I stayed a week at the Lodge on the Desert (LOD) along with a professional group. "Disappointed" does not cover it. I am from New Orleans, originally. What happens there is a number of hotels and restaurants dress up a place to have a French Quarter look to entice visitors who think that look equals quality and a cultural experience. A lot of those places are all style with no substance. Such is the case with LOD. This is basically a low-end establishment, like a Scottish Inns or Motel 6, but dressed up in the Santa Fe adobe look. Its not near the mountains as advertised, which are 40-plus miles away. It is downtown, and not in the most exclusive part of Tucson either. Rather its in a lower middle class neighborhood on crowded stretch of road through the suburban sprawl. Two blocks south of LOD begins the industrial, poor, urban blight part of the Old Pueblo City. But, to the rooms: Cheap, poorly appointed, e.g. corroded shower head, plastic garbage cans, no tables on the balconies (but no issue - the mountains far far away can only be seen from one side of the hotel - and not clearly). They have exposed pipes in the bathroom and the furnishings are cheap, uncomfortable and sparse. They don't have any hooks on the bathroom door or anywhere else. There is no laundry service and no bag or bellman service. You drag your own bag. The strutting property manager, has cut corners in these rooms until there are no corners. No mini-bar and just a dorm room fridge on the floor. The little Kiva fireplace works - works like a pizza oven. It will roast you. It is unusable -- unless you like to push the thermostat to 82. It has two settings - on and off and that is controlled by a light switch. I could go on. This place is not a bargain; its not an experience -- well a bad one, yes -- and its not worth half what they are charging. It is insulting to be taken for a rube by people who put "lipstick on a pig," as the saying goes. Best deal in town is in Ventana Canyon. Look it up...right IN the mountains and truly delivers what you expect and expect to pay. Avoid the LOD. Its not any more in the Desert than all of Tucson, and this is no "lodge." Its a mirage on the desert.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lodge On The Desert Hotel Tucson
- Hotel On The Desert
- On The Desert Tucson