If you like the B&B experience, you will absolutely love El Presidio. The most exceptional part of the whole package is the owner, Patti Toci. Patti grew up in the South and brings an elegant Southern charm to your Tucson experience. She is an absolute delight to be around, and at the same time, very knowledgeable and helpful. When we left after a week's stay, it was like saying goodbye to a good friend.
El Presidio is perfectly located for staying in Tuscon. It is very easy to get to, and within walking distance of several restaurants and shops. It has easy access to the Interstate, but not so close as to have any traffic noise.
The large enclosed courtyard of the B&B is an unexpected treasure. It is full of beautiful trees (including palms and citrus), flowers, and plants of all kinds. There is a fountain, and tables and chairs for relaxing. Our only regret was not spending more time there.
The breakfasts were outstanding. Each morning we were always greeted by a fresh bowl of fruit; some of the citrus was picked that very morning off of Patti's own citrus trees. We were there an entire week, and there was no repetition. Patti's creative dishes included ginger pancakes, banana fritters, Smithfield ham, etc. Patti always goes the extra distance. Several times she prepared a special syrup, such as lemon syrup, made from the fresh lemons on her property. There was always plenty to eat; in fact, we were so full on most days after breakfast that we skipped lunch.
Patti's prices that she quotes INCLUDE the tax, and this makes her B&B a real bargain. Her rooms are immaculate, and she does all of the housekeeping and cooking herself to her exacting standards. We have discovered that Tucson is a great place to go for us to escape the cold and snow of our winter and early spring. It is a great hub for numerous day trips in the area. There are also some exceptional restaurants nearby, such as Poca Cosa. We plan to go back to Tucson, and without question we know where we will be staying when we do.
Jerry & Debbie Anderson
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