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“Disappointed, but wonderful ambience.” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Lodge on the Desert
Ranked #22 of 128 Hotels in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Indianapolis, Indiana
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230 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Disappointed, but wonderful ambience.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

My husband and I just returned from a 4 night stay at the Lodge. The setting is beautiful, but the front desk staff needs to explain certain things concerning the inn. We were just handed a map and told how to drive to the room. That was all. We couldn't get anything on the TV, because, unknown to us, the only way to access the stations were on the back of the map. We had a gorgeous fireplace with instructions to turn this way to light. We have a gas fireplace at home, but this fireplace would not work. We learned 4 days later that you need a light to light the fireplace, but there was none available. The bathroom vanity was in pretty rough shape, with plywood chips on the face of it. Through out the room, though spacious and nice, were a lot of paint chips that needed touching up.The manager or owner, bumped into us about 6 times over our stay, but never awknowleged us in any manner. The staff at the bar were extremely nice and accommodating. I would rate these accommodation as a 3.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LuckyMesaAZ
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Frank R, General Manager at Lodge on the Desert, responded to this review, 12 April 2012
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent visit to the Lodge on the Desert. Obviously I am disappointed that we did not meet your expectations during your visit. We provide all of our guests with a map upon check in to assist them with directions to all parts of the property during their stay, including where is the best place to park in order to make access to your guest room as convenient as possible. We also note that on the back of the map is a listing of all television channels as well as the wifi code for internet access. I am certain this was pointed out during the check-in process when you were explained about the directions to the best place to park. If this did not happen, please accept my apology. If I passed you 6 times during your stay and did not acknowledge I sincerely apologize. I spend a large part of my day around the property to interact with my guests and to see that our hotel is maintained and that our staff is providing the level of service consistent with Lodge on the Desert standards.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Port Townsend, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

Rooms are spacious, comfortable and very clean. The complex is very quiet and the grounds are well-kept. Service at the front desk was very efficient and friendly. The food in the small restaurant was excellent and the specialty bar drinks were wonderful. The happy hour prices for drink and light bar food items were very good and well worth being there from 4PM to 6PM. The wait staff was friendly. The only drawback is that you should not come when you are starving and have to have food quickly. The wait staff did their best, but this is a "slow food" restaurant. Everything seems to be made to order and it is not instantaneous. The food is fantastic and worth the wait. The chef has a great but somewhat limited menu. If you love food that is imaginative, very tasty, and you are not in a hurry, this is THE place to eat.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ceebee3
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

Just returned from Tucson and a stay at Lodge on the Desert. Have stayed in Tucson several times and didnt even know this wonderful place existed. In a quiet historic neighborhood, the lodge has lovely mature cactus gardens and historic rooms which we love.There are newer more spacious rooms but we like the authenticity of the older rooms which look out on the gardens.
They have a nice small pool . Safe and secure parking and very quiet for an inner city location.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank wannabeagypsy
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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

Great place to stay for any reason. Beautiful desert setting in the middle of Tucson. Great food too.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Frank M
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Poulsbo, Washington
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53 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

What a great place! The room was spacious, beautifully decorated, and immaculate. The grounds emphasize the desert setting with native plantings contrasted with beautiful flower beds. The front desk and cleaning staff were helpful and thorough. We ate at the restaurant, and it was excellent. I'd have to do a small minus in that they seemed short of help a couple mornings, so service was a little slow - even though the staff was running around like crazy. All in all, I'd rebook here with absolutely no second thoughts.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sue S
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

Wow this place is very unique inside our room we have a large fireplace that kept us warm at night and the whole room reminds me of living in an Indians home. Large and spacious rooms with tile floors. The beds and pillows are comfy. Nice bathroom with a shower and tub. Outside of our room we have Our own patio with table and chairs and the coolest thing is outside we have a lemon tree! The landscaping is also very beautiful when you wall around the pathways! The pool and hot tub are SOO nice, open 24 hours and the pool is heated. Dinner was delicious and pricy, but worth it. I got the chicken breast and it was really good! Definitely check this place out!

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ohiotravler21
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Cleveland, Ohio
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184 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood near a nice city park, this hotel has very spacious rooms, comfortable beds, is clean and quiet. Service was very good and security even found a pair of gloves that we lost in the parking lot. The only thing holding this hotel back from a 5 star rating is an upgrade of the bathroom finishings (not they adequate as they are, but not at the luxury level).

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Irreverent-in-Cleve
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Property: Lodge on the Desert
Address: 306 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711-2855
Region: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Tucson
#9 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
#14 Family Hotel in Tucson
#24 Business Hotel in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lodge on the Desert 3.5*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lodge on the Desert is a Tucson classic and guests experience the authenticity of the Old Pueblo blended with the modern southwest charm that has evolved throughout the Lodge's storied 80 years. This 100-room boutique hotel is situated on five acres in mid-town Tucson, AZ and appeals to leisure and business travelers alike. Plus with event spaces for up to 175 guests, Lodge on the Desert is popular for small to mid-size meetings and intimate social gatherings. An Arizona landmark and Tucson tradition renowned for its intimate residential setting and genial hospitality, here guests discover pathways meandering among regal palms, native cacti and manicured lawns wrapped in ribbons of seasonal flowers. Charming hacienda-style accommodations afford guests a sanctuary in which to retreat and relax. It is truly Tucson's urban oasis. And considered by many to be the Old Pueblo's mid-town masterpiece. ... more   less 
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