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“Ghostly Fun” 4 of 5 stars
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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
Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Ghostly Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We took 4 teenage girls to Bisbee for the weekend and had a ball in this quirky little town. The hotel is centrally located in Old Bisbee. The hotel staff was accommodating and warm. The beds were comfy and very few ghost encounters.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

My husband, my mom and myself stayed one night in Bisbee this month . We decided that we wanted to stay at this particular hotel because what was most important to us was the history of the building. We had particular features we wanted to request, so I called in our reservations for two rooms. The woman who answered the phone was very friendly, helpful and knowledgable, especially with regards to taking the time to look up which rooms had clawfoot tubs and answering my questions about accessibility since I am in a wheelchair. As a side note, if you love baths as much as we do, make sure your room has a clawfoot tub. Best bath ever. The night time was very noisy due to the fact that this hotel is haunted (and we had experiences of our own) and there were investigative teams roaming the halls in our part of the hotel. We were also next to the elevator, which didn't help. However, neither of these is the hotel's fault and when staying at the Copper Queen one must keep in mind this is NOT a modern hotel with insulated doors and inner walls. The bed was comfortable and the room had both a very efficient ceilng fan and an air conditioner. There was a mixup with our reservation and one of rooms was reserved as the much more expensive courtyard building, but this was easily fixed by the front desk and resulting in us getting a room with a clawfoot tub which we were unable to get at the time that I called. We had time to kill before check-in so we went to the saloon. My drink was well-made and the rest of my party had some great local beer on tap. We ordered appetizers as well and these arrived hot and delicious without too long a wait. While we were drinking and munching, we watched a bartender, Karen, making a margarita from scratch. No mix, hand squeezed oranges, lemons and limes, plenty of tequila and a float of Gran Marnier. My husband decided to oder me one and I am so glad he did because it was quite honestly the best one I have ever had. Karen is more of an artist than a drink slinger.

We had dinner in the hotel restaurant that night. The foid there wasnt fancy, but it tasted good and our server was very funny and attentive.

All in all our stay was very satisfactory, but I definitely recommend ear plugs. I highly recommend a visit to the saloon. Oh and did I mention the antique clawfoot tubs?

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Az
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5 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Nice old hotel in a historic mining town. Parking is a bit challenging as is getting around in parts of BIsbee. The room was clean and we slept well. Breakfast was nothing special. The "Saloon" is just off the lobby and had live music. If you like to stay in a place with character, this is an interesting and some say haunted hotel.

Room Tip: Don't stay on the inner side. They have a pigeon problem and they are really loud at soon as the...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Glendale, Arizona
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Staying at the Copper Queen is like stepping back in time. The ambience of the hotel is wonderful and the staff is friendly and very accommodating. Our room was quaint but so very cozy - it made you feel like you were a guest in someone's home. There is so much history within the hotel and it just adds to the charm and history of the town of Bisbee itself. We had a drink in the pub located within the hotel and enjoyed the atmosphere and camaraderie of the other guests. Parking is along the street so prepare to walk a little up and down the hill, depending on the spot you find to park. But it just adds to the fun of being there. Once there, you can walk everywhere while enjoying the scenic views of the town, visiting the local businesses and enjoying a meal in any of the local establishments. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy a truly historical town and this great old hotel!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I had read about this Hotel and its "activity" as well as seeing it on "Ghost Adventures". Sure enough...it didn't disappoint! Within minutes of entering our room on the top floor, directly across from "Billy's" room (the little boy ghost), we had our EMF meter react as well as witnessed a little shadow dart across our door and the "clean room/do not disturb sign" move. Unfortunately we didn't own an IR camera at the time to record it - "damn". We also had EMF spikes occur when we put a toy car on the floor. This Hotel & town is awesome and would recommend to anyone who loves history & old mining towns.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I had only been to SE AZ once last year and we didn't make it to Bisbee. I am so glad we made time this year. We spent 5 hours in Tombstone; I was amazed that it was so interesting. We got to Bisbee around 5 PM. I reserved a King-Bed Room at the Copper Queen. This is a classic old hotel. You know you are stepping back to the elegance of a former time. Life was harder then but the hotels were very classy. Our room was simple and very comfortable but the bathrooms were definitely updated and had plenty of counter space and a lovely claw foot tub/shower. The hotel is quiet and very well located. Parking is on the street but it was easy to find a space close by and we walked everywhere. They served a very nice continental breakfast in the morning in a lovely, sunny room where you can read the paper and start the day. These hotels need to be supported or we will all be staying at Motel 6's and Hilton's; they have their place but don't hold a candle to these wonderful historic buildings. Take time to visit Bisbee and make it a point to stay at the Copper Queen. You can relax and enjoy the best of the past and the present at once! There is a terrific brewery and a number of very good restaurants to choose from. Ask around to see which one will appeal the most to you.
We walked all over Bisbee in the morning and were delighted with the the creative and unique shops and galleries we found there. Climb the hills using some of the 1000 steps inset into the neighborhoods that hug the hillside and get a great workout and great views. The home are so charming and colorful you will want to bring your camera just to record the great ideas you get for landscape and hardscape. Gates made from car doors! Brilliant and fun! Bisbee has evolved from a mining town to a very fun, youthful and creative town. We are going back next year and staying longer.

Room Tip: Rooms at the front have a view of the main street area but we were on the side and had a lovely view...
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Apple Valley, California
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5 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We recently stayed at the Copper queen Hotel in Bisbee and enjoyed all the old town charm that a copper mining town can offer. The hotel reeks of history and has a few resident ghosts, who keep its hotels guests on their toes, listening for sounds and running footsteps that always seem to happen in the middle of the night. If we should get back to Bisbee in the future, I would suggest, not a queen bed room, but enjoy a larger king bed room and bath. Having a room off the front balcony is best with its old wood rocking chairs to pass the time and watch the activity below. Prepare to go back in time............

Room Tip: Third floor would be my first choice because of its balcony.
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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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*
Number of rooms: 52
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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