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Copper Queen Hotel
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Bisbee
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We went to Bisbee for a few hours to kill time for our ghost tour in Tombstone. We decided to go hang out at the bar for a bit and I am glad we did. Bartenders were very friendly, restrooms were clean, drink prices are a little high but not horrible. They had a band playing "One Ghost" and they were sooo good. I'm planning to head down in October for another day trip, and to check the band out again. One suggestion Old Bisbee Pilsner is definitely needed in the bar.

Stayed: August 2017
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

A charming old hotel in the heart of this scenic town. Large comfortable rooms, a lively bar and excellent staff. The CQ is well placed to get around Bisbee on foot. There are some impressive views (depending on your room) and parking in the locality isn't too bad despite the narrow streets.

Room Tip: good views of the valley side from the front of the hotel.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Bill H
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

Hubby and I spent last weekend at this lovely old hotel for our 40th Anniversary. We live in Tucson, so only a "short" drive down. We had walked into the hotel before, but this is our first time spending the night. We were in the A.J. Jance room and it was very nice. They have upgraded the rooms with flat-screen TV's and a nice a/c unit and small frig. Each room now has it's own bathroom, which has been upgraded also. We were very comfortable in this room. The pool was right outside our door, but we did not go swimming. The hotel has such charm, you almost feel like you're back in the 1800's again.

Room Tip: We were in room 203, which is very close to the pool area
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

We have been visiting Bisbee for years as off and on Cochise County residents, and just stayed here at the CQ (Copper Queen Hotel) for both of the past holiday weekends. The CQ is without a doubt your best bet for enjoying the quirky flavor of Bisbee. Rates are reasonable for the smaller rooms, and the location is absolutely primo. The fact that it is so central is probably it’s biggest selling point. You are just steps away from Brewery Gulch or Tombstone Canyon (main street.) This is also the only hotel in historic Bisbee with a pool. The pool is a bit cold in the Spring when it first opens up, and isn’t big, but very refreshing mid-summer, and usually uncrowded. The other reason besides prime location to stay here is of course the unique authenticity of this hotel. The history/atmosphere here is amazing! The only cons to staying here at the CQ are lack of breakfast, since the kitchen/restaurant is being remodeled. You do get coffee, oranges and muffins, but expect to either go elsewhere for breakfast, or supply your own. There are no fridge/microwaves in the rooms, but ice is available downstairs, and there is a microwave on the 2nd floor lounge area. Be sure to enjoy sitting on the 3rd floor balcony and enjoy the great view of downtown. Want some eclectic nightly entertainment? Just go to the cool CQ bar in back of the lobby and enjoy the evening’s entertainment, or sit outside on the bar's veranda and relax while watching the tourists and locals coming and going.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

The hotel had a lot of old charm. When checking in you received a key (something that I haven't seen in years). The lobby had an old time charm to it, but when you look closely at it it could use some reviving. The carpet is old and there seems to be a jewelry case that had items for sale, although I never saw anyone manning the jewelry case.
My room was small but adequate with the bathroom almost the same size as the room. At first look the room looked clean but upon closer inspection I notice that the wall paper was peeling and there was mold on the foam insulation that surrounded the air conditioner which sits in the window. The air conditioner was plugged into an electrical strip which also had the alarm clock and a lamp plugged into it. The bed was comfortable with four well worn pillows. The desk and chair was old and looked as if it was from the late 40's early 50's. Did not fit with the time of the hotel. The room also had a smell to it that even after opening up the window did not go away.
The bathroom was okay and had a claw foot tub with a shower curtain that wrapped around the entire tub. The tub in the inside was worn and could stand to be refinished. I am not sure if it was clean. There is no blow dryer so if you need a hair dryer you will need your own.
In the halls there are areas where the carpets in the halls are different and do not even come close to matching.
The restaurant was close so we weren't able to enjoy it. The bar offers local entertainment and many locals seem to frequent it.
Breakfast was an Otis Spunkmeyer and coffee or tea.
As a whole, the hotel in my opinion is only fair. I feel it could use a major renovation. If you want to stay in an historic hotel, then I would say stay a night and then find another place.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Rita V
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Address: 11 Howell Ave, PO Drawer CQ, Bisbee, AZ 85603-1131
Region: United States > Arizona > Bisbee
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Bisbee
Price Range: €80 - €134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Copper Queen Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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