Famous for being John Dillinger’s hideout right before his infamous capture, this hip little boutique hotel is in the heart of downtown and features funky, inexpensive rooms outfitted with vintage radios, antique bedspreads and old concert posters. It also boasts one of our favorite gourmet diners in town, the Cup Café and bar/music venue Club Congress (can be loud on weekends). If you don’t mind noise from the bar scene below and don’t require amenities, this is a hip hotel in the middle of downtown – and it’s cheap! Rooms range between $99-$169 per night.
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The Arizona Inn * A FAV
The Arizona Inn is a historic, boutique, resort hotel spread over 14 acres of gardens, fountains, flowers and lawns in the heart of midtown Tucson. The luxury Inn has been continually owned and operated by the same family since its inception in the 1930’s. The spacious rooms are spread over 14 acres in adobe-style casitas—most have private patios and some have fireplaces. The resort also has three luxurious two-story houses with their own heated pools and full-hotel service. The main building has a library (high tea is served here), a fine-dining restaurant, and a cocktail lounge where a jazz pianist plays.
Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort * A FAV
A personal favorite of ours, Hacienda Del Sol is a historic jewel on 34 acres in the foothills of the Catalina Mountain range. In 1929, John and Helen Murphey created Hacienda Del Sol; a desert retreat, with many personal touches crafted by the Murphey’s . The property was originally a school for the daughters of society’s elite families. Today it is luxury resort with a AAA Four Diamond restaurant with an award winning wine list and more. The gardens and mountain views are truly spectacular!
Lowes Ventana Canyon
Loews Ventana Canyon
Nestled on 100-acres in the Catalina Foothills, the Lowes Ventana Canyon resort is a four-diamond resort and ranked in the Top 25 in North America by Condé Nast Traveler. It boasts five dining options, two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, and full spa with signature and outdoor treatments.
Westin La Paloma
Tucked into the Catalina Foothills, the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa completed a $35 Million renovation in 2013. Everything from rooms, pools and meeting spaces were completely rejuvenated, including white Capistrano sand bunkers on the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. Five dining options include AZUL Restaurant and Lounge’s innovative presentation of Southwest cuisine, and five pools, including a 177-foot water-slide and a swim-up bar.
El Presidio Inn Bed & Breakfast
El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn is located in the heart of Old Tucson, in the El Presidio Historic District. (across the street from The Franklin House, our wedding venue). This is a walking neighbourhood with regional artisan shops, lively restaurants, parks, museums, and of course historic attractions. A Victorian Adobe, El Presidio Bed & Breakfast is a splendid example of American Territorial, blending the rich cultural heritage of Mexican and American building traditions unique to Tucson, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The award-winning restoration recreated its original Victorian elegance and has been beautifully chronicled in Bantam Publisher’s American Design book, The Desert Southwest. El Presidio Bed & Breakfast is the oldest functioning B&B in Tucson.
Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast Inn
An 1878 Victorian Adobe Mansion in Historic Downtown Tucson that features the amenities of a fine hotel with the ambience of a historic home.