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.
- 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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