It's a beautiful hotel. The room I was in was lovely, and the noise from the club minimal. Most of the staff were very friendly and helpful (though sweetly almost all were rather tragically "hip") - But one tried to charge me entrance into the club. When I pointed out I was staying in the hotel and I didn't have to pay, she said I must leave a "donation". Erm, I don't think so. Don't expect any priority to eat breakfast lunch or dinner in the cafe either - they have an snooty guard on the door.
It's pretty close to 4th avenue (10/15 minutes walk) which is also rather tragically hip, and there are some good cafes, bars and restuarants on its side of the railway tracks. Amtrak station is right across the street - and the bus station is a $5 taxi ride away.
And be aware that
1. the noise from the road is quite loud.
2. The room was hot hot hot. It must be brutal in summer, with only swamp coolers.
3. When they say on the website that the delivery of hot water to the shower is affected by other guests using their showers, they aint kidding. Fluctuating back and forth from scalding to icy cold in the space of seconds - impossible to regulate.
4. No wireless internet signal in my room.
5. he hotel is busy into the wee small hours, and the foyer/bar is heaving with a drunken mob.
I know I sound nit-picky. If you're a trendy 20 something party animal you will love this place. I'm not, and while perhaps that's my problem, I wouldn't stay here again next time.
And it's cheap.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Congress is listed on the National Historic Hotel Registry. We pride ourselves on the many unique features we offer that you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. This historic Tucson hotel transports you back in time. Some cynical city-slicker types might notice the absence of a television in any of our 40 rooms and feel slighted. But it's intentional - we strive to maintain the Hotel's original ambiance - from the iron bed to the vintage radio, from the comforting rumble of the nearby iron horse to the retro-style phone that actually connects to a switchboard at the front desk. All rooms are uniquely designed offering an original experience every time and unlike most historic hotels, all rooms have private bathrooms, free high speed internet, and a private guest lounge.The lounge offers our patrons a large-screen television with unlimited channels as well as free computer access. You can also enjoy the exclusive outdoor patio, where you can soak-up the Tucson sunshine year round. We have new upgrades for our guests, to ensure an amazing experience during your stay at Hotel Congress. *Bike Program - We now have bicycles that our guests are able to check out to explore Tucson during their stay! We recommended guests to bike the Santa Cruz River Trail, and the Train Trail behind Maynards Market and Kitchen. Let us help you explore Downtown Tucson in a new way! *Snacks from local vendors - Enjoy some treats from our local vendors. Every room has a tray filled with a variety of snacks that are available to purchase. We have: Cactus candy, Rbar Energy Bar, Spunlight Cotton Candy, Green Valley pecans, Essentia Ionized Water, POPPED Artisan Popcorn, Cerreta Candy Co., and the Kobito Hangover and Love Kits. *Guest Room Internet - We now provide super high speed wireless Internet in our guest rooms that is 10x faster than before! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Congress Hotel Tucson
- The Historic Hotel Congress Tucson, Arizona