Green practices, like energy efficient heating and cooling
Daily resort fee (for self-parking, Wi-Fi, use of pool amenities and fitness center)
Overnight valet parking fee
The massive Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa sits in full view of the towering Santa Catalina Mountains, so dramatic vistas can be spied from practically everywhere on the sprawling property. The 487 rooms and suites were renovated in 2013 and feature neutral-tone decor, flat-screen TVs, and balconies or patios. In addition to beautiful surroundings, this upscale resort offers numerous amenities that include three golf courses, five pools, and 10 tennis courts. A massive, 177-foot waterslide attracts families, while cavernous meeting spaces draw convention groups and business travelers.
Sprawling resort that is packed with amenities and has views of the Santa Catalina Mountains
Guests staying at the Westin La Paloma would likely need several days to fully experience everything there is to do at this upscale resort. In addition to three Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses and 10 tennis courts, there are five pools, a 177-foot waterslide, racquetball courts, the Red Door Spa, and several restaurants and lounges. The hotel has a modern, understated appeal with wood tones and desert-inspired finishings that attracts families, couples, and business travelers.
Of course, there’s also plenty of room to just chill out and relax. The sprawling resort encompasses a large swath of land near the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, which dominate the skyline in impressive fashion. The resort's developers made sure to emphasize the views from all over the property, making it easy to enjoy the stunning natural vistas from AZuL Restaurant or a lounge chair beside one of the pools.
With the hot climate of the Sonoran Desert, the resort's massive pool complex is a popular feature. It houses five pools, including a lap pool by the fitness center and a kiddy pool. There's a waterfall tumbling over native granite, a cold plunge, and a huge waterslide that’s a magnet for kids. Sabino’s is a swim-up pool bar that dispenses cold drinks while guests sit in the water. Family-friendly movies are shown poolside in the warm months, so that guests can watch from the water. The grounds are dotted with desert cacti and native trees that meld seamlessly with the surrounding natural landscape. Inside, a massive lobby features three-story windows that frame the Santa Catalinas above AZuL Restaurant.
The La Paloma is located in north Tucson off East Sunrise Drive, in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Beyond the resort, there is little within easy walking distance. Self-parking is included in the daily resort fee, but overnight valet parking incurs extra charges.
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.
30-minute drive from Tucson International Airport
5-minute drive to the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
5-minute drive to La Encantada shopping area
15-minute drive to Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
20-minute drive to the The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona
30-minute drive to Reid Park Zoo
30-minute drive to Pima Air and Space Museum
30-minute drive to Mission San Xavier del Bac
40-minute drive to Old Tucson Studios
40-minute drive to the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
Spacious, albeit bland rooms with earth-tone furnishings and balconies or patios, some with scenic views
The Westin La Paloma offers hundreds of spacious rooms housed in 27 low-rise buildings spread across the large property. Rooms and suites were last renovated in 2013. Decor is minimalist, with a neutral color scheme that features earthy desert colors and generic wood furnishings that could use an update. Westin's signature Heavenly Beds feature pillow-top mattresses, down comforters, and five pillows. Modern, yet understated bathrooms include double sink vanities, soaking tubs, and separate showers. Bathrobes and toiletries are provided. Outdoor entries and balconies come standard with all rooms.
AZuL Restaurant features views of the mountains and a Southwest-inspired menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The AZuL Lounge has Happy Hours and special theme nights on select weeknights. It is open nightly.
Contigo Latin Kitchen serves a mix of South American and Spanish dishes for dinner.