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11 Howell Ave PO Drawer CQ, Bisbee, AZ 85603-1131
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The Copper Queen Hotel, built in 1898 and completed in 1902, was the product of a booming mining camp called Bisbee. Once the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco, Bisbee is now a beautiful and quiet getaway. While the town of Bisbee has "grown" it has not lost its' charm. Soon after Bisbee became a town, Phelps Dodge Mining Company built the Copper Queen Hotel as a place for dignitaries and investors to relax in luxury. Construction was difficult because Phelps Dodge had to blast away and clear a large portion of the mountainside in order for building to begin. Although the most modern and up to date materials were used, it did not lessen the difficulty of each task. In order for concrete to be mixed, water had to be pumped up the hill from the mercantile, what is now called Copper Queen Plaza, on Main Street. The walls were constructed to be nearly 2 feet thick, which helps keep the hotel cool during the summer months. Once the Hotel was completed, anyone who walked through the doors would notice the mosaic tile from Italy. Since the Hotel was built in an Italian style, the tile was installed throughout the entire first floor lobby. The remaining tile can be seen in the Hotel entrance. As the story goes, the cathedral ceiling in the Palm Room was all fitted with Tiffany glass. Nobody knows when it came down or what happened to it. There was an open air hallway behind two large windows along the southeast wall that acted as air conditioning for that era. The front desk was fabricated out of Tiger Oak and was surrounded with a wrought iron security cage. The unique safe behind the desk was once used at the Copper Mine until it became too small for the company payroll, which was all paid in cash. It was then passed down to the Copper Queen Hotel. Phelps Dodge cleverly paid their employees in cash, to have their money quickly returned to them in goods and drinks. The Copper Queen Hotel was one of the most modern hotels in the West during that time. One can only imagine what changes the Hotel has gone through to accommodate the modern day traveler. Located roughly 100 miles southeast of Tucson and at an elevation of 5,300 feet, the Hotel is usually 10 to 20 degrees cooler than in Tucson or Phoenix. In the winter, we are even blessed with an occasional snowfall. Bisbee is the southern most mile high city in the U.S. And is eight miles from the border of Mexico. Although the Copper Queen Hotel has maintained the ambiance of the Victorian Era Old West, it has been renovated with modern day conveniences to make your stay more comfortable.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Evening entertainment
Karaoke
Banquet room
Baggage storage
Free internet
Wifi
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Patio
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Telephone
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
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Mid-range
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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The 2nd floor, upgraded king room we had reserved wasn’t even in their records. They had my handicapped husband and I on the 4th floor...elevator doesn’t work. After much shuffling we were given a miserable king room on the 2nd floor, and a bottle of wine with apologies for the error. Thanksgiving dinner was ok except for the spongy, processed white meat turkey they were slicing & similar han...with a tip jar beside it. Really!? And the $25 price turned out to be more like $35 with 20% tip & tax. This grand old hotel needs lots of updating. Ask to see your room when checking in.
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We arrived in Tombstone on Thanksgiving day late in the afternoon. We knew we would not find a place to eat in Tombstone on Thanksgiving day so we drove into Bisbee hoping to find someplace open. We were fortunate enough not only to find the Copper Queen open, but a fantastic Thanksgiving buffet for only $25.00/pp. The buffet was limited but what they had was great including the turkey, ham and mashed potatoes. Service was limited, typical of buffets. Our waitperson was very nice. I had no objection to the automatic 20% tip for people who are working on a holiday. Great job. Thank you.
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Worst Thanksgiving Dinner I have ever had. We were really looking forward to dinner in the historic old hotel. Perhaps things might be better for a traditional meal. Everything but the turkey and the ham was delicious. I was quoted $25 per plate, buffet style. When the check arrived, for nearly $77, I was surprised, to say the least. Without advising me when I made the reservation, they automatically affixed a 20% gratuity of over $11 for, to put it kindly, marginal service. On the bill was an additional line for a tip. Are you kidding me? A cup of tea was billed $5 and a cup,of coffee $3. Whew! The bimbo allegedly serving us never showed up at the table once until she figured we were about finished. She was very attentive to the tables with four or more persons - you may make your own judgments about her motivation. Now, for the entre’. The turkey and ham can best be described as mystery meat. The turkey was processed turkey breast roll as best I could determine and the water filled ham was from someplace that perhaps supplies homeless shelters. I have had better Thanksgiving dinners in military field kitchens in war zones. The staff was “interesting” with alternative and “off the grid” lifestyles very much in evidence. Lastly, given the ambience of the staff, I was not about to turn loose of my credit card to disappear out of sight back in the kitchen area. I asked about how to pay in person and was directed to the saloon on the other side of the hotel lobby. I left my companion in the dining room as a hostage to allay any fears of a dine and dash. The bar tender had no idea how to charge my credit card and when I returned to the dining room, the server was in a state of near panic, apparently believing that my companion was not a fair trade for processed turkey in the event I had decided to abscond. The eclectic host displayed aggressive consternation that I had the temerity to want to maintain visual control of my credit card. It was absurd to say the least. The Copper Queen is a grand old historical facility that deserves better management at the very least. At present it is little more than a carnival scam.
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They say it’s haunted. I had a great stay without any ghosts. Bisbee is a fun, historic place to visit. Go to the deserted street in Lowell Arizona just south of Bisbee. Very interesting area with a lot to see and do
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If you are looking for a fantastic bloody mary, Find out when Chris is working...handsome long haired bartender! Best bloody in a long time.😎 extra lemon for me, extra horsey sauce for my man. 3 olives. Yes yes yes
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PRICE RANGE
$100 - $173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
copper queen bisbee, hotel copper queen, copper queen hotel bisbee
LOCATION
United StatesArizonaBisbee
NUMBER OF ROOMS
48
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Frequently Asked Questions about Copper Queen Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Copper Queen Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Copper Queen Mine (0.2 miles), Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum (0.04 miles), and The Bisbee Seance Room (0.05 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Copper Queen Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Copper Queen Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Copper Queen Hotel?
Yes, free public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Copper Queen Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Cornucopia, Cafe Roka, and Thuy's Noodle Shop.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Copper Queen Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Copper Queen Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.03 miles away from the center of Bisbee.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Copper Queen Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Copper Queen Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Warren Ballpark (3.0 miles).