First the good: The grounds are beautiful, the view is fantastic, it is in a nice part of town, the bed is comfortable and the restaurant is excellent.
Now the not so good. The air conditioner ran every second we were there cycling between a low roar and the sound of a 747 taking off. Despite running constantly, the room was not very cool although we turned it down as low as it could go. In addition, there is no air conditioning or other ventilation in the bathroom unless you opened the window but since it was in the 90s and there was no curtain or shade in there, that wasn't really an option. Even though the air conditioner did not really cool the room, there was only a heavy comforter on the bed rather than some sort of lighter spread.
The bathroom was small and looked like the one in my parent's house from the 1950s. I saw from photos that they have posted around the hotel that the bathroom was the same as when the facility was a girls school in the 1930s and 1940s. In the bathroom the toilet took a really long time to stop running and didn't work that well to start with. And not to be nitpicking but instead of giving you a bar of soap they gave you orange body wash for the shower which disconcertingly looked and smelled like Goo-Gone.
So is this the second best hotel in Tucson? I would greatly doubt it. Perhaps we are more interested in comfort than historic charm but when you go to bed, after all, the real reason to be in a hotel, is to have a quiet room, a comfortable temperature, and a nice bathroom. You're not going to see the view or appreciate the history when you're trying to sleep.