Best Areas to Stay in Tucson, Arizona

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Where to stay in Tucson – A guide to the “Old Pueblo”

Tucson (also called “the Old Pueblo”) is a city located in Pima County, home to the great University of Arizona and one of the most populous cities in the southern part of the state.

Tucson, in addition to its parks, offers festivals such as the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, the zoo and a trail system called “The Loop”, special for long walks, biking, horseback riding or to get great views of the city.

This city has a warm weather, with sunny days and open skies ideal for recreation. The best time to visit Tucson is from June to September, when the weather is perfect for outdoor activities.

If we talk about food, Tucson was named one of the best gastronomic destinations by UNESCO, thanks to its high-end cuisine, reflected in its dishes with Mexican influence.

Arriving in Tucson is possible through the Arizona International Airport, located to the south, a few miles from the city center.

Like other cities in the United States, Tucson has a bus system to get around the city, as well as tram and light rail.

As for the best areas to stay in Tucson, Downtown stands out because of its central location, for being a business district and home to the historic sites that provide the perfect environment for visitors (See accommodation in Downtown Tucson).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Tucson, Arizona.

The best areas to stay in Tucson, Arizona

1. Our favorite area: Downtown

Downtown Tucson is recommended for travelers who love the history and culture of Arizona.

In the Downtown are the Tucson Music Hall and the Leo Rich Theater, as well as the Houston Convention Center, where concerts, meetings and special events take place.

Downtown is the ideal district for visiting the main attractions and points of interest for tourists.

Due to its location, Downtown also offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art.

This area is served by some bus lines, the light rail and the tram, to access other districts of the city such as the Main Gate and the University of Arizona.

The Downtown is one of the best areas to stay in Tucson for business travelers since it includes several business-style hotels and cheerful nightlife in bars and restaurants.

Best areas to stay in Tucson - Downtown

Best areas to stay in Tucson – Downtown

Accommodation in Downtown Tucson - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Downtown Tucson – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Tucson:

  • Central location
  • Best area for business travelers
  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Great nightlife
  • Best area to stay without a car
  • Good transport connections

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Historic Hotel Congress

    The Historic Hotel Congress, built in 1919, is a cultural monument of downtown Tucson. The hotel has a nightclub and the award-winning Cup Café restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The convention center is a 10-minute walk away.

    from US$99
 

 

 

2. Close to the University of Arizona

Close to the University of Arizona, you’ll find a youthful atmosphere, full of college students and young entrepreneurs, several museums and their own science center.

Close to the University of Arizona is the bustling Main Gate Square, with its shops, food venues, restaurants, bars, and breweries.

Main Gate Square, in addition to being an entertainment center in Tucson, has the tram to move to other areas of the city, as well as the Yellow, Green, Red, and Purple Night Cat lines of the bus.

In this area, there are also several light rail stations available along 2nd St.

Other attractive highlights in the area surrounding the UoA are the Steward Observatory that serves the University as a center for astronomical studies, and the Mineral Museum of the UoA.

The area that includes the University of Arizona is recommended when deciding where to stay in Tucson for being one of the busiest areas of the city, thanks to its variety of shops and vibrant community.

Where to stay in Tucson - Close to the University of Arizona

Where to stay in Tucson – Close to the University of Arizona

Accommodation near the Universidad de Arizona - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation near the Universidad de Arizona – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Tucson:

  • Best area for young travelers
  • Great transport connections
  • Universidad of Arizona

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Aloft Tucson University Hotel

This hotel is 2 miles from downtown Tucson. It offers an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and a gourmet restaurant that is open 24 hours a day.

from US$149
Budget

Econo Lodge University

Offering an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi, Econo Lodge University is located in Tucson, a couple of miles away from Tucson Convention Center and Arizona Stadium. It is located one mile from the Tucson Art Museum.

from US$59
Luxury

Arizona Inn

This historic hotel is located in downtown Tucson, less than half a mile from the University of Arizona. It offers 5 acres of landscaped gardens, 3 restaurants and a heated outdoor pool.

from US$199
 

 

 

3. North Tucson & Catalina

The north of Tucson includes the districts of Catalina Foothills, Oro Valley, Tortolita and Casa Adobe, located a few minutes from the city center.

This area offers a landscape full of mountains, breathtaking views, galleries, spectacular golf courses, restaurants and brand shops.

Popular attractions for those staying in North Tucson are the Sanino, Bear and Pima canyons.

This area is also home to La Encantada, Tucson’s largest plush shopping center, where trendy stores and exclusive designer firms are located.

History lovers can visit the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, set in a series of buildings along the desert.

To travel from the north of Tucson to other areas of the city and downtown, several bus lines are available.

The Catalina Foothills district includes luxury accommodations for demanding travelers, and its location away from the hustle and bustle of the city makes it one of the best areas to stay in Tucson.

Where to stay in Tucson, Arizona

North Tucson – Where to stay in Tucson, Arizona

Accommodation in North Tucson - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in North Tucson – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Tucson:

  • Peaceful area
  • Natural attractions
  • Resort-type hotels

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Tucson Mall

This hotel is 0.6 miles from the Tucson Mall and Wetmore Park. It offers an outdoor pool, hot tub and accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a sofa bed.

from US$134
Budget

Best Western InnSuites Foothills Hotel

The Best Western InnSuites Tucson Foothills Hotel & amp; Suites has business center and spa area/outdoor heated pool. The rooms include a TV with numerous cable channels, a microwave and a refrigerator.

from US$69
Luxury

The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa

This Tucson resort and spa is surrounded by the stunning Catalina Mountains and offers luxurious amenities and facilities, first-class service, exceptional accommodations and an unbeatable location.

from US$299
 

 

 

4. Close to Tucson International Airport

The Tucson International Airport area, because of its location and connection to other districts via public transport, is also recommended as one of the best areas to stay in Tucson.

To get to other areas of Tucson from the airport, public transportation is not a problem, as it has several bus stops along the S Park Ave, as well as taxi lines.

Restaurants and venues in the airport area are recommended for those who visit Tucson during a short stay. However, to taste the true gastronomy, the best restaurants are found in other areas of the city.

We recommend staying in the Tucson International Airport area to travelers for leisure or business purposes, because of the good public transport links and cheap hotels available in the area.

Tucson International Airport - Best areas to stay in Tucson

Tucson International Airport – Best areas to stay in Tucson

Accommodation near Tucson International Airport - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation near Tucson International Airport – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Tucson:

  • Cheap hotels
  • Close to the airport
  • Best area for a layover

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hampton Inn Tucson-Airport

This hotel is located less than half a mile from Tucson International and offers a free 24-hour shuttle service to the airport. Wi-Fi is available and a free hot breakfast is served every morning.

from US$124
Budget

Baymont by Wyndham Tucson Airport Hotel

This hotel offers free WiFi and a free daily breakfast. The Desert Diamond Casino is less than 10 minutes away by car.

from US$49
Luxury

Four Points by Sheraton Tucson Airport Hotel

This hotel is located close to the Tucson International Airport and offers a free 24-hour airport shuttle service. It also provides free Wi-Fi access and a grill bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.

from US$169
 

 

 

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