Tucson/La Paloma - Loews Ventana Canyon Resort*

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Tucson/La Paloma - Loews Ventana Canyon Resort*

Spongthrush
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03 Nov 2003, 23:42 #1

Stayed here on three separate Priceline bids.

On arrival we were offered a room upgrade for ($35?)/night. We asked what we got for this and were told a 'better view' but the rooms were all identical. We were allocated a room in the West Wing on the 2nd floor which was at the end of the corridor as far as you could possibly get from the lobby. This was absolutely fine with us and we enjoyed the exercise...there was no short cut to the car park from here. The room faced south and there was a partial view across Tucson from the balcony obscured by a tree.

On day 2 the front desk said they'd merge all our reservations and asked if wanted to move rooms; as we were happy we stayed put as it wasn't worth the re-packing upheaval.

The hotel has an observation tower where one can gaze out over Tucson - a nice touch.

The pool area was busiest at the weekend and almost deserted during the week. Given the outside air temperature of 95F the pool was somewhat chilly and you had to keep moving! The main pool wasn't that good for small kids; the depth goes to 8ft in the middle so the cold plus depth meant it's more of an adult area really.

The kids club was fine when we managed to book the kids in; unfortunately we tried to be spontaneous and book the kids in on the same day on one occasion. Not to be recommended as the hotel redeployed the kids club staff to other duties if they had no bookings by the evening before!

We splashed out on a bellman to take our numerous cases to the room; he asked if the kids got kids packs from the front desk on check-in. We hadn't been given any and he said he'd return with them shortly. He didn't return...perhaps $10 tip was an insult?! As Priceline punters we normally carry our own bags and re-fill the froom fridge with our own stuff so I'm not sure what the going rate is these days for bellmen.....

Anyhow, when I asked the front desk for kiddie packs we got a nice bag with 2 drinking bottles per child which could be refilled for free with sodas/water at any bar in the hotel. Unfortunately nobody seemed to have told the bar staff this and most seemed confused, embarrassed or required reassurance but after 5 days they were used to us.

The hotel grounds are nice; great cacti, wildlife and even a (natural?) waterfall on site. We weren't charged any resort fee nor was one mentioned. We didn't get to the spa/golf complex though; I guess this is an extra.

We liked the ambience of the place; it was a good place to chill out and it's location at the foot of the mountains (v close to Sabino Canyon) was good for us.

We felt slightly uneasy trotting through tons of 'suits' to/from our room with supplies in Safeway carrier bags as they checked in for their convention or made polite conversation in the bar areas before dinner in the restaurant (the view - and prices I assume - were stunning).

In summary, we had a great time in (for us) luxurious, relaxed surroundings. The room was big, comfortable and I'm having to dissuade the kids from taking oneof our TVs into the bathroom. A mini-TV is a nice touch so that you can sit as we did (a family of 4) in the enormous tub together..... I never quite worked out why - when I'm normally scrabbling in cupboards searching for pillows - the beds here were completely covered in them. I guess they were all different filllings....anyway, a nice change.
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ysrracer
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13 Jan 2004, 06:00 #2

I stayed here on 1/09/04 for $95 a night.

The staff was VERY helpful.

The grounds and pool are VERY nice. Our room was just OK. Not too big and no coffee in the room.

1 TV, 1 sink in the bathroom, HUGE tub.

OK for the price, but not much more.
brad g.
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13 Jan 2004, 06:01 #3

I forgot. A $9 parking fee is added to your room.
brad g.
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svitaklarkins
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12 May 2006, 20:43 #4

We stayed at Ventana Canyon on 4/28-4/30 with a Priceline bid.

The hotel was absolutely excellent. Check-in was flawless. Yes, there's a parking fee, but most of the resorts we've stayed at do that now. The grounds were breathtaking. I highly recommend walking the path to the waterfall.

One of the reasons we chose this hotel was their pet-friendly policy. We travel with our English Cocker frequently, and he is well versed in "Spa Dog" behavior. Remember to call the resort after booking on PL to note that you will be bringing your pet with you. They will greet the animal by name and most likely the dog will get more attention than you will in the lobby.

Our room was in the "4 west" wing way in the back of the property. Although it was a 4th floor room, it actually was a single story, and we only had a short stairway up to the hallway. The room opened up onto a small patio which had a great (partial) view of Tucson. The area just outside the paito was plush green grass and shade trees - perfect for walking the four-legged critter.

Our only complaint was that the shower in the bathroom leaked water all over the floor. However, it didn't matter much, my wife almost refused to get out of the generous bathtub (bring your own bubble bath).

Breakfast at the Canyon Cafe was excellent, if a bit pricey.

We would stay here again without hesitation.
-- SL
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09 Jan 2009, 11:24 #5

The hotel is as nice as ever. There are fees for parking and internet but they actually don't ask for any information or give a pass for parking so if you forget that you came by car rather than taxi, that's okay. Our room was in the far end of the west wing with a decent view and a terrace. There is a very convenient west parking lot with direct entrances to the second and third floors. The room was fine with an excellent coffee maker and a great tub/shower. The staff are friendly and the location is spectacular. The gym is excellent and there is a vita parcours through the golf course that is a good way to exercise. The Ventana Canyon Trail leads up a lovely canyon from the parking lot and the bell desk will give you maps. You can drive to Sabino Canyon and hike there very readily as well. We've stayed in many places in Tucson - this is the nicest if you want to appreciate the moutains and desert. It's also in the best part of town. Bidding for a resort in the Ventana/LaPaloma zone is an excellent way to get a fine place in Tucson.
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03 Aug 2011, 08:07 #6

$9 per night self-parking fee added at resort.
Otherwise a really nice resort.
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