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Arizona Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2200 E Elm Street, Tucson, AZ 85719   |  
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Ranked #4 of 127 Hotels in Tucson
st. george, maine
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“A true gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Where else can you find an amazing place like this? It's like being able to turn the clock back to genteel living, perfect service, exquisite grounds. Afternoon tea -- yes, sandwiches with the crusts cut off -- is a luxurious treat; breakfasts are ample and delicious. The rooms are large and lovely. No, the bathrooms are not large, but it's a small price to pay for the overall experience of being the guests in an extremely well-run country estate.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We visit the Arizona Inn for a lovely lunch and view. We sat outside and enjoyed the gardens, Food and service was great, servers were very friendly and helpful We strolled along the gardens and admire the flowers, unfortunatley we did not stay here. Just came for lunch and to see the Inn.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vienna
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19 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Elegant, beautifully maintained, well-appointed and service oriented, the Arizona Inn offers a relaxing respite from everyday life. The grounds are gorgeous and each room is uniquely decorated with varying amenities. We took two rooms -- one standard and one deluxe. The deluxe was large and came with a gas fireplace while the standard was very, very small. Although some of the old-world charm included old-money stuffiness, the hotel staff was by-and-large very responsive and helpful. The reasons for four stars instead of five are the following issues: the pillows rank as among some of the most uncomfortable we've every put our heads on; the breakfast crew struggled with attentiveness (tracking down someone for a coffee refill was an art); and the evening restaurant staff was inadequate. All-in-all, it was a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hudson, Ohio
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61 reviews 61 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

When my wife and I no longer can live on our own, we have asked our kids not to put us away in some smelly nursing home, but rather give us the dream of our lifetime and let us live at The Arizona Inn, Tucson, Arizona! At $250 - $350 a night, it would probably be cheaper than a nursing home. And so, so, so much more enjoyable. In all sincerity, we have stayed at the Arizona Inn a half-dozen times and it ranks as one of our favorite hotels worldwide, ranking with Hassler Hotel in Rome, Browns in London and The Raphael in Paris. Except the weather in Tucson is much more pleasant nearly year long. We love this hotel, from it's rich history from it's founding by Mrs. Greenway and her friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt (thanks to the Army Corp of Engineers who helped build much of the Inn during the Depression, Mrs. Roosevelt!), to the antique furnishings (some built by wounded vets from WWI), elegant service and rich ambiance.
Everyhting about The Arizona Inn shouts old-world traditions transplanted to the rugged southwest. The Grand Salon is something out of Downton Abbey. The grounds are staggeringly beautiful with lush plantings and English garden beauty. The pool is wonderful, set apart with cabanas and food & drink service reminiscent of The Beverly Hills Hotel. Between swimming, tennis, and working out in the indoor gym, we kept in shape to enjoy delicious dining in the restaurant. While staying at the Inn, we have met many interesting guests, too. The Inn is located near the University of Arizona and close to the airport and downtown Tucson. To replicate the experience of staying at a five-star European hotel, the Arizona Inn will not disappoint.

Room Tip: If you don't like your room, the Inn will be happy to accommodate you. Every room is unique.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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calgary
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203 reviews 203 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We have enjoyed various functions, balls and personal dining at the Arizona Inn,
and have always considered it to be a personal sanctum-retreat, into a "yesterday"
and up-to-date fine dining experience.
For us the "Silver Turquoise Ball" always epitomizes this Inns' historical elegance.
Exquisite dining room,--eloquent library,--sophisicated bar with nightly live piano,
--and one of our very favourite lawn indoor-outdoor patios.
The great croquet field, visable to the patio, was moved to another location!
Service is always responsive and friendly. Level of quality with the cuisine
has never faltered. We can't visit Tucson without at least one appearance
at the Arizona Inn with friends.

Room Tip: Near the pool area.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tempe, Arizona
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5 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Arizona Inn has been family run since it was built in the late 1920s. Isabella Greenway supervised original construction and operation, in part to enhance the market for furniture made by disabled veterans under her sponsorship. The setting is amazing--a couple blocks from the University of Arizona, but landscaped for privacy and calm. Each room provides for "family" style privacy with an enclosed patio (except for second floor). Available are fire places and suites, but all rooms furnished with mostly original furniture and lots of books. Main areas include a library, game spots for outdoors and inside, tennis courts, exercise room--weights and machines--and swimming pool with cabana services. There are lots of charming wildlife, like quail and bunnies, on the grounds. The service is incredible. Great for romantic getaways, family stays, or especially for a relaxing, recharging experience. Excellent food in dining room, at swimming pool area and informal dining room. Located near everything in downtown Tucson; also easy access to local recreation sites.

  • Stayed August 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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Wooster, Ohio
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

No other hotel in Tucson compares to The Arizona Inn. I discovered this hidden gem quite by accident about twenty years ago when I followed a recommendation to have dinner there. Dinner in their dining room of understated elegance is wonderful, but staying in this oasis of luxury is even better. There are very few stylish resort hotels like this left anywhere. It is amazing that it has been kept so perfectly, preserving the grace and charm of an earlier era. At the very least, treat yourself to a leisurely lunch on their terrace and stroll through the acres of well-groomed gardens. I feel that the rooms are beautifully decorated and not overpriced for what they offer in terms of comfort and privacy. This hotel deserves its five stars.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2200 E Elm Street, Tucson, AZ 85719
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Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Tucson
#3 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
#4 Family Hotel in Tucson
#21 Business Hotel in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Arizona Inn 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Privacy, quiet & sunshine. The Arizona Inn is an historic, boutique, resort hotel spread over 14 acres of gardens, fountains, flowers and lawns in the heart of mid-town Tucson, Arizona. ... more   less 
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