10 Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Tucson: Stays Your Kids Will Love

There's no doubt that traveling with the whole family can seem a little intimidating, especially if you're traveling with small children. But if you're planning a family trip to Tucson, there are plenty of places to enjoy a fun, memorable family vacation.

Tucson is also home to many top-rated resorts with kid-friendly amenities. One of the best is Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa, a luxury resort with a laundry list of kid-friendly amenities, including kid's activity programs, wading pools and water slides. The hotel will even help arrange babysitting service, and cribs and roll-away beds are available in almost every room.

For a genuine dude ranch experience, book a family vacation at the Tanque Verde Ranch. This Southwestern getaway offers horseback riding, nature walks and cowboy cook-outs. Kids will love immersing themselves in the cowboy lifestyle, while adults will love indulging in the gourmet meals and on-site spa. 

If you're planning on visiting Tucson's Reid Park, consider a stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reid Park, which offers a host of amenities for families and is located a stone's throw away from the city park and zoo. The hotel also offers courtesy shuttle rides to destinations within three miles of the hotel. 







Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites

After a four million dollar renovation, no less, the Sheraton Hotel & Suites Tucson has transformed itself into a chic cross between boutique hotel and urban retreat. Crisp sheets, updated furnishings, and flat screen TVs await you in your guestroom. Outdoors, watch the desert stars rise over Tucson while making s'mores or enjoying live entertainment around one of the outdoor fire pits. The pool and cabanas are a popular spot for families enjoying the perennially sunny weather. There's a sports-themed bar and lounge where kids and their families can play board games, snack on treats, or just kick back and watch TV.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites is a popular family destination with a kid-friendly pool scene and convenient midtown location.

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Hotel Tucson City Center is a good budget hotel with easy access to downtown Tucson, Interstate 10 and the Interstate 19. It's within walking distance to the Tucson Convention Center and downtown government offices, and a short drive to the University of Arizona campus. Amenities include an Olympic sized heated pool and spa, fitness center sand volleyball pits and ballroom and meeting space. The hotel is pet friendly and offers free shuttle transportation to the airport. Most rooms are basic no-frill doubles, but you can upgrade to larger presidential or family suite. Upgraded bath amenities and free hot breakfast buffet make this Hotel Tucson City Center a good value.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Hotel Tucson City Center is an affordable, family-friendly resort located a short drive away from downtown Tucson attractions and Old Tucson Film Studio.

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Tucson Marriott University Park

This business-class hotel is located in the Main Gate shopping district near the historic main entrance to the University of Arizona. With nine floors and over 200 rooms, this is a popular hotel destination for University-bound travelers and conference attendees. Business services include a business center, meeting facilities with expert catering and audio visual services. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, with many offering great views of the Santa Catalina Mountains to the north. The location is ideal if you want to be in a pedestrian-friendly area close to downtown and the university district. There are more than 30 restaurants, shopping and four museums within walking distance.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Marriott offers free cribs and larger suites for families.

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Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa

Built in the early 1900s, this is one of Tucson's oldest hotel resorts. Despite its well-established pedigree, the Westward Look is also on the cutting edge, recently earning its certification as a green resort. The resort is located on 80 scenic acres at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The rugged beauty of the resort is ideal for families looking to find recreational fun in the surrounding desert. Hiking, horse-back riding, or stargazing are popular activities here. Of course, kids will love lounging by the pool. Rooms are comfortable and luxurious, with many offering views of the surrounding mountains and desert.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Recreational opportunities are plentiful at the Westward Look Resort, including a junior tennis program.

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Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Ventana means "window" in Spanish, which is appropriate because this stunning resort offers a window to the soul of the Sonoran Desert. The resort is nestled at the foothills of Tucson's Catalina Mountains, ensuring you and your family will be surrounded by the scenic views during your stay. Amenities at this luxury resort include the Lakeside Spa & Tennis Center, canyon hiking trails, professional stargazing guides, and two Tom Fazio-designed PGA golf courses and lighted tennis courts. Kids of all ages will love the two swimming pools and the nearby riding trails. Each of the 398 guest rooms features a private viewing balcony, oversized tub, and amazing views of the desert mountains and night sky.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Nature trails, two large swimming pools and stargazing make Loews Ventana Canyon a fun place to enjoy recreation and relaxation with the whole family.

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This four-diamond resort is tucked away in a quiet and scenic part of west Tucson. The resort is known for its award-winning spa and golf course, and it's a popular destination for golfers, couples, girls trips and families. The hotel has every amenity to ensure a comfortable and fun family stay, including a fire pit patio, restaurants and shops. Three golf courses offer a lovely green contrast from the surrounding desert. There are nature trails laced throughout the property for hiking and biking. During the warm spring and summer months, kids will love the multi-level swimming pools, waterslides, dancing fountains and lazy river.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Nature trails, waterslides and a lazy river make the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort an ideal place for family fun and recreation.

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The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson – Reid Park is a premier hotel located in the heart of midtown Tucson. Kids will love staying within walking distance to Reid Park and the Reid Park Zoo. Guests receive a warm chocolate chip cookie as a welcome gift at check-in. The hotel is located a short drive away from downtown and the city's top attractions. Guests enjoy access to a complimentary shuttle to attractions within a three-mile radius of the hotel. Kids will love exploring the 14 acres of lushly landscaped grounds, which features recreational and relaxation facilities, including a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool in a citrus tree-lined courtyard, a 24-hour fitness center, three tennis courts, therapy rooms and a gift shop. There are two restaurants on-site, the Cactus Rose Steakhouse on the patio, or enjoy tasty contemporary Southwestern cuisine at Javelina Cantina.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The DoubleTree by Hilton is located across the street from Tucson's Reid Park Zoo, a popular family attraction.

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A former girls school from 1928, the historic and charming Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch lets guests book their own private casita. Hot tubs make a big hit with couples, as does the property overall, which offers verdant serenity in the city. Beautiful views and world-class service are other hallmarks of this popular and romantic lodging choice. Although the setting may appear rustic at first glance, the hacienda's accommodations are deluxe all the way. Spacious and private casita suites offer all the creature comforts of a deluxe getaway, including TV, Wi-Fi and high quality bedding. Gourmet meals are also prepared daily.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch offers classic Western style and Tucson culture that kids will love.

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The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa

The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa offers stunning views of the towering Santa Catalina Mountains. Families will love the long list of amenities, including golf courses, tennis courts and pools. The children's pool not only features a wading area for smaller tots, but a large water slide that will keep tweens and teens busy during your stay. The resort also offers an on-site kids' club, where young children can participate in crafts, movies, and scavenger hunts. Need a date night out with your significant other? The hotel is happy to arrange for babysitters. Plus, cribs and rollaway beds are available in almost every room.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa offers plenty of family-friendly amenities, including a large water slide, kid's club, and babysitting service.

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Pack your family's boots and jeans: this is a bonafide dude ranch that also offers tennis, mountain biking, watercolor workshops, bird watching, gem presentations and other programs. Wildly popular with outdoors lovers, Tanque Verde has eliminated TVs in the rooms so be forewarned. There are coordinated horse rides twice a day. A tennis pro is also on staff. The Santa Fe style adobe guest rooms are tastefully decorated to reflect Southwestern tradition. The rustic Old West decor is complemented by the modern amenities, like gourmet meals and an on-site spa. Kids will love the full schedule of recreational and arts and crafts activities.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Tanque Verde Ranch offers horseback riding, tennis, hiking, arts and crafts, swimming and nature programs.

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