News for the Hospitality Executive
Tucson’s Lodge on the Desert Completes $15 Million Expansion
and Renovation; 69 Guest Rooms Added
TUCSON, Arizona – (March 31, 2009) – Tucson’s Lodge on the Desert will complete a seventeen-month $15 Million expansion and renovation in April. Sixty-nine guest rooms and suites have been added, reflecting the authentic sense of Arizona history enjoyed by guests for more than seventy years. Each of the 103 accommodations features the Simmons® Beautyrest Black™ Beverly Hills™ Plush memory foam bed wrapped in luxury linens, HDTVs, complimentary high-speed wired and wireless Internet access, plush bathrobes, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and Green Natüra bath amenities. Many of the new rooms have beehive gas fireplaces.
The Tucson boutique hotel’s new Lobby boasts 16-foot ceilings and original
works of art, as well as a wall of history. In the adjacent Library, guests
may choose to borrow one of many books and bask in the glow of the gas
fireplace. Outside, a new heated pool with cascading fountains and LED
lighting, plus whirlpool spa provide a delightful backdrop through floor-to-ceiling
An intimate 44-seat restaurant serves three meals daily and features
an eclectic menu with strong Southwestern influences. At the bar, tasty
libations and small plates are available every afternoon and evening. Both
restaurant and bar open to a spacious, partially covered patio. From here
guests will take pleasure in the large four-sided fireplace and custom-designed
fountain, as well as a unique piece of art.
“It is very rewarding to preserve historic buildings,” says Donahoe, who has rejuvenated other historic hotels including L’Auberge de Sedona, also in Arizona, and Rosario Resort & Spa in Washington’s San Juan Islands. “Unique gems like Lodge on the Desert deserve to continue providing pleasure to guests.”
Lodge on the Desert’s historic charm is expressed through use of traditional Southwest architecture, incorporating adobe walls, wood beams, and hand-painted Mexican tiles. Special touches include original paintings by renowned Arizona artist Ed Mell, along with his hand-signed bronze sculpture, “Jackknife,” that welcomes guests at the entrance to Lodge on the Desert.
Today, Lodge on the Desert’s location is decidedly mid-town Tucson, near to The University of Arizona and University Medical Center, in addition to many of the Old Pueblo’s attractions and recreational pursuits. A 14-foot wall along Alvernon Way insulates the Tucson boutique hotel from sounds of the city, creating a quiet urban oasis.
Lodge on the Desert is managed by Coastal Hotel Group. Coastal’s President & CEO, Yogi Hutsen, has a long history in Tucson. Early in his career, Hutsen was General Manager of the then Sheraton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort. Hutsen developed a special affinity for the Old Pueblo while serving as president of both the Tucson Chamber of Commerce and Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau. According to Hutsen, “Lodge on the Desert is a wonderful addition to the Coastal Hotels portfolio of boutique lodging properties. And because of my love of Tucson and its great people…and, of course, The U of A Wildcats, the success of this new hotel is as much personal as professional. Lodge on the Desert will become known for not only its history and charm, but its contemporary quality and wonderful service.”
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