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“The prettiest little Victorian Spanish villa in all of Arizona”

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El Presidio Inn Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 46 Tucson B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 7, 2013

The first thing that awed and amazed me was the internal courtyard: a riot of flowers and trees greet you, offering a gorgeous oasis in the already vibrant, lively core of the historic El Presidio district of Tuscon. This private, fenced-in grotto provides a perfect setting for relaxing in the shade, for quiet contemplation or meditation, for reading or taking advantage of El Presidio district's wi-fi connection, or just for sitting and enjoying the fresh air. There is ample seating for all the Inn's guests, separate enough to be private but close enough to be friendly.

The hostess is a Georgia Peach transplanted to Arizona. A Southern Belle in manner and speech, she is kind, gracious, courteous, and generous. Patti is polite and speaks in a soft, unhurried and deliberate cadence. She has many stories and anecdotes to share, and will gladly do so over her delicious, home-cooked breakfast.

Even if Patti weren't so nice, and the grounds weren't so beautiful, the food alone would be enough to bring me back to El Presidio Inn. She cooks southern comfort food, often with a desert twist: I was fortunate enough to experience a dish that has earned El Presidio Inn much praise already: her ginger pancakes with lemon syrup. These, too, have a story -- the tale of how she came to possess the recipe -- but I won't spoil it for you. You'll just have to visit, and hear it for yourself. Suffice it to say, however, that the pancakes are definitely worth the hype.

The scrambled eggs with Parmesan and salsa were served both days of my stay, and I might have to take the concept back to Canada with me. You really haven't had scrambled eggs until you've had these. And the french toast made with cinnamon raisin bread and marinated in orange juice was a delicious spin on a classic breakfast food.

My friend and I stayed in the Victorian room, so named for its lovely private sitting room full of comfortable wicker furniture and decorated in a pretty colour scheme of white and desaturated pinks, aquas and browns. The bed was large and decadently comfortable, and though the bedroom itself didn't have a lot of space to move around, there was more than enough space for our things.

Top to bottom, El Presidio Inn Bed and Breakfast is tidy and pretty. It is obviously well-loved and well-cared-for. Rooms are clean and fresh, and they possess just enough decoration to feel homey without being cluttered. The aesthetic style may not be for everyone -- very Victorian -- but whether your stylistic tastes run more toward modern, classical, or minimalistic, I think everyone can appreciate that this inn is clean, efficient, and very welcoming.

Shared areas, such as the dining room, are spacious enough to accommodate all the Inn's guests even at full capacity without bumping elbows or rubbing shoulders.

Guests who have left animal companions at home will be pleased to see Patti's cat, Snuggles, wandering the grounds. The cat is as polite and unobtrusive as Patti herself is, though Snuggles makes fast friends with guests who are interested in her feline friendship. She is a shy cat, however, and seems to require that the guest makes the first move in initiating contact -- a boon for those who may be allergic, or are simply not fond of cats.

The beautiful grounds, friendly service, and Patti's personal touch -- like finding the eye contact solution in the bathroom cabinet -- make this one of the best places I've ever stayed. Thank you for a wonderful experience, Patti.

Room Tip: Patti will tell you this herself, but if you are a tall or large person, don't go for the quilt...
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

This is our 2nd trip to this excellent B&B in the heart of Historic Tucson. It has been 15 years since our first trip and the facility is excellent. The courtyard is just ideal and provides such a peaceful setting complete with fountain and appropriate wildlife (hummingbirds). It is an ideal place to relax after a busy day or take your first cup of morning coffee. Patti Toci is such a gracious host and her breakfasts are such a delight. Ask for the cinnamon pancakes or pumpkin waffles, they are outstanding. Not to mention the plentiful fresh fruit and coffee.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

My wife's and my stay with Patti Taci @ her El Presidio Inn in Tucson's Old Town was like a harkoning back to the past, a Brigadoon. We never expected to not only encounter a setting similar to the French Quarter in New Orleans with a spacious courtyard festooned with well attended plants and flowers, the quarters were inviting and most comfortable indeed.

Added to the atmosphere was Patti's attention to her truly gourmet breakfasts. She had all the guests gathered around the table at the same time which made for lively discussion and new friendships. And the food! You must go; she attends to all diets and tastes with a hearty feast that lasts - for me - well into dinner time.

For those inclined to the southwestern and Tex/Mex cuisine, within walking distance is a superb and inexpensive restaurant to satisfy your tastes - El Charro Cafe. Yes, we'd return to El Presidio in a flash.

Carl Gutman
Delmar, New York

Room Tip: Read her literature for a choice of room, all are charming.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Our stay in El Presidio Inn B and B capped a weekend that took us first to the historic center of Tucson and then the resort outskirts. The downtown has much to offer. I had lived in the City decades ago, before the advent historic districts, and wanted to revisit the neighborhood. Happily, El Presidio Inn is a jewel in a fascinating area, and Patti T is a wonderful hostess. We loved the garden patio, generous room space with separate lounge in the mansion itself, the quiet evening, excellent breakfast,... everything about our stay.

Room Tip: It's all good.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Carolyn Y
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

A wonderful experience to stay in such a beautiful historic house which has been expertly decorated. It is a wonderful place to relax and gives great accessibility to downtown. We thoroughly enjoyed our Tucson experience.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Just got back from a wonderful week at El Presidio B&B. The Innkeeper, Patti Toci, is an absolute delight. This is about our 5th stay at El Presidio. We go back mainly to see Patti, who is like a longtime friend. She's a very warm person who really cares about her guests and who really enjoys doing whatever she can to make their stay perfect. Plus, her breakfasts are excellent! A few of the meals that we had during the week: ginger pancakes with homemade lemon sauce, a Mexican frittata filled with fresh veggies, and blue corn waffles with blueberry sauce. She starts every breakfast with a big bowl of fresh, assorted fruit. We always stay in the Carriage House which is like a mini-apartment with a bedroom, small kitchen, living room, and bath. There is hardly anything better than sitting outside in her courtyard enjoying all the beautiful flowers and lush plants - a comfortable and lovely oasis in downtown Tucson. Even though we just got home, we can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

This is our 4th or 5th return trip to this excelent B&B in the heart of Tucson. The inn keeper, Patti Toci, is a joy and has set the "bar" for us in judging just how good a B&B might be. Her breakfasts are plentiful and filled with fresh fruit and veggies. Because we usually vacation for a week, we stay int the "carriage house" suite which is her largest accomodation. The facility is built around an inside courtyard which has a lovely fountain which attracts humming birds, wrens and an occasional hawk! It is a plesent place to drink morning coffee or a little wine as the sun goes down. I think we would move in if she would have us!!

Room Tip: if you are there for several days consider the larger carrage house.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 297 N Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-8219
Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson > El Presidio
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Kitchenette Spa
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Ranked #3 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Tucson
Price Range: $95 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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