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“Secret Garden in the Heart of Tucson”
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Arizona Inn
Ranked #4 of 129 Hotels in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 26, 2014

I fall in love with this hotel every time I'm in town. I love its central location, but feeling like I'm in a secret garden once inside the walls. They have such a nice balance of casual and treating guests like royalty. Many rooms/suites have their own private patio, so great for entertaining locals when you're visiting. There is great history to the place, try to read up on it a bit before arriving and you'll have a great appreciation once you're there. Take some time to enjoy the sitting room. I usually find it quiet and enjoy reading or playing chess with a friend. Enjoy ping pong, tennis, swimming, or stroll the wandering paths. So close to downtown, and a straight shot to the Foothills.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

If you want a trip back to peaceful elegance and friendly charm, this is your spot. This is a very relaxing, humble Inn with a fantastic story and excellent restaurant. It's a beautiful setting, conveniently located to the University of Arizona and downtown Tucson. It's a nice change of pace from the many beautiful resort options.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

This is The Place for Tucson. All those other places -- Stallion Ranch, Canyon Ranch, etc. -- are for those who love a hectic life. If you've like to stay in the center of Tucson in absolute, truly noticeable quiet, beautiful grounds, delightful dining, welcoming service, and perfect accommodation -- this is where to go.

We stayed here by accident while trying to see too much in Tucson in too little time. The Arizona Inn cured us of that! After just one night, we preferred the Inn to sights and cut back our driving around to one event per day. Why? The Inn is just so, so, so pleasant. It's a destination in itself. Decompression exemplified....

Surely, you can swim laps in the huge pool, play tennis (or croquet or ping pong), ride bikes, gambol on horses and so forth but why not sink into a huge leather chair in the library, read and snooze? A perfect day: sleep late, breakfast on the patio with the complimentary Times/WSJ, off for a tour somewhere, back for a swim and a cocktail, dinner and fine wine, DVD from the classic movie collection and an early collapse.

No need to go on... other reviews are on target though we didn't have a single bad meal and the service was as slow or fast as we directed. No one is rushing you off your table in order to turn it, that's for sure! This is where Old Tucson discretely shows up to arrange things so you're likely to see and chat with wonderfully capable people -- a nice treat -- and an assurance of courtly behavior.

We're putting this on our World List of Most Pleasant Places and now planning to spend a couple of weeks there soon.

Room Tip: Online shopping can hold down costs somewhat. There are a variety of sizes and shapes to the rooms a...
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

Definitely an older crowd and vibe. Lots of dresses, dinner jackets and ties. The grounds are lush and the staff is friendly and accommodating. But the dining is a bit of a yawn, unless your idea of a good time is white tablecloths and muted observations about real estate prices. We were more hiking / outdoors oriented and felt like we'd unknowingly showed up at a formal patio event in shorts and running shoes.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

Charming place for the refined, reserved, and elegant. I can't rave enough about this historic property! It has good karma, is well maintained, and is all about service. The woman that started it, wanted a way to give jobs to veterans, so hired them to make all of the furniture, which is now antique. you can tell that staff are treated well here and there is no lack of them. Meals or drinks by the pool are lovely. An absolutely beautiful property with well manicured grounds. Nice tennis courts. Old world charm. Complimentary ice cream social in the warm months or teas in the cooler months make you feel special. Ornate library with large selection of newspapers. Quiet and relaxing. Impeccably clean. Beautiful location. Excellent in every way. They are the epitome of the hospitality industry, the ultimate.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

Just to get the caveats out of the way first: our only room service breakfast was a disaster--no utensils, and when they arrived a half hour later bkfst was inedible. We mentioned it and were comped. Food and drink service in the Audubon Bar is super slow. Be patient. One night the Negroni was perfect, the next night not.

Small potatoes, though, in a blissful three-day stay at this out-of-time marvel. The grounds as perfect as reported. Pure retro elegance, easy and assured. Well-trained, thoughtful staff.
From the small cocktail party hosted by genial manager, Patrick Cray, upon our arrival to the smiling young porter at departure who, after loading the bags into the car, offered bottles of water, we were happy indeed. Informal meals on the bar patio--uniformly decent (well, a shrimp/asparagus omelet was overcooked). And an excellent Valentine's dinner in the dining room, well-served by Alec.
None of the cookie-cutter brand of Ritz/Four Seasons luxury (I'm not complaining), but a graceful reminder of what care and comfort should be all about. A previous poster here imagined an swell-elegant favorite aunt as charming hostess. That gets it just about right.

Room Tip: Rooms 200 and 201 share a small deck overlooking the pool. If both rooms are occupied, privacy can...
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

95 unique rooms in a 1930 oasis run by the same family (third generation) should be the first clues that quality still sells. This is NOT the young crowd as the clients are of a "mature age" range which perhaps makes AI a GOTO location. Quiet and calm is the end result from this beautifully (you better like pink) appointed Inn that is a soothing oasis in the heart of Tucson. Just down the street from Univ of Ariz hospital this is not a mountain view resort but once you are inside the walls there is no reason to look outside.
The main Restaurant offers top choices while the wine list is adequate (though they need to work on a better temperature control for wine storage….too warm) and the bar offers a few more choices of casual food/sandwiches with an outside patio. The inside living room is just magnificent with wood buying fireplace, comfy couches and great lounging area for the high tea or after dinner Irish Whiskey…or two…or three….
The heated pool is perhaps the highlight and offers a wonderful, calm atmosphere with top notch service poolside of full bar and casual, incredible food. A place you simply don't want to leave once you settle in.
Yet, the rooms are made for incoming ballistic missiles as they are so quiet and individualize. If you read the history, Grandma was brilliant and built this place to last, and last and last while giving the guest individuality. She was way ahead of her time while the Arizona Inn is still THE place to stay in Tucson ANYTIME.

Room Tip: Rooms near pool area (142 is a King Deluxe) offers an easy, private stroll to pool but you won't...
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Arizona Inn

Address: 2200 E Elm St, Tucson, AZ 85719-4395
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Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Tucson
#3 Luxury Hotel in Tucson
#4 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
#17 Business Hotel in Tucson
Price Range: $170 - $371 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Arizona Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Privacy, quiet & sunshine. The Arizona Inn is an historic, boutique, resort hotel spread over 14 acres of gardens, fountains, flowers and lawns in the heart of mid-town Tucson, Arizona. ... more   less 
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