When planning a trip somewhere, one of the biggest roadblocks for me is figuring out where to stay. Every destination is filled with so many options – from budget options and home stays to fancy resorts. This can be one of the most overwhelming parts of travel planning, so I thought I would give you the rundown of several hotels I had the opportunity to stay in during my 10 day visit to Tucson last year.
All of these hotels were super family friendly offering various amenities to help you enjoy your time in Tucson. There are a ton of other options in the city that we also had the opportunity to check out, but these are our favorites that we would highly recommend if you are planning a trip to the Sonoran Desert any time soon!
Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
The Westin La Paloma is a gorgeous resort and spa overlooking the Santa Catalina mountains. The La Paloma is a large hotel, providing something for everyone. With several pools for both adults and kids as well as the super cold (and amazing) mineral pool, a golf course, tennis courts and expansive areas to stretch your legs while wondering the grounds, this is a winner for everyone in the family. There is a spacious and welcoming kids club for families who need a little break from the little ones for a nice meal or spa treatments! One of our favorite perks was the free (general) WiFi and parking which these days is not always so easy to come by.
Eating at the Westin will not disappoint as everything we ate was delicious, however meals can be a bit on the pricey side. One of the great things about how many rooms this hotel has is that it is a good bet even for last minute reservations. Not that I recommend this, but I forgot to book one night of our stay and their last minute rate with AAA was even cheaper than their early bird booking rates! The Westin La Paloma will be the perfect backdrop for your adventures around Tucson as well as a great destination in itself to relax and rejuvenate.
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa
The JW Marriott is one of our favorite brands of hotels after years of frequenting it in Mumbai, however I hadn’t been to one in the US until my visit to Tucson. Wow. The JW Marriott Starr Pass was perfectly luxurious and just as welcoming as what we were used to in India. The JW is set on 50 acres of land located in the saguaro-covered foothills, providing exceptional views of the mountains and valleys around Tucson. The resort welcomes families to spacious rooms with luxury amenities (loved the shampoos here!) included.
The services on offer however were what won us over. With an abundance of activities, the hotels offers guests a great insight into the local culture through music, arts and food. There is a fantastic lazy river that the kids will go wild over, as well as several pools for both children and adults, all overlooking one of the beautifully manicured golf courses located at the resort.
The morning hike to the nearby Saguaro covered mountains followed by the Native American flute ritual back at the hotel was the perfect way to start our day. This is definitely a destination hotel – you will want to make sure you have plenty of time to relax here, check out the spa and utilize all the services on offer. The negatives.. no free WiFi or parking.
Hilton Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
The Hilton Conquistador is another large resort in Tucson providing much of what the other two hotels mentioned above provide – golf, pools and expansive views. However, I have to say this was one of our favorites for many reasons. The hotel itself is quite large, spreading out over 500 acres, however, it doesn’t feel sprawling and as massive like some resorts. It did not feel like you had to walk for ages to access services, rooms, pools, etc. I loved the Spanish/Sonoran vibe of the hotel, which made it feel more like a boutique hotel than one with more than 400 rooms.
In addition to the grounds, there are also plenty of family friendly activities on offer here including yoga sessions, pool games and more on the weekly activity schedule. The hotel mentioned that they were soon to be opening their horse stables again as well for on-site guided rides. This would be high on our to do list if it’s on offer. The Hilton also offers a flute session, however in the evening. We were unable to witness it, but I bet it is the perfect way to relax after a day in the sun. The Hilton Conquistador is a perfect hotel for a couples weekend retreat or as a base for exploring Tucson with the entire family.
White Stallion Ranch
The White Stallion Ranch is not the typical place you might think of for a weekend getaway, but it should be on your radar! The ranch provides all the comforts of a fine resort in the unique atmosphere that is typical of a dude ranch. Couples and families will enjoy being able to reconnect amidst nature and with limited distractions (WiFi!). Available rooms range from single to family suites. There is also a hacienda that has 4 bedrooms, which is perfect for larger families or those traveling as a group.
The benefit of staying at the White Stallion Ranch is that you do not need to go far to experience some of the best things on offer in Tucson. With in-house horseback riding every day, a pool, fitness centers, movie theater and rec room, there is something for everyone here. Just outside the confines of the ranch is Saguaro National Park (East side), the Desert Museum and more.
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
I am a big fan of Hilton’s DoubleTree Suites hotels. They are budget friendly, but offer a great deal of space for traveling families. If you have an early morning flight like we did, the Doubletree at the airport is a great option. We weren’t there for too long, but long enough to get a feel for the surroundings, eat our freshly baked warm cookie at check in and cozy up in our suite with a full living room and separate bedroom. It was the perfect place to recoup after a busy 10 days exploring and to prepare for our flight home. In addition to it’s convenience, it also has a pool which families will always enjoy. For an added bonus, parking and WiFi were both free as well. Breakfast was included in our stay, which consisted of warm and cold buffet items as well as a menu to order from (for an additional fee).
Our visit to the magical city of Tucson was made even better by some of these wonderful hotels that provided comfort, luxury and spectacular views for the moments of relaxation we found in our busy schedule! Now that you have a place to stay, check out all the fun things to do in Tucson.
Have you been to Tucson? Do you have a hotel or area of town you would recommend?
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