Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review: Lodge on the Desert Hotel and Restaurant, Tucson AZ

(Our southwest trip started May 1. All of my posts were written as the trip went along but were not posted live until we returned. If you want to read all the posts related to the trip, click on "southwest" in the label section below).

We'd been staying at chain hotels/motels throughout most of our trip. For our four night stay in Tucson, I wanted something a bit different. After doing a bunch of Internet research, I decided on Lodge on the Desert. One of the reasons for choosing this hotel over comparative others was the special they were running ... 10 percent savings for each night of a multiple night stay. Since we were staying 4 nights, our room rate was 40% off rack rate, bringing the nightly rate under $100 (before taxes).

The location of the hotel was great, conveniently located mid-Tucson, easily accessible to two main east-west roads. We had a huge room with a king sized bed. A sliding glass door opened to a small patio (upstairs rooms opened to a small balcony). We enjoyed the cool mornings and evenings in our room with the sliding door open. The grounds were lovely and the room was very comfortable. There is a small pool but neither of us used it.

Two excellent restaurants are within walking distance. One night we went to the Old Pueblo Grill, located about 1 1/2 blocks away. We had an excellent southern New Mexico style dinner.

The other restaurant we went to is located on the premises of Lodge on the Desert. The Lodge on the Desert restaurant, like the Old Pueblo Grill, offers both indoor and outdoor dining. We chose to dine outdoors. The menu is very limited and it is not a cheap restaurant. But the meal was excellent with unusual dishes.

For an appetizer we shared the steamed clams which was served with black rice and lots of bread to mop up the lemongrass broth. I had the duck breast and my husband had the penne pasta with shrimp. Overall a wonderful meal and for something special, we highly recommend the restaurant at Lodge on the Desert

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