Historic Tucson's Lodge Completes $15M Expansion, Renovation

A one-time private residence that's been used as a hotel since 1935, the historic Lodge on the Desert in Tucson, Ariz., has completed a $15 million renovation and expansion encompassing its guest rooms, lobby and meeting space, it announced this month.

A boutique hotel that grew from having seven rooms in the 1930s to 35 rooms in the 1990s, the Lodge now has 103 accommodations thanks to the addition of 69 new guest rooms and suites, each of which features a memory foam bed, an HDTV, complimentary wired and wireless Internet access and more, including beehive gas fireplaces in several of the new rooms.

The hotel also has a new lobby, featuring 16-foot ceilings and original artwork, from which guests can access a new library, a new heated outdoor swimming pool and a new meeting room—called the Boardroom—that can accommodate up to eight guests.

Also new in the way of meeting space is the Palm Room, which can accommodate between 76 and 100 guests and gives the property a total of over 3,800 square feet of meeting space.

"It is very rewarding to preserve historic buildings," said hotel owner Dan Donahoe, who has previously restored other historic hotels, including L'Auberge de Sedona in Arizona and Rosaria Resort & Spa in Washington's San Juan Islands. "Unique gems like Lodge on the Desert deserve to continue providing pleasure to guests."