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Lodge on the Desert
Ranked #23 of 128 Hotels in Tucson
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Houston, Texas
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19 reviews
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“Par Excellence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

The Lodge was a new experience for us. My wife and I have relatives in Tucson but have a policy of always staying in a hotel...never with relatives. Thus, wherever we travel, we're seeking a nice hotel. My wife had found several options in Tucson...however, close friends recommended the Lodge. And, what a nice surprise it is. Centrally located so it's is easy to get around Tucson...the restaurant on premises is excellent and serving three meals each day. If bored with that, lots of other restaurants nearby. My wife located two nearby yoga studios and discovered that Ike's Coffee Shop has wonderful coffee and croissants...and, it's relatively close. We really like the exterior of the Lodge, in its old Tucson construction, with the walkways and easy access to the front desk, library, and swimming pool. Everyone is very friendly and always helpful...our stay was wonderful and we'll stay there again on the next visit to Tucson

Room Tip: Ask for a king size bed with the fireplace...always a room at the top to minimize flow-through noise
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2013

we have wished to stay at Lodge for quite a few years on recommendations from good friends. We bowled over by many aspects- service, attention to our needs, the grounds, location.....yet as far as room there's rustic/retro then there's just a room in need of repair. The spaciousness was fantastic, the bed very comfortable but the tub peeling from some type of coating, the water closet teeny round old un-water usage conscious, loose sink faucets, old carpet, small arm chairs which smacked of yard sale pick ups, bare bones esthetics. All this could've been cool and tasteful yet wasn't. Our gas fireplace was a nice touch and would've enjoyed hanging out for the evening in front of it (after 2 calls to front desk to get it lighted) reading , talking ...if maybe something as simple as a foot hassock was included in the this spacious room! Wish we'd had our swim wear as the spa and pool were very welcoming. so overall we'd stay again for the service, bar/restaurant *(especially happy hour and service- but I'll rate both in another entry/category), location, grounds- yet would be hesitant depending on price. Also locating rooms with outside room signs very confusing, they could be redone more logically, spent a lot of time walking thinking we were in vicinity of our room only to find a dead end and backtracking..

Room Tip: only have stayed in one room so couldn't offer suggestions here.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tempe, Arizona
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2013

Our first choice to stay in Tucson, especially when they run specials. Everything is superb! Beds, rooms, service, spa/pool, grounds, bar, etc. Captures essence of the 'Old Pueblo' in Tucson's glory days--before it got so crowded. A real gem--centrally located.

Room Tip: Never stayed in the older, original units. But new ones are terrific. Really doesn't matter--f...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Nahant, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

This is a lovely place to stay and the staff is terrific. We may have stayed here five times while visiting family and have never had a bad experience. My sense is that the staff is treated well and they reflect that in the way service is provided...always warm and friendly. The restaurant is very nice even though I am not a fan of Southwest food. Lorena has a welcoming manner and will always try to adjust dishes to one's liking.

It lacks a gym but, given all its other good qualities, it becomes less of an issue.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Glendale, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

Extremely comfortable extra large double queen room with adobe fireplace. Superior bedding. Original hard saltio flooring. Sparsley furnished w/ need to upgrade wear and tear. Terrific pool area and cozy spa. Modest restaurant. Great value and overall comfort and very polite service for family's or couples. Request second floor with view of Catalina Mountains.

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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

At the Lodge on the Desert I stayed in a historic section of the hotel. The room was charming, amazingly spacious and spotlessly clean. All staff was friendly and courteous. Room features good in-room coffee with glass mugs. The restaurant, while pricey, had interesting choices and was of very good quality.

Room Tip: The historic rooms (mine was 153) are lovely, but surrounded by concrete walkways so the sound of ro...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Thank jsilliker
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Houston, Texas
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

Lovely, pretty place. Comfortable room. We enjoyed staying there and would certainly return and recommend it. Nicer view on the second floor if you do not mind stairs. Good food at restaurant; service should be better and more pleasant.

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Additional Information about Lodge on the Desert

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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