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Copper Queen Hotel
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Bisbee
Reviewed 30 September 2009

Our favorite place to stay in Bisbee is at the Copper Queen; situated in the center of the action, walking distance to all the shops, restaurants, galleries and tours. It has everything we want or need; a great restaurant where we can sit outside in nice weather and watch the town pass by, the old world charm of antiques and original architecture, a happening bar scene and a friendly and helpful staff! All that and homemade cookies too! Each time we visit we learn something new about the town and its history, and we wonder if this will be the time we will catch a glimpse of a ghost in the hotel!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2009

My wife and me traveled from the Los Angeles area to participate in the "ghost hunt" and upon several hours later were informed that we were going to be the only participates which made it alot more interesting . Our finding were going to be easier to confirm. We stayed in room 412 and roamed the 4th floor throughout the night. Upon returning home and reviewing our finding found very good evidence of paranormal activity. We plan on returning and do it AGAIN. Dont run when you ghost hunt.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2009

What I'm about to say may sound silly, but bear with me: if you can only spend one night here, it is TOO EXPENSIVE. If you can spend more than one, it could very well be worth it.

Here's what I mean. We arrived in Bisbee around 3:30 in the afternoon. We checked in, enjoyed looking at our room and also enjoyed the lobby, upstairs lobby, etc. A neat old hotel. Then we were hungry, so we left to find something to eat. Then my wife and daughter did the ghost tour. Then it was nearly time for bed. Then we got up, had breakfast downstairs, and pretty much it was time to leave. We stayed in the Teddy Roosevelt room (cool room) and paid $200 for the night. For as little as we really got to enjoy the hotel, I'm not sure it was worth it.

HOWEVER, more nights and more time would have allowed us to: enjoy drinks and the patio at the rockin' lounge. Sit on the upper balcony and just relax. Hunt for ghosts. Perhaps eat dinner at the overprice in-hotel restaurant. Explore the hotel more. Try the pool. etc. I think those activities would have been worth it.

As it is, we needed to explore Bisbee some, so had little time for the hotel. But I still enjoyed many features: the very old elevator which was kinda fun to ride (although it smelled a little strange). The room itself, with a clawfoot tub. It had many original touches still intact, and the Roosevelt room at least was in the corner and had great fews out two sides of the hotel. It was VERY spacious, and apparently the restroom is original (most of the rooms were retrofitted later, because at one time they shared bathrooms). We did have time to briefly admire the many period touches all around the hotel...but not enough to really let the ambiance sink in.

The hotel and hallways are not super quiet. In our room, for example, the front door had a 1/2 inch gap at the bottom, letting in noise and hallway light. Yes, it's an old hotel, but I bet something could have been done.

Parking is a bit sketchy...you're kind of on your own, but when we were there, the town didn't seem too packed, so we found spots easily enough...but had to walk a ways with our luggage. When we first pulled up, I asked the guy at the desk where to park and he directed us up the street. He never suggested, "hey, leave your luggage here first so you don't have to drag it." In general, the front desk service was a bit lacking. We inquired about other places to eat, but they were so cravenly interested in having us eat at their restaurant (too expensive and "fancy" for a quick meal) that they other recommendations were reluctantly given. In some ways, I felt that the staff didn't know their own town very well.

The hotel itself is well located in the heart of old Bisbee, right across from the museum and a short walk to all sorts of cool shops, buildings and a couple of outrageous parks. Again, with more time to explore, the experience would have been better. I acknowledge that we probably didn't give ourselves enough time to really appreciate Bisbee...but I do think the hotel (which appeared, to my guess, to be only 1/3 full) was overpriced.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 August 2009

The staff were very kind and we didn't have any problems with them at all. They talked to us in lobby and were very helpful with everything. All though they told us the hotel was haunted. and it sure was. During the night we all heard doors slamming, the elevator going up and down, and kids running and laughing up and down the halls. We thought it was nothing. Then when we got ready to go get breakfast my mom was talking to the person at the desk and we found out that we were the only ones on the fourth floor. So that spooked us all a little bit. It is definitly the place to go if you want a thrill.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 June 2009

Our recent trip with a group (15) of friends was enhanced with the help of the staff and owners of the Copper Queen. They went the extra mile to help us keep the group together in their conference room, and we used the special adjacent room(s) next to the hotel to meet and collect for the day before exploring this fun city. Thanks

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 22 June 2009

Bisbee is a cute little town with a historic Copper Mine and some good restaurants. We visited the Copper Queen Hotel, was met with an unfriendly staff, when we tried to talk to the manager, he was beyond rude to us. Hope the owner reads this and learns his staff chased away tourists just trying to see what Bisbee is all about.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 June 2009

We had a wonderful stay at the Copper Queen on my birthday weekend! The staff was helpful and courteous and the room was spotlessly clean and comfortable. The bed (king) mattress was just perfect! We really enjoyed the history of the area and it was obvious that the Copper Queen was THE place to stay at the center of activity during the copper boom. Like a step back in time with all the current day amenities.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Copper Queen Hotel

Address: 11 Howell Ave, PO Drawer CQ, Bisbee, AZ 85603-1131
Region: United States > Arizona > Bisbee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Bisbee
Price Range: £74 - £117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Copper Queen Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Copper Queen Hotel, built in 1898 and completed in 1902, was the product of a booming mining camp called Bisbee. Once the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco, Bisbee is now a beautiful and quiet getaway. While the town of Bisbee has "grown" it has not lost its' charm. Soon after Bisbee became a town, Phelps Dodge Mining Company built the Copper Queen Hotel as a place for dignitaries and investors to relax in luxury. Construction was difficult because Phelps Dodge had to blast away and clear a large portion of the mountainside in order for building to begin. Although the most modern and up to date materials were used, it did not lessen the difficulty of each task. In order for concrete to be mixed, water had to be pumped up the hill from the mercantile, what is now called Copper Queen Plaza, on Main Street. The walls were constructed to be nearly 2 feet thick, which helps keep the hotel cool during the summer months. Once the Hotel was completed, anyone who walked through the doors would notice the mosaic tile from Italy. Since the Hotel was built in an Italian style, the tile was installed throughout the entire first floor lobby. The remaining tile can be seen in the Hotel entrance. As the story goes, the cathedral ceiling in the Palm Room was all fitted with Tiffany glass. Nobody knows when it came down or what happened to it. There was an open air hallway behind two large windows along the southeast wall that acted as air conditioning for that era. The front desk was fabricated out of Tiger Oak and was surrounded with a wrought iron security cage. The unique safe behind the desk was once used at the Copper Mine until it became too small for the company payroll, which was all paid in cash. It was then passed down to the Copper Queen Hotel. Phelps Dodge cleverly paid their employees in cash, to have their money quickly returned to them in goods and drinks. The Copper Queen Hotel was one of the most modern hotels in the West during that time. One can only imagine what changes the Hotel has gone through to accommodate the modern day traveler. Located roughly 100 miles southeast of Tucson and at an elevation of 5,300 feet, the Hotel is usually 10 to 20 degrees cooler than in Tucson or Phoenix. In the winter, we are even blessed with an occasional snowfall. Bisbee is the southern most mile high city in the U.S. And is eight miles from the border of Mexico. Although the Copper Queen Hotel has maintained the ambiance of the Victorian Era Old West, it has been renovated with modern day conveniences to make your stay more comfortable. ... more   less 
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