Lodge on the Desert
What We Love
- Night swimming in the 24-hour heated pool by the light of the outdoor fireplace
- Charming private casitas date back to the 1930s
- Landscaped desert gardens with a croquet lawn
- Many Deluxe rooms and suites feature Juliette balconies and gas fireplaces
What To Know
- Request a second floor, north-facing room for mountain views
- Located in midtown Tucson, nine miles from the airport
- The hotel was last renovated in 2009
- The restaurant and bar serves modern American fare
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This hacienda-style lodge’s original adobe structures were built by a well-heeled East Coast family in 1931 back when Tucson was just a dusty outpost at the foot of Southern Arizona’s Santa Catalina range. The property was reinvented as the Lodge on the Desert in 1936, and today it comprises 100 guestrooms and casitas set on five landscaped acres in Tucson, a sunny city of one million-plus residents with plenty of lingering Old Southwest charm. A 2009 property-wide renovation expanded capacity from 35 to 100, adding a new two-story building with some 60-plus modern guestrooms. All feature southwestern hues, with tile accents and wood furnishings; upgrade to suite or deluxe digs for Juliette balconies and gas fireplaces. The entire adobe-styled property sits behind a tall wall, lending it a desert oasis vibe but limiting views; north-facing guestrooms on the second level afford the best Santa Catalina vistas. You can expect Green Natura bath amenities, terry bathrobes and double sink vanities in all accommodations; select guestrooms and casitas add separate soaking tubs and showers. Another new addition, completed in 2009, includes a lovely 24-hour heated pool with a whirlpool spa and fireplace deck.
In the Area
Southern Arizona’s vast landscapes are not to be missed. The high desert wrapping Tucson is an ecosystem nurturing the nation’s largest cacti, the giant saguaro. These icons of the American West are protected by Saguaro National Park, to the east and west of Tucson. North of the city, the Santa Catalina Mountains are also a protected area, offering hikers myriad trails (Pima Canyon, Finger Rock Trail and Sabino Canyon are the best). For those who prefer to take in views from the tee box, Tucson offers top-notch golfing; among the most scenic courses is the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Arizona National Golf Club nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina range and abutting the Coronado National Forest.
How to Get There
We spent 3 most enjoyable nights here. The room décor was both functional and imbued with a pleasant Southwest vibe. I especially enjoyed the wonderful bathtub. Our bed was quite comfortable and the area was very quiet. We enjoyed the delicious complimentary breakfast each morning and happy hour cocktails in the evenings. Every staff member we met was both friendly and helpful. Since the location is convenient to a variety of Tucson activities, the Lodge was a perfect home base for our Tucson visit.
Wanted to visit Tucson & feel Tucson @ the same time. Lodge on the Desert does just that. Beautiful cactus gardens along w/bountiful flora that is really lovely. The staff was very helpful, especially Emma @ the Front Desk & Luis in the Bar (wonderful cocktails). The indoor/outdoor restaurant is so welcoming in the morning - even more so w/the FP burning day or night. Will definitely stay there in the future. Located nicely w/in the City.
Last week (10/13/19) was the first visit to the Lodge on the Desert for me and my friend and we both agreed it was a wonderful experience. We would have loved to stay longer and highly recommend staying here, especially if you’re looking for a authentic Southwestern lodge to visit.
The property is historic and beautiful with gorgeous courtyards filled with a variety of native plants interspersed throughout.
Even the newer buildings blend very well with the original adobe, Territorial style.
We stayed in one of the original buildings and our room was huge with a lot of character including a kiva (aka beehive) fireplace. ???? I’m told the original rooms are all a bit different. I hope to confirm this on another visit.
They also had a delicious breakfast buffet that was included at no additional cost.
No smoking is allowed, but dogs are welcome.