by Lissa Poirot
Located in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona, the Westin Resort is a country club-style resort with multiple pools, tennis courts and golf courses and accommodations spread out across an expansive property. From kids’ programs to athletics to multiple restaurants, families who visit don’t even need to leave the resort to enjoy a relaxing vacation. If one decides to take a hike, shop or dine off property, a shuttle can get you to the best places. Don’t lift a finger — stay at this resort and enjoy the desert air and sunshine.
Our Editor Loves
- Kids' club
- Resort pool with water slides
- Multiple dining options
- Water Parks
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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Providing one king or two double beds, Traditional rooms are 475 square feet in size and provide a private balcony or patio and views. Upgrade to a Deluxe room and you will have views of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Families may prefer the larger Master Suites. These rooms have 950 square feet and have a king bedroom with a bathroom and a separate living area with a half bath and a sofa bed, giving your family room to spread out.
Resort Suites are the same size with the same amenities, as well as refrigerator with wet bar with a separate service entrance and a CD stereo surround-sound system.
Even more room can be found in Grand Suites, which are 1,425 square feet in size. The living area in this suite features a Murphy bed rather than a sofa bed, and the living space includes a dining table and wood-burning fireplace.
Two presidential suites are also available. The La Paloma Suite is 1,900 square feet and provides a king bedroom with a spa tub in its bathroom, multiple patios with a whirlpool spa overlooking the mountains and the amenities of a Resort Suite. The San Xavier Suite is even larger at 2,850 square feet.
All rooms are outfitted with flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and mini-fridges.
Staff are so professional and helpful. Great treatments at the spa. I reccomend the peel. Close to some nice shops and restaurants. Restful way to spend time with friends. The gym is really well appointed.
I was part of a 200 person summit for which we stayed 4 days. The food, service and hospitality were above excellent. A staff member named Roscio even went way above and beyond to find and provide me a specific beverage that I couldnt find. She was great and deserves recognition.
The main feature of this desert property is its five-pool oasis. Offering a lagoon-style setting, there are plenty of lounge chairs, as well as two family cabanas available for rent. The cabanas have TVs, refrigerators, bottled water, fresh fruit and privacy curtains. Kids will love the waterslide pool, while adults can rejuvenate in the mineral pool with sea salts from the Dead Sea and a cool, natural 42-degree temperature to help relieve what ails you.
Westin Kids Club
Located near the tennis courts and spa, the Kids Club is available for ages 6 months to 12 years with different rooms for different age groups. Nap space, activity space, arts and crafts space and more are offered in the air-conditioned clubhouse. Kids will leave the clubhouse for supervised activities like scavenger hunts around the property, dive-in movies at the pool and tennis.
The club is open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends until 9 p.m. The Kids' Club is not included in your stay and will cost for half-day, full-day and individual activities, including Kids' Nite Out programs that provide parents with freedom for adult-only dinners.
The multiple tennis courts at La Paloma are for true tennis lovers. Of the 10 courts available, six are resurfaced hard courts, four are clay and eight are lighted for night play. Lessons are available for kids and adults.
The hotel is located near multiple Tucson hiking trails, the closest of which is across the street and called Finger Rocks. The hikes range in difficulty. Concierge can provide trail maps and showcase the right trails to meet your needs. Be watchful of rattlesnakes, scorpions and coyotes.
This property is a golf resort adjoined with a country club. There are three Jack Nicolaus-design golf courses and 27 holes: a Hill course, a Ridge course and a Canyon course and guests may reserve tee times from the hotel.
In the resort's lower lobby with sweeping mountain and pool views, AZul provides all-day indoor and outdoor dining. Breakfast is available from 6:30 to 11 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends. An adjacent lounge provides light bites and drinks from 2 p.m. through midnight.
Contigo Latin Kitchen
Also located in the resort's lower lobby, this dinner-only Latin restaurant serves fare from South America, Spain, Cuba and Mexico. It's open from 4 to 10 p.m. nightly.
Country Club Patio
Overlooking the golf course at the pro shop is an outdoor patio providing dining from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.
Sabino's Pool Bar & Grill
For poolside dining delivered by a friendly staff (or swim up to the bar), this lunch spot is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with snacks, salads, kids' items and more. The slide portion of the grill is open at 8 a.m.
Overlooking the 19th hole of one of the three golf courses on property is this country club lounge. It serves lunch and light meals between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.
Located near the tennis courts and fitness center is a healthy deli providing breakfast, to-go items, sandwiches, salads and smoothies. It is open daily at 7 a.m.
For your Starbucks fix, the lobby Espresso CafÃ© is open from 6 to 11 a.m. with coffees, teas, grab-and-go breakfasts, sandwiches and treats.
In-room dining is available during AZul restaurant hours, with some late night snacks also available. Kids can order from a kid-friendly menu developed by kids, for kids, but with healthy options.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
There is a daily resort fee at the Westin that includes Wi-Fi, newspapers, pool towels, and daily, restocked bottled water.
The resort is dog-friendly and pets are welcome for an additional fee.
The Art of Smart Timing
Summertime in Tucson brings high temperatures that can reach into the upper 90s even into the 100s. During this time, rattlesnakes are plentiful on the hiking trails. July is typically monsoon season where roads will flood and getting outdoors is difficult. Spring is popular for visitors for the warm days and cool nights, but if you can travel in the fall, you'll have the same weather, less crowds and a smaller chance at rattlesnake encounters as they hibernate in the winter.
The Westin La Paloma is about 30 minutes from Tucson International Airport. Tucson is very spread out and you may want a car to explore its hiking trails and national parks.
A shuttle is available within a 3-mile radius to take you to local restaurants and shops, such as La Encantada, an outdoor shopping mall with multiple restaurants and a movie theater. Parking at the resort is free, and valet parking is available.
For Mom and Dad
The Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon & Spa, open to guests of the hotel or anyone in the area, is a full-treatment salon and spa. Get pampered with facials, body treatments, massages, nail treatments, hair and makeup services.