Hotels in the 4th Avenue Area in Tucson, AZ

by Cicely A. Richard

The 4th Avenue area in Tucson, also called the Fourth Avenue Historic Shopping District, features an eclectic blend of cafes, boutiques, nightclubs and restaurants. Between downtown and the University, visitors will find numerous hotels within walking distance of 4th Avenue. Several of these have operated since the late 1800s and are historic landmarks. Fourth Avenue hosts parades and events such as the spring and winter 4th Avenue Street Fairs. On any given day, street performers entertain passersby.

North Stone Avenue

Best Western Royal Sun Inn & Suites is only two blocks from 4th Avenue and only a mile from downtown Tucson. The property has a landscaped courtyard with a pool. Across the street from the hotel is a park with sand volleyball courts. Best Western’s Tucson Shopping Package includes accommodations for two, free upgrades to Jacuzzi or mini suite, Tucson Attractions Passports, mall brochures, complimentary hot breakfast and drink coupons at Royal Sun Lounge. Select suites have whirlpool tubs and sofa beds. Econo Lodge is less than a mile from 4th Avenue; it takes about 10 minutes to walk from the hotel property to cafes and shops on 4th Avenue. The hotel accepts dogs for a deposit and a refundable cleaning fee. The property has an outdoor heated pool. Select rooms at Econo Lodge have refrigerators and three double beds.

University of Arizona Area

Tucson Marriott University Park is located at the University of Arizona’s main gate, a half mile from 4th Avenue. More than 30 restaurants, boutique clothing stores, four museums and performing arts theaters are within walking distance of the Marriott. A historic trolley still transports passengers from University Boulevard to 4th Avenue on weekends. The hotel offers room service from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and has a concierge desk and outdoor pool. Select suites have sofa beds. Four Points by Sheraton Tucson University Plaza is across the street from the University of Arizona campus and only one mile from 4th Avenue. Its central location gives guests a clear view of Mount Lemmon. Hotel amenities include a heated outdoor pool, concierge services and tour assistance. Guestrooms have televisions with video games. Four Points charges a fee for refrigerators.

Downtown Tucson

Hotel Congress, a historic hotel constructed in 1919, sits directly across the street from the 4th Avenue underpass walkway. This National Register of Historic Places structure was the final hideout of John Dillinger and his gang in 1934. The hotel maintains historic elements like phone booths and a switchboard at the front desk. The bar and front desk have pictures and mug shots of the infamous gangster. Guestrooms don’t have television, only Internet access. Hotel Tucson City Center is a mile and a half from 4th Avenue in downtown Tucson’s Presidio Art Gallery district, a neighborhood that dates back to the late 1700s and features the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block. Hotel amenities include complimentary airport shuttle, heated Olympic-size pool, a volleyball court and barbecue area. Select suites have living rooms with sofa beds.

Bed and Breakfast

The Big Blue House is a historic inn on the corner of University Boulevard and 6th Avenue, only two blocks from 4th Avenue. Dating back to the late 1800s, this National Register of Historic Places bed and breakfast was the first house built in the historic University District. The inn stands out because of its light blue exterior and wraparound porch. The interior boasts redwood and maple furniture constructed by the Ronstadt family. Each room has its own entrance, and several rooms provide kitchens.

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