The Arizona Inn is a really special place with loads of character, offering the traveler a comfortable homelike atmosphere. I have made five visits to the inn over the past five years. Each time I have enjoyed my stay and I always look forward to return.
The inn sits in the center of a nice residential neighborhood, two blocks from the university and near many restaurants and even a Whole Foods. It is a fabulous piece of property, meticulously landscaped, with loads of citrus trees, flowers and grass. It is such an oasis in Tuscon's dry landscape. The warm pool, croquet and ping pong table create a lively atmosphere.
The rooms are quiet and most offer a patio. It is such a luxury to be in a hotel and have windows and french doors open, allowing you to listen to the fountain and birds. Each room has a huge walk in closet and little coffee bar and fridge--very convenient. Some of the bathrooms are pretty small, as they were built many years ago. They are done up nicely in white tile and marble. Some even have a window. But I do find the older ones to be a bit cramped. The furniture is comfortable, but a bit dated, as many of it was custom made for the inn years ago. It is all well maintained and very clean. The bedding is fine, but I prefer a down comforter (even in Tucson--winters can be cool) and always I request extra down pillows. The rooms are very quiet. Internet is free (and now very fast). My favorite part of the room is the lovely patio.
The Inn has some great traditions such as a nightly piano player in the bar, a lovely afternoon tea and a manager's cocktail party each Thursday. Room service is quick, but I would like to see a more interesting menu. There could be more healthy options, especially for breakfast. The food at the casual bar is very good, I have not tried the main restaurant.
The staff is super friendly and helpful. There is a valet, if you like, but it is so convenient and quick to park across the street. Plus, parking is free. On my last trip I had to leave the hotel at 4AM and was not looking forward to finding my car in the dark. I was thrilled when the valet came to my room to get my bags and then went to the parking lot and found my car that I self parked the night before. He loaded all my luggage in it and had it waiting for me at the front door after I checked out. Even when the hotel is full, it never seems crowded and the staff never seems hurried or stressed.
The Arizona Inn, while not trendy or opulent, is a lovely place to stay in Tucson. It is a place I look forward to visiting each year. It offers business travelers a comfortable stay, but is great for families and friends too.