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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I lucked out by using a clearinghouse website that gave us a night at a great rate here! The grounds and views are stunning and our room was spacious and comfortable. The resort is near lots of restaurant options and their bar serves great drinks, and they offer horseback rides onsite! The staff was super friendly and helpful. My only regret is that we were traveling through and couldn't stay longer.
I would not recommend this place for several reasons. The place needs to be updated. The rooms are run down. The furnishings are old and worn.
Cigarettes are allowed on the terraces and in the pool area. Therefore, the cigarette smells permeate into your room when your neighbor right next door is smoking on their patio. The food service at the bar was so unbearably slow. The server forgot to ring in our order and we had to get up and get our own water. The gym was nice and clean. It was a very quiet place with nothing really going on. It may be for some people but not for me.
This resort had everything and made our visit the best experience possible. There was also so many amenities near by via the hotel shuttle. The staff was amazing, friendly, attentive and made the experience even better.
The rooms here were quite spacious!! The balcony had beautiful views of the mountains and scenery. The hotel was very spread out, since it’s more apartment style with multiple buildings, so it was a bit of a hike to make your way back to the lobby/restaurant.
The property is quintessential Tucson. It offers updated rooms with beds that my wife and I refer to as "sleeping on 'The Cloud'" It's centrally located with great access to every direction one wants to explore the city and nature. The staff has, clearly, been trained in great customer service to the point of customer delight. The entire property is clean and offers great ambience, flow and charm. It truly is a Home away from home. Enjoy!