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Inviting spaces throughout, including the pretty pool area and the airy atrium lobby with lovely views
The Hilton Tucson East features modernized guest rooms and interior spaces with contemporary furniture and decor. Coupled with the low price point for rooms, the updated hotel offers better value than many higher-priced competitors.
The impressive lobby features a soaring, seven-story atrium with windows that face to the north, framing a huge vista of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The red glow at sunset upon the mountains provides nightly displays of desert beauty.
A mezzanine overhangs the first floor and offers a space to sit and relax or have a drink from the adjacent Vistas Bar & Grill. More windows in the restaurant open to the east, revealing views of the Rincon Mountains. A modern fitness center is situated near the restaurant entrance, with several treadmills and elliptical machines below big windows offering more good views.
Outside is a lovely courtyard with pretty plants and simple white patio furniture that create a welcoming feel. The pool and large sun deck are also inviting, with an expansive ramada roof providing shade for swimmers wanting to avoid a sunburn.
In east Tucson, near shopping and dining
The Hilton Tucson East is located on Broadway Boulevard, a major thoroughfare. Shopping and dining options abound within one mile, including the Park Place Mall and over 60 restaurants such as El Charro Mexican Restaurant. Self-parking is free. No shuttle service is offered.
Tucson is the second-biggest city in Arizona and perhaps its most culturally rich. Though officially founded in 1776, Tucson was first settled in the late 1600s by Spanish missionaries (most notably at the beautiful Mission San Xavier del Bac, the region's most iconic structure), and 4000 years earlier by Hohokam Indians. It is said to be one of the longest continuously-inhabited cities in the USA, known since its inception as the "Old Pueblo."
Sitting at 2,400 feet in a broad valley between five different mountain ranges, Tucson enjoys on average 350 sunny days per year and an arid climate that produces one of the most diverse desert environments in the world. The Sonoran Desert features the stately saguaro cactus, which is celebrated at Saguaro National Park on the city's outskirts, and many other varieties of cacti and unique wildlife including a few notable desert dwellers, such as rattlesnakes, Gila Monsters, and Giant Desert Hairy Scorpions. There was even a 2009 sighting of a rare jaguar. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has wildlife and flora on display, and is the best place to learn more.
With all that sunshine, Tucson is an outdoor lover's paradise. Scores of golf courses dot the city. Hiking possibilities are limitless and year-round in the Santa Catalina and Santa Rita Mountains nearby, with Sabino Canyon Recreation Area being a local favorite. Mountain bikers come to Tucson by the thousands for the miles of single-track trails in the desert. Bird-watchers can explore some of the richest avian populations in North America in nearby secluded canyons. And there's even a ski area among fir and pine trees atop Mt. Lemmon, which has an elevation of more than 9,000 feet.
Tucson's Hispanic community is woven into the fabric of everyday life in the city, and is reflected in the Mexican restaurants, the Spanish place names, and the arts and culture that play a large part in forming Tucson's identity. The arts abound in Tucson in dozens of galleries, such as the Etherton Gallery or DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun (celebrating the work of Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia). The University of Arizona houses the Creative Center for Photography, the nation's largest repository of photographs by notable artists such as Ansel Adams and W. Eugene Smith.
As a desert city, Tucson gets hot in the summertime with temps ranging in the 100s from May to mid-September. Winter is the busy season, when many visitors succumb to the temptations of 75-degree days and pleasant evenings around a fireplace. Summers can be enjoyable too, by sticking close to a pool or indulging in shopping -- just remember to pack extra water and avoid exertion in the midday sun. Locals might suggest taking a siesta -- "nap" in Spanish -- during midday hours.
It's important to realize that freeways are nonexistent in Tucson, save for I-10. Driving times can vary depending on time of day, as rush hour creates a twice-daily snarl on surface streets.
Updated, big rooms with flat-screen TVs and some good views
The Hilton’s 232 rooms are spacious and have an understated, contemporary feel, with flat-screen TVs, cherry wood furniture, and muted tones of green, pink, and gold throughout. Views can vary, but the best ones are from rooms facing north toward the mountains.
Pretty courtyard with heated pool and a 24-hour fitness center with lovely views
Vistas Bar & Grille offers American cuisine and lovely mountain views
The 232-room Hilton Tucson East features striking vistas of the surrounding Santa Catalina Mountains, which are on full view from the soaring, seven-story atrium. The airy lobby and second-floor restaurant look contemporary, with earthy tones and understated furniture. The guest rooms also have an updated feel and are fairly spacious, except for the small bathrooms. An Executive Level offers upgraded amenities, such as free food and drinks. This upper-middle-range hotel provides good value, with rooms available at a lower price point than the nearby Radisson Suites Tucson.