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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“Great Natural Setting, Hikes, and Luxury”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

We just spend two nights at this resort, in January mid-week, before embarking on a road trip to take in southeastern Arizona natural hiking areas. It was a wonderful way to be pampered while enjoying the grogeous saguaro-studded landscape of Ventana Canyon.

The front desk offered a room upgrade to floor 4, with super views, free of charge, and they allowed us an early check-in because rooms were available. This meant we could sit by the pool and enjoy drinks and sunshine the same day we landed at Tucson airport from cold Denver. The little terrace off the spacious room afforded great views of the waterfall and nature trail that makes this place so special. This resort was one of the first to be designed "environmentally friendly," and really blends into the natural surroundings. The extensive nature trail (paved and lighted for access all hours) includes beautiful signage identifying birds, plants, and other creatures found in the area. Butterflies, bats, and lizards are also highlighted. If you don't want to do an actual hike in this area, the nature trail on the property is a nice touch to give you a feel for the habitat.

Do take the Parcourse fitness trail (near the golf course) whether you plan to actually do the exercises at each stop or not. We did this about 2 hours before sunset and were treated to sightings of interesting bird species and glorious color as the sun went down.

We paid the flat fee for internet, parking, and the fitness room. The fitness/spa is wonderful. All the amenities of a first class athletic club (ice water, towels, sauna, toiletries, etc.) with lots of windows for sunlight and nice fitness machines.

Sitting poolside, even though it was winter, we enjoyed a swim and dunk in the jacuzzi. The pool water was plenty warm, and the resort provides very sumptuous robes to cuddle up in after your swim. The servers poolside were top-notch and friendly, and I was very impressed with the quality of the lunches we enjoyed on the deck. Best steak quesadilla I have ever eaten.

Flying V Restaurant is on the property and did not disappoint. My filet was perfect, as was my husband's Ahi special. The corn bread with chiles was very good (provided before the meal) and the server gave us an extra mini-skillet of this pone to take with us when we left, because we praised it so much.

We happened to be staying on a night when a free astronomy session was held poolside. The volunteer astronomer, Jerry, was so welcoming and knowledgable. The telescope we used to see planets, stars, nebulae, and the Andromeda galaxy is owned by Loews, so they have clearly found this to be a popular amenity.

Evenings you can enjoy relaxing near the fireplace in any easy chair in the Cascade lounge, where free wifi is available if you didn't pay for it otherwise. Firepits outside are also a good choice for enjoying a drink. Our server and waitstaff at Cascades were fabulous--friendly and attentive. We ate dinner here on night two, where an extensive menu is offered in a relaxed setting.

For those of you like us, who wanted to do some hiking on public land during our weeklong vacation, this resort sits at the base of one of the area's best hikes into Ventana Canyon. The public trailhead is easy to reach from the employee parking lot at the hotel. This is a somewhat rigorous hike that takes you into the canyon and beyond. Many hikers rate this trail better than the often crowded Sabino Canyon trail nearby. (Note that while Loews allows dogs, the trail does not.) We saw many bird species, lizards, and butterflies. It was pleasant hiking this trail for a few hours in the morning and returning to the resort in early afternoon for a swim and a cocktail by the pool.

From the moment we arrived and Jeff, the doorman, greeted us, until we were escorted out and bade farewell, we loved this place. While it felt luxurious, it was never gaudy or flashy. Service is excellent but not overbearing. We will be back.

Room Tip: We loved the 4th floor, mountain view.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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LVCRServiceDesk, Guest Relations Manager at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
Wow, your TripAdvisor review from your recent stay with us at Loews Ventana Canyon is truly fantastic!! Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your experience with us and others! It sounds like you had the chance to really experience every aspect of the resort and we are so pleased to hear you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves while staying with us! We will definitely share your kind words with our entire staff as well as the astronomers from the UA Science Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter! Thank you again for your review and we hope to welcome you back to Loews Ventana Canyon on your next trip to sunny Tucson!
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

Great location with great views. Make sure to get a room on the higher floors where you can have beautiful views over the mountains or the he skyline of Tucson. Concierge (two ladies) are absolutely helpful and extremely friendly. Will definitely return to this Hotel!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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LVCRServiceDesk, Guest Relations Manager at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
We agree, whether you are facing the Catalina Mountains or the Tucson city skyline, you are in for a treat! Thank you so much for sharing your comments from your recent stay with us at Loews Ventana Canyon on TripAdvisor! We always love hearing from our guests and appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us and others. We will be sure to share your comments with our Concierge Team as well as our entire staff! Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Tucson!
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

I recently stayed at the Loews in Tucson. Enjoyed the grounds more than any hotel I can remember. It's built in the mountain and full of the areas fauna and flora. You really feel like you're away! I am particularly pleased at how accommodating they were to my dietary needs; one of the chefs, Josh, worked with me both on the phone and in person when I arrived, to make sure that I was all set. He really went the extra mile for me, and I will most certainly make this hotel a future destination!
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Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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LVCRServiceDesk, Guest Relations Manager at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
What a wonderful review! Thank you for sharing your recent experience at Loews Ventana Canyon with us and others on TripAdvisor! We are so truly pleased to hear you were able to relax & enjoy the beautiful natural setting that surrounds us and that Chef Josh was able to truly make such a wonderful impression on your stay! He is an incredible addition to our team and we will be sure to share your kind words with him as well as our entire staff! Thank you again and we hope to welcome you back very soon!
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

The hotel melts nicely in the spectacular scenery surrounding it. The rooms were huge, clean and comfortable (though perhaps a little bit dark). Our rooms had canyon view and we were really happy with it. The hotel felt quite luxurious and the pool area was beautiful as well.

The staff was super professional throughout and there was always someone there ready to help. Victoria, the concierge, gave us great tips about hiking in the surroundings and really made us feel welcome in an all-American way. Extra plus for the stargazing with the astronomy professor in the evening, we really enjoyed our stay and would love to go back.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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MarketingSlsGuy, Director of Sales at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Your TripAdvisor review made my day! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful comments from your recent stay with us at Loews Ventana Canyon! We will be sure to share your kind words with our entire staff as well as Victoria; she is fantastic and always has such great recommendations to offer guests a true Tucson experience while staying with us! Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Tucson!
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

The property was well maintained and was very comfortable. The zigzag layout was unusual but it complimented the surrounding desert landscape. The room was spacious and the bathtub was HUGE! The staff was very friendly and worked to ensure a most comfortable and enjoyable stay. The location is a substantial distance from the city. You definitely need a car when traveling to this location.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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MarketingSlsGuy, Director of Sales at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Thank you so much for sharing a review on TripAdvisor from your recent stay with us at Loews Ventana Canyon! We always appreciate hearing feedback from our guests and we are glad you enjoyed the spacious bedroom and large bathtub in our guestrooms. Although we are located roughly 20 minutes from downtown Tucson, we offer a Hertz Rent-a-Car office onsite for any transportation needs you may have! Please visit us again on your next trip to Tucson!
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

The staff at Loews Ventana Canyon were wonderful. They made us feel like we were the best customer they ever had stay. The room was very comfortable and what a view. I believe the bath/shower was the biggest I have ever seen. All of this and two wonderful golf courses. I can't say enough about my stay at Loews Ventana Canyon.

Room Tip: I would always choose the valley view. Tucson city lights to wake up to.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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MarketingSlsGuy, Director of Sales at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
Thank you so much for your TripAdvisor review and for your recent stay at Loews Ventana Canyon! We are so pleased to hear that you were impressed with our service and we will be sure to share your comments with our staff! Please come visit us again soon and allow us to 'wow' you once more while enjoying the scenic desert views!
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

Hi Mark,
Thank you again so very much for helping retrieve my pen, which I had left at our conference meeting table last evening. The pen was somewhat expensive, and held personal value for me.

I would appreciate it if you could also pass on my thanks and gratitude to the wonderfully professional staff who were involved in that retrieval ... starting with the young lady at the restaurant today (Riana?), to the person last night who found it and put it into safekeeping.

Great customer-oriented and friendly people you have working there!

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with any of the rooms ... the site and the property are fantastic ... the mos...
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Green Features: They have gone out of their way to integrate the property with the surrounding mountain and desert environment in a way that highlights the beauty of the place and locale.
  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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LVCRServiceDesk, Director of Sales at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
Thank you for your TripAdvisor review! I'm so glad we were able to track down your missing pen and pleased to hear you were impressed with our customer service! I will certainly share your comments with those involved as well as the rest of our amazing staff! Please come back and visit us again soon! – Mark Lindsey
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Property: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Address: 7000 N Resort Dr, Tucson, AZ 85750-1341
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Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#3 Spa Hotel in Tucson
#3 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
#3 Business Hotel in Tucson
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Tucson
#5 Luxury Hotel in Tucson
#6 Family Hotel in Tucson
#8 Green Hotel in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Loews Ventana Canyon Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 400
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucson's spectacular 'Ventana' or 'Window' to the Soul of the Sonoran desert-is Loews Ventana Canyon. Discover a magical perspective high above Tucson's Catalina Mountains, where this stunning natural retreat offers a variety of activities, signature services and experiences to relax, energize and inspire guests. A playground of visitor delights includes: the luxurious Lakeside Spa & Tennis Center; Canyon hiking; professional stargazing; 2 Tom Fazio-designed PGA golf courses and lighted tennis courts; 2 swimming pools; a fitness center; nearby riding trails and more. ... more   less 
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