Hotel Congress

311 East Congress Street, Tucson, Arizona, 85701, United States
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A Hotel for the Rabble

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 12, 2007

While the Hotel Congress is noisy at night due to the great music venue they house, the hotel experience is still at the top of the chart! This hotel's character is unmistakeable and completely unique.

Unique Quality: Dial in Radios and Old Iron Bed Frames (with squeak appeal) in every hotel room. A penny covered floor in the cafe. An old time bar with a great jukebox, charm my friend - CHARM!

Directions: Downtown, near Fouth Street (street car) with shopping.

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good for the young and hip

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 25, 2005

I stayed here the first day I arrived in Tucson in September 2003. I was looking for a hostel, but the Roadrunner (the only real hostel in town) was limiting its stays to two weeks (it wasn't made clear why).
All rooms are on the second floor, accessible via a staircase. All rooms consist of an old-style radio, a bed, a telephone and a small bathroom. There are no televisions in any rooms, which is intentional by the owners to maintain the heyday charm (1920's) of the hotel.
Hostel rooms run $20 per night plus a key deposit, and contain a single bunk bed, which means you split it with one other person, but that person probably won't come in the off-season.
Hotel Congress is the coolest hotel in Tucson. The lobby has a beautiful, 1920's-era decor, with a bar (no beer on tap), a cafe open most days and weekend nights and a barber shop.
There's also the club. Club Congress hosts well-known, national acts but also serves as a dance club when no one is performing. The small Tap Room inside the club also offers a minimal selection of beers on tap, but provides a shelter from the club.
The club can become problematic to hotel guests at night. All rooms are on the second floor, and hostel rooms are right above the club. The lobby bar also becomes crowded on the weekend nights and allows smoking after 9pm.
Hotel Congress is in a great location though. If you arrive by Greyhound or Amtrak, it is right across the street from both depots (although Greyhound will be temporarily moved for the next couple of years due to construction). Congress Street, the hotel's namesake, is one of Tucson's two bar streets. Both sides are lined with bars, clubs and restaurants for about four blocks. The other bar street, Fourth Avenue, is a short walk through a railroad underpass about two blocks from the hotel. This area is a little more college-oriented, but is also much more active during the day with eclectic shops, many more restaurants and the occassional street performers.

Unique Quality: An excellent location, a unique atmosphere and an authentic decor.

Directions: Downtown, Congress and Toole

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Fun stuff

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 18, 2004

For what little backpacking I've done in America, this is the nicest hostel I've stayed in. I think the room was $25, and it had a private bathroom, and AC (in Arizona it basically required).

Unique Quality: There is a good club and a restaraunt right down stairs. For Tucson the building is historic.

Directions: Downtown (or CBD) near the train station.

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Right downtown

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 20, 2004

Hotel Congress is right downtown. On the first floor there's a very popular restaurant with outdoor seating and a nice bar with live performance in the evening. In my opinion, it's more of a restaurant/club than a hotel. It also has hostel rooms where 2 people share 1 room and bath. To me that's more inconvenient than dorm beds with communal bath. I spent one night there. With my hostel card it's about $22. The good thing is it's right next to Greyhound and Amtrak station.

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Hotel Congress

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 7, 2002

$25-$45

Unique Quality: One of the oldest hotels downtown. It's very quaint and has lots of old west character. Don't expect anything fancy though. John Dillinger stayed here if you consider that anything. Beware: there is a club that has dance music most everynight and live bands. If you get a room above the club, you will have trouble sleeping. The club closes at 2 am. They also have a nice cafe called The Cup and they have very good food. I met my husband in the club and we got married onstage. There is also banquet facilities and this is where we had the reception. The stage in club area has been moved and remodeled. It is simply gorgeous now with a beautiful lit metal sculpture around the stage and there's more room on the floor to watch bands.

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Address: 311 East Congress Street, Tucson, Arizona, 85701, United States

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Amenities at Hotel Congress

  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Pets Allowed
  • Free High Speed Internet

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