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The Historic Hotel Congress
Ranked #56 of 130 Hotels in Tucson
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“What a dump”
Reviewed February 21, 2007

I've eaten here a few times and the food's been pretty good. However I do not recommend staying here. It is loud and noisy and there are security staff everywhere trying to contain the nightclub that spills out into the foyer and bar most nights.
The area is a little rough and there is no safe parking. It is cheap however and I'll pretty much put up with anything to save a few bucks. You get what you pay for. No sleep, no comforts, not nice.

Stayed August 2005
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Reviewed July 10, 2006

I stayed at the Hotel Congress in Mid July 2006. The hotel is old, quaint, and clean however there is only a second floor and it is above late night bars and private party rooms. There was a booming rock band just below my room for a wedding---and I was told that was the quiet part of the hotel. After 10pm the band finished, but the bar is open until 2am and may rooms are directly over it. Did I mention the train?

Downtown Tucson is also still a slum. My room faced housing projects and there are disturbed homeless people everywhere. I took a walk around the neighborhood in the morning and found it to be incredibly depressing. There were no good restauarants nearby. The famous 24 hour "Grill" had a funky odor and nobody waited on me after several minutes so I left.

Also bad is that Hotel Congress has no airconditioning. I am an AZ native and evap does not do much in mid july

Tucson is a great place, and I go there often. Downtown however is gross and there are many nicer places to stay for even more reasonable prices.

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Property: The Historic Hotel Congress
Address: 311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701-1811
Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Tucson
#33 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Historic Hotel Congress 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Congress is listed on the National Historic Hotel Registry. We pride ourselves on the many unique features we offer that you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. This historic Tucson hotel transports you back in time. Some cynical city-slicker types might notice the absence of a television in any of our 40 rooms and feel slighted. But it's intentional - we strive to maintain the Hotel's original ambiance - from the iron bed to the vintage radio, from the comforting rumble of the nearby iron horse to the retro-style phone that actually connects to a switchboard at the front desk. All rooms are uniquely designed offering an original experience every time and unlike most historic hotels, all rooms have private bathrooms, free high speed internet, and a private guest lounge.The lounge offers our patrons a large-screen television with unlimited channels as well as free computer access. You can also enjoy the exclusive outdoor patio, where you can soak-up the Tucson sunshine year round. We have new upgrades for our guests, to ensure an amazing experience during your stay at Hotel Congress. *Bike Program - We now have bicycles that our guests are able to check out to explore Tucson during their stay! We recommended guests to bike the Santa Cruz River Trail, and the Train Trail behind Maynards Market and Kitchen. Let us help you explore Downtown Tucson in a new way! *Snacks from local vendors - Enjoy some treats from our local vendors. Every room has a tray filled with a variety of snacks that are available to purchase. We have: Cactus candy, Rbar Energy Bar, Spunlight Cotton Candy, Green Valley pecans, Essentia Ionized Water, POPPED Artisan Popcorn, Cerreta Candy Co., and the Kobito Hangover and Love Kits. *Guest Room Internet - We now provide super high speed wireless Internet in our guest rooms that is 10x faster than before! ... more   less 
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