Hotels in Southern Arizona

by Cicely A. Richard

Southern Arizona, the area south of the Gila River, offers major chain hotels, but it also has historic lodgings that date to the early 20th century. Tucson is the largest city in this scenic landscape of desert and mountain. History buffs will find Old West landmarks, mines and archeological sites, and active visitors can raft their way down the Gila or Colorado rivers.


Ramada Yuma Chilton Conference Center is a mile from Yuma International Airport and three miles from Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park. The park, which sits on a bluff overlooking the Colorado River, served as ammunition, clothing and food storage for Southwestern military posts in the 1860s. Amenities at the Ramada include an on-site restaurant, airport and area shuttle, and free passes and transportation to Club Yuma Fitness Center. The hotel accepts pets for a one-time non-refundable fee. Guest rooms have microwaves and refrigerators. La Fuente Inn & Suites prides itself on the greenery, fruit trees and desert flowers dotting the property. Across the street from the inn, Yuma Palms Regional Center has department stores, restaurants and a movie theater. Hotel amenities include complimentary airport transportation, access to Yuma’s World Gym Fitness Center and a pool with lounges and cabanas. Guests can get a free, hot breakfast in the morning and complimentary cocktails in the evening, accompanied by free appetizers on select nights. Some rooms at the hotel have kitchenettes.

Cochise County

Eldorado Suites Hotel overlooks Brewery Gulch in Bisbee, a spot once notorious for breweries and brothels. Built in 1914, the three-story building is listed on Bisbee’s Historic Register and features balconies offering panoramic views of the town. The hotel, whose architecture includes covered porches and arched windows, has a courtyard with a gas barbecue. Select rooms have fully equipped kitchens with pots and pans, dishes and utensils. Best Western Mission Inn in Sierra Vista is five miles from Fort Huachuca Museum. The museum, on an active military base, features exhibits about army operations in the Southwest. The hotel provides truck/RV parking. All guest rooms have wireless Internet access.

Santa Cruz County

Candlewood Suites Nogales is three miles from downtown Nogales and about 20 miles from the Mexican border. Hotel amenities include a convenience store, a gift shop, a car rental desk and barbecue grills. Suites have full kitchens with refrigerators, dishwashers, cookware and dining utensils. Tubac Golf Resort & Spa occupies a 500-acre historic ranch with a 200-year-old barn and scenic views of the Tumacacori and Santa Rita mountains. The 27-hole golf course has cottonwood trees, an island green and mesquite groves. Hotel amenities include tennis, a heated pool and child care services. Some rooms have sofa beds, fireplaces and kitchenettes.

Pima and Pinal Counties

Comfort Inn is in Green Valley, a Pima County community about 20 miles south of the county seat of Tucson. The hotel is six miles from Titan Missile Museum, a National Historic Landmark that served as a Cold War underground missile site. It accepts two pets under 50 pounds for a refundable deposit. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool and hot tub, a 12-person meeting room and complimentary breakfast. Select guest rooms have sofa beds. Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort, about 50 miles from both Tucson and Phoenix, is in the Pinal city of Casa Grande. The property features a 188-acre, 18-hole golf course with lakes and mature trees. Francisco Grande Massage provides hot stone therapy, massages and herbal body wraps. Guest rooms offer mountain views and contain original artwork, antique furnishings and imported carpeting.

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