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El Presidio Inn Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 45 Tucson B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 28, 2010

While this B & B is situated in the interesting, historic El Presidio part of Tucson, and is itself a lovely old building with a gorgeous courtyard, unfortunately I cannot wholeheartedly recommend this B & B. Reading the other reviews here, I cannot believe that i stayed at the same inn.

The proprietor and owner of El Presidio, Patti Tocci, is obviously not suited to working in the hospitality industry. It is clear that she is bitter and angry with her clients rather than enjoying her line of work. She is a rude and ornery person. If you can deal with this you may not mind staying here. She scolded me and my family as well as the other guests on a number of occasions and had a condescending attitude. There were little notes placed all over the rooms telling us what we could and could not do, for ex. do not put your luggage on this floor, do not touch these curtains, etc. She stood around the breakfast table and glowered over us, scolding us if we picked up the syrup incorrectly or didn’t pass the plates in the order she dictated.

Speaking of breakfast, she insisted that we show up at 8:30 and said that was the designated time and she wasn’t deviating from it. However, breakfast was usually not ready at 8:30. And by the way, the breky was nothing to write home about. It was not too terribly bad, but paled in comparison to the many scrumptious breakfasts we’ve been treated to at other B & Bs. We had cold scrambled eggs or egg-bake every day! I have not eaten eggs since. She does not accommodate dietary requests very tolerably. When I mentioned that I was lactose intolerant, she screwed up her face and asked me what that was. There was a couple there that were keeping kosher and were vegetarian. Patti singled them out numerous times, reminding all of us that they weren't eating her bacon or sausages. This was uncalled for.

One day we came back to the B & B late in the afternoon to rest briefly before heading out to meet some relatives for an early dinner. We found Patti at our room still cleaning. That didn’t bother us but she blocked the door and insisted that we could not enter until she finished. Unbelievable! We explained that we needed 30 minutes to freshen up and were expected at someone’s house at a certain time so couldn’t really wait. She stated emphatically, “I know you can wait and you will wait”. I emphatically disagreed and at that she threw her cleaning things to the floor and stomped out. By the end of our stay I was suspicious of her behaviour and thought she was a very troubled person.

Keeping with her aversion to customer service, when it came time to settle the bill, she stated that she would like a check, not credit card payment. She went on and on about the woes of small business owners being charged the credit card fees. She needs to take that complaint to legislators not her customers. We obliged and paid with check, however 6 weeks later, she still has not cashed it. I find this to be an irresponsible business practice.

All in all, an unpleasant stay. We were there to enjoy the Tucson area so did not spend alot of time at the B & B, but you do want to feel comfortable and relaxed when you are back at your accommodation. This is not the case at this establishment.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2010

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
Oklahoma

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2010

My wife and I trytostay atB&B's whenever we travel if possible. We just enjoyed a week at the most memorable bed & breakfast we have ever stayed in. El Presidio Inn is an old restored B&B located in downtown Tucson, with easy access to all that Tucson and southern Arizona have to offer. The Inn's owner/manager Patti Toci makes you feel so welcome right from the start, you feel you are returning to visit a friend. The room we stayed in is part of a converted carriage house [there are 3 other rooms available], with a kitcheonette, living area, 3-piece bath, and bedroom. While somewhat dated, it was quite comfortable and quiet [except for the occasional train whistle] and finished with antiques and collectables. Patti kept snacks, fruit and beverages supplied in the room each day, so we felt right at home. The courtyard with its beautiful Mexican fountain made a perfect place to read a book. There's even a lemon tree to sit under [Patti uses the lemons in her cooking!]. The breakfasts were excellent - wholesome and using fresh ingredients, Patti made something interesting and tasty each morning. The great conversation with other guests in the sunny dining room really added to the experience as well.
All in all, El Presidio added the prefect background to an otherwise wonderful Southern Arizona vacaction. If you're looking for something simple but unique, you won't be dissapointed.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank catdoc
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Reviewed February 26, 2010

The the fountain and flowers in the unique courtyard coupled with comfortable rooms and Patti Toci's kindness and kinowledge (and breakfast delights!) make this a place where guests can immediately feel at home. Easy to reach from I17 -- free on-street parking.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank AliceIsabel
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Reviewed January 15, 2010

We just completed 4 wonderful days at the El Presidio B & B in Tucson. The innkeeper, Patti, was so helpful and generious with hospitality, breakfasts and assistance with direciton and attractions to visit. Her breakfasts were a specail treat accompanied by conversation about plans for the day and what was happening in town. Our room was large, very clean and most comfortable--the internet for my laptop was a breeze to use. Our room was freshened each day with special "treats" on the counter when we returned from our day trips. We especially enjoyed sitting in the patio in the late afternoon, having a glass of wine and recalling our edventures. We heartedly recommend Patti and the El Presidion B and B

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank NHJB
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Reviewed November 30, 2009

El Presidio Bed and Breakfast is an oasis of peace and quiet in the middle of the city. The accommodations were excellent. One of the oldest buildings in Tucson, this adobe has been completely renovated, but the ambience of the colonial period remains. A central patio filled with flowering plants and a delightful fountain greets you as you enter. The food was delicious and the hostess a warm and friendly lady who wants to make your visit as special as possible. I highly recommend this B and B,

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank domemkr
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Reviewed November 25, 2009

We have stayed at this b & b for several years to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and have found the host, Patti, to be consistently accommodating and helpful for any need or question. More importantly, she serves the best breakfasts of any b & b we have ever stayed around the world. I enjoy sitting in her lush Tucson garden, and the rooms are always spotless and beautiful.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank CGTandem
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Additional Information about El Presidio Inn Bed and Breakfast

Address: 297 N Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-8219
Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson > El Presidio
Amenities:
Kitchenette Spa
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Ranked #2 of 45 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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