Spacious Suites amid Mountainous Arizona Landscape
Look in any direction in downtown Tucson and you’ll see mountains. There are so many ranges it can be hard to keep track of all of them—there’s the Santa Catalina and Tortolita Mountains to the north, the Santa Rita Mountains to the south, and in the west, the Tucson Mountains. You can get a look at all of them when you step outside the Hotel Tucson City Center InnSuites Conference Suite Resort, which is located on 9 landscaped acres in the city’s historical downtown.
Each spacious studio offers a bedroom decked out with tall headboards and triple sheeting. Outside, the resort grounds are lush with well-tended greenery, and there are a number of trails that wind through the property. Feel free to cool off in the olympic-size heated outdoor pool, then lounge in one of the shaded cabanas. Each morning, there’s a complimentary hot breakfast buffet at the onsite PJ’s Cafe, which serves eggs, potatoes, belgian waffles, and sausage. Return here for dinner to try southwestern sole, salmon cakes, and other gourmet dishes. You can also have a drink or two on the house at the hotel’s evening social hour.
Tucson, Arizona: Southwestern History and Culture Amid the Cacti
Tucson—or the Old Pueblo—is a bastion of southwestern culture surrounded by mountains and desert. Over the city’s long history, it’s absorbed elements from the many peoples who have lived or passed through here: Native Americans, Europeans, Latinos, and Asians to name a few. Today, this unique blend is especially evident in the downtown restaurant scene, where you can get authentic chilies rellenos, sushi, and upscale bistro fare with fine wines from nearby vintners.
Those willing to make the short trip outside of downtown can soak up the area’s gorgeous natural landscape at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a combined botanical garden and zoo located about 13 miles west of the hotel. Here, mountain lions, gila monsters, and more than 1,200 kinds of plants inhabit 21 acres of desert scenery.
Mission San Xavier del Bac, the “White Dove of the Desert,” is one of Arizona’s oldest intact European structures. This sprawling white adobe church, located about 10 miles south of downtown, was built in the 1700s. It’s a striking example of the area’s Spanish colonial architecture, with an interior adorned with frescoes and sculptures.