Tucson Motels & Hotels

by Cicely A. Richard
Downtown Tucson near The Hotel Arizona

Downtown Tucson near The Hotel Arizona

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Tucson, Arizona, is surrounded by desert mountain ranges filled with saguaro cactus plants and local wildlife. Tucson has hotels and motels for visitors traveling on any kind of budget. Accommodations include motel rooms that offer low prices, along with chain hotels that provide restaurants and 24-hour service. All of Tucson’s hotels and motels are less than five miles from area restaurants, whether guests want casual or fine dining establishments. Select lodgings provide apartment-like accommodations.

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Budget Motels

University Inn is a block for Pima Community College – Downtown Campus and a mile from the University of Arizona. Guests are within walking distance of 4th Avenue and University Boulevard, or visitors may ride the historic trolley. On-site amenities include laundry facilities and an outdoor pool. Guest rooms have free Internet access, remote-controlled television and refrigerators. Across the street, the park has sand volleyball courts and shaded picnic areas. Motel 6 Tucson Airport is four miles from the Tucson International Airport and four miles from downtown Tucson. The hotel has laundry facilities, an outdoor pool and truck parking. Guest rooms have standard amenities like wireless Internet and cable. Motel 6 allows pets for a daily fee.

AAA Three-Diamond Hotels

The Hotel Arizona is located in downtown Tucson in the Tucson Convention Center complex area, which includes the Tucson Visitors Bureau and the Tucson Music Hall. The Coyote Café and Bistro at the hotel serves Southwestern cuisine. Guests also have a choice between cafes and an ice cream parlor in the complex, as well as more than 40 restaurants within walking distance. Guests receive passes to the Lohse Family YMCA, only a mile from the hotel. Guest rooms have speakerphones and 27-inch televisions. Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel features desert colors representing Native American and Southwestern culture, using sand, black and neutral colors. The 170,000-square-foot casino has 25 poker tables, 24 blackjack tables and 1,089 slot machines divided into smoking and nonsmoking gaming rooms. The hotel provides airport transportation and concierge service. Guest rooms have laptop-size safes, 32-inch flat-panel televisions and complimentary Internet.

North Tucson

Hampton Inn & Suites Tucson-Mall is two miles from the Foothills Mall and the Tucson Mall and offers views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The area contains more than 50 restaurants, not including eating establishments in each mall’s food courts. Standard amenities include complimentary breakfast, laundry facilities, an on-site convenience store and luggage storage. The hotel offers suites with full kitchens, sofa beds and dining areas. Select suites have whirlpool tubs. InTown Suites is an extended-stay hotel that offers fully furnished efficiency apartments. Clients include business travelers, vacationers and relocating individuals and families; guests pay weekly or monthly rates. The office operates seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The property has laundry facilities and provides weekly housekeeping. Guest rooms get free high-speed Internet access.

Vacation Packages

Tucson hotels and motels periodically offer vacation packages that include local attractions like the Tucson Children’s Museum, the International Wildlife Museum and Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum. Hotel staff also helps guests plan their tours of the city. The Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau website has an interactive trip planner where visitors book hotels and write out their itinerary.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

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