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Lodge on the Desert
Ranked #23 of 130 Hotels in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
American Southwest
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“A gem”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

I read the negative reviews and compared them to our experience. Some might have been done before or during construction of the latest addition and others might have had an axe to grind.

The place itself is in a residential neighborhood which grew up around this old home. I don't think the neighborhood was seedy as some have said. Use Google Street View and see for yourself. The street seemed busy with a fair amount of traffic. That disappears as soon as you drive in thanks to the high wall around the property. The lobby was warm and inviting and the person who greeted us was friendly and professional. We had a one bedroom suite in the NW corner of the property. The place was extremely clean and fresh. I agree with two other reviewers that the living room could have more furnishings and wall art. You also can see the sink plumbing when you are using the toilet. Big deal. Bed was very comfortable.

The place is not Ventana but nor are the prices. It is one of the larger suites we've had and we were paying $150 a night, the same as you pay for a room at either of two chain hotels within blocks. All the staff, from front desk to housekeeping to bar tenders were friendly and helpful. We had a delightful time and will stay here again the next time we're in Tucson.

See my separate review for the restaurant.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed November 4, 2013

The architecture, history, location and comfort of this hotel was terrific. Scrupulously clean and a beautiful pool/hot tub area. Desert landscaping is lovely. We asked for a quiet room and got it, and our room was huge. We stayed two nights. I liked the old bottle opener screwed to the door frame of the bathroom, a reminder that this place has been here for decades. Great water pressure in the shower; hot water came quickly.

The not-so good: restaurant was out of items early both nights (before 7:30) indicating poor planning in the kitchen, which was disappointing since we were there for our anniversary dinner on the second night, and they had no real vegan options anyway (I'm vegan). More disappointment. Server was gracious about the lack of menu-listed entrees and brought us a complimentary dessert, but he didn't let us order it, he just brought it (what if one of us had been allergic to chocolate or didn't like it, for example?), and brought chocolate torte to share, instead of at least bringing two servings. Food in the restaurant was a bit bland, but overall I would stay here again and try the Old Pueblo Grille down the street or one of the other excellent Tucson restaurants and not eat on the property.

If you are looking for a "party hotel" with water slides, loud music in the bar, etc. this isn't your place. Lots of elderly folks who looked like they had been regulars at this property for years, which indicated to us a successful venue.

Room Tip: Ask for one away from Alvernon Way.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Phoenix
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2013

We stayed at the lodge for my wife's birthday trip with two other couples. It seems like the hotel is split with some rooms being renovated and then others that are in down right terrible shape. We booked a deluxe king room and ended up in room 167. The room had chipping paint in both the bedroom and bathroom, the door itself was slanted flush with the wall at the bottom, near the top of the door the door actually went into the room by good half inch making the door difficult to open and close. The worst part of the room though was the bathroom. There is no air circulation what so ever in the room so anytime anyone uses the toilet the smell lingers for a LONG time. I have never experienced any smell worse than what seemed to come out of that bathroom. We were there two nights and this happened every time we used the bathroom. We only had one sink a tub shower combo with a terrible shower head and the tub itself was in terrible condition. The pictures on the lodge's website looked nothing like what we were dealing with. Alvernon is a very busy street and we also heard the noise from the road.The other two couples who booked the same room category got rooms "twice the size" that were fully renovated. That is the reason the lodge got more than one star.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

Ok, probably, no, definitely the best hotel we stayed in throughout the states. After driving down through CA, this place is what we had been looking for for a week.

What can I say? Well, staring with the arrival. Drop off just whetted the appetite. Reception and the check in was simply exquisite. The furniture and fittings were absolutely amazing.

Then, onto the rooms. The negative reviews on here are malicious. There is no way this place has had corners cut. The rooms are amazing, with fantastic furniture, mirrors, artwork. I am eternally jealous! Bed was brilliant, with pillows I can only dream of. Jacuzzi was great, toiletries fab, and currently just looking around in awe!

The fireplace looks so good when on. And the ceiling fan is such a good addition.

So, I need to comment on the 24hr pool and hot (hot!) tub. Brilliant! And the restaurant is also great; good for beers and ales.

I don't fully know the history of this place, but it seems like its been expanded to the point of luxury.

I should say that this place is the best hotel I have ever stayed in ever. True!

Totally recommended!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

I rate this property very highly. It's adobe buildings greet you with an exclusive boutique look. The location is easily accessible, yet quiet. The rooms are beautifully appointed with lots of homely extras. It's unique and very spacious. There are safes, writing desks, large TVs, luxurious bedding (very firm beds) and large bathrooms with showers built for two. The walls were a bit thin and we had to climb upstairs with all our luggage but we had a great outlook once we were up there & every room is close to the gorgeous pool & hot tub area which is centrally located. Staff were friendly and helpful. We would stay here again & again based purely on their rooms.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at The Lodge very much. It has a nice location (we wanted to be close to the U of A, but not on site). The reviews are right in that the best views of the mountains are from the parking lot. But our room was huge, the bathroom was huge as well. Very comfortable!
A nice safe in the closet, fireplace and all.
We loved it! The grounds are small but lovely.
We will be back until our daughter graduates!

Room Tip: If you are able to climb the stairs with your luggage, ask for a 2nd floor room .
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Lodge on the Desert is a very nice downtown hotel. When it was built some 80 years ago, it would have been on the fringes of town, and a bit isolated.

It is not, as some reviewers claim, surrounded by strip malls, but residential neighborhoods, banks, and a couple of drugstores. And although you can see the mountains from rooms 131, 221, and elsewhere, it does not bill itself as a hotel that is actually located in the desert. It is a downtown hotel from which you can see mountains.

The room was very spacious, clean, quiet, and nicely appointed. Bed was comfortable as well. The bathroom had a large double sink and a shower large enough for a couple, which makes this a good spot for a romantic stay. The bathroom was tiled in plain white and terracotta - nothing fancy, but not unattractive.

The gas fireplace in the corner was a nice touch on a cool night.

My room near the pool was quiet, despite the fact that there were people there. The noise was, for the most part, canceled out by the sliding glass door, which is fairly thick. If you stay on the second floor, keep in mind that there is no elevator. There are only stairs. Because this is a historic property, built more than 80 years ago, installing an elevator is probably out of the ken of the management. Just keep that in mind when you book. The front desk did offer assistance with our luggage when asked.

I ate at the restaurant three times. The food was very good, if a bit overpriced at times. The management honored the special government/AAA rate.

One caution: I had trouble with the reservation desk. When I called to book the room, it took them a couple of days to send a confirmation; the first two confirmations were incorrect. When I called to ensure that the mistakes had been fixed, it took the clerk another 24-36 hours to confirm my dates.

Nevertheless, I would stay here again. It is a good alternative to the more-expensive resort hotels (Hacienda del Sol, Westin La Paloma) on the Catalina Foothills.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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 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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