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The Big Blue House Tucson Boutique inn
Ranked #10 of 45 Tucson B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 21, 2008

My wife and stayed there this past March. First off, the location is PERFECT. Easy walk to 4th avenue, the University area and even downtown if you like to walk. The room was nice but needed some updating (knobs falling off and such, not a huge deal). The room was very clean and organized and included a small refrigerator (more on that later). We could not open the windows though and a couple afternoon is was pretty hot in there. The nights were cool and we would have liked to have the windows open.

Parking is on the street and we had no qualms about parking our car. It seemed to be a very safe neighborhood. The only two caveats we had were that there was no breakfast per se. They put food in your room and refrigerator. A lot of the items were past their expiration date and some of the fruit was no good. But they did stock it nicely. However, when my wife and I go to a B&B we prefer a common room breakfast so we can meet and talk to other guests. We have met many nice people over the years and have found out things to do that we wouldn't have known about. The second thing was that the owner was friendly but did not give us any advice about what to do or where to go. She didh't ask us anything about our interests, just pointed us to 4th street. In the past most proprietors have talked to us for a good 30 minutes and given us some good advice. But it's not like she was mean, just not as social as we have come to expect from B&B's.

Overal we had a nice stay but it could have been nicer. We've been to countless B&B's, I would not rate this as the best or the worst, more above average. But the location/price are great.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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WestU, Owner at The Big Blue House Tucson Boutique inn, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2008

We appreciate these comments concerning Expired Items:
The Big Blue House Boutique Inn provides many items in your private kitchen area (refreshed daily) including: Fresh pastries, Fresh fruit, Oatmeals, Cream of Wheat, (room has hot water dispenser) Selection of cold cereals, bagels, apple juice, orange juice, V8 juice, other fruit juices, honey, jams, jellies, quality coffee, large selection of teas, individual milk servings... The list is too long to list all items... Milk servings are purchased in bulk and frozen until your arrival so sometimes shows expired when it is in fact quite fresh.

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Reviewed April 12, 2008

We go to Tucson once or twice a year, and this was our second stay at the Big Blue House. This is the best location from which to experience urban Tucson. It's walking distance to the University and Fourth Ave., which has lots of coffee houses, cool shops and restaurants. One could theoretically walk downtown, too, although we ended up driving most of the time. BBH is a comfortable place to stay and it gets the basics right: good beds, in-room kitchenettes, WIFI, thick towels, plenty of toiletries. My only complaint was that in a room graced by 5 windows, most were really difficult to open, and none stayed open without propping. There is train noise in this part of Tucson, but a pair of earplugs (don't leave home without them!) does the trick. The rooms could use some kind of visitors' guide - I mentioned this to the owner and she said that it's one of the things they will be adding soon. All in all, a good place to stay.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 2, 2008

We stayed at BBH for 2 nights on a bicycling trip. The owner/managers went out of their way to answer any questions and to assure us our bikes would be safe in the van. Note: parking is on the street, but it's a nice neighborhood and they have video surveillance cameras. We had no problem. Comfy beds and nice in room gear, tv, fridge, micro, ac, etc. It was nice to return after a long day on the trails, park the car, relax for a bit, then saunter down to 4th Ave. for a meal.

A step above the normal motel by the highway. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 1, 2008

The BBH is a great alternative to a hotel, especially for visitors in Tucson for a longer stay. The room I stayed in was large, with upscale furniture, modern bathroom, and a reasonable kitchen. The UA campus is an easy walk and Time Market and 4th Ave restaurants are very close. At roughly the same price as the Plaza (Sheraton), this is a great value. Highly recommended for UA visitors.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 31, 2008

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Big Blue House. It is ideally located in a quiet area yet within easy walking distance of a selection of small individual shops and restaurants. Near to the University and facilities in that area. The local bus stops across the road if you don't want to walk.

Our room was for an extended stay and very much self-contained with its own private entrance, more like an apartment than a hotel room. We couldn't have wished for a better place to stay, and have paid much more for other less well-equiped rooms in the past.

Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 21, 2008

The Big Blue House has a wonderful location. It is within walking distance of numerous places of interest -.the Univerisity of Arizona - many restaurants and shops etc. It has a wraparound porch filled with comfortable seating. It is a stretch to call it a B and B for actually it is apartments where you can fix your own simple breakfast with the numerous fresh supplies provided. At the moment there is no common eating area but they plan for that in the future. The apartments are beautiifully furnished. The hosts live on site. There is a real person on the phone when you call which is very nice. The hosts make a real effort to meet your needs. We enjoyed a morning bike ride around campus on bikes furnished by the Big Blue House. We arrived very late at night after a 27 hour bus ride from Mexico and recovered splendidly at this location.

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Reviewed March 12, 2008

I've stayed at the BBH several times. My first time was amazing. Everything was perfect. The location is great, the rooms are beautifully decorated, and the owners are extremely friendly. Everything is relatively new, and CLEAN, so it's easy to feel very comfortable.

My last time, I didn't have a hair dryer in the room, so I went to go and ask for one. They didn't have another extra, so the owners went to buy one for me at 8am! Now that is service!!

I found there were problems with the internet connection. I travel on business, and the internet goes in and out. I called to have it reset, but it lasted about 20 minutes and went out again. I wouln't recommend the BBH for business travelers. Also, twice I did not have breakfast in my room. My recommendation is that if you do not have breakfast by 8pm the night before, you better ask for it, because otherwise, you will be without breakfast.

I think the inn is a great place for the casual traveler who doesn't mind asking for things and wants a great location and price for a trip to tucson, but like I said, I wouldn't expect too much if you are there on business.

Stayed: March 2008
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WestU, Owner at The Big Blue House Tucson Boutique inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2008

We went out and purchased a new Wireless Internet router and it works allot better now. We will do better on your next visit gggg.
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Address: 144 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85705-7739
Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Tucson
Price Range: $136 - $205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Big Blue House Tucson Boutique inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful Victorian Queen Anne built in 1899 and lovingly restored and remodeled into Tucson's most progressive eco-friendly boutique inn. Each private suite is unique with vintage furnishing. Eco friendly features such as a RO filtered water dispenser in your own in-suite kitchen.Perfectly located on the "University Bike Boulevard" a short walk to UofA and only 2 blocks "The cultural Center of Tucson" Historic Fourth Avenue... Check out our new University area streetcar! ... more   less 
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