Tucson is located in southern Arizona, near the Mexican border. The borderland region blends the cultures of the United States and Mexico. The area has a long history of settlement by Native American people, Spanish explorers and Anglo frontiersmen. The mild weather makes Tucson a great location for all kinds of recreation.
Tucson has a number of fine hotels with amenities that pamper the vacation traveler. Following are the top rated hotels in Tucson, AZ.
Arizona Inn. This historic inn has received excellent reviews from publications including Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure and Zagat. There are 95 individually decorated room and suites. Some guest rooms have patios and fireplaces The grounds of the hotel sprawl over 14 acres on landscaped gardens. Fine amenities include the Audubon bar with nightly live piano music, large library, afternoon tea, 60 foot heated outdoor pool, tennis courts, exercise facility, saunas, complimentary high speed Internet and business center. The Main Dining Room features award winning classic and contemporary cuisine.
The Inn has a fascinating history. It was built by Isabella Greenway, Arizona’s first Congresswoman and close friend of Eleanor Roosevelt. She had a furniture factory that provided employment to disabled World War I veterans. In 1929 the stock market crash ran the factory into financial trouble. Isabelle Greenway rose to the occasion by building the Arizona Inn to create demand for the factory furniture, thus keeping the factory going. This furniture is still used in the inn to this day. The Greenway family has managed this resort through the generations. Today the Arizona Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places. AAA Four Diamond. 800-933-1093.
JW Marriott Hotel and Resort. Destination resort features spa facilities, golf courses, fine dining and beautiful surroundings. The Hashani Spa takes inspiration from the reputed healing properties of the region. The revered Saguaro cactus is called Hashani by the indigenous people of the region. Hashini Spa offers treatments that combine the latest health nd beauty technology with the ancient healing techniques in this pampering spa. Fine dining at Primo offers the cuisines of Italy, Spain and France. AAA Four Diamond. 520-792-3500.
Lodge at Ventana Canyon. Ventana Canyon offers a spectacular setting is a desert paradise, against the backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Enjoy seeing the desert critters which are visible everywhere on the resort. Amenities include A Spa for All Seasons, swimming pool and fitness center. Dine at the Catalina Room. AAA Four Diamond. 800-828-5701.
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Luxurious features include golf course, swimming pool and spa. The Flying V Restaurant and Cascade Lounge offers fine dining and a relaxed environment. AAA Four Diamond. 520-299-2020.
The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. The warm, golden color scheme and the large guest rooms create an open airy feel. Amenities include Children’s Lounge, five pools, four spas and Tucson’s longest resort water slide. AAA Four Diamond. 520-742-6000.
Information subject to change. Contact the resorts for further information and to make reservations.