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Lodge on the Desert
Ranked #15 of 129 Hotels in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 December 2017

I decided to stay at the Lodge in the Desert as it was the last night I would be on the road and wanted a comfortable place to stay.
The hotel staff I interacted with were very friendly and informative. They knew what kind of questions I would typically ask before hand.
The room was very clean and the switches were labeled making it very easy to adjust to the room. The room had a nice sized TV, a King Size Bed, a bathtub and walk-in shower, some great in-room coffee, a comfortable chair, a private patio, high ceilings, and a large toilet seat.
The bed was very comfortable. It was not a memory foam mattress with cooling gel technology, but it was close enough. It was very easy to get to sleep with very little noise and the room is pitch black when the lights are off except for the TV and Receiver status lights.
The breakfast was phenomenal compared to what I have had on my trip. I had some pancakes, fruit, and coffee. The pancakes and coffee in particular were simply a cut above the rest.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled solo
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Jim K, General Manager at Lodge on the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Dear P2243Elkevins,

The staff and I very much appreciate your taking your time to let us know of your experience at the Lodge on the Desert. We always hope to know how we can improve our hotel and comments such as yours provide us with the information we look for.

I hope to welcome you back to the Lodge on the Desert.

Jim Kerrigan
General Manager

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Reviewed 25 December 2017 via mobile

I stayed one night at Lodge on the Desert booking last minute via Trip Advisor and it was the most perfect restful stay. I loved the historic vibe of the property and all fireplaces. I stayed in one of the newer rooms but I don’t believe there is much of a difference except for the width of the rooms. The breakfast included the next day was filling and had delicious coffee. I hope I can stay here again and use the pool next time.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled solo
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Jim K, General Manager at Lodge on the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Dear Galina D

The staff and I very much appreciate your taking your time to let us know of your experience at the Lodge on the Desert. We always hope to know how we can improve our hotel and comments such as yours provide us with the information we look for.

I hope to welcome you back to the Lodge on the Desert.

Jim Kerrigan
General Manager

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Reviewed 24 December 2017

We got a good deal as we were visiting in December but boy, were we amazed by this hotel! Everything was just so...perfect. The lobby, the room, the cactus gardens, the breakfast. We really felt like we entered an ancient oasis in the middle of Tucson. In fact I think the place should really be called Oasis on the Desert, because it would live up to it's name!
We would definitely stay here again with my gf if chance ever takes us this way again.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Jim K, General Manager at Lodge on the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Dear Lacipaci

The staff and I very much appreciate your taking your time to let us know of your experience at the Lodge on the Desert. We always hope to know how we can improve our hotel and comments such as yours provide us with the information we look for.

I hope to welcome you back to the Lodge on the Desert.

Jim Kerrigan
General Manager

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Reviewed 20 December 2017

My sleeping quality rating: 4 out of 5. The bed linens and room temperature controls were great. The mattress wasn't as comfortable as I would like.

As soon as you pull off the busy street into the Lodge On The Desert grounds, you are in a southwestern world by itself. It's basically a compound of sorts, surrounded by a tall adobe wall. It's a compact property with a lot of guest rooms surrounded by landscaping nicely done. You don't get the feeling that there are many other quests because of how there are so many corners and turns. The grounds are beautiful and include a great cactus garden. This lodging is in an older part of town and is close to shopping and restaurants. The restaurant on the grounds, Cielos, is great. It's expensive, though. But, we had a memorable first night's dinner there. The service is great and the patio is beautiful with a four-sided fireplace. Other reviews may have said that about half the rooms are in original adobe buildings/rooms. We stayed in the "newer" half of the lodge. Our room had a fireplace (gas) that we enjoyed. The room was comfortable and large and the bathroom was very large and included a walk-in shower, along with a separate bathtub. All staff we encountered were friendly and helpful. This is a great place.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Jim K, General Manager at Lodge on the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Dear LispDenverArea

The staff and I very much appreciate your taking your time to let us know of your experience at the Lodge on the Desert. We always hope to know how we can improve our hotel and comments such as yours provide us with the information we look for.

I hope to welcome you back to the Lodge on the Desert.

Jim Kerrigan
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Reviewed 19 December 2017

So... I cannot say enough about this place. I liked EVERYTHING!

The service was excellent from start to finish. Room was spacious. There was a working gas fireplace (so great), decent closet space, queen size beds were comfortable with great bedding. The property is not huge, which I liked because then I don't have to walk for any significant distance to get to anything, especially their phenomenal heated salt water pool and spa! The pool is a little small, but awesome regardless. They have beautiful pure green grass areas that would be perfect for a small or maybe even medium size wedding (depending on your definition of small and medium). I cannot comment on the quality of the food of the restaurant as we missed the free breakfast from sleeping SO WELL, but the setup and beauty of the restaurant were very impressive to me. If the restaurant is anything close to the rest of the experience then it would be well worth it.

Our circumstances for staying were that we were attending a concert in Downtown Tucson (only 10 minutes away) and we didn't want to have to drive home. Plus we had a friend come into town to go to the concert with us and she had to fly out the next day. The price was excellent for this stay and there was enough room for us all to get ready without ever feeling crowded at all. This was an excellent experience and I would recommend it to ANYONE looking for a romantic stay in Tucson. You don't even feel like you are "in the city", which I love for this.

It is central to multiple shopping areas and just close enough to Downtown. I will stay here again and will be my new "go to" for romantic get away weekends in Tucson.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Jim K, General Manager at Lodge on the Desert, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Dear Chris 7656

The staff and I very much appreciate your taking your time to let us know of your experience at the Lodge on the Desert. We always hope to know how we can improve our hotel and comments such as yours provide us with the information we look for.

I hope to welcome you back to the Lodge on the Desert.

Jim Kerrigan
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Address: 306 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711-2855
Region: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre 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
#11 Family Hotel in Tucson
#24 Business Hotel in Tucson
Price Range: HK$1,040 - HK$2,183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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