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Hotel Spotlight: Family review of historical Arizona Inn in Tucson, AZ

85 years ago an extraordinary woman by the name of Isabella Greenway opened her simply fabulous inn in Tucson, Arizona. Surrounded by the comforts of home, yet equipped with all the luxuries of an extravagant resort, the Arizona Inn remains timeless. During the depression, the inn was a symbol of hope in dark times. Today, it continues stand to strong, rising out of the desert like an oasis, beckoning guests of all types to come, stay and play awhile.

And beckon guests it does.

For decades the inn has attracted a number of famous guests, including (time for some name dropping) President F.D.R, Clark Gable (swoon), Gary Cooper, President Kennedy, the Rockefellers, Danny Kaye, John Wayne and Bettie Davis, just to name a few. The list goes on and on. Fancy names for a fancy place, but this is family travel blog and I haven’t forgotten about the kids. Still a family-owned business, Arizona Inn is classic glamour, but very family-friendly.

My family and I were invited to stay a couple nights on our way home from a visit to Tombstone, and we had such a warm, inviting and wonderful experience that I can’t wait to share it with you. So, come on and explore what it is like to stay at the Arizona Inn with kids.

Arizona Inn with Kids

Keep the Cost in Check:

I recently read an Arizona Inn receipt from the 1930’s and I will say rates have gone up, ha! Seriously though, this is a luxury resort and although it may be more than what a family on a tight budget wants to spend on accommodations, I would encourage you to consider the value of what this experience offers. The amazing amenities as well as the 14 acres of gorgeous grounds and gardens can all be enjoyed without a resort fee. It really is a great deal and well worth the value. I’ll explain further in the post. Check Prices Now

Arizona Inn with kids

Drop Your Bags:

The rooms! You can’t make me leave. I won’t, I just won’t! Immediately upon my arrival I felt like Orphan Annie visiting Daddy Warbucks’ estate for the first time. We squealed, my kids twirled, I sang, “I think I’m going to like it here!” I know. We are dramatic, but we are excitable and after a long day traveling with kids the luxuries of Arizona Inn were much appreciated.

There are three types of accommodations offered at Arizona Inn. There are rooms, suites and houses. We stayed in a Deluxe Room, which is the largest of the rooms. It had two queens, a pull-out sofa bed, a sitting area, wet bar and private patio and it was class all the way. Every detail is considered from the elegant furniture, to the romantically lit wet bar, to the pristine bathrooms and even the darling screens on the front and patio doors.

Arizona Inn with kids

All rooms include:

  • Turn down service.
  • Complimentary High-Speed WiFi
  • Complimentary Bottled Water – replenished daily
  • New York Times delivered daily
  • Refrigerators and Coffee Makers
  • Flat-Screen Televisions with DVD Players
  • Complimentary DVD Library
  • Writing Desks
  • iHome Clock Radios
  • Bath Robes

Only the Deluxe rooms and suites have private patios, fireplaces, wet bar and sitting area. Check Prices Now


Like most hotels, rates fluctuate depending on time of year and day of week. Generally, off season (summer in AZ) offers the
lowest rates, which start at $170 Deluxe Room. During peak season rates can start at $230 and above.

There are two houses on the property. The Breasted House is the former 1950’s home of Isabella’s daughter and family. This eight room house with a private pool cannot be booked online. So, to find out rates you will need to call the Arizona Inn directly for information.

House Six is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom house with front and back yards. This house can be booked online and can run anywhere from $500-$700 a night, depending on the season and time of week.

Get You Grub On

There are several places to dine at Arizona Inn, but the menu remains the same throughout the resort with slight variations depending on time of day.

Main Dining Room:

Open of lunch and dinner, this dining room is both elegant and cozy. The tall cathedral ceilings, table cloths, warm woods, fireplace and romantic lighting come together to create a truly wonderful atmosphere. The Filet Mignon, French Onion Soup, Paella and Scallops were amazing!

Arizona Inn with Kids

Arizona Inn with Kids

Audubon Bar and Patio:

This is the more casual dining option off the Main Dining Room. In the bar is a piano, which is played nightly. Not only can you enjoy the live piano in the bar, but throughout the dining spaces as the lovely music trickles out the patio and into the Main Dining Room.

Arizona Inn with Kids

Arizona Inn with Kids

I really enjoyed having breakfast on the patio, because I could enjoy the views of the gorgeous gardens before the Arizona sun got too hot.

Arizona Inn with kids

Pool Dining:

Whether you are swimming or not, you can still enjoy lighter dishes surrounded by the sparkling pool. Why does food taste so good when you’re playing in warm sun and cool water?

Arizona Inn with kids

Room Service:

Hungry, but don’t feel like leaving your room. Maybe you want to dine in those fluffy bathrobes hanging in your closet. For nights like this, room service is available from 6:30pm until midnight.

Free Sundaes!

Every night from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Arizona Inn provides a free sundae bar poolside! Yes, the kids loved it! In fact, it was the highlight of their whole trip. We let them indulge during our stay and get a sundae before and after dinner. Why not? I must make a point that the sundaes, although a win for the kids, are great for all ages. I don’t even have a sweet tooth and enjoyed making myself a little cool treat. It was sweet to see grandparents, grandchildren and parents enjoying twilight snack al fresco. Check Prices Now

Arizona Inn with kids

HotMama Tip: Order the fresh cookie platter at one of the dining areas. This was a favorite among our group. The cookies are warm and gooey with a slight crunch. So delicious!

Arizona Inn with Kids


Let me start by saying, every morning is a great morning when it starts with a Bloody Mary. For $6 at the Audubon Bar and Patio are Mimosas and Bloody Marys offered at breakfast.

Arizona Inn with Kids

Although I enjoyed my morning coffee in the room while getting the kids ready for the day, Papa started every morning off sipping complimentary coffee while reading the paper in the gorgeous library. In fact, one local that I met conceded that he travels to visit the library daily, claiming it to be the most beautiful room on Tucson.

Arizona Inn with Kids

After breakfast it was time to lounge poolside and libations by the pool are necessary. So, I did what I had to do and sipped on a frosty Pina Colada by the pool. You’re welcome.

Arizona Inn with Kids

For a proper afternoon, you might enjoy the complimentary afternoon tea offered at the Arizona Inn. I didn’t get a chance to partake this activity during my stay, but I love a good afternoon tea!

Entertain Me!

So, what is there to do at a luxury resort in the desert? Lots!


Active guests may enjoy a morning workout at the 24 hour exercise facility or take advantage of the complimentary bicycle rentals, before taking a plunge in the dazzling pool. Maybe a friendly game of Tennis, Badminton, Croquet or Ping Pong sounds fun. Well, it is all available at the Arizona Inn. Check Prices Now

My kids loved playing Ping Pong and Croquet after breakfast. There are darling cushioned chairs situated around under the shady thatched hut that covers the Ping Pong table, which allowed the family to hang out and enjoy the beautiful flowers while taking turns playing.

Arizona Inn with Kids

The pool

Anywhere we travel the pool is a favorite activity for my water babies, so this is where we spend a lot of our time. Well, the silly mama that I am, I forgot CuddleBear’s water-wings. Ugh. The kids were determined to spend the day poolside, but luckily the Arizona Inn had me covered. The pool area has complimentary water-noodles and floaties, as well as sunscreen! Try finding these items complimentary at a resort in Las Vegas! I was very impressed.

Arizona Inn with kids

Can I just express my love for the restrooms at the Arizona Inn? They are so nice. I really liked the ones near the pool, because they have all the works. Changing rooms, showers with complimentary toiletries beautifully displayed and saunas! I had never tried a sauna before and I have to say I liked it. The fact that no kids are allowed in the sauna might have aided in my liking, because it was like a mama-break.

Arizona Inn with Kids


Remember the complementary DVD library I mentioned in room amenities? Well, in your room is a book of all the available DVDs offered. Most movies offered are classics starring the famous guests of the Arizona Inn. A quick call to the front desk and Danny Cay’s “Court Jester” was delivered for Papa within minutes. There is also a great selection of Disney movies available for the kids’ entertainment.

That’s A Wrap!

I think it is pretty obvious by now that we really enjoyed our stay at the Arizona Inn in Tucson. Once I was invited to visit, I immediately started researching and fell in love with the history and story of the inn. I was so excited to see it for myself and I was not disappointed. Not only was it relaxing and luxurious for the adults, it was also really fun and exciting for the kids. I must commend Arizona Inn for their hospitality. From housekeeping to valet, everyone went above and beyond to make our stay fabulous! My experience was truly beyond expectations and I would have loved a few more days to enjoy this impeccable resort. Thank you Arizona Inn for a wonderful weekend! Check Prices Now

If you are headed to Arizona, why not stop by and visit Scottsdale, “the west’s most western town” as well!

Have you ever stayed at the Arizona Inn? Tell me about it!

If you haven’t, what would look most forward to during your stay?


I am a busy mama with 3 delicious babies and a serious itch for travel and writing (when I am not bartending, that is)! After graduating from Cal State San Marcos with a B.A. in Communications, I decided to start a family and pursue a career in freelance writing. I created HotMamaTravel as an outlet to do what I love while sharing useful travel tips and inspiration with others. Our mission is to show parents how to master travel with kids, while keeping your Saturday-night selves. We call it "Family travel...with a twist".


  1. This looks like a great place to stay and enjoy the Arizona spring or fall as a whole family. Ice cream for the kids, pool and cocktails for mom and a beautiful reading room for the dad. Sounds about perfect for me. Do you know if they allow dogs on their premises? We drive quite often from San Antonio to San Diego and Tucson would be a nice place to stop on the way.

    • We had such an awesome time, we even stayed an extra day. However, they do not allow pets.

  2. Looks incredible! I have been hearing a lot this week about incredible places to stay in Arizona and this ranks at the top! It looks like your kids had an absolute blast!

  3. This looks fantastic, not normally much of a fan of hotels, but this one seems to have a lot of character and some great food!!

  4. Laurie Adams Reply

    We are from So Cal and return several time s a year and stay at the AZ Inn. In my opinion this is the greatest place to stay in all of Tucson. We spent a lot of time there when our daughter attended the University of AZ. As a matter of fact, she met her fiancé at UofA six years ago and their wedding is taking place at the AZ Inn this October! Attending UofA football and basketball is a tradition in our family and so is staying at the AZ Inn!

    • Wow what an awesome story! I love hearing about family traditions tied to travel. I bet the wedding is going to be beautiful!

  5. There is something awesome about stumbling across your hometown on a blog! I did some time…err, went to school…right around the corner at Sts. Peter & Paul, and later attended the U of A…literally just down the street from the desert oasis that is the Arizona Inn. Small world! Haven’t been back in years – good to see it’s as wonderful as ever! Thanks for sharing!

    • It is awesome to see people appreciating where you came from! I actually have some girl friends that attended U of A. I just loved my weekend there and even thought about a move. Haha.

  6. First of all, the garden looks fantastic and it is definitely family friendly. Needless to say the activities sound like fun along with the pool. The food looks amazing as well! I also like that friendly environment in this hotel. To be honest, you barely find that sense of hospitality. Great photos and post!


  7. I’ve never heard of this place and now I want to go! I would love to see the Arizona Inn receipt from the 1930’s. Where did you find that?!?!

    • When you check into the room there is a information book with a photo of the first receipt. Fun huh?

  8. That looks like a great place to stay with good food as well! And even the kids seem to have a lot of fun. Perfect place for a family with enough space to play in the garden, really nice!

  9. Yes, it really makes a long drive worth it when the kids open the door to the hotel room and squeal with happiness. Tough to beat that! Good news there’s no resort fee at the Arizona Inn. I curse whoever dreamed that up.

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