We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Historic Hotel Congress

Save
Share
311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701-1811
Update from hotel: This property has indicated that they are taking safety precautions against COVID-19.Read more
Lowest prices for your stay
Lock in the lowest price from these sites
Priceline$149
FindHotel$149
Agoda.com$149
Tripadvisor$149
Lol.travel
Etrip
Prices are the average nightly price provided by our partners and may not include all taxes and fees. Taxes and fees that are shown are estimates only. Please see our partners for more details.
Traveler (250)
Room & Suite (68)
Dining (29)
Travel safe during COVID-19
Visit our Travel Safe hub to see how we're helping you make more informed travel decisions during COVID-19.
A note from The Historic Hotel Congress
Updated 05/30/20

About

#64 of 142 hotels in Tucson
Location
4.6
Cleanliness
4.2
Service
4.2
Value
3.7
GreenLeaders Gold level
The Hotel Congress, built in 1919, is the cultural landmark that anchors Downtown Tucson. We pride ourselves on the many unique features we offer that youʼd be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Some cynical city slickers might notice the absence of televisions in our 39 rooms and feel slighted. But itʼs intentional. We strive to maintain the hotelʼs original ambiance from the iron bed to the vintage radio, the rumble of the nearby train to the 1930’s-style phone that connects to a real switchboard at the front desk. And, unlike most historic hotels, all rooms have private bathrooms and air-conditioning. We are an urban, historic, rock ‘n’ roll hotel. Yes, WE ARE NOISY! Your room will be affected by plaza, nightclub, or street noise. If you would like to stay in one of our quieter rooms, please make arrangements at the time of your reservation. We do not give discounts or refunds due to noise. Earplugs are available at the front desk. Or, better yet, just join in the fun!
Read more
Suggest edits to improve what we show.Improve this listing
Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Restaurant
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Parking garage
Wifi
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Patio
Board games / puzzles
Nightclub / DJ
Banquet room
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Show more
Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Radio
Bath / shower
Room types
City view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
393Reviews10Q+A100Room tips
Traveler rating
  • 155
  • 122
  • 48
  • 24
  • 44
Time of year
Traveler type
Language
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Sort by:
Most Recent
Alicia Han wrote a review Jun 2022
Yongin, South Korea1 contribution
The hotel is old and out dated. I was extremely disappointed with my stay. The room was old everything in it was old. My bathroom was filthy and there is no modern appliances in the room. The art in the rooms is quite frankly scary. They are over priced and bank on the history of the hotel. I think it is an excuse not to modernize and invest in updating the hotel. I do not recommend staying here. They only upside is the location.
Read more
Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Don’t stay here spend your money on a nice hotel with more modern amenities.
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Arthur Y wrote a review Jun 2022
1 contribution
The staff is nice and friendly. The location is excellent for access to downtown Tucson. The rooms, though, are small, with no tv and inconsistent water pressure and temperature in a tiny bathroom. Separate spirits for hot and cold water loses its charm when you are trying to shave. There is also no elevator. On the weekends, unless you are part of the party, you will hate the fact that the blaring music will not let you sleep before 2 a.m. They openly state the hotel has no quiet rooms and you sign away any chance of a refund when you register.
Read more
Date of stay: June 2022
Location
Cleanliness
Service
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Patricia T wrote a review May 2022
1 contribution
I agree with the posters about the noise and other issues. If it is a historical authentic 1930's experience, there should not be rock n roll blasting at night until 1 am from inside the hotel. . An occasional event will be fine but as a steady diet, not for all travelers. "Book another hotel" as an answer to Brian's review is cold and callous and doesn't let anyone wanting to book the hotel get a warm and fuzzy. The Hospitality industry does not work like that. The place is amazing as the building is original and showcases past historical events through photos. The rooms are authentic and of course small with ancient plumbing that could use renovating one day. But the recent room renovations are wonderful. However, I have no complaints about this part of the authentic 1930's experience. I live in Phoenix and as a lover of history, I like the hotel and stayed there on several occasions in the past but the attitude and misleading information is not appreciated along with the noise any longer. Each time I went, there was always something that put a negative spin on the experience. It is sad, it is a cute boutique hotel that can attract more higher clientele if they cleaned up their act and moved on from their aging rock n roll theme. After all, they are still a hotel and they do need to supply a quiet place for sleep as well as "varying entertainment". Also, they need to get a lift. The world is ADA compliant grandfathered in or not. Even ASU constructed an elevator where there was none in a "grand fathered in" historic building on campus for today's traffic, something The Congress Hotel has a lot of and yet to do. Authentic is not being a " rock n roll" themed hotel. It is not Disneyland. There is no parking and the place is just too noisy for getting rest and not ADA accessible. Time for a change perhaps? Just saying. The dates will not allow me to sate that I was a frequent visitor from pre pandemic day's for years. I was forced into stating 2021. Patty
Read more
Date of stay: June 2021
Value
Service
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: There is no quiet room, no parking and noise everywhere. NO elevators.
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Victor B wrote a review Jan 2022
Tucson, Arizona659 contributions184 helpful votes
Great small very “old school” bar in the Hotel Congress hotel in downtown Tucson. We caught a pretty amazing happy hour special of two 16oz beers (Dillinger ipa’s) for $8. Say what! They were great! Nice server as well! Jazz-fest was in town so that made it even better! VictorB
Read more
Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
David B wrote a review Oct 2021
Wimberley, Texas22 contributions
Stopped for one night while heading to Oakland. This place has a wonderful old time, historic vibe that gives you such a thrill! It seems that just about everything there is vintage. This includes all the furnishings in the rooms. There is plenty of hang out space in the lobby and the outside patio. The hotel is located in a lively part of town with several options for food and drink. However, this place is not for everyone. The rooms are on the small side and the bathrooms are a bit tight. Bands play downstairs and it can get loud. The night we were there they finished up by 10:30. My girlfriend and I both loved everything about the hotel and highly recommend a stay there!!
Read more
Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
MartineLamarck wrote a review Oct 2021
New York City, New York55 contributions25 helpful votes
The Séance Experience was described as "live theatrical Victorian-style Séances." This was not at all as described - we were promised: "an authentic live re-creation of a Victorian Era theatrical Dark Séance exactly as performed in the 1800’s." This was a performance by a nice, but third-rate magician performing five tricks in a dark room with some candles. We had hoped for a historical experience since it was a historic hotel where a tragic fire occurred. It was embarrassingly BAD and disorganized. The VIP people who paid twice as much should have been seated first. People rushed in and sat at the table when they had audience or less-expensive seats. Then they had to be asked to move so the people with the higher price tickets could take their seats at the table. It was so hot up there we thought we would combust. One guy had to leave the room he was so overcome by the heat. It was stifling. How about some fans or air-conditioning? No storyline, no historic references, disjointed anecdotes that did nothing to engage the audience. There were artifacts on the table, but they were underutilized. Since when are Elvis and a Rubik’s cube keychain “Victorian?” The best part was when we got sprayed with some water. What a relief! At one point the magician told us it was over, and we got up to leave. The host came into the room and announced, “Just outside in the hallway, a window opened that is always locked.” We thought perhaps now "the real show" would begin, but no. Apparently, the guy overcome by the heat got the window opened and jumped to escape. Save yourself the trouble. Just don't go.
Read more
Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: Check with hotel - it's LOUD
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
2 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
Claire C wrote a review Jun 2021
Los Angeles, California29 contributions6 helpful votes
Beautiful old hotel, built in 1921 and updated only to add AC and private bath. Onsite restaurant serves the best food ever! The staff is wonderful. Problem: the staff advised us on check-in that loud street noise would persist until 1:00 AM - the noise issue is not mentioned on the hotel website.
Read more
Date of stay: May 2021
Location
Cleanliness
Service
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
maria m wrote a review Apr 2021
Chapel Hill, North Carolina37 contributions26 helpful votes
Loved this hotel! Quaint, historic charm, lovely staff. The entire place is historic so some might miss the amenities of 2021, no elevator, older fixtures in bathrooms,no TV in the room, but thats the point isn't it? Could walk easily to downtown sites/restaurants. Loved our king size bed in room 214. It provided a front row seat to the live music on Tuesday night! We loved it, but some folks may not, so be aware.Would definitely stay there again.
Read more
Date of stay: March 2021
Value
Location
Service
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Jessica H wrote a review Apr 2021
Florida257 contributions152 helpful votes
The website says they are a loud hotel, and they are absolutely correct. Most rooms are over a nightclub that plays (LOUD) music until 2am. Then there are all the trains going by that sound a whistle when they go through town, all day and night. Then there are the 1930s walls, that let sound through (such as my neighbor, who started playing music at 7am so loud that I could hear every lyric). Even earplugs weren’t enough to blunt the noise for me. If you are somebody who wants to go to a club until 2 and then get up bright & early for a walk, this place might suit you. If that’s not your thing, you probably want to look for a different place. The staff was helpful, and they will give you discount parking at a nearby parking garage. The bed was comfortable, the WiFi was free but relatively weak.
Read more
Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
2 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
JC wrote a review Mar 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
The Hotel Congress will no longer being doing weddings for 2022 and beyond. We had a signed contract and a paid deposit (November 2020) for our wedding in April 2022, and had the Hotel Congress cancel our wedding this week (On March 10th, 2021). I work in the industry and understand the stress the pandemic has had, however, cancelling all contracted weddings for 2022 (over a year away) and beyond due to the pandemic is unreasonable. I do not believe that they will not have the needed staff to accommodate weddings in 2022, when they are still completing their remaining events in 2021. We chose The Hotel Congress due to is sentimental value to us, as well as the history and feel of the venue, and now we have to completely change our vision with a new venue, while still ensuring we keep the same date as we have already confirmed the florist, photographer, DJ and day-of-coordinator.
Read more
Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Previous
123456
PRICE RANGE
$148 - $182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
congress hotel tucson
LOCATION
United StatesArizonaTucson
NUMBER OF ROOMS
39
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about The Historic Hotel Congress
Which popular attractions are close to The Historic Hotel Congress?
Nearby attractions include Carnival of Illusion (0.3 miles), Children's Museum Tucson (0.2 miles), and Etherton Gallery (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Historic Hotel Congress?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a business center.
What food & drink options are available at The Historic Hotel Congress?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at The Historic Hotel Congress?
Yes, a parking garage, paid public parking nearby, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Historic Hotel Congress?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress, HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery, and Maynards.
Is The Historic Hotel Congress located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Tucson.
Are pets allowed at The Historic Hotel Congress?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Historic Hotel Congress offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Historic Hotel Congress?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Historic Hotel Congress?
Many travelers enjoy visiting A Mountain (Sentinel Peak) (1.7 miles), Barrio Historico (0.3 miles), and Pima County Courthouse (0.4 miles).
Does The Historic Hotel Congress have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.