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Great Stay at the Windmill Inn at St Philips Plaza
Stayed at the Windmill Suites for 8 nights while attending a local art workshop. Found the property to be clean and comfortable and would definitely stay there again. When looking for somewhere to stay, I wanted a suite situation as I was travelling alone and did not want to take all meals out, and this fit the bill perfectly. Had a good sized living room with a separate bedroom and a small galley kitchen. While there were no utensils of any kind, there was a microwave and refridgerator, and it was easy enough to cook in as Trader Joe's is right across the street. The staff I encountered were always pleasant and ready to assist in any way they could. Centrally located, it was easy to get around the Tucson area from this location. I found the bed extremely comfortable, and, having spent 8 nights there, this would have been a real problem if it had not been. My husband accompanied me on the first weekend, and we were placed in a ground level room. I was not comfortable with this after he left, so they moved me to a third-floor room with no problem at all, and made the switch effortlessly. Highly recommend this hotel, and would stay there again when in Tuscon.
I stayed one night at this hotel. The hotel itself is attractive and clean, the staff were friendly and accommodating, and the location in St. Phillips Plaza is lovely - with the terrific Vivace Restaurant just an easy walk across the plaza. However, the bed in this hotel was the most uncomfortable I've ever slept in. It literally kept me awake all night, tossing & turning and trying without success to find some way of getting comfortable. Although fancy amenities are nice to have, what I most want from a hotel is a good night's sleep. That was impossible on the Windmill Inn's dreadful bed. I will never stay there again.
Do not expect a wonderful breakfast
As long as you are not expecting a wonderful breakfast, you should be satisfied with the Windmill Inn. The breakfast is very basic. For our two mornings there, one morning of the scanty selection was enough; we went out for a real breakfast the second day.
Otherwise, all is fine. Nice, spacious accommodations. Excellent location at St. Phillips Plaza. We dined at Vivace Restaurant there and had an delicious meal. The next night we crossed the busy road to ZIN for another very good meal.
There is a computer room off the lobby with free internet access--a real plus for those of us who choose not to drag a laptop around.
Front desk staff is pleasant.
We concur with all the other reviewers of this hotel--the suite was spacious, attractively decorated, and super-clean. The employees were attentive and helpful, and the rate was low. We'd also add that St. Philip's Plaza was absolutely lovely--a series of courtyards filled with upscale restaurants and shops, decorated with twinkling holiday lights. Windmill is a small chain, and we're sorry they don't have any hotels in New Mexico. If they opened one in Santa Fe they's make a bundle.
great location, great rooms at very reasonable rates. they could do with upgrading the continental breakfast as it was quite poor in relation to other chain breakfasts. the area around the plaza is as was noted before very upscale so no starbucks/mcdonalds for the kids but only a short drive away if required. lastly the signage for the hotel is quite poor and it is a blink and you will miss the opening. otherwise highly recommended
I would never stay at this hotel again. After reading the reviews on tripadvisor, I booked this hotel because it was reasonably priced and rated number two. The rooms, although large are sparsely decorated. The bathroom needed updating. The bed was very uncomfortable, the mattress must have been very old. The walls were paper thin. You could hear the people above and next to you most of the time.The general condition of the entire hotel was tired looking. The continental breakfast was very limited and not appetizing. The worst thing about this hotel was the housekeeping. They do not change your sheets and as far as I could tell they either did not clean the bathroom or did a very poor job of it. I do have to say that the people at the front desk were very helpful and friendly. You would be much better off staying at the Holiday Inn Express.
Should have been great---BUT....
The Windmill Suites in NE Tucson are located in a lovely plaza with several finer restaurants and small boutiques. We booked for two families well in advance but learned upon checking in, that rooms were not assigned in advance and we were not even next to each other! An appeal at the desk got us adjoinging suites---we
were very lucky. The place was booked solid for the next month and some! Rooms were clean--staff pleasant--but the cookies we kept smelling were available only by request and out of the 7 days we were there--we only got them once. ( We had a 7 and 3 year old in tow.) The arrangement of the rooms was nice--the kitchenette
small with no utensils--just a microwave and frige. There is a Trader Joe's across a busy street and attached a great place for salads, sandwiches and soup called CHOPPED. A PF Chang's is within walking distance. The restaurants in the plaza were upscale and very nice--also busy.
The location was good for access to local sites. The kids really liked Old Tucson and the zoo.
Unfortunately, granma and granpa got a stomach virus (delivered with the grandkids) and found it a disadvantage to
not have room service or an attached restaurant. Luckily, family brought back soup and such from the market.
The pool was very nice--small--but not real deep so nice for kids.
The breakfast buffet had no hot food--just toat and bagels, yogurt--oh! and waffles you made yourself. There were hard cooked eggs. It was usually crowded. You could request muffins and coffee to be delivered to your room and this was nice on check-out day when we had to leave early.
Just what we needed
I have no hesitation about recommending this place. For a relatively modest rate, we were afforded a suite (a real suite that provided privacy between the two large rooms), complimentary continental breakfast brought right to the suite at no extra charge, two high-quality TVs, free use of computers with Internet access, and other extras beyond the "bare minimum." The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating as well. We had no complaints whatsoever, and our every request was granted. True, nothing was lavish in any way, but that would be too much to expect at such a reasonable rate.
Absolutely Loved the Windmill
We stayed at the Windmill from March 16-30, 2007 and loved every minute of it. We had a ground floor patio suite right next to the pool. Since we had two teenagers with us, it was a fabulous location. The suite itself was clean and nicely decorated. The living room had a queen sofa sleeper with a desk and TV. There was a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, bar sink and micorwave. We also had two bar stools that pulled up to the kitchen counter. There was a really large bathroom, and a separate sink and closet area that closed off from the main bathroom with a pocket door. There were solid french doors that shut off the living room from the bedroom. The bedroom had two queen beds, a dresser and TV. The bedroom window opened letting in the breezes, and there was a glass door from the living room to the patio. We found the beds in our room to be extremely comfortable as they were brand new. While we were there, many of the beds on our corridor were being replaced, so I'm sure most of them are new. They changed our bedsheets every third day which wasn't too bad. We didn't mind. Nha, our housekeeper was a real sweetheart!
This hotel is also extremely pet friendly, and as it's on the edge of a mostly dry riverbed with bike and walking paths, it was a great place to walk our dogs (Yorkies).
The continental breakfast wasn't anything special, but it was great for us as we were usually in a rush in the mornings getting ready to go to a baseball game at Hi-Corbett or sightseeing. There were fresh fruits, yogurt, cereals, muffins and pastries, and a waffle bar. There were also hard boiled eggs and a variety of juices.
The front desk staff was wonderful, especially Katie, and there was even a lending library which we took advantage of. The kids chose some games from the library and we borrowed books. We also donated some books that we brought with us and finished there.
Across Campbell Avenue is a Trader Joe's Organic grocery and wine shop, and a Chopped (the restaurant's name) salad and sandwich place. There is also every fast food place within 10 minutes, as well as a Safeway at Ft. Lowell and Campbell where we shopped for microwave dinners and basics like milk and fruit.
All in all, we loved this hotel. The location was great! Tucson Mall, Funtastiks, and many other stores and shops are nearby at River and !st Ave., and River and Stone, and River and Oracle Rd. The staff was a wonderful, the rooms spacious and clean, pets were more than welcome and the courtyard pool area was wonderful place to relax and read. We would go back in a heartbeat!