Spacious Radisson Suites with Mountain Views Close to Downtown Tucson
At midday, with the sun beating down and the giant cacti thrown into relief against a blue sky, Tucson can still feel a lot like a sleepy desert outpost in some Hollywood western. Fortunately, the Radisson Suites Tucson stands as a kind of oasis—a cool, modern refuge where you can relax in air conditioning during the hottest hours of the day. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle that can ferry you to any attraction in Tucson located within 3 miles of the property.
Each of the hotel's suites has a spacious living room area. Many have balconies with views of either the Tucson Mountains or the city. The bathrooms come outfitted with two vanities, providing plenty of room for setting up two collections of toiletries or one game of Risk.
Downstairs, there’s a business center, fitness center, and daily breakfast buffet served on the open-air patio at the Breeze Patio Bar and Grill. The nearby Breeze Lounge serves up lighter fare and cocktails. Feel free to take drinks to the giant outdoor pool area as you stretch out in the sun.
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. It's existed as an outpost for years, and as such it's absorbed elements from European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian cultures. 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 better soak up the area's gorgeous natural landscape at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a combined botanical garden and zoo located about 45 minutes from the hotel. There, mountain lions, gila monsters, and more than 1,200 kinds of plants spread across 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.