For awhile there, it seemed like California, Florida and Arizona were locked in a coronavirus race to oblivion, as cases continued to skyrocket in all three states. For the latter, the numbers are still not good—but have at least achieved a hopeful downward trend.
Into this worrying reality comes a shining new beacon of hope (new hotels are always beacons of hope, aren’t they?) called the Tuxon. As you can guess from the name, this strikingly designed new sleep is situated in the desert just outside of Tucson, dramatically set at the foot of Sentinel Park and along the banks of the Santa Cruz River. It’s an area proudly referred to as “the birthplace of Tucson.”
But don’t come looking for flouncy spa amenities—rather, the Tuxon strikes a clever balance between boutique design resort, and retro roadside hotel. The luxury ultimately wins out, with 112 stylish rooms done up with elegant but rustic grey woods, patterned textiles that reference local southwestern/Mexican/Native-American heritage and Tucson-centric minibars.
It’s also a design geek’s dream, with the most instantly iconic feature being the boomerang-shaped pool, which acts as the hotel’s central social hub. A private desert garden area further reminds of the hotel’s geography—as do the handcrafted “slushes” and southwestern-inspired bites at The Pool Bar.
Fittingly, it is also Arizona’s first member of the exalted Design Hotels group.
Co-creator Sunny Patel explains, “Through design, service and our programming, we are delivering a truly authentic experience that celebrates the spirit of our community. The Tuxon stays true to its surroundings by paying tribute to the retro vibe and road trip feel of the past, while building upon Tucson’s modern legacy.”
That legacy includes it being a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, flaunting some of the country’s most exalted and authentic Mexican eateries—and two of them, El Charro and Mi Nidito, are within biking distance of the hotel. As is “The Loop,” a 131-mile hiking trail around Tucson.
This being 2020, naturally, the Tuxon is also very much a safety-forward property.
“We continue to take all of the proactive steps needed to ensure a safe and clean environment,” promises partner Vishal Patel. “Prioritizing the health and safety of our employees and guests remains of the utmost importance.”