If the following aspects are essential for your positive hotel experience, you're going to love this "historic" spot in downtown Tucson.
1) Let's begin with the most visceral feature: Loud karaoke music shaking your room until 2am. Although the management has you sign a waiver saying that you were aware of this fact ahead of time, we were told we'd be on the "quiet" side of the building. If earplugs and pillows couldn't dampen the roar of Ratt and Def Leppard for us, how much ether was ingested to knock out the guests on the hotel's "loud" side?
2) A hot room, courtesy of a constant radiator, that is only relieved by opening the window located 18'' from the side of the bed.
3) Assuming you did open the window (see #2), now you have the horns of the local trains (pretty much each hour, on the hour) joined by a humming city bus that is waiting directly below your open window for the street light to change--every 1/2 hour, on the 1/2 hour. Luckily you have a blind, but no matter how you configure it, street lights illuminate your room and you might as well be in the bar.
4) Let's not forget the schizophrenic shower. Global warming and all of it's temperature swings has nothing on this hotel's plumbing. Roiling, freezing, then steaming and back to the Arctic--all in the course of a minute. Oh, also, if you're remotely overweight--you're not even fitting in the shower.
5) Finally, the bed. Or, as my wife nicknamed it, the Soggy Waffle. Tiny, limp, short and perfect for a rancher in 1920 who'd been sleepin' in the dirt for a week before whistlin' his herd into Old Tucson. This bed was his Taj.
In closing, my wife and I are always happy to avoid the stale air of a Best Western. But let's face it: There's "historic" and then there's a Good Night's Sleep.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Congress Hotel Tucson
- The Historic Hotel Congress Tucson, Arizona