Lodge on the Desert - Tucson, AZ

One- or Two-Night Stay at Lodge on the Desert in Tucson, AZ

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Historic Southwestern Lodge on 5 Landscaped Acres

The historic Lodge on the Desert has been through many incarnations since it was built in 1931. Starting out as a family home, the lodge was converted to an inn and later used as a World War II military barracks. Back when soldiers called the lodge home, it had no air conditioning or refrigeration to offer escape from the Tucson heat—cooling stucco walls and an outdoor swimming pool were the only respite. Today, the 5-acre property in midtown Tucson has been redesigned and expanded to include 103 guest rooms—complete with air conditioning—but has remained true to its Southwestern roots. Paths wander through lush gardens with palms and native cacti, and Southwestern artwork can be found throughout the grounds, lobby, and common areas.

Tucson native and reigning Iron Chef Tucson Ryan Clark is at the helm of the lodge’s in-house restaurant, where he uses locally sourced ingredients to create New American dishes such as steamed red-corn tamales and pork chops with Peppadew peppers. Floor-to-ceiling windows grace the restaurant’s intimate space, and you can take a prickly-pear mojito out onto the secluded outdoor patio to sip as the sun sets.

The lodge has a brand-new outdoor pool with a trickling fountain to lounge beside during the day. Grab a book to read or recite loudly to a stranger from the well-stocked library near the lobby. Guest rooms boast exposed beams over adobe walls and views of the mountains or the lodge gardens below.

Tucson, Arizona: Southwestern History and Culture amid the Cacti

Tucson—or the Old Pueblo—is a bastion of southwestern history and rich culture surrounded by mountains and desert. Over the years, it has absorbed elements from European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian cultural influences. Today, this unique blend is especially evident in the downtown restaurant scene, where you can get authentic chilies rellenos, delicately prepared 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 natural beauty at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a combined botanical garden and zoo located about 18 miles west of the hotel. There, mountain lions, gila monsters, and more than 1,200 kinds of plants live amid 21 acres of desert scenery.

Mission San Xavier del Bac, the "White Dove of the Desert," is one of the oldest intact European structures in Arizona. The 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 interiors lined with frescoes and fine sculpture.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Stay for two in a traditional or deluxe room

  • Option 1: $109 for one night (up to a $189 value)
  • Option 2: $245 for two nights with a $50 dining credit (up to a $428 value)

Book by: 3/22/13
Travel by: 4/30/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • 5 acres of landscaped gardens
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Outdoor pool with fountain
  • Onsite library
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Parking

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 3/22/13 or promo value expires
  • Must complete travel by 4/30/13
  • Not valid 2/4-2/9
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • 72hr cancellation notice or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Dining credit must be used by the second night of your 2-night package consecutive nights have been booked
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • $2 per day city tax and 13.05% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Traditional and Deluxe Rooms

  • One king bed or two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional adult; kids stay free

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $15 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $25 per pet per night.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or at check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • By plane: 9 miles from Tucson International Airport (TUS)
  • By cab: about $25 from TUS

Traveler's Tips

When booking this deal, making dinner reservations is recommended.

Customer Reviews

(176 ratings)

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Jessica H. · 11 reviews TOP REVIEWER
April 18, 2013


Jessica H. · 11 reviews TOP REVIEWER
April 18, 2013
Great place. Lovely grounds and pool. Fabulous gourmet restaurant. Staff was exceptionally warm and friendly.


Lou S. · 15 reviews TOP REVIEWER
· May 29, 2018
Very clean and spacious room with nearby parking.
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