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“Family get together in Arizona” 5 of 5 stars
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2255 Efken Place, PO Box 387, Saint David, AZ 85630   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Saint David B&B and Inns
New Town, North Dakota
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“Family get together in Arizona”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

This was a wonderful place to get together with family. The rooms are beautiful and each has its own bathroom and patio area. There is a large patio off the main rooms for guest get togethers but if you want privacy you can use the area off your room. zona The breakfasts are delicious and are of gourmet quality. Mike and Angie are great hosts. This B&B location allows for day trips to Mexico, wine country, Tombstone and Bisbee. If you want to see southren Arizona it is definately the place to go.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

What a great way to spend our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Mike and Angie went out of their way to make it a very special occasion for us. The Bird Room was large and nicely decorated and the bed is one of the most comfortable I've ever slept on. We brought a telescope and we spent the evening stargazing. The remote location allows for excellent viewing with the dark sky and very little light pollution. Don't have your own telescope? No problem, Mike offered the use of one of theirs and was glad to spend time talking about astronomy and the things you can see in the night sky. Oh, and I can't forget to mention the wonderful breakfast the next morning. As others have written here, you will be hard pressed to find better food, service or hospitality anywhere in Southern Arizona.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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13 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

the rooms and common rooms are beautifully decorated with all sorts of antiques. the view out the patio is spectacular. mike and angie are superb fun and interesting hosts. the breakfast was the best i think i have ever had. we are going back in november

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

Lots of things to do in the area. Two days was not enough time to see everything. The breakfasts were great and the rooms were comfortable. And Mike and Angie are great hosts. They do everything in their power to make their guests stay a memorable experience. We surely will be back and will recommend it to all of our friends.

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  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sun City West, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

Down By The River B & B is located in a quiet desert area. It is decorated very nicely and is very comfortable. The breakfast was absolutely to die for. We were so full by the time we left each day that we didn't have to eat again until the next morning. There is so much to do in the area that we wish we could have stayed longer. Two days is not long enough. The hosts are friendly and willing to do almost anything for their guests. I would definitely recommend Down By The River to all of my friends...and in fact I have done just that.

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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 hotel reviews
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

This is one of those cases where websites can be a bit misleading. The B&B is advertised as "Santa Fe" style, but it is in fact more pseudo Santa Fe, built inexpensively (fiberglass showers and white aluminum windows), and lacking in charm. The rooms are very clean and the bed was very comfortable. Each room has a theme and ours was so full of nicknacks that there wasn't a place to unpack--no luggage racks, no drawers, a mini closet, not even a chair. Breakfast is served at 8 am--they knocked on our door twice in 5 minutes to remind us--something we've never experienced before at a B&B. I would prefer to be asked, or to be given the option of a light breakfast if we didn't want to eat that early. Overall, just a little strange.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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DBTRBAB, Owner at Down By The River Bed And Breakfast, responded to this review, March 10, 2011
When I first read this review, it struck me as odd on many levels, especially after what was written into our guest book.
After analyzing the review I determined that the issue is with the breakfast time more so than anything else. I will address that at the end of this response but first I will discuss the initial comments.
My first thoughts were that Santa Fe style is self explanatory but then I thought that maybe being from Cape Cod the guests probably were expecting something that was a one hundred year old structure and that you would find in the southwestern desert. If you Google “Santa Fe style architecture” you will find similar types of buildings pictured that look like “Down By The River”. Our B and B is a Santa Fe style and was built in 2005 to meet the codes in effect at the time of construction. The windows although white are not aluminum but rather are vinyl dual glazed to improve on the energy efficiency of the home. The windows and plumbing fixtures are really immaterial to the style of architecture.
The comments regarding no luggage rack or drawers are misleading. I have attached is a photo that shows that at the end of the bed there is a bench that other guests have used as a luggage rack and if you look at the vanity you will find drawers that are empty and can be used for storage. I am posting a picture showing this. The closet, albeit small, is large enough to store luggage and hang clothes.
Now I will address comments on the breakfast. I would like to state that when we greet the guests, we explain that we serve breakfast family style. I also state before we end the tour of the home we inform the guests that if they have any problem to let us know so that we could see if we can remedy it. These particular guests made no comment as to wanting a later time even though she comments in her review that she would have liked the option. Unfortunately, we can’t resolve a problem for a guest that doesn’t inform us that there is a problem. If they had informed us we could have arranged to make them a breakfast at a later time as we have done before for other guests. It didn’t occur to me that since the reservation showed an address in Massachusetts with a 2 hour time difference versus Arizona time that there would be a problem for an 8 AM breakfast.
As an aside, we did have guests that morning that had a class at the local astronomical observatory at 9 AM and needed to maintain the early breakfast time. That morning we served soufflés and as you know soufflés don’t last long after being served. As a courtesy, we knocked on the door to inform these guests about 5 minutes before serving but hearing no answer we informed them again when we served.
My suggestion to Elizabeth_7 would behoove her to inform other innkeepers that she visits of her wants and needs so that they can meet her standards of satisfaction even if it is only a one night stay.
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2010

I wasn't really into antiques, but I love, love, loved this place. We stayed in the Prospector Room. It was cozy and beautifully decorated with such care and detail that I have a new perspective on southwest art and antiques. Each room is an adventure. There is so much to look at and admire. It is far off the beaten path, but I love that. It was very quiet and peaceful. The bed was amazing. The breakfast was the best breakfast we have ever had at a place like this. Mike was awesome and we loved hearing his stories of travel. He makes a super delicious souffle. We can't wait to go back. Tombstone and Kartchner Caverns are very close by.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2255 Efken Place, PO Box 387, Saint David, AZ 85630
Location: United States > Arizona > Saint David
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Saint David
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Down By The River B and B. The Lodging Hub of Cochise County, is located at the northern end of the San Pedro River National Riparian Conservation Area, between Benson and Tombstone. The area is one of the best in the United States for migratory bird watching with more than 400 species migrating through the area in a years time. We are minutes from Tombstone and Kartchner Caverns, a newly opened wet cave system located in Benson AZ. The property consists of 4 guest rooms set on 15 acres abutting the San Pedro River, the last free flowing river in Arizona. The mountain views and tree lined river views give the B and B a romantic quality seldom found in the Arizona Desert areas. ... more   less 

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