Copper Queen Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Copper Queen Hotel Bisbee
We spent one night here on our way to Mexico. I agree that the price was on the high side, but the place has a lot of charm (and history). We stayed in a room with two queen beds, and it was roomy. Nothing terribly exciting in terms of decor, but the beds were comfortable and the shower was good. The rooms was less charming than I expected given the decor in the lobby.
Eat there, sleep elsewhere
My husband and I visited friends in Tucson and they wanted to spend a night at the Copper Queen in Bisbee while we were sightseeing. Read mixed reviews so I wasn't surprised to spend $150+ for a smallish queen room, nothing exceptional or particularly charming. While we enjoyed Bisbee, it's not the kind of town where we'd expect to pay over $100 for a room. The hotel was okay but nothing to rave about. However, the restaurant, Winchester's, was excellent and worth the cost - about $150 for 4 people without wine or drinks. (Breakfast was fine also.) I'd recommend eating at the Copper Queen, finding a more reasonably-priced place to stay.
Charming but overpriced.
After reading J.A.Jance books that refer to the Copper Queen hotel, and seeing the charm of yesteryear I had to spend the $169 on a room. The doors seem original still with keyed locks, and a clawfoot tub. The room was spacious as it was on a corner of the building. The room was clean and quite accomodating. However, for the price the room ammenities were lacking and not comparable to even a chain hotel. This can be overlooked if price isn't an issue and you want charm and history. If you want value choose elsewhere.
Copper Queen Dining Room
We were not staying at the Copper Queen, but we decided to atleast eat there during our visit to Bisbee. It was a wonderful experience. The host and our waitress could not have been more pleasant. We did not order an appetizer, but recieved small plate with smoked salmon and caper "compliments of the chef". The main dish not only tasted great, but was beautifully presented also. My husband was too full for desert but I ordered Creme Brulee, and they brought out TWO small custard dishes, one for each of us, saying that the other desserts were a larger portion. What a pleasant surprise!! Between the staff, ambiance and food we had a really wonderfull dinner, and the price - very reasonable.
Okay but not great
The overal ambience was fun and the service was nice and helpful. However, the double rooms are small!! Hard to get around if you have more than one suitcase. Also, the water pressure was weak and the shower would change from hot to cold in a matter of seconds.. Don't think I ever got shampoo fully out of my hair. However, you are staying in old Bisbee so some of this is understandable. If you are a business traveler or traveler who needs to stay connected via the interent... then make sure to go check with the internet cafe around the corner and Wes can set you up on wireless for a small fee. Some areas of the hotel can get the wireless signal.
Visit but don't stay
We stayed the night of May 12, 2004. After reading various reviews on TripAdvisor we knew that the parking was nonexistent. And so it was.
However, what we weren't expecting was the room. We had checked out their prices on their web site that cited the prices up to $130 a night. When we called, seems the prices were actually up to $139 a night.
We booked the room anyway. It was on the 4th floor. The room was an average size with wall-to-wall depressing dark carpet, a king-sized bed with a terrible mattress. The bathroom was the usual thing, nothing particularly notable.
In the entire room there was only one small window in the upper left hand corner of the room---the total atmosphere was claustrophobic & oppressive. Well, we said, at least it's only for one night, we'll try to get a good night's sleep.
Guess again... the next morning by 8:30 am, the chambermaid began banging doors, vacuuming outside your room, talking loudly & was generally a huge nuisance until we left.
As an accommodation, I would never recommend this place to anyone. Visit the hotel, it's interesting but save your money & don't stay there.
As for eating in Bisbee, I'd recommend The Brewery Steakhouse...it was excellent as was the service.
A great place but for the ghoul
If your idea of a good hotel is a Holiday Inn, don't stay at The Copper Queen. Parking is non-existant, the floorboards squeak, the carpet is faded, it's old. But if you like hotels with character, this is the place. Odd shaped rooms, windows that actually open, a lobby that reeks with history - that is the Copper Queen.
It is supposedly haunted, but the only ghost we saw was the one who checked us in. Someone needs to teach that girl a lesson in customer relations. It seemed as if we were bothering her to check in, we wanted to eat at a well known restaurant in Bisbee and asked for the number and I almost expected her to tell us to go look it up, and when I had to go back to the desk to get the phone turned on in the room she almost snapped at me.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, after finding the other restaurant was closed for the week while we were there we ate in the hotel dining room and it was delightful. The staff was attentive and our meal was delicious. I normally stay away from hotel dining rooms but can recommend the one at the Copper Queen whole heartedly.
A WONDERFUL STAY, EVEN IF IT'S HAUNTED
We came in on 10/31/03 Halloween evening and all I can say is it was one big party night. The town of Bisbee really knows how to have fun.
The Copper Queen Hotel was wonderful and the service is a+ Everyone was so friendly. I wouldnt think twice about staying here again. I look for great service and clean rooms and the Copper Queen has it and much more. Now if you are wondering about this hotel being haunted. You will have to stay and see for yourself. I know in our room on the third floor it had some strange things happening. It was a great time. Thank you all at the Copper Queen for a wonderful stay and keep up the great job.
Welcoming historical hotel.
The Copper Queen was a perfect respite for a lovely October 2003 road trip. The John Wayne room was a welcome site, all new and cheery and spaciously comfortable. We enjoyed breakfast on the patio, people watching. Its fun to go back in time when your room is updated to the now. I highly recommend this hotel.
Bisbee also has the Cafe Roka which is a must. Make your reservation when you book this special hotel. They serve wonderful food, have a delightful, competent staff and even to the exact table upstairs--our reservation was honored. That's service. Thank you Cafe Roka owner and staff.
What a find! We like rare, one-of-a-kind historical places and this certainly qualifies. This hotel has always been kept in good condition.
It doesn't give you the feeling of needing help. And it doesn't feel like it's been fixed up either! That's quite hard to do. We like it.
We'll be back.
The room was spotless and well decorated. The bed was comfortable. I loved the chocolate chip cookies waiting for us in the room.
What was wrong? The reception. This is why we rated this hotel "Above Average" instead of "Excellent." We were treated impersonally. I don't like impersonal treatment. Reception is the responsibility of management.
To add to the unfriendly reception, as the 2:00 pm check-in time came and went, the rooms were not available. It was July 4th weekend. The hotel was completely full and apparently no one had the foresight to put on extra cleaning staff. All of the in-coming guests had to mill around in the lobby and the bar an extra hour waiting for their room.
Keys didn't come down as the rooms were ready. They made everybody wait until they released them all at once. They could have offered a complimentary soft drink or coffee to offset the inconvenience, and, they could have given out keys as the rooms were ready.
The swimming pool had very COLD water. It was HOT and July, but the swimming pool was so cold my wife wouldn't go in. An investment in solar swimming pool heaters is in order.
We did, overall have a marvelous time. The hotel, being the historical gem that it is, offset the bad taste of the impersonal reception.
It was a good breakfast replete with Starbucks Coffee and homemade biscuits. We have already made reservations to go back.
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... glass windows. There were fun signs all around the place - in the toilets, down the corridors and on the pillars. For example, on the antique style menu were the words "Stolen from Big Nose Kate's Saloon". The whole place was full of fun and it wasn't too tacky either. We were both on a big high as we guzzled our bottles of Coors beer and walked all around photographing this and that.
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