Fun in the Sun
Kitt's Peak Observatory
Rancho De La Osa Guest Ranch
Santa Catalina Mountains
Copper Queen Mine Golfing at Loews Ventana Canyon
We stayed here for the first 4 days of January 2009.
The hotel is beatuifully layed out and blends nicely with it's surroundings.
We had a room on the 4th floor and had a lovely view of Tucson. Very nice.
The staff and concierge services were great.
The restaurants served very good food, and it was priced accordingly.
Although not a golfer, the course looked very well taken care of.
We will gladly stay here on our next visit to Tucson.
Unique Quality: Very tranquill setting, beautiful natural features on the grounds. Lovely outside walking trails.
Directions: Northeast side of the city in the foothills.
I stayed at Loews in Tucson over 10 years ago and recently went back for a weekend. The hotel is still great and the nature walk is well kept and very interesting.
While the lobby is rather nondescript, the lobby lounge is rather large, offers great floor-to-ceiling windows with great views of the greens and the mountains behind, and is open from early breakfast to late night drinks. The rooms are very well done; I received an upgrade from the basic room to a "deluxe" room, which offers an extra sitting area with couch. The entryway in the rooms have an attractive tile that continues into the bathroom, which is a nice touch.
Bathrooms have LCD TVs, phone, and the luxuries you'd expect in a hotel of this caliber. The bed was not the best of any hotel, but pretty comfortable. The work desk is nice and spacious, although internet costs $10.95 (again, what you'd expect from a 5-star hotel). The nice feature in the rooms is the large balcony. The serenity of being able to sit on the balcony in a comfortable chair and look out at the foliage is a great feeling. I haven't used their room service but it is 24/7 and the food in the lounge is pretty good.
The minibar has an honor ticket, which seems like an innocent touch, and soft drinks from the vending machine are still only $0.50... it's nice not to feel ripped off at every turn. Also, the robes are a little different than at most hotels, as they seem lighter weight and are very nice.
If you don't mind the heat, summer is the best time (economically speaking) to visit most anywhere in Arizona, since the deals are best then.
Unique Quality: The bathroom tub could easily accomodate two people and is very deep.
The pool is small but service is excellent there. There are separate jacuzzi, etc. facilities to the side.
The hotel is an ecologically built resort, so the trails around it take you through the desert. You don't have to be an avid hiker or even much in shape. The waterfall at the end of one of the trails is a nice attraction, and there are various points along the way that you get up high enough to get great panoramic views of the mountains and, from the opposite vantage point, the city below.
Directions: The hotel is rather secluded in the residential Ventana Canyon area. Take I-10 to Ina (which turns into Skyline, then Sunrise), head east 11 miles, turn left on Kolb and then into the resort one mile up.
Just a fabulous hotel- the television in the bathroom was my favorite. Just take a nice long bath, and you're not missing out on your favorite show!
Definitely take a walk along the trails and explore the hotel surroundings- it's worthwhile!
While we were there, renovations were going on, but I'd imagine it is all complete by now, so I'm sure the new rooms are fabulous.
Unique Quality: The view and trails surrounding the hotel are fabulous (see pictures)
While I didn't utilize the golf course, they were beautiful, and the pools were great too.
(try the cerviche poolside- excellent!)
I did not actually stay at the Loews. However, my convention was held here. The Loews is a beautiful, scenic hotel located in the Ventana Canyon mountain range. It's set away from town, situated near a golf course.
Unique Quality: I had lunch in the hotel restaurant on serveral instances. The food was pricey (i.e. $10 for a hamburger or salad), but very good. There are also some trails located around the hotel for the avid hiker.
Directions: Craycroft, right onto Sunrise, left onto Kolb, Loews located on right hand side.
Kitt's Peak Observatory
Rancho De La Osa Guest Ranch
Santa Catalina Mountains
Copper Queen Mine Golfing at Loews Ventana Canyon
I stayed at this hotel for just one night. I have stayed at several loews properties, and am a member of their programme - so I was upgraded to an executive suite. The layout of the room was fantastic. Very spacious, lovely balcony with a fantastic view. It was incredibly quiet and private. When I first pulled up, I was concerned because from the outside it doesn't look all that great. The room was subtle, well-decorated. A lot of AZ hotels go overboard with southwest decor - this had southwest decor but it wasn't overwhelming like a lot of other places where it just gets to a tacky level. The people were very friendly. The best points were the peacefulness, the view, the furnishings, the comfy bed, the fireplace, the hotel grounds were great too.
I did have a few minor disappointments - 1) I agree with the other reviews, $9 for parking is silly. AZ is the land of abundant parking, there's no reason for that. 2) Finding the hotel entrance was tricky, I totally passed it. From one direction there is a visable sign - from the other there is a very hard to read sign (stone with Loews Ventana carved in with no light)...I had t make a u-turn at the neighboring hotel...the Ventana Lodge or something. Very confusing. 3) The bathtub in the room is huge - true. Very big...but why not go all the way and make it a jacuzzi tub? It's the size of a jacuzzi! Would be so much better as a jacuzzi tub, and I think every other loews I stayed at had jacuzzi tubs except for one (Chicago). 4) My biggest complaint - the food. I stayed on a Monday night. Their room service menu consists of items from their multiple restaurants. I wanted the ($45) Kobe Beef dish. Room service informed me that formal menu items weren't available on Mondays because that restaurant is closed Mondays. This is a resort and I believe November is high season for AZ, so I was very surprised. So I got stuck with a pizza (the non-formal menu didn't have much to offer). The pizza was not so good. If I had known I would have gone out to eat instead.
I do think this is a good place that could be better. I also know that there are a lot of other resorts in the area that may be better, but this was a good value for the price.
My wife and I spent an enjoyable weekend at Ventana Canyon and the Tucson area. As we were there in August, we got a summer rate. We went off-site for dinner the first night, and had a very relaxed dinner at Fuego's, about 5 miles from the resort. Saturday we played golf at StarrPass in Tucson, and encounter slow play due to a tournament, but we still had a good time, looking at the mountains and the new Marriott being built there. The send night we were joined by two other couples from the Phoenix area, and had dinner at the Flying V, a Ventana restaurant. We were disappointed in the food quality and the pricing was high, we thought, but that is what you get at a resort hoping they have a captive audience. We will go back again, but plan to eat off site. Oh, we planned golf on the Ventana course on Sunday, and it was a very nice course in very good shape.
My friend and I just got back from a 4-day weekend at Loews. When we arrived, the front desk offered to up-grade us to the fairway presidential suite for an extra $200 per night. We accepted and the room (2,000+ square feet) was amazing. At a rate of $300 per night, it was fantastic, baby grand piano and all. I don't think I would want to pay the high-season rates though. As other reviews mentioned, the service is very slow especially at the bar and by the pool. Everyone was friendly and worked hard. They were just understaffed. During 2 days of our stay, there was a convention present and the hotel was packed, making the sparse staff even more noticable. The food was above average in quality but still a little expensive. A small glass of orange juice will run you about $4.50. The grounds and the hotel are both beautiful. I would be willing to stay at Loews again. Make sure to walk up to the waterfall and look for the javalinas.
This is a quality resort as you would expect. Great food, location, service etc. However, a lot of resorts, and this unfortunately is one, try to gouge every dollar they can by charging for the air you breath. A $1.00 bottle of water is $6.00, martinis are $10.00, it's $6.00 a day to use the gym. These things you can avoid if you want, however, they also charge you $9.00 a day for the privilege of using their parking lot. You won't find that little charge on their website either. You expect to pay for the quality of these resorts. However, when you see this kind of pricing tactic, it takes away from the experience. Kind of like admitting you're a sucker and bending over.
We loved the hotel when we were there a year ago. Had a room with no view which was a mistake - trying to save $ but wish we had paid extra for a view. Only problem was no coffee machines in the room - isn't that a standard now - so that was a hassle to walk all the way down to the coffee shop and pay I think $3 or something for coffee every day. But it was so beautiful there - the views, the architecture, the interior design, the lobby areas, the pool area - that nothing mattered. I actually think the furniture and subtle color schemes were very nice, whomever does their interior design work is a master, but I have no history other than living in Tucson in the 80s and going to the hotel for a wedding when it first opened. Only other issue was the concierge wasn't very friendly as I recall - the front desk on the other hand was very friendly and nice as was the maid service. Love that area of Tucson, too, and with River Road you can just zip over to the other side of Tucson in a few minutes.
Maiden Pools in Ventana Canyon
Coming to Tucson early March for first time and have singled out the above two hotels - just by luck??
Prefer a place thats relaxed and not pretentious or very exoensive. Do either fit and which would be your choice?
Any advice would be great. Thanks a lot.
I've spent more time in La Paloma than Ventana Canyon, but they're generally regarded as very comparable to one another. One major advantage Ventana Canyon has is its location at the edge of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area and at the trailhead for the Ventana Canyon Trail, which will take you into Ventana Canyon, the Window formation ("la ventana") and the entire Santa Catalina Mountains trail network. I would say though that La Paloma has the better restaurant but, in all honesty, I've never eaten at Ventana Canyon and am just going by general reputation. La Paloma also has better views of the city (really one of the best views in town).
Neither are that pretentious, per se. You should feel comfortable in shorts and flip-flops throughout both properties, but that describes Tucson as a whole. The restaurant at La Paloma, Jano's, is one of the very few in the city to have a dress code though. Westward Look is my ideal for a casual, more relaxed resort that lacks the sort of Californication and corporatization of the other resorts in town. However, it's also regarded as not quite as nice (I like it though).
For expense, both are going to hover around $200 per night. March is a busy time to come for people coming to enjoy the weather and surroundings (as opposed to the gem show or UA parents), so resort rooms are at a premium.
Hope that helps you out.
I should elaborate and clarify, to the credit of Jano's, in that they do not have an official dress code (I don't think anyone in town actually does), but you'll feel very out of place there in a t-shirt.
To me, there is no question -- I would stay at Loews Ventana Canyon instead of La Paloma any day. Ventana Canyon, as pointed out, is right against the mountains. La Paloma is a sprawling complex surrounded by residences. And, although I haven't stayed in either one for several years, I much preferred the rooms at Ventana Canyon.
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Address: 7000 North Resort Drive, Tucson, Arizona, 85750, United States