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
- 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
The Arizona Inn is one of Tucson's most beautiful properties, and a wonderful place to both stay and stop in for a garden luncheon or special occasion dinner in the dining room. This pink stucco property is nestled in lush green gardens which are rare in the Sonoran desert. The property features a full croquet court, an inviting outdoor pool and lounge area, tennis courts, and serene walking paths. When we stayed at the Arizona Inn we used the property's bikes and rode over to the nearby University of Arizona, which has a beautiful mall area perfect for riding. If you are staying elsewhere still make time for a lovely lunch in the outdoor terrace. The menu won't disappoint. We loved one of the salad's so much that we requested the recipe to have at business luncheon back in Boston! Enjoy, it's a gem in the heart of the city.
I booked this place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. So charming and beautiful. There is rich history within these Walsh’s and the staff are so friendly. The restaurant serves really good food. The rims are clean and huge. Loved the library. It is close to so many things as well. The grounds are immaculate and flowing with wild life. Just a wonderful time!
Always a treat with spotless rooms and dining room and perfect service. A great spot for a special weekend getaway or business meeting.
We often visit the dining room for their buffet or dinner. Luxurious and worth the moderate cost.
They often have weekend specials during the spring and fall on line.
Stayed at the Az Inn during a visit for orientation at U of A for my daughter. What a wonderful Inn. Rooms, restaurants, location, service; all of it was exceptional. Along with the concierge recommending a nice hike 30 minutes away. I will be visiting again.....
I arrived at the hotel late one evening on a two day bus trip to Tuscon. I must admit when I got there I was a bit disappointed as the reception has a bit of a motel feel to it. Staff were very helpful and happily took my bags and assisted me to my room. Again I repeat it was dark as I did not really see much and when I arrived at my room I was a bit surprised that the furniture and decor was quite old, but by no means tired. It was in the morning I got my surprise. I walked out of my room into a beautiful setting of gardens, green spaces and great areas to sit and relax for a drink or meal. I didn’t actually get a chance to use it but everyone I observed who were looked very chilled and happy! This is one of those properties that takes some time to appreciate. For me it was about 12 hours. It’s obviously an old property, one of the oldest in Tucson I believe, but that actually is what makes it. The main part of the hotel is like a classic private club with library areas and sitting areas. It’s full of spaces that say, “if these walls could talk”! I wish I had more time there and hopefully will in the future but would definitely go back. It has a relaxed charm and feel that makes you feel quickly at ease and at home. Some of the decor in the rooms might be a bit old and could be updated but it actually adds to the hotel’s feel in a nice way. If you want a place to relax and enjoy old Arizona with a modern service level in a great setting this hotel works perfectly.