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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Elizabeth Bed and Breakfast Inn Tucson
Delightful Downtown Desert Weekend
This was our second visit to the charming Royal Elizabeth and we were thrilled with the encore stay. Ever-welcoming hosts Jeff and Chuck outdid themselves with their hospitality and breakfast treats -- special on the menu this time was a fruit gazpacho, sausage wrapped in artichoke one day (and apple the next) and heavenly juices.
Before breakfast, we enjoyed an early coffee with our newspaper, sitting in the garden. Beautiful warm evenings were filled with walks to nearby gallery exhibits and great restaurants.
If you are looking for a special place to stay in downtown Tucson, make your reservations now at the Royal Elizabeth. You will be pampered, treated to wonderful company, accomodated with comfy, elegant rooms and great breakfasts. And you will enjoy the company of friendly, professional hosts -- Chuck and Jeff.
We will return again, no doubt.
Monica and Leigh from New York
A special place
I stayed at the Royal Elizabeth Inn while on a business trip to Tucson. The central location, the beauty of the house and gardens, and the warmth of the innkeepers made my stay very enjoyable.
After a long day of traveling, when I arrived at the Inn, one of the innkeepers called out, "Teri's here!" It was like coming home. The innkeepers, Chuck and Jeff, were both outgoing and friendly and made me feel comfortable. They welcomed me to the inn, and, since they were slightly underbooked, offered me a free upgrade to a much larger suite.
I ended up staying in the Rose Room, which was beautifully decorated and had a private outdoor patio attached. All the rooms have wireless internet access (and there is a laptop available for you to use, if you didn't bring your own), satellite TV, and free long distance phone calls (no kidding!).
They were flexible about arranging breakfast around my schedule. They pride themselves on making a different breakfast every morning, so no matter how long you stay with them, you won't have a repeat breakfast. Every morning started with a fruit course, followed by a hot, gourmet dish. During my stay, I had a chile rellenos quiche (they shared their recipe with me!), smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, salmon and mushroom quiche, and several other delicious dishes. The morning I had to leave very early, they left a beautiful fruit plate, juice, and a Mexican sweetbread out for me.
Chuck and Jeff cultivate relationships with other local business owners, and their guests reap the benefits. From bike rentals to restaurant reservations, they recommended the best places to eat, great art shops, and good sightseeing. At one restaurant, when the waiter heard that I was a guest at the Inn, I got a free drink.
The Inn itself is located downtown, within walking distance of several good restaurants and shops, and within a short drive of most destinations. The house has to be seen to be believed. Constructed in the late 1800s, with two-foot-thick adobe walls and soaring ceilings, the house had been completely renovated. Jeff is an excellent gardener, and the plants surrounding the inn and pool area are beautiful. The pool was small but very nice, with a waterfall on one end, and a hot tub on the other.
In addition to everything I've described, there were many, many small touches. Fresh flowers on the table and in the main seating area, bottled water and soda, the bowl of chocolates in the living room, the newspapers, guidebooks, and magazines, the afternoon cookies, and, after I remarked how much I liked one of the local radio stations, they set their stereo to play that station for the rest of the week.
I stayed at the Inn for a whole week and really enjoyed getting to know Chuck and Jeff. It is amazing to me that they have been innkeepers for less than a year. They seem like old pros! They will do everything they can to make your stay relaxing, to pamper you, to stuff you with fresh, delicious, beautifully-presented food. I can't wait for my company to send me back to Tucson!
What a delightful way to spend a holiday! Nestled in downtown Tucson and so close to all the cultural attractions, artisans and fun shops frequented by the university set, the Royal Elizabeth was the perfect destination for us after a tougher than usual winter. Our treat started on arrival, as your eyes watered in seeing the period furniture in the foyer, sitting room and dining room. Each bedroom has a special and unique characrer, a charm that is at once warm but excting. And of course, we met all the other guests in the kitchen around the island, and were soon sipping wine from the rack! There is also a TV/stereo room, but we never used it - too much else to do!
Outdoors, the fauna and flora of the flowering desert met our eyes as we wondered into the pool area. What an oasis! The hot tub was a favorite of ours, early morning and again under the stars at night. And after exploring the many downtown attractions, a dip in the pool was just the thing before going back out for a dinner at one of the many eclectic spots within walking distance.
But the real treats were Jeff and Chuck, two of the most accommodating, friendly and fun folks you can ever meet. They both exude hospitality and that infectious life-energy that instantly relaxes and causes you to forget the trials and tribulations of work-a-day life. In our case as a gay couple, they were so welcoming! We were at home at once, and felt like long lost freinds within 24 hours!
There is such a thing as a "bed and breakfast", but this is more like a "bed and banquet"! Every morning was something different, each a cullinary delight develped with imagination and exquisite care. Even the juice each morning was uniquely flavoured. And Jeff explained every breakfast item with coulour and enthusiasm. These two boys know how to please every taste bud and dietary need, a "vegan" being catered to (and eating just as well) while we were there. In fact, I now experiment with breakfasts too, based on their inspiration! (Thanks guys)
You can't go wrong at the Royal Elizabeth, so do not miss these super hosts in idylic Tucson!
Desert Gem in Downtown Tucson
A warm and wonderful visit to downtown Tucson -- Innkeepers Chuck and Jeff were perfect hosts who kept us comfortable (beautiful rooms, bath, pool and library area), well fed (incredible breakfasts and treats) and informed (great suggestions for dinner and browsing). We travel to many inns, and rank the service, accomodations and food here at beautiful Royal Elizabeth tops.
Walking through the entry garden and iron gates, you are welcomed by Chuck and Jeff into a magnificent hall full of amazing wood moldings and original architecture detail. Our room was bright and beautiful with high ceilings, gorgeous furnishings, a comfy bed, great shower and beautiful fixtures.
Outside our room, the pool and garden awaited -- lovely to wake up and view the hummingbirds in the flowers!
The common areas in the inn were also so special -- comfortable sofas and chairs, shelves full of books and interesting readings...and an entertainment room with more to keep you occupied!
Breakfast was indeed a savory treat each morning. Table so beautifully set -- and delcious, hearty servings of souffle one morning, ricotta pancakes the next. Berries and fresh juices galore -- and ginger-spiced grapefruit worth returning for! But most important to us was the care and hospitality of Jeff and Chuck -- providing superior service in a most friendly environment. We will return to this great place, which also is well-located near downtown cultural center.
by Monica and Leigh
What a wonderful surprise we found in the desert!
We want to let you know about what a wonderful place we stayed this past week. The Royal Elizabeth was the best B&B we have ever stayed in. The breakfast was different each day, and very delicious, the rooms were very large and beautifully decorated, the pool area was a delightful area to gather in the evenings, and there was a very nice warm living area to have coffee and read the paper in the mornings. There was a room for every need. The most delightful part of this place was our hosts, Chuck and Jeff. They saw to our every need and surprised us with amenities we hadn't even thought of. They made all our golf arrangements as well as our dining reservations, which were made well in advance where all we had to do was walk a block or two and have a great meal. We came away with a new set of friends and a place we will definitely return to even if we don't need to be in Tucson for business.
Beautiful, friendly B&B loaded with amenities
We cannot have enjoyed a better stay at this magnificent 1870s mansion in the middle of downtown Tucson. Its six charming rooms are meticulously decorated and filled with antique furniture, its bathrooms are spacious and pristine, and the central space enchants with couches, fireplace, and dazzling woodworking.
In this hidden architectural gem, its proprietors have set up a friendly, low-key, our-house-is-your-house B&B with a multitude of amenities to entice everyone from couples to families: pool/jacuzzi, wi-fi, cable, wine exchange, New York Times, afternoon brownies, et al. Our favorite was the delicious, two-course gourmet breakfast.
We have stayed at many a Bed & Breakfast and The Royal Elizabeth is our favorite. Chuck and Jeff are warm, friendly, and make you feel like family. The rooms are beautiful and well appointed. Great breakfasts!
Eric and Patricia
Don't miss this inn
My husband and I stayed at the Royal Elizabeth for a few days while on our way to SE Arizona. I didn't want to leave. The relatively new owners, Jeff and Chuck, spoiled us with kindness, spot-on recommendations, surprise afternoon treats, and breakfasts so wonderful they drew applause one morning. I appreciated the ever present carafe of delicious coffee in the dining room, the fire and newspapers in the drawing room, and the available laptop and wireless access. The inn is worth seeing for its fretwork alone. Our room was airy, lovely (good sheets, too!), and opened on to the pool and jacuzzi, which we used late one cool evening in the rain. It is apparent these hosts love and know what they are doing.
A fantastic inn in the downtown area
If you're looking for an centrally located inn with exceptional service and food, the Royal Elizabeth is the perfect place for you. My wife and I just spent a most enjoyable week there. The inn itself is beautiful and well-appointed. Each room has lots of tasteful character. The innkeepers, Jack and Robert, are very personable, and a well-prepared and creative breakfast is a highlight of each day. The inn's central location allows you to conveniently head out in any direction for your day trip. Also, there are at least five excellent restaurants within walking distance for dinner -- Barrio, Poca Cosa, El Charro, Cushing Street Grill, and Cup Cafe. With a swimming pool and hot tub out back, you've got everything you need!
Royal Elizabeth Bed and Breakfast
Recently my wife and I had the pleasure of staying several days at the Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast Inn located in Tucson, AZ. The Inn Keepers (Jack Nance and Robert Ogden) were wonderful hosts and catered to our every need. The atmosphere, accomodations, food, ambiance, etc. of their Inn was exceptional! They both truly opened up their Inn to us and we felt like family members the minute we arrived. If anyone is looking for an exception Tucson Inn that offers privacy and exceptional accomodations, please consider our high recommendation for the Royal Elizabeth Bed and Breakfast Inn! You will have a very enjoyable and memorable experience!