If you’re planning a trip to Tucson, Arizona, you might be wondering which resorts are family friendly. Multidimensional TravelingMom Kristi Mehes and her family decided to experience their local hometown from the perspective of out-of-town guests with a stay at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.They checked out of the hotel rejuvenated and more appreciative of their desert landscape surroundings! Here are 7 reasons it’s a family friendly resort in Tucson, Arizona.
7 Reasons Why Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is Family Friendly
1. Casual and welcoming atmosphere
2. Spacious guest rooms
3. The observation tower
4. The Window Walk nature trail
5. The pool
6. The children’s playground
Because I have lived in Tucson, Arizona, for the majority of my life, I haven’t really experienced the resorts that Tucson has to offer. We jumped at an invitation to stay two nights at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. For several years, I lived within 10 minutes of from this resort. Yet I had never been a guest of the resort. I was ready to experience what it is like for families visiting Tucson or locals planning a staycation.
1. Casual and Welcoming Atmosphere for Families
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is a luxury resort. With its overall casual and welcoming atmosphere, this goes a long way when traveling with younger children. The resort does a great job of incorporating the desert landscape and making it an immersive experience for guests, making it a unique part of your stay. But it’s not just the desert theme. The resort also includes koi fish and waterfalls. Although we didn’t have time to try it, the Coyote Kids Club for children between the ages of 4 and 12 looked intriguing.
2. Spacious Guest Rooms
Our room came with a king sized bed and a rollaway bed, with plenty of space to move around, including storage space. My 4-year-old son loved the couch in our room and the rollaway bed in the room just for him. As for me and my husband, we like rollaway beds that are fairly close to the ground so we don’t have to worry about our son rolling over and falling off the bed!
My husband, the coffee drinker, was happy to see a Keurig coffee maker in the room. And we were both happy that wi-fi was included in our stay.
We also had a balcony and a beautiful mountain view overlooking the pool at night. The saguaro cactus right next to the pool is very symbolic of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, enhancing its beautiful desert landscape.
Our room was also located above a koi pond, one of the highlights of our stay for my 4 year old son.
3. The Observation Tower
This is the first time our family has ever stayed at a hotel with its own observation tower, located just a couple of flights above our hotel room. Not only is a hotel observation tower unique in its own right, but the view at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is absolutely amazing. On certain nights, guests can even participate in stargazing through a telescope.
4. The Window Walk Nature Trail
The Window Walk is a nature walk throughout the resort, our favorite family activity to participate in while we stayed at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. At the entrance of the pathway, check out the map of all the different locations that you and your family can explore. My son loved the little bridges and the streams present throughout the nature walk. The pathways themselves were very kid friendly, and well maintained. Not only is the nature walk fun, but it’s also educational.
One of the many highlights of the nature trail is a waterfall. Yes, a waterfall in the desert! My son was really excited to see the waterfall during our walk.
5. The Pool
There is a main pool at the resort, nestled between the Catalina Mountains and the hotel itself. One of my son’s favorite aspects of staying at a hotel is the swimming pool. The weather was perfect during our stay in November, allowing my son to enjoy his favorite activity. The pool has steps for younger children, but it also has a deep end for the older family members.
6. Children’s Playground
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort even has a children’s playground. We’ve stayed at quite a few hotels and resorts, but not all of them have playgrounds. We took a break from our nature walk in the afternoon so that our son could run around, climb, and enjoy the slides, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Not to mention it helped burn off some of his energy for our return to the hotel room! The playground itself is also fenced off, which helps ensure safety.
While Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is tucked away near the mountains, there are several things to do nearby. For example, families who want to explore off property can hike Sabino Canyon or visit national parks like Saguaro National Park and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and these free things to do in Tucson. There are also several family friendly restaurants nearby, as well as one of Tucson’s major shopping malls.