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“Rooms smelled like a relaxing spa!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lodge on the Desert
Ranked #27 of 129 Hotels in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
“Rooms smelled like a relaxing spa!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

Very nice place to stay! Rooms were very clean and I felt like I was walking into a spa upon entering my room! Nice pool, nice grouds, nice staff. Fun bar atmosphere and our group even got to meet Chef Ryan. I would stay again for pleasure!

Room Tip: I stayed in an east facing room. The curtains are not black out like other hotels, so it got light...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2012

My husband and I met my parents here for one evening. We booked two rooms and they honored our request for the rooms to be close together. We arrived a hour and a half before check-in - and let them know we wanted the rooms ready. They stated that they were full the night before and were working on getting our room - we gave them our # to call when it was ready. We changed into pool clothes and waited by the pool. They did not call to let us know the room was ready. I only found out during a bathroom run through the lobby an hour and a half later.
Upon checking into our room, we noticed my parents room had a service cart and was being prepared. My parents arrived shortly after we were let into our room - only to be told the room was not ready. It took an additional TWO HOURS to have their room ready.... Unacceptable.

Additionally, once my mom was in the room, she called to have a shower cap delivered. Instead - they brought a PILE of towels. My parents thanked room service - and again asked for a shower cap. The next time they were brought a stack of coffee... They gave up on the shower cap.

The rooms are very large, well appointed, and the beds are some of the most comfortable I've slept in. Our room had a fireplace, and no tub, parents room had tub and no fireplace. There is some variability in the rooms - so if there is something you really want - make sure you ask. Both of our rooms had nice private patios facing the parking lot - -shrubbery provided privacy.. there are some patios that face the inner walkway... not so private if that matters to you.

Happy hour is one of the best deals in town... drinks are a little pricey - but 4 people ate well (only sodas) for $32. Food was great and all half priced - service extremely slow - they seemed quite understaffed. They offer free mussels (3 in an amazing broth) during the last half hour of happy hour... although the wait staff asked if we wanted mussels an hour before they were brought out. Gets you anticipating wanting them and having to wait an hour...

Breakfast was also very good -- service again was a tad slow - -and we thought it was odd that egg dishes required ordering toast separately for an additional couple of bucks....

Overall - really quaint place - - MOST COMFORTABLE BEDS EVER.... good food.... cute and with character... but they HAVE TO WORK ON CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!

Room Tip: Specify if you want a private patio, bath tub, to be on ground floor (no stairs) or want a fireplace...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Phoenix
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

My daughter is at U of A and I come down from Phoenix a few times a year.
This is by far the nicest place for the money I have seen.
Beds, pillows very comfortable.
I will stay here from now on for sure!

Room Tip: East rooms would be quieter.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank UofADad
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Tempe, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2012

This property was tucked away in a place I would not have expected in downtown Tucson. Great design to the rooms, and once I was there I felt like I was in an oasis with no sign that a city was around me. The restaurant was also a great find with unique offerings. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Scott T
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San Diego, California
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215 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2012

What a great suprise. We found the hotel on line and had a three day stay with the Green Ecco rates. The room was very spacious and the bathroom space was almost the size of the sleeping room. Enjoyed the open shower idea. We ate a few times in the restaurant and found the food excellent but the service was a little slow. The hotel is easy to get to and a great location to get to the Pima Air Museum, to I-10 for Kartchner Caverns and the Sonora Desert Museum. The ground were well kept and we liked the no smoking outside around the pool. The room was quiet and peaceful which made for a very enjoyable time.

Room Tip: WE had a ground floor and liked it. We had a deluxe King which was more that adequate. A freezer wit...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Tom O
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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
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
#14 Family Hotel in Tucson
#24 Business Hotel in Tucson
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,012 - ₹ 18,502
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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