What We Love
- It's a lush oasis in the middle of town.
- The pool area, with its vintage Hollywood-comes-to-Arizona vibe
- Free parking
- Live piano music every night in the bar
What To Know
- WiFi is free, as are a whole host of other perks
- There are no elevators, but you’re unlikely to need them in this low-rise oasis
- The hotel is listed on the Register of Historic Places
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set amid 14 acres of manicured gardens, this historic inn – founded in the 1930s by Isabella Greenway, Arizona’s first Congresswoman and a lifelong friend of Eleanor Roosevelt – manages to be utterly genteel and gracious without being stuffy. The salmon-pink casita-style dwellings blend Old World charm with must-have mod-cons like free WiFi and flatscreen TVs. The pool and tennis court similarly evoke another era, with their jaunty yellow umbrellas and retro sun loungers. A host of free diversions await, from traditional afternoon tea and ice cream by the pool to bicycles, ping pong, badminton, and croquet.
In the Area
Soak in the area’s rich history with a visit to the 18th century San Xavier Mission, one of the country’s finest examples of Spanish Mission architecture, recently restored and containing a museum. Check out an impressive natural wonder at the Saguaro National Park; the Sonoran Desert is the only place in the world where the giant saguaro cactus grows, and it’s just a half-hour drive from the inn. Just minutes away is the Reid Park Zoo, where you can get to know over 500 species of exotic animals, many endangered, including adorable newborn lion cubs.
How to Get There
We have stayed at this property twice now in Tuscon while visiting daughter at college. The staff are all very nice. The casitas are private, clean and rich in history. This visit I read a book on the Inn written by the great grandchildren of the owner to started the property. After learning the history (not knowing until this visit) made me love the place even more. It is not commercial which makes it even more appealing.
We have stayed at much pricier hotels but we both absolutely loved this inn. It’s got a certain charm that you just don’t have in the newer resorts complete with gorgeous grounds/gardens that you can walk and enjoy. The rooms are comfortable and very quiet, the staff is very professional and welcoming and the food is outstanding. We enjoyed the afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast there and every meal was excellent. I could not recommend the Arizona Inn more highly! We will definitely stay there again when we are in the Tucson area.
I know this property get lots of great reviews, and I can appreciate the charm and beauty of parts of the property, and I realize that it has been family run and owned for nearly 100 years. I just wish the furniture and carpeting didn't seem like they were also 100 years old. We will not be back, as most of place could use a serious update, while still maintaining the charm that certainly exists here. It just smelled and looked to much like my great grandma's house...