We enjoyed staying for two nights in this old desert inn. We had the Evangeline/Fernando suite and really liked that we each had our own bathrooms. How often to you get that luxury?! Both bathrooms are clean and nicely appointed with small side tables, handy for laying your brushes, toiletries. Hot water was instant and constant. Lights by the very comfortable king bed were bright enough to do some reading, not like the weak lighting found in many B&Bs. The Evangeline suite opens out to a plain little private courtyard with a couple of chairs and chaise longues. There is some road noise from the highway, but it died down significantly after dark, so we were able to leave the bathroom windows open for ventilation. The main courtyard is just beautiful. Continental breakfast was plenty for us--we eat light in the mornings and didn't want a big presentation. The innkeeper is nice and professional as mentioned in other reviews. That didn't bother me since I really didn't want to be chatted up. She strikes me as a no-nonsense person (think Barbara Stanwyck :), but I think you want that when you're out in the middle of nowhere, not too many miles from a prison. Can't say enough about the beautiful desert setting: the cacti, the birds, the smell of the creosote bushes. We didn't use the pool or spa because we were too tired--there was some leaf litter in the pool, just a small amount not unlike you might encounter in your own backyard pool. It wouldn't have deterred me from a swim had I wanted to do so. I don't know why people have complained about the RV park next door. That's what Phoenix and area is all about--snowbirds coming down for the winter. Didn't bother us at all. So if you want solitude and something different from the big city, this place is it! I felt like I had gone back in time to an old hacienda. The historic part of Florence is charming, everyone we met was friendly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The best of the old Southwest and the latest amenities come together in this magical historic adobe inn. Inviting courtyard rooms and private casitas (cottages) with full kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms and baths, welcome a variety of travelers. A setting of towering cactus and enhanced native vegetation, create an atmosphere of serenity and privacy. Pets welcome with approval. Centrally located on a scenic highway between Phoenix & Tucson. ... more less
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