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Knowing we would arrive after midnight and be leaving for Mexico in the morning, I checked the Internet for airport hotels and easily selected the Best Western. The rates were $20 to $80 less than comparable neighboring hotels, and the website, www.freehotelsearch.com, slashed the standard rate of $149 to $109, which was less than any other discount offers, such as the ones from AAA. Other advertised perks were a hot breakfast and free airport shuttle.
In the airport's baggage claim area, a courtesy hone is located on the exit wall under a wall of advertised hotels. Simply call the hotel and a white van appears within minutes. (Good thing we had a reservations, as it was fully booked.)
The hotel is located across from Embassy Suites, LaQuinta, and the Hampton Inn on South Tucson Boulevard leaving the airport. Five two-story buildings surround an outdoor pool on a grassy lawn with palm trees. Our "poolside" room was standard fare–two double beds, a desk, and a dresser–and overlooked the parking lot (granted, it did have small pools of water after a heavy rainfall). But we didn't mind. We were here to crash and be rested for a long drive into Mexico.
A check-out time of noon allows for plenty of sleep, but you won't want to miss the complimentary breakfast, which closes at 9:30am. Piping-hot scrambled eggs, French toast, hash browns, sausage, bacon, fresh fruit, yogurt, bagels, pastries, and assorted juices were a nice surprise, definitely a step above typical breakfast buffets at comparable hotels.
Although we wouldn't be around for dinner, I peeked at the hotel's Inn Place Restaurant menu. Selections of tandori chicken, chicken tikka marsala, chicken fusilli or pesto pasts, catfish, and vegetable curries for around $10 an entrée sounded awfully tempting. The glass dining room faces the poolside and extends to a garden patio.
A fitness center came in handy after breakfast, as it was still raining. The treadmill, stair stepper, and weight machines are located in a converted air-conditioned hotel room.
The distance to downtown Tucson is 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic. The airport is located south of town between Interstates 10 and 19. Keep heading south and you'll reach the Mexican border city, Nogales, in about an hour.
From journal Saguaros, Sunsets & the Wild, Wild West in Tucson