Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa
What We Love
- Views of the desert by day, Tucson city lights by night
- A sense of Southwest history, as well as 42-inch flat-screen TVs
- There's plenty to do thanks to three swimming pools, eight tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking and biking
- Holistic treatments at the Sonoran Spa utilizing the region's desert plants, warm stones and cleansing muds
What To Know
- In two-story room blocks, the top floor is quieter and has better views
- There's a resort fee of $20 per room, per night (plus tax), that includes WiFi, parking and access to the fitness center
- The staff can assist in making tee times at various courses nearby
- The serene setting attracts quiet types and nature lovers
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa consists of 241 guestrooms (each with its own balcony or patio) clustered in numerous one- and two-story adobe-style buildings and sharing a desert landscape with three swimming pools, eight tennis courts and the Sonoran Spa, which offers treatments that use local plants such as sage, rosemary and aloe — which come from a garden just outside the spa doors. The main building retains elements of the original homestead, including public rooms with original hardwood floors, exposed roof beams (known as vigas in the language of Southwestern architecture), stone hearth fireplaces and wrought iron chandeliers.
Bed and Bath
The resort underwent a $14 million renovation in 2009 (Wyndham took it over in 2012), and the room layout and decor have a contemporary Southwest feel, with touches such as exposed beams in some of the rooms, which are surprisingly large for what is the oldest resort in Tucson. Among the more luxurious rooms, the Stargazer Spa Suites boast Tucson’s only private outdoor freshwater hotel hot tubs.
The Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa’s main restaurant, Gold, which offers views at dinner of the distant Tucson lights, serves up so many fruits and vegetables grown on the property that the chef’s garden (which guests love to wander through in order to see the local fare in its natural element) was recently doubled in size. For its holistic treatments, the Sonoran Spa uses desert plants, warm stones and cleansing muds. Five of the eight tennis courts are lighted, and instruction is available. For equestrians, a favorite on-property ride takes place at sunset.
In the Area
For nature lovers, a good introduction to Tucson is the popular Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which has programs that include a behind-the-scenes zoo tour. Downtown Tucson has its allures too, including performances at the recently restored Rialto Theatre, where Ginger Rogers appeared onstage in the 1920s, and an expanding dining scene that includes the new Saint House Rum Bar, where rums of the Caribbean are paired with jerk chicken, coconut shrimp and other dishes of that region.
How to Get There
Beds are bad and views from many rooms are Bad. The food was overpriced and limited. Needs a good GM to get property up to quality standards. Also no kids menu from restaurant except a bar menu with unhealthy choices. This resort has great potential due to its location but falls short of a quality resort in so many ways. Would not take much to get this to a top quality resort, but need a good General manager who is hands on and cares.
The room was grimy and dusty, we reserved a junior suite and was given a regular room and then they were going to still charge us for the junior suite. The handicap accommodations... well they had parking available but no hand rails for the ramp. The breakfast was offensive. I wouldn’t stay here if it was free. I’d take my chances with the coyotes in the desert
I wanted to stay forever and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful scenery. Nature trails and horseback riding. Comfortable and clean rooms. Great location next to the mountain and lovely view!!
We really liked the Westward Look, beautiful location and the grounds were well kept and lovely … our room looked out over both city and desert. The staff was good, room cleaning minimal but adequate. We enjoyed mojitos on the terrace overlooking one of the 3 pools. Overall, the place has a relaxed and comfortable sense about it. Very quiet!
I have stayed at the Westlook many times and it is definitely going downhill. Last night, someone used their key to enter our room and it worked.
We were livid - you choose to stay in a secure hotel. Also, our last two stays the safe was not working even after they replaced the batteries. Our last stay, we did not have a refrigerator and they never brought one when asked. And our most recent stay, we had a room facing a hot tub with a bunch of party people so we did not use the patio at all.
I used to like this place but no more. I feel it is important people know this before booking. I am doing you a favor.