Surrounded by dramatic mountain ranges and home to impressive 19th century mansions, the city of Tucson combines natural beauty with a rich cultural heritage. As well as the well-preserved remnants from the past that are most heavily concentrated within the city’s El Presidio Historic District, it also has plenty of contemporary attractions including vintage shops, acclaimed restaurants and buzzing nightclubs.
Tucson’s accommodation options range from the cheap and cheerful all the way through to the very apex of luxury. But for maximum amenities, your best bet is to opt for one of the city’s charming resorts, all of which offer space, facilities and easy access to the city’s main attractions. Below you’ll find our considered pick of the most charming resorts that Tucson has to offer.
From $133/ night
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa is a luxurious resort destination on 250 acres in the high Sonoran Desert in Tucson. Located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, there are spectacular mountain, city, and golf course views. The pool area features five refreshing pools, a 177-foot waterslide, and a swim up bar. There are several dining options available to our guests. The resort offers 487 guestrooms including 25 suites, a Troon-managed 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature course, an Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, Spanish inspired Contigo Latin Kitchen, and the hotel brand’s Westin Heavenly Beds.
From $103/ night
Tennis enthusiasts flock to this 4-star resort located a couple of miles from Sabino Canyon. The reason? It’s highly acclaimed tennis centre, where you can enjoy leisurely games in a beautiful setting, or even take out some coaching lessons. But there’s more to the resort than its tennis facilities – there are also two desert golf courses, an indulgent spa, an outdoor pool, a hot tub and sauna, and two excellent eateries serving all day food. As for the guest rooms, you can expect to find a flat-screen TV, work desk, reading chair, leather sofa and free WiFi, plus a fully-equipped kitchen and a private balcony or terrace. For guests with their own transport, there’s free on-site parking.
From $188/ night
If it’s a modern resort you’re after, then Tucson Casino del Sol will certainly fit the bill, with its state-of-the-art amenities and stylishly designed guest rooms. But despite its mod cons, it’s not short of charm either, and the thoughtfully presented layout makes it a delight to wander around and explore. Each spacious room comes with a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee-making facilities and a glass-enclosed rain shower. Elsewhere in the resort, guests will find a lavish spa, an outdoor pool, a casino, and several dining options. Tucson International Airport is just 5 miles away.
From $254/ night
An outdoor pool, a well-equipped fitness centre, and a tasty American breakfast served each morning are some of the notable services and amenities you can expect at the 3-star Hacienda del Sol. Popular with business travellers thanks to its convenient proximity to the Tucson Convention Cente, the resort also offers a 24-hour front desk, a laundry service and free WiFi in all communal areas and guest rooms, while adding to its business-friendly reputation are fax and photocopying facilities. Tucson International Airport is 13 miles from the resort.
From $260/ night
For outdoor facilities, this luxury resort will be part to beat in Tucson, or anywhere in Arizona for that matter. It has 3 golf courses, three outdoor swimming pools, several hot tubs and a number of hiking and biking trails close by, helping to keep everyone satisfied, whether they’re the active type or are just seeking some R&R. Guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV, a safe and a minibar, as well as a balcony or patio area. Other notable amenities include a luxurious spa and a fitness centre where yoga and pilates sessions take place.There’s also a popular grill house restaurant serving all day food, plus a sports bar, both of which offer al fresco dining. For an indoor activity, Pima Air & Space Museum is a short drive away.
From $173/ night
Located a few miles from the beautiful Sabino Canyon, this resort combines some great amenities with a desirable setting. There’s a Golf & Racquet Club, an outdoor pool and spa, and on-site dining, while all guest rooms feature a flat-screen TV, plush bedding, a seating area, and a patio or balcony. As well as some sumptuous Arizona-style dishes, the resort’s popular bar and grill also serves up a range of exotic cocktails, along with over 70 types of tequila. Art lovers will enjoy the proximity of the De Grazia Gallery In the Sun, a series of buildings scattered throughout a natural desert setting, which is just over 4 miles away.
From $102/ night
Another upscale option for those who are happy to push the boat out is this 5-star offering, nestled across 80 pristine acres at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Guest rooms feature a flat-screen TV and iPod docking station, a small fridge a comfortable seating area, and a private balcony or terrace affording scenic views across the mountains, desert or city. Elsewhere in the resort, guests can enjoy use of two restaurants and a separate bar, a state-of-the-art spa offering a range of indulgent treatments and therapies, an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, tennis courts and a fitness centre. Golf, horseback riding and hiking opportunities can be found nearby too and Tucson International Airport is a 30-minute drive away.