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Copper Queen Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   11 Howell Ave., PO Drawer CQ, Bisbee, AZ 85603   |  
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Ranked #7 of 11 hotels in Bisbee
Queen Creek, Arizona, United States
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Copper Queen is a unique experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We went to Bisbee for the Lavender and Lace Ball. We stayed at the Copper Queen that exudes charm from days gone by. The staff was courteous and the room as you would expect, small but very adequate. The private bath is a step up from the 1800's as well I'm sure. Be ready to step back in time and enjoy your stay!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Wade, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

My husband and I were part of a group of couples staying at the hotel for training. We found the staff helpful and courteous, the food was tasty and priced at a great value, the dining room is quaint and offers outside dining. I strongly recommend making dinner reservations as the tables fill quickly. We had a great time at the bar and found the drinks well made and the bartendar friendly. There was a music festival going on in Bisbee so each night we enjoyed live entertainment. It is an easy to walk to the local brewery or several bars in town if the Copper Queen Saloon doesn't suit your style. We did and still found ourselves back at the Copper Queen Saloon.

We did not pay for the room so I can't speak to quality for price. Keep in mind the hotel is over 100 years old (opened in 1908). It was not a problem for us but the walls are not thick so you can hear people leaving their room, which was no big deal to me. We stayed on the fourth floor (the active floor). The only strange report I can provide was the smell of cigarette or cigar smoke around midnight on our Friday night. Mind you, no one was smoking in the room or on the floor. Maybe it was the gentlemen ghost enjoying his nightly cigar!!

If you are travelling to Bisbee I highly recommend a visit to this hotel, whether you need overnight accommodations or not. The lobby has a small collection of mining memorabilia and is rather quaint, and Angelina's serves great food. The hotel is behind the mining musuem which we also visited and would recommend. Their gift shop is non-profit so purchases are tax-free, unlike many of the other shops in town.

Room Tip: The fourth floor towards the back was really quiet. The bed was comfortable. Bring your own blowdr...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tempe, Arizona
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111 reviews 111 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Hubby and I stopped over for a late lunch though we were not staying at the Bisbee Grand. Barmaid was an absolute riot to have a good time with. We stayed for an hour and had lively conversation with everyone we met. Nachos were large enough to share and Dave's IPA was so good! Barmaid poured me a taste of a vanilla porter--next time I must have that in my glass! We will defintely make this a 'norm' for us to stop in and enjoy. We did not get to sit on the patio, but we would have loved to--people watching and waving is just the ticket for us!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Green Valley, Arizona
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115 reviews 115 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We did not stay at the hotel, but did have dinner at the restaurant. We both ordered the stuffed Pork Tenderloin in an excellent cream sauce. One salad was fresh and crisp, and the cream soup was very good, both accompanied by a fresh bread basket & butter.

We heard the couple behind us ask for the same selection, only to be told that we had the last two tenderloins available that day.

When we received our dinners, though the server did not say a word, it was a bit embarrassing to see one of the tenderloins at least twice the size of the other.

The dinners were flavorful and one was plentiful.

The restaurant manager came by and asked if all was well ..... I mentioned that one dinner was more than twice the size of the other ..... and she did not offer to adjust the price or anything, just that they were the last two pork tenderloins....

Service was Ok ....... the outside location was enjoyable.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Stayed because we attended the Bisbee 1000. glad we changed reservaton to 1 night instead of two. Our room was off the alley next to hotel. The bathroom was moldy the walls are paper thin and when someone takes a shower you feel like you are right with them. the bed was super hard and there were outside lights lighting the room all night long as no curtains in windows just cheap platci blinds. Next time, go with VRBO.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Richmond, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

I have stayed at the Copper Queen at least six times over the years, always asking for a different room, as none are the same. Each room is authentically furnished in late 18th/early 19th century motifs, and each I have slept in is filled with tons of charm and personality. Here are the ups and downs of the hotel, from my perspective:

THE UPS
> Huge amounts of character and history. No two rooms are the same.
> Angela's Restaurant (on premises) is very good.
> A history of allegedly friendly hauntings, though I have never experienced anything like that. They even have ghost tours, and many of the guests walk around with electronic ghost-finding gadgets.
> The Copper Queen mine tour (highly recommended) is a short, easy walk away.
> Bisbee is a cool, funky, eclectic, artsy hippy town that oozes western charm - and everything, including cool spots like the mine, art galleries, and the Bisbee Brewing Comany, is within easy walking distance.

THE DOWNS
> The water pressure in the showers kinda sucks. They really need to upgrade their plumbing system.
> Some rooms have good, solid mattresses - others don't. Ask for a room with a newer mattress.
> Some rooms are a bit nicer than others, though none are lavish. Specifically, some of the furniture shows a little wear and tear. If you want perfectly fresh and new, this isn't the place for you. But if you like a hotel with a serious history that's been "lived in," the sometimes shoddy furniture kind of adds to the charm.
> The pool isn't heated. They let the desert sun heat it. Which means the water is freezing during the winter.
> Lots of bikers, especially on the weekends. While they have always been nice to me, they can also get very loud and very drunk.

Before going, I strongly suggest viewing some of their "flagship" rooms, like the John Wayne room, the Julia Lowell Room, and the Teddy Roosevelt room, among others. Very cool. Staying on the top floors will also keep you far away from the live music they often have on the ground-floor saloon, though the music generally stops between 10 pm-11 pm.

Overall, I really love this place and always look forward to going back. The few "downs" I noted here have been done so in the spirit of full disclosure - though I myself don't mind these "downs," as the Copper Queen really is a one-of-a-kind place you really should experience. If take it on its terms, you won't be disappointed. Love this place.

Room Tip: Higher floors are quieter and often larger.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mesa, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I came to Bisbee for the first time this past weekend. The Copper Queen was recommended to me and I am so glad I took the recommendation! As soon as you walk in, you will notice that it is over a hundred years old but very well taken care of and authentically furnished. I stayed in room 401 and the beds were super comfortable. The room was very clean. The only thing that was a pain was the low water pressure but I understand because this hotel was built in 1906.
Steven was the best and made us special Bloody Marys for breakfast on Sunday and the rest of the staff was always very nice and friendly. I will be booking this hotel again very soon.

Room Tip: Ask for a specialty room. They are really neat!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Copper Queen Hotel

Address: 11 Howell Ave., PO Drawer CQ, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Location: United States > Arizona > Bisbee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 11 hotels in Bisbee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Copper Queen Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Copper Queen Hotel, built in 1898 and completed in 1902, was the product of a booming mining camp called Bisbee. Once the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco, Bisbee is now a beautiful and quiet getaway. While the town of Bisbee has "grown" it has not lost its' charm. Soon after Bisbee became a town, Phelps Dodge Mining Company built the Copper Queen Hotel as a place for dignitaries and investors to relax in luxury. Construction was difficult because Phelps Dodge had to blast away and clear a large portion of the mountainside in order for building to begin. Although the most modern and up to date materials were used, it did not lessen the difficulty of each task. In order for concrete to be mixed, water had to be pumped up the hill from the mercantile, what is now called Copper Queen Plaza, on Main Street. The walls were constructed to be nearly 2 feet thick, which helps keep the hotel cool during the summer months. Once the Hotel was completed, anyone who walked through the doors would notice the mosaic tile from Italy. Since the Hotel was built in an Italian style, the tile was installed throughout the entire first floor lobby. The remaining tile can be seen in the Hotel entrance. As the story goes, the cathedral ceiling in the Palm Room was all fitted with Tiffany glass. Nobody knows when it came down or what happened to it. There was an open air hallway behind two large windows along the southeast wall that acted as air conditioning for that era. The front desk was fabricated out of Tiger Oak and was surrounded with a wrought iron security cage. The unique safe behind the desk was once used at the Copper Mine until it became too small for the company payroll, which was all paid in cash. It was then passed down to the Copper Queen Hotel. Phelps Dodge cleverly paid their employees in cash, to have their money quickly returned to them in goods and drinks. The Copper Queen Hotel was one of the most modern hotels in the West during that time. One can only imagine what changes the Hotel has gone through to accommodate the modern day traveler. Located roughly 100 miles southeast of Tucson and at an elevation of 5,300 feet, the Hotel is usually 10 to 20 degrees cooler than in Tucson or Phoenix. In the winter, we are even blessed with an occasional snowfall. Bisbee is the southern most mile high city in the U.S. And is eight miles from the border of Mexico. Although the Copper Queen Hotel has maintained the ambiance of the Victorian Era Old West, it has been renovated with modern day conveniences to make your stay more comfortable. ... more   less 
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