DoubleTree by Hilton Tucson - Reid Park, which was recently acquired by NOR Hotel Properties, is in the midst of an $18 million renovation. Work is underway on its lobby, bar and two restaurants. Its 25,000 square feet of meeting space and courtyards will be remodeled next summer, and the hotel's 287 guest rooms will be completed by the fall of 2019.
For NOR Hotel Properties Principal Allan Norville, a longtime Tucson philanthropist, this venture has sentimental value since he and his late wife moved to Tucson from Chicago in 1964 and stayed at the Alvernon Gardens Motel, where the DoubleTree by Hilton now stands.
"I have wonderfully fond memories of our time at the Alvernon Gardens," he said. "It was the place to be. Our kids learned to swim at this hotel. We all roamed the Alvernon Gardens and the Rose Garden and felt a connection then as if this was our home. We are pleased to continue our investment in the Tucson community and bring this mid-town treasure back to a place of prominence."
Surrounded by the Sonora Desert and four miles from downtown Tucson, the hotel is across the street from Reid Park, which has 25 tennis courts, two LPGA golf courses and Reid Park Zoo, with over 500 animals and areas that can be rented for special events. There is an event garden with 18,000 square feet of lawn for outdoor events as well as a conservation learning center, the only Platinum-rated LEED building in Tucson for events. In addition, the Zoofari Market restaurant is available for private evening functions.
Hotel amenities include a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, a 24-hour fitness center and two restaurants, one of which is currently under renovation.