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... While we were in Yuma, we stopped at market garden road stop and picked up some farms produce. In their area are acres and acres of reclaimed land from the desert that they are farming. All the stores have their plants on sale for yards and gardens. I know we are not nearly that stage at home.
Camped in Walmart parking lot......day is done. One can get tired just driving.
... at least some nutritional value. The dude at the front desk recommended some Japanese place a block down the road. Rather than have to walk around in the dark, I cut a track down to a place called Sachiko Sushi for an early dinner. Given my busy day, I had developed a powerful hunger, so ordered an appetiser (not a feckin entree apparently !) and a main. Bloody good it was too. It came with salad and real veges (broccoli, cabbage, etc.) as ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLodge On The Desert Tucson
Very good service- great food- great room. The room was bigger than my first apartment
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lodge On The Desert Tucson
I recently spent 4 nights at the Lodge. I have mixed feelings about the place. I read the reviews on this site and in the guidebooks before booking and found many of the comments (both good and bad) to be true.
A reasonably good place to stay
This hotel is not as bad as some of these reviews make out. The setting and grounds are nice, the room was clean, the bed was enormous and the shower was good. Breakfast was not buffet and when I asked for an extra slice of toast I was told that we weren't supposed to have more than one slice (the waitress brought me another anyway). The only drawbacks are lack of internet access (wired or wireless) and the distance from the city centre, about 3-4 miles, so around an hour's walk. There are buses however so you don't need to spend an hour in the summer heat if you aren't driving (or want a few beers). I didn't use the pool while I was there. I wasn't paying for my stay so I can't comment on value for money, but it is a decent, unusual place to stay.
I just returned from a two night stay with four friends at the Lodge on the Desert. We were there for a nursing conference paid for by our employer. We did not choose this hotel but I must say we were impressed with the photos available online. While the room does look like the pictures with its old mexican bed and breakfast feel, they leave out the old run down stuff. It appeared to be clean, although I left with some unidentified bite marks on my legs(I did search for bed bugs and found none):) I also saw two dead cockroaches on our floor. The decorative pillows on our beds smelled of oily hair, and the fire place was turned off for the winter:( The pool area could use some work, tiles missing, and chairs broken. As for the free breakfast. It was hot, but the service was some of the worst I had ever had, and there were only three tables of people in the entire restaurant.
I left Tucson in Fall 2000 after living there for almost 12 years. When my friend and I drove out from CA for a visit Easter weekend, I decided to choose an "upscale" hotel so that we'd have a more relaxing and luxurious experience.
Delightful get away!
We recently spent 3 nights at the Lodge on the Desert. We wanted a quiet, relaxing hotel with historic architecture and appeal. We were not disappointed. The grounds were lovely. The rooms are very private, quiet, spacious and comfortable. A buffet breakfast is provided and was delicious and plentiful. We ate in the restaurant one evening for dinner. It was never busy, but the food was good and service friendly. The area around the hotel was unimpressive, but if you are sightseeing you will be out and about. A great place for folks who like a hotel with character and some history---not for someone who likes upscale, modern and posh.
The good outweighs the bad
Good things about Lodge on the Desert were:
1. the spaciousness of the room and bathroom
2. the beautiful cacti and landscaping
3. the historic charm
4. the front desk staff was very helpful with directions and recommendations
Not so good things were:
1. housecleaning walked in even with the DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door and without knocking
2. the pool didn't seem to be very clean
3. our fireplace didn't work because the pilot light was out, and no one would fix it until 11:00 the next day which is pretty much when we checked out
The good things outweigh the negatives, and I would stay there again. We didn't try the restaurant, but ate at Firecracker, and that was very good.
Just spent 4 days and 3 nights at The Lodge on the Desert and found the place to be charming! It's not the Hyatt or Hilton, but with its individual rooms spread among the local fauna & wildlife (beware of chamelions) it is charming and quaint. The staff was friendly and helpful. The continental breakfast in the outdoor patio was lovely and dinner at the restaurant, although expensive, was delicious. I enjoyed my stay at The Lodge and appreciated its central location.
It wan't at all what I expected. It is an old structure, which in part contributes to its charm, but the problems with the staff and maintainence, made it not worth the cost.
My husband and I attended a meeting in Tucson and spent 4 nights at this wonderful spot. We had a fabulous large room and enjoyed great service at our complimentary breakfasts. The location was perfect and we will definitely stay here again on any future trip to Tucson!
The Lodge on the Desert is a beautiful oasis in Tucson. A bit noisy (but you'd be hard pressed to find any hotel in Tucson far enough away from traffic noise). The rooms are huge and nicely decorated (ours had a fireplace--too bad it wasn't cold enough to use). The landscaping is well groomed (we even spotted hummingbirds). The restaurant was very good (we came in late for dinner but the chef made sure we had a good meal). Friendly and competent staff.