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“Old Gem”
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Copper Queen Hotel
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Bisbee
Sun City
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57 reviews
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“Old Gem”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

This place is absolutely gorgeous, w/ splendid views and comfortable public areas. Only a block off Main Street, Ald Town Bisbee is w/in comfortable walking distance. The place was built in 1902, and the slendor reflects that - but so do the rooms. They are small, but comfortable and quiet. The on site restaurant is reasonably priced given what it is, and the food is good. There is a nice pool area. Breakfast is not included in the room price, tho they do offer complimentary coffee. A bit pricey overall, but take it for what it is and enjoy the history of the Copper Queen and the Bisbee area.

Room Tip: Ask for one overlooking Main Street
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mesa
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Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

Took my two sons over the weekend, rooms were nice, the Restaurant they have is good and also the saloon.
The only major problem is I got double billed and also I was told my someone at the front desk when I checked in
Is that it was 20.00 extra per night because it was the weekend!, which I found out later this was not true, I spoke with someone regarding my bill and have asked to speak with the manager several times but he or she never called back.
I think they are dishonest and will Never go back!! The only thig scary about this hotel is the bill!!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Copperqueen, General Manager at Copper Queen Hotel, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Robert,

First I would like to say thank you for staying with us here at the Copper Queen Hotel. I would also like to address a few things that are inaccurate within your review. The day you checked in, you came into the building expecting to have a reservation with our property when you in fact booked online for the night prior in which I lost money on due to the fact you failed to show up on your actual date of arrival. You handed me a printout of your reservation and we had to point out your error to you. You arrived on a busy night, and since our prices are based on occupancy the price of $20.00 more was correct from the night prior on a low occupancy night.

You called expecting to speak with the manager who handles any disputes on his days off. And you were made aware of this by the front desk clerks. During this time the front desk refunded your money to you. Upon arrival back to the office, the General Manager, Refunded even more money back to you for your inconveniences. Once again if there is anything I can do for you, you have my work schedule in your email.

Thank You.

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Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Everyone there is very friendly and helpful. Rooms are clean. Got to spend the night in John Waynes room. Lots of history here. Breakfast in the restaurant was also excellent. Would definately recommend it to others.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Arrived in Bisbee about 6:30PM, had confirmed reservations for two rooms. It's No Parking outside the Hotel, so it is a block or so uphill to available parking, not exclusively however for the Hotel's guests. I remembered the Hotel from when I lived in Douglas, AZ as a boy, it hasn't changed much since then except for room furnishings. The common rooms in the lobby and the parlor on the second floor are period and perhaps the most interesting. Our rooms were clean but more shaby than chic, I have had better bath facilities in British/Irish B&Bs. Since they are the longest continuously operating hotel in America, They must have renovated on a room by room basis. The plumbing stacks for all rooms lead out onto the back wall of the Hotel and look older than my 66 years, cast iron with oakum/lead seals. Disappointment with the rooms was easily matched with the dining. Upon checking in, I asked if the restaurant was serving and was told until 8PM. At 6:55 PM we went into the restaurant, to be greeted from the rear, by whom I later found to be a manager, with a curt "Can I help you?". Sometime between our 6:30 arrival and 6:55, they closed the restaurant; supposedly they had an unexpected run that night and had no food left. No one else in town had a similar "run", and we asked. With the front desk about 20 feet from the restaurant, how could the clerk NOT know about it. On our own we found a great Mexican bar with very authentic dishes and great margaritas. We paid a base rate of $136 per room for the night plus taxes. The next morning we found a B&B who charge the same room rate but whose accomodations were first-rate, modern and very contemporary. I have stayed in many an old inn or hotel and have never been as disappointed as I was in the Copper Queen Hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Belmont, California
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

What a wonderful old hotel. It has kept the charm of yesteryear yet the rooms are very comfortable. We had room #204 which is way in the back of the hotel. It was very bright and welcoming. We didn't eat in the restaurant as we were warned that the food wasn't up to par. However, after a few drinks in the bar where we were served by a great bartender, we decided to have a bite to eat there anyway and it was quite good. All in all, a wonderful experience. The reason for the four stars instead of five is the heater in the room was so noisy we decided to turn i off and wake up to the morning chill instead.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Peoria, Az.
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243 reviews
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Just spent a night at the Copper Queen. Did you know this is the oldest hotel west of the Mississippi? I didn't either. Had a tour of the hotel by the owner. Lots of famous people stayed here in the past and my favorite writer JA Jance has a room named after her here. Saw John Waynes personal room. All Victorian decor and steeped in history, including the licensed prostitute that stayed here and hung herself in her room when her boyfriend refused to leave his wife for her. If you are into ghost hunting this is the place for you. Nice owners and a friendly place. Rooms dated, of course, but each has it's own bathroom. A great plus for a hotel of this age.

Room Tip: Ask for the Madams room for a thrilling night!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Stayed at the hotel cause it seemed a cool thing to do. While the hotel is awesome and has the whole ghost thing going for it, find another place to stay. The beds are just as old as the hotel and don't lend to a good nights sleep. The constant noise of dozens of pigeons was annoying. Take a stop by, check it out, but stay somewhere else. Lots of other options to choose from in Bisbee.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Copper Queen Hotel
Address: 11 Lowell Ave, PO Drawer CQ, Bisbee, AZ 85603-1131
Location: United States > Arizona > Bisbee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Bisbee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Copper Queen Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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