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
This is the second time I have stayed at this property for a meeting. The rooms were in complete disrepair and were dirty, same as last time. The spa service was disappointing at best. If I didn't have a meeting here I wouldn't stay again.
In it's time this was probably a very nice resort, however rooms and entire property needs serious updating. Faucets dipped, furniture was old and worn, and the microwave looked like it was first generation.
This is mostly a conference hotel. It was clean, the linens were nice, as was the comfort of the bed, and the staff members were great. However, I was very disappointed in the esthetics of the hotel. Furniture was worn, finishes were badly worn off and many places were in disrepair, specifically the wood that supported the deck above my room, which was visibly rotted. I took pictures to share, but the button to download them isn’t allowing me to do so. While it was just okay for a conference, I wouldn’t pay to stay here.