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“Beautiful!” 5 of 5 stars
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Lodge on the Desert
Ranked #21 of 130 Hotels in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Biella, Piemonte, Italy
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31 reviews
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

I've been there just for one night in August 2013. This lodge is amazing! Close to Saguaro East Park, it has beautiful rooms, cleaned and very comfortable. Every lodge has a small garden, with a patio with chairs just outside the front door. It offers also a pool and a whirlpool bath with hot water. Best thing is go there in the afternoon and spend there some time to relax. Fair price, the only defect is about breakfast, cause is not included. Free wi-fi and helpful staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We originally had reserved a room at another Tucson hotel where the air conditioner was broken. (It was 99 degrees outside!) We were not even told that the air conditioner was broken when we first checked in. We asked for our money back and were then able to find the Lodge in the Desert. The Lodge's staff were gracious and the place was gorgeous. It was like being rescued from the desert and finding an oasis of elegance and excellence. This will be our go-to hotel in Tucson from now on. Lovely architecture, great food and drink, and top notch service. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Loved the newly renovated section on the first floor. Also - the Happy Hour from 4 to 6 PM is a gre...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We had originally planned to stay near the University, but the Lodge on the Desert offers a value and amenities that make it worth driving 5 minutes. The option of one and two bedroom suites is great for families, and the restaurant is much better and than those at most hotels.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed here while getting our son settled into the University. The staff were all very attentive and helpful. The front desk made dinner reservations and suggested Tucson attractions. This lodge is a small lodge with well appointed rooms, a lovely pool and gardens. The restaurant is quiet with a menu that is varied and tastefully done. Chef Ryan prepares food with an artful flare which will awaken anyones palate.This dinner was a true culinary delight.We look forward to our return visit in October.

Room Tip: We stayed in the back corner of the hotel which was very quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Benson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We stayed at Lodge on the Desert for a three-day conference in February and wanted to return for at least a one-night stay for a weekend getaway, and both times the experience was wonderful. If you want a beautiful, relaxed place to go with a wonderful upscale ambience that is still affordable, Lodge is the place - and the food is amazing.

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Green Valley, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Went in for a late lunch-only people there. The lone waiter gave us remarkable service and the food was excellent. Quiet little spot for good food in a very comfortable setting. We went to see what the food was like this year from Tucson's Iron Chef.

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here last year twice and it has become our "go to" hotel in Tucson. The rates are very competitive, rooms are large, quiet, clean, and comfortable. The restaurant is fabulous to say the least...

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Lodge on the Desert

Property: Lodge on the Desert
Address: 306 North 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 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
#9 Spa 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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