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“Ultimate Perfection in Tucson!!” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Minneapolis, MN
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“Ultimate Perfection in Tucson!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

We have stayed at many places in Tucson. Our son attends the University. This is by far, the BEST place we have been to in Tucson - and one of our top 5 overall places to stay!! First, the staff goes out of their way to make sure you are taken care and happy. From the front desk staff, pool staff, restaurant staff and housekeeping, you will never find anyone in a bad mood or without a smile!! They are so accommodating that we felt like we were the only ones staying here.
The grounds and gardens are outstanding - especially in the middle of Tucson. This is like an Oasis in the desert!! The minute you step foot onto the property, you feel like you have been transported into an exclusive resort with nothing around you - except that you are in the middle of bustling Tucson. There is croquet, ping pong, tennis and badminton courts for your use. All complimentary. The pool is awesome! There is a sauna in each of the bathrooms around the pool. All recently remodeled.
The main building has a library, gift shop and 2 restaurants and a bar. Again. the staff is so nice and accommodating that you want to just hang out for a while.
Our room was HUGE!! 2 queen beds, a sitting area, walk in closet and a full marble bathroom. All kept meticulously clean by the housekeeping staff. They would check our room at least 3 times a day to make sure we had towels, a full ice bucket and just generally picked up after us. We had a patio with lounge chairs and a table with 4 chairs. Great for breakfast in morning. Always delivered with linen and a smile from the room service staff.
As others have stated, the architecture is outstanding and there are many paths that run around the property. We found a grapefruit tree with ripe grapefruit - kinda sweet for an afternoon snack!!
The food is fantastic. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner here everyday. Now we did go out for dinner most nights, but dinner here is good if you must stay in.
Laying out around the pool, they offer you complimentary chips and salsa. They are always there with a cold glass of water with lemon as well. We did not have a bad or mediocre meal while we were here. Always outstanding!
I honestly cannot find one negative thing to say about the hotel. We will continue to stay only here when we are in Tucson. Why stay anywhere else when you have found perfection!!

Room Tip: I would stay as close to the pool area as you can. It is very central to everything.
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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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    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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

After numbers of stays at the Arizona Inn, it remains still one of the most civilized inns in the world !

What puts it in this category:

1) The grounds are beautifully landscaped - and the units are 'integrated' into the setting - as are the pool and pool house.

2) The architecture, paintings and prints, furnishings, and lighting make the Arizona Inn a true residence.

3) The atmosphere is utterly restful - and the Inn's original emphases on "peace, privacy, and sunrise" continue today.

4) Nothing commercial creeps into the atmosphere. The daily rate includes everything -- parking, newspaper delivered, all recreational facilities on-site, and wonderful classic movies on disks for viewing

Arizona Inn sets a standard !

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Don;t be put off by the negative reviews of this hotel. We almost were and we would have missed an excellent experience. We have stayed in hotels all over the world with many costing 7 or 8 times what this hotel costs, and I can tell some were as good but none were better. The suite we had was the largest in any hotel, the decor was lovely as was our very large patio area. The service at the hotel is attentive without being intrusive. It is slightly old fashioned but in a quaint and good way. The pool was lovely. And the grounds were magnificant. The only slightly negative note is that the food isn't great in the restaurant but there are many great restaurants in Tucson. I am not sure what the negative reviewers of this hotel expected but it is excellent value for money. We were there for 3 nights and I wish it were longer.

Room Tip: Our room was amazing it was a suite with a lovely large patio area in the corner of property so very...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Menifee, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

The Arizona Inn was built in the 1930's and has a stately grace befitting the period. It is made up of casitas dotting its fourteen acres with manicured lawns and gardens in between and a large main building housing the dining room, a wonderful library, a more casual bar/restaurant and even a little gift shop. There is also a pool and gym on the grounds with a third smaller dining area attached. We spent three nights here and were completely happy with everything. Service is cordial and attentive in an old-school way. The room was large with plenty of space for its king-sized bed, two nightstands, a desk and two wing chairs plus a cabinet housing a refrigerator. A new flat-screen TV and free wifi were the moden touches to the otherwise traditional furnishings. The bath was large and remodeled with white subway tile, marble counters and a host of towels and toiletries provided. We also had a small patio with a table and chairs though at 100+ degrees, it could only be used after dark. And what modern hotel has a walk- in closet? Food was very good in both the main dining room and the bar again with excellent service. Finger bowls at the end of the meal should signal the tone of this establishment. This is a perfect place for a romantic weekend, an oasis at the end of a busy day of work or even a girls' getaway weekend. They simply don't make them like this one anymore, so enjoy the opportunity to indulge while it is here. P.S. If you are from Southern California, this will remind you of the Mission Inn in Riverside.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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69 reviews 69 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We stayed at the Arizona Inn for a few days this summer and were extremely pleased. This is an older establishment and as such a bit worn but they make up for that with lots of charm. The room was large and very clean with comfy beds and we loved it. The pool and the grounds are great too and even wild horses could not drag the kids from the pool area. We had dinner at the restaurant as well as a breakfast twice. The testing menu with wine pairing was delicious. The food and wine was excellent. The staff are pleasant and attentive. I suspect we will return more than once. To be recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I've stayed at the Arizona Inn off and on since the early 70's when Tucson was basically a glorified southwestern crossroads and only city of any consequence anywhere near the Mexican border. The family owned resort then and four generations later is still family owned now. There's wi fi and a conference center, gym and new "fangled" ammenities but...the essence of the resort is timeless. The experience a pleasure.
The grounds at the Arizona Inn are worth the price of admission alone.
At coctail hour the verdent quadrangles that border the outdoor pool are peppered by carefully manicured desert mesquite, palo verde, saguaros, prickly pear---you get the idea. The sandy pink color of the Inn blends seamlessly into the desert landscape.
Take a short walk to the University of Arizona's main campus along Speedway Blvd. Grab a taxi and spend the day at southwest art and antique stores downtown. Hop in a car and drive up to the summit of Mt.Lemon. Drive over the pass and see Old Tucson and the incredible Sonoran Desert Museum.
In winter the snowbirds return and claim their places at the gorgeous darkwood Audubon bar complete with piano player every evening, and in the main dining room for gourmet fare ranging from tex mex cuisine to the best Chicago prime beef. Don't miss the Sunday brunch. It's the best in the ol'Pueblo.
Rooms may not be enormous, but they are comfortable. Decorated with southwestern art. And the desert at your doorstep.
Service at the Arizona Inn is impeccable. The staff seems to be able to anticipate your every need before you have your every need.

Being centrally located....15 minutes from the airport/10 from downtown/15 from the foothills/an hour from Nogales, Mexico and two from Phoenix...the resort is a perfect jumping off place to visit the wealth of the high sonoran desert and one of its oldest cities.
The family that first conceived and continue to run the Arizona Inn have never compromised. First Class always. Sure there are newer resorts in Tucson out in the high desert with marvellous views of the mountains and valleys. But the solitude, attention to detail, and western civility makes The Arizona Inn special.

Room Tip: Probably not conducive to young families...or little children.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Arizona Inn for a few days this summer and were extremely pleased. This is an older establishment and as such a bit worn but they make up for that with lots of charm. The room was large and very clean with comfy beds and we loved it. The pool and the grounds are great too. We had dinner at the restaurant as well as a breakfast twice. The testing menu with wine pairing was delicious. The food and wine was excellent. The staff are pleasant and attentive. I suspect we will return more than once. To be recommended.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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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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