Sports-Themed Hotel Close to University and Downtown
The lobby at Varsity Clubs of America leaves no doubt as to its theme—the walls are covered with sport scenes. Above the front desk, former University of Arizona star Steve Kerr glances down court, and a gymnast readies herself for a balance-beam cartwheel. With the University of Arizona campus 2 miles away, the hotel caters to those visiting town to catch a Pac-12 basketball game at the nearby McKale Center. And if tickets are sold out, the hotel’s bleacher-style seating area, painted in Wildcat red and blue, faces a 103-inch plasma-screen television for watching games.
Outside, a swimming pool framed by palm trees shimmers in the desert sun. The Catalina Mountains loom above Saguaro National Park beyond the hotel’s red spanish-tile roofs. For families visiting the university or those exploring the American Southwest, the hotel provides comfortable, spacious digs close to downtown Tucson.
The lobby’s athletic theme extends to the one-bedroom units, where simple contemporary furniture mixes with large canvas paintings of Arizona sports stars. Amenities include plasma TVs, pillow-top beds, and separate living rooms. Each suite also has a kitchenette with a full-size fridge, a stovetop, a microwave, and utensils. The bathroom’s whirlpool tub offers a spot to unwind at the end of the day.
Highlights of Tucson, Arizona
- Bastion of southwestern culture surrounded by mountains and desert
- Downtown restaurant scene where you can get authentic chilies rellenos, sushi, and upscale bistro fare with fine wines from nearby vintners
- Frescoes and sculptures at Mission San Xavier del Bac, a white-adobe church that’s one of the oldest intact European structures in Arizona
- Worthwhile day trip: the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a combined botanical garden and zoo inhabited by mountain lions, gila monsters, and more than 1,200 kinds of plants