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11 Howell Ave Bisbee, AZ 85603
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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.

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Modest rooms in a Victorian-era, Old West hotel featuring antique furnishings, a pool & a saloon.- Google
"I was told, in person by the clerk, that they have a pet friendly set of rooms."
"Great old haunted hotel to stay in...but no ghosts so far."
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Alexander OBrien
3 weeks ago
Great central location in Old Bisbee. The whole building is huge and pretty cool feeling like it really was the place to be in another Era. Their restrooms are in fine Accord. Moderately price beverages. Was there to see a Celtic band play it really was a great atmosphere. The Celtic band almost makes it feel less like a concert and more like a jam session where everyone is involved.
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Daniel Bristow
4 months ago
Friends and I love heading to the Copper Queen Hotel for drinks! They have a great patio area that's covered, which is especially wonderful during the summer! The full bar available keeps options wide open for everyone!
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Edward Fong
6 months ago
We checked in and wanted a place to stay the night so we didn't have to drive back to Tucson. We heard good things about this hotel and chose it over the other hotel that provided a free breakfast. The bed was old and had no support. We woke up with sore backs. My wife called the front desk about 4:30am because we had a hard time sleeping. Her response was,"well you should have called us earlier so we could have moved you to another room. There's nothing else that I can for you." I took pictures of the bed on top and on the bottom. The bed was falling through and the wood front bottom of the bed wood was snapped in two and protruding through the bottom. I went down to the front desk and showed the pictures to the front desk lady. She said, "oh wow," as if she was puzzled. She said she was taking 50% off our bill. We went out to eat breakfast and another woman asked us how our stay was. My wife told her that it was rough. She said she'll let maintenance know and also asked us if we were staying another night. We said no and she said, "oh too bad. We could have comped you another night." We haven't checked out yet but we'll see what they do.
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Alexis Carpenter
7 months ago
Every time we go to Bisbee, my husband and I try a new hotel. We were excited to try the Copper Queen because of its history and we were told it was one of the nicest hotels in town. Maybe the larger rooms are nicer, I don't know, but we chose to book a small room with a bed and a private bathroom for 2 nights. After all, the only thing we really needed a room was to sleep and bathe. Well... The bed was absolutely horrible. Instead of replacing an old worn down mattress, they put a mattress pad on top and called it good. The bedding consists of a sheet, then a really old itchy "wool" blanket, then another sheet over that. The pillows felt like a sheet that was folded. 2 pillows each wasn't even enough. There was a really bad smell that we couldn't keep out of the room. Like old trash. There were no blinds on the window, so as soon as the sun rose, it would be right in your eyes. Oh and their WiFi... Totally horrible. First you'd sign into the WiFi connection that's in the binder they leave on the table, then our phones wouldn't connect to that, so we'd connect to their other open network, but then it wouldn't connect to that. Then we noticed the original network we signed into didn't exist and a whole new network popped up that we couldn't log into. The only nice thing about this place is the restaurant downstairs and the bar. BTW, they don't serve breakfast. The only food provided are oranges. You have to drive into Lowell and go to Bisbee Breakfast Club, or drive further up the mountain, and go to the Market across the street from Screaming Banchee Pizza. We expressed our disappointment to the older woman at the counter when we checked out this morning. She didn't seem to care about our opinion of the room, wrote down a few things, took $40 off our stay, and that was it. Glad they care about how their guests feel. We'll never stay there again.
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3 months ago
We stayed 4 nights. Room was clean and staff was very nice and accommodating. This hotel is a beautiful old building with a rich history. The saloon on-site is equally interesting and a fun place to gather. Highly recommend this hotel if you love the charm of the old days.
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Ryan Funk
3 weeks ago
Fairly accommodating for such an historic hotel. Free coffee and muffins for breakfast and in house restaurant and bar. Awesome live music.
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Gustafsson Eric
5 months ago
They made the best au jus! And they even treated us like we were special even at 15 minutes to closing time (restaurant) and the writ staff are great! I hope their breakfast is this good!
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Lori Kramme
8 months ago
This is the worst place I have ever stayed!!!! Our to was over the bar and the noise was very loud. We were never told that we would have noise. I called down stairs to ask them to turn down the music and was told no and the girl got smart and hung up on me and Athens lied about the conversation to the owner. I asked earlier in the evening for another room the owner said there were no rooms available When I complained then they had lots of rooms !!! Went to take a shower the drain was clogged and was told it hadn't been a problem. Do not stay here this is a hose of lies everyone here lies to make themselves look better.
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