The city of Tucson has a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Chain hotels are situated throughout the city but there are also a number of resorts that provide a more comprehensive experience. The resorts are on the whole clustered on the north side of the city in the foothills of the Catalina mountains that provide a spectacular backdrop. Even though this is still within the city of Tucson I’ve seen plenty of wildlife when staying in resorts including Javelinas and on one occasion a mountain lion.
As our favourite place to stay in Tucson at the moment this is described in more depth here.
Other Recommended Accommodation
Hilton El Conquistador
This resort is situated in the Catalina foothills at the North side of Tucson. It is easy to find as the resort entrance road is situated at a stop light on Oracle Road (the main road North out of Tucson). The rooms and suites here are situated either in the wings of the main building or in a number of Casitas situated in the grounds. Either way parking is in large lots towards the front of the property so you may want to arrange for your luggage to be transported to your room, especially if it is situated in the Casita area.
The main room blocks are arranged around a central garden area that contains a couple of pools and it is possible to walk from rooms to the main block either across the central garden or via the internal walkways. The central block contains two restaurants one of which is open for breakfast and lunch and also a south western cuisine restaurant open in the evening only. There is the option of dining outside on the patio area for both restaurants. Previously there was a good cowboy steak restaurant on site but sadly it closed in 2008. I live in hope that it may at some point reopen. For outside eating the resort is within easy driving distance of numerous restaurants in Tucson.
For the keen golfer this property is a great option as one 9 hole and two 18 hole courses are part of the resort complex.
Rates vary as always throughout the year but it is worth checking the hotel website for periodic specials including room deals with resort credits included.
This hotel tends to be busy at the weekends even in high summer as Tucson is a popular weekend escape for the inhabitants of the Phoenix area.
There are a number of other resorts in the Tucson area. Some of them that we have stayed at in the past are described here. All are worthy of consideration but I do no have experience that is current enough to merit recommendation.