LODGE HISTORY

STEP BACK IN TIME

vintage guest check in book

If our walls could talk, they'd tell a true Wild West adventure story. The legend of Lodge On The Desert is a Tucson classic, over 80 years in the making. Today, it combines the authenticity of the Old Pueblo blended with modern Southwest charm.

What began as a private family residence in the middle of the Tucson Desert has evolved into a premier resort destination — with all its iconic allure intact. Old-Western movie stars dating from the late 1930s frequented the Lodge On The Desert's sought-after accommodations, a private getaway from the high-profile film sets nearby. Classic movies starring John Wayne, Ingrid Bergman, Jimmy Stewart, Paul Newman, and many more brought film stars and crews through our doors, who relaxed in the same suites and public spaces available today.

Slowly but surely, the city of Tucson grew around this desert oasis, turning it into a true landmark in the heart of the city. While completing extensive contemporary renovations over time, we've carefully preserved the vintage features of the hotel's Southwest legacy. Many of the rooms showcase original tile work, fixtures, and décor for a revealing throwback to another era.

TIMELINE

Lodge On The Desert was once a small spot with big dreams and has transformed from a four-bedroom private residence to the go-to for Tucson lodging.

Vintage guestroom photo

HOLLYWOOD IN THE DESERT

Our Old Pueblo classic was once the stomping ground for A-list celebrities to rest and recharge.

Vintage postcard of pool
Cocktails at Cielos

POOLSIDE TREATS

Stock up on snacks and refreshing drinks from the lobby Gift Shop, perfect for late-night cravings or bites by the pool.

Casita Suite

CIELOS HAPPY HOUR

Make your way to Cielos for daily Happy Hour to enjoy craft cocktails and Southwestern-inspired dishes.

Terrace at night

INTIMATE DESERT WEDDINGS

Design your dream wedding at an Arizona landmark with a beautiful desert mountain backdrop.

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