THE Arizona Inn at 2200 E. Elm St, 5km from downtown Tucson, was commissioned during the New Deal era by the state’s first congresswoman, who wanted to guarantee continuing work for the disabled veterans of World War I who worked in her furniture factory.
The original hotel was completed in 1930, but has since grown to 95 rooms (in three categories) and suites (in two categories) scattered across 6ha of lush landscaping.
The elegant decor benefits from handcrafted furniture that is still produced and repaired in the hotel’s cabinet shop.
Writing desks in every room, a large library and a piano bar with music every night capture Arizona’s old-world charm, while high-speed internet, cable television and a gym ensure the 21st century is at guests’ fingertips. Jennifer Pringle