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.