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“The perfect retreat for an authentic stay in Tucson”

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Lodge on the Desert
Ranked #19 of 129 Hotels in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 14, 2011

Was looking for a boutique hotel in Tucson for a week-long vacation and found the Lodge on the Desert from Trip Advisor (took advantage of the 4th night free offer). What an amazing find! A quaint and charming 100-room property featuring new and historic rooms. The new rooms were fresh, spacious, and even luxurious, but I couldn't resist staying in the hacienda-style bungalow in the historic wing.

Our room was near the bar/restaurant and very spacious - walk-in closet and 1950s style bathroom (pastel yellow with mint green trim, adorable). The room had an adobe fireplace, authentic rug, and distressed wooden desk, just full of character.

I have to say right away, EAT AT THE RESTAURANT. Oh my God, I was blown away! I tend to find hotel restaurant food very .. plain, conforming, or "vanilla" as my boyfriend and I call it, but their menu was fantastic, the prices were better, and the flavor was the best. I loved everything I tried (which was almost everything after 5 days). We also took advantage of their happy hour which was 4-7 everyday. The bar food was half-off, if you can even call it bar food (clams, boursin fondue, made-to-order guac, rattlesnake hushpuppies.. it was all delicious). $5 margaritas were delightful as well. It was very easy to spend a lot of time on their patio - I love, love, loved the fireplace and fountain. So peaceful.

From the room to the restaurant to the heated pool and jacuzzi, the experience was absolutely perfect for our vacation and money VERY well spent.

I have to say the only negative was the bed - it was SO comfortable I could hardly get out of it!

Two thumbs up from the girl from Las Vegas!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 12, 2011

I found this hotel online and read the reviews and thought it sounded like a nice place. I found it to be even better. The rooms are large and very comfortable. The beds are FANTASTIC--better than mine at home. The staff was very friendly and ready to help. The pool and hot tub were very nice and inviting. The grounds were very well kept and beautiful. The hotel is centrally located yet felt like we were out in the country inside the walls of the lodge. Would definitely stay here again!!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Peter-yourGM, General Manager at Lodge on the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2011

Dear Eunice57:
You're alway welcome back to escape those harsh MI winters and we can't thank you enough for the wonderful comments that I will share with all of our associates - they truly love to go out of their way to please everyone and love to hear acknowledgments from happy guests. Please come back to enjoy "Sunset Sundays" on the Patio with the sounds of Reno del Mar every Sunday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

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Reviewed March 9, 2011

Lodge on the Desert was an unexpected find. It is on a major street in Tucson (away from, yet easy to find from the airport). But, don't let that deter you from entering their compond. It is walled in, with rooms scattered around landscaped courtyards. Some parts of the facility are historic - other parts new. We stayed in one of the historic units and were rewarded with a space that had an authentic old southwest feel - with all the modern amenities. New additions have been build to match the adobe pueblo style of the older portion. Their swimming pool is a jewel! You will NOT be dissapointed with the restaurant - the food is top notch. In the bar they even add some of their own twists to make flavored vodkas. If you're in Tucson and want authentic old southwest - this lodge should be on your list

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Peter-yourGM, General Manager at Lodge on the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2011

Dear PMRailroad:
So glad your stay with us was enjoyable. Many guests love the unique and authentic character of our 34 historic rooms that are irreplaceable treasures in Tucson. Many prefer the modern touches of the brand new rooms however and we're thankful to be able to offer a mix of both to appeal to all tastes. Our restaurant is quickly becoming one of Tucson's favorites, thanks to our CIA-trained talented young Executive Chef, Ryan Clark. Please come back to see us soon.

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Reviewed March 7, 2011

We stayed here 6 nights and this midtown location can't be beat for being home base to activities in any direction of the city. Love the 4-plex casita style rooms, instead of a motel or hotel layout. The only drawbacks: the pool area is way too shaded for my liking, and there wasn't any info in the room regarding the lodge's amenities (but were told they were in the process of printing new ones). Service was outstanding, the little bit we required, and the staff very friendly and courteous.

Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Peter-yourGM, General Manager at Lodge on the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2011

Iowa Sunshine:
Thanks for making us your home for six nights during your recent stay and we can't wait to see you back at our place that some have described as a boutique 'adobe village'. We're working on getting the guest directories inside the rooms and training our associates on promoting greater awareness of all that we have to offer in the interim. We hope winter comes to an abrupt end soon in Iowa...!

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Reviewed March 7, 2011

We used to live in Tucson and I had stayed at the Lodge about 15 years ago, so it was a natural choice when looking for a hotel for a recent trip. It had a nice quaint feel even back then, but it's much nicer now! We had a room in the newer part and it was all we could have hoped for -- nice bed, great bathroom and even a gas fireplace. The location might not be for everyone, but it was perfect for us since we were visiting the University of Arizona and other centrally-located places, and knew the area well. We also got a great rate, especially for high season. We didn't eat any meals at the restaurant so I can't comment on that. Overall, a very nice experience and someplace we definitely look forward to returning to.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled on business
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Peter-yourGM, General Manager at Lodge on the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2011

NJTraveler020:
We can't thank you enough and we agree that the new rooms may be the most comfortable guestrooms in the city - most guests love the more central location because it's convenient to the University, downtown and most of the major sights and priovides them with an urban oasis. When you come back, I'd like to introduce you to our restaurant and some of the incredible flavors coming out of our kitchen while sipping a Lodge Classic Margarita!

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Reviewed March 6, 2011

The room was clean and very comfortable. The pool area was relaxing and the lodge provided towels for the guests. Location was great; close to many things.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Peter-yourGM, General Manager at Lodge on the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2011

Tiffrig:
Thank you and I'll be sure to pass your comments on to our team - we hope to see you again at Lodge on the Desert! Were you able to try any of Chef Ryan Clark's specialities when you were here?

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Reviewed February 28, 2011

On a recent our of Arizona, I opted to stay at Lodge on the Desert, based on many considerations, including past reviews, history, and location. The lodge has a unique hsitory of once being a private residence now turned (or turning) into a beautiful little boutique property.This is truly a wondefrul little place, tucked into a quiet residential neighborhood. A spedid urban oasis comprised of villa's and bungalow's in a lush tranquil setting.The room accomodations are tasteful, with a subtle southwestern touch coupled with modern up to date amenities, such as large flat screen TV's , plus a very large bathroom with double walk-in shower, double sink's and two person jet bathtub. My suite even had a nice electric fireplace and balcony.
Although most importantly, it is the staff that really makes this place. It appeared to me that a transition was happening in all forms at the hotel, as new features and personel where hard at work. The jovial, friendly staff where eager to please and competent,skilled and knowlegable at their jobs. Making for a most relaxing and enjoyable stay.
I highly reccomend Lodge on the Desert, and look forward to my return stay again.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled solo
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Peter-yourGM, General Manager at Lodge on the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2011

Thank you for taking the time to write and recognizing the dedication and enthusiasm that our team exudes every day to make this the best boutique hotel in Tucson. Please come back to see us soon on your next visit to sunny Tucson...!

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Additional Information about Lodge on the Desert

Address: 306 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711-2855
Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center 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
#11 Family Hotel in Tucson
#24 Business Hotel in Tucson
Price Range: $144 - $324 (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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