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“Like Staying With Your Favorite Grandma, Only Better!”

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El Presidio Inn Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 47 Tucson B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Phoenix, AZ
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Like Staying With Your Favorite Grandma, Only Better!”
Reviewed August 28, 2007

What a great bed and breakfast this is!

I'll start with the great property. It's in Tucson's historic disctrict and the building is a historic building -- and it's just beautiful. The rooms are HUGE -- large by hotel standards, let alone by B&B standards. We were in the Carriage House suite, which had a separate bedroom with a nicely sized closet, a separate bathroom with shower and a large sink, a full kitchenette and full-sized fridge, and a sitting room with a sleeper sofa. I looked at all the rooms on the property, and they were all larger than I'm used to from historic B&Bs. All the rooms are lovingly decorated and have themes -- if you like antiques this is a great place to visit. Towels and bathroom supplies are changed daily.

There is a courtyard with tables and chairs and a fountain along with lovely, mature foliage and trees. The breakfast room looks out onto the beautiful, serene patio.

All the rooms have free internet access, and Patti also has a computer you can use if you need to and don't have a laptop with you. You could actually do business from this B&B, which is a rarity in my experience.

The food was wonderful. Patti is a wonderful cook and hostess, and she is very open to making whatever guests might want. Her corn cake waffles are NOT to be missed. We had a bowl of fresh fruit as a starter each morning, then an egg dish, waffles or french toast (also fabulous) and bacon, with water, juice, tea and coffee. You leave happily stuffed after breakfast. There were also snacks for us in the room, as well as a variety of drinks in the fridge.

Patti made great restaurant suggestions for us and made reservations for us as well. She also helped us get orientated to the area -- we were down for a wedding and so weren't familiar with the part of Tucson we were in.

The only negative I can come up with is the fact that the trains run nearby. You cannot avoid this in any part of the historic district and surrounding areas. My husband never heard the trains once he fell asleep, and the trains never woke me up, either. However, if you're a terribly light sleeper, earplugs would be a good idea, but again, that will be true for ANY and ALL hotels and B&Bs in Tucson's historic district.

Patti is such a warm and welcoming person, you feel at home immediately. You feel like family in about an hour. The whole vibe is relaxed and casual. Since it's smack-dab in the historic district, you can walk to many things, like the artisans area and some great restaurants, from the B&B.

Bottom line -- our whole family enjoyed this stay and we can't wait to go back. I'm looking for reasons to go to Tucson just to have a return stay at the El Presidio.

Stayed August 2007
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Reviewed May 3, 2007

Patti is the innkeeper of this lovely B & B and she told us her and her husband spent 12 years restoring this beautiful adobe home themselves. Needless to say, the place is gorgeous. Two rooms are in the main house, two in the garden area. The garden area is a delight...my husband read out there amongst all the beautiful flowers and birds every morning. Patti makes the most incredible homemade breakfasts. One morning it was homemade gingerbread pancakes with lemon syrup made straight from her lemons in the garden. A far cry from the bland continental breakfasts at most chain hotels. The place was quiet, clean, affordable, and most importantly, in the historic area of town where you can do a walking tour of the oldest part of Tuscon. You can also walk to downtown and are blocks from the freeway for daily adventures in the area. Can't recommend this place enough.

  • Liked — In historic area, quiet, beautiful
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Federal Way, Washington
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Reviewed November 17, 2006

The Inn is located in the Presidio, the "old" town of Tucson. You can walk to anything downtown in minutes. The building, a historical gem is beautifully maintained, always clean and tidy. The grounds are large and a perfect spot to sun or relax with other guests over wine as the sun goes down. Patti, the innkeeper/owner is the other reason to stay here. She has all the knowledge and information for your exploration of the region. She also has to be one of the sweetest people on earth. Oh yes, the breakfasts! Better come hungry as there is always enough great food to feed a small army (though maximum occupancy is 8), plus fruit, juice and endless coffee. I have been staying here for more than 10 years (20+ visits). The experience is always the same. Wonderful. I'm sure there are fancier and certainly more expensive places to stay in Tucson, but none better. I'm looking forward to my next dozen or so trips to Tucson in the years to come. I'll be staying at El Presidio Inn.

  • Liked — breakfast, price, location, great rooms and innkeeper
  • Tips/Secrets — every room is different some with kitchen or sitting rooms so ask what works for you
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: El Presidio Inn Bed and Breakfast
Address: 297 N Main Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701-8219
Location: United States > Arizona > Tucson > El Presidio
Kitchenette Spa
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Ranked #3 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Tucson
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Number of rooms: 4

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