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
I stayed Monday through Wednesday for a work educational event. We had all meals on-site and used numerous break out rooms throughout the campus. The layout of the property is a little confusing, but luckily my room was near the lobby and breakout areas so I didn't spend too much time being lost once I located my room that first day.
This is a wonderful place to relax and unwind. There are terrific tennis courts, a nice outdoor pool, an exercise room and a beautiful view of the mountains and Tuscon. There are trails on the property and the resort is in a nice neighborhood. The breakfast choices at the restaurant are all delicious and the servers are super friendly. I am looking forward to returning.
Walked out to my truck the following day of my stay. Vehicle parked in my spot across from my room. Found glass shattered and paint scratched on my tail light and truck. Confronted one of the staff and confirmed they had hit it with their golf cart. There was no note left on the vehicle so I could have left and no one would have known. Contacted management and confirmed they knew it happened and their insurance would be in contact. It has been over a week with no mention from insurance or even from the hotel for compensation for the time and damages this caused while staying there. Extremely unhappy.
We enjoyed our short getaway weekend here. The room was spacious and the property and location were good. It perfectly met our needs and desire to be near family we were visiting.
But overall the facility was a little run down and tired looking.
Signs on the road in were faded and nearly unreadable. A cabinet door in our room would not close. Paint in the skylight recess was peeling.
Maybe we got a less than prime room because it was reserved with rewards points. Who knows.
Relaxing, unique facility located on 80 acres. Conveniently located near shopping with easy access to downtown Tucson. The grounds are remarkable with a combination of natural trails and manicured lawns. Separate buildings with 6 units each scattered around the facility. No golf course but that was a plus for us. Not a crowded or hurried environment. I recommend booking a room in a unit closer to the main lodge.