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El Presidio Bed & Breakfast Inn

297 North Main Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701
Innkeeper(s): Patricia Toci
  • Introduction

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, front view

    Step back in time. Experience Southwestern charm in a desert oasis with the romance of a country inn. Garden courtyards with the Old Mexico ambiance of lush floral displays, fountains, and cobblestone surround four richly appointed guesthouses and suites. Birds abound in the shelter of our mature trees of mesquite, magnolia, palm, Allepo pine, hackberry, lemon, fig and pomegranate.

    A Victorian Adobe, El Presidio Bed & Breakfast is a splendid example of American Territorial, blending the rich cultural heritage of Mexican and American building traditions unique to Tucson, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The award-winning restoration recreated its original Victorian elegance and has been beautifully chronicled in Bantam Publisher's American Design book, The Desert Southwest. El Presidio Bed & Breakfast is the oldest functioning B&B in Tucson.

    Some of our amenities include complimentary, property-wide WiFi, televisions and DVD players in each guest room. Each room also has a complimentary land line telephone.

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn is located in the heart of Old Tucson, in the El Presidio Historic District. This is a walking neighborhood with regional artisan shops, lively restaurants, parks, museums, and of course historic attractions.

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, front view

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, living room


    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn is also convenient to the University of Arizona. A one-mile walk puts you at the U of A campus. This walk takes you through the Fourth Avenue District - Tucson’s unique blend of college town and historic tree lined shopping/restaurant area.

    El Presidio Bed & Breakfast features four guest rooms including two rooms in the main building and two rooms that you enter from the courtyard. Guest accommodations are filled with fine antique furnishings, original art, and fresh flowers with an emphasis on luxury and quality. All have private baths, kitchenettes, telephones, TV's, fluffy bathrobes, and private entrances.

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, patio

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, patio

    Each morning we serve a sumptuous homemade breakfast. The daily breakfast menu is inspired by seasonal offerings. We cook and bake with organic and fresh products and produce whenever possible.

    We serve one menu daily but create custom meals for those with dietary restrictions and preferences. Let us know when you make your reservation and we'll plan accordingly.

    Discover the delightful garden in the spacious courtyard. Flowers seem to be everywhere! The focal point of the courtyard is the antique three-tiered stone fountain. In traditional adobe style, the Inn's main house is centered around a zaguan, or wide center hall, with soaring 17-foot ceilings.

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, flowers

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, flowers

    El Presidio Inn Bed and Breakfast

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    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, hallway Complimentary Amenities at El Presidio Bed and Breakfast

    • daily full, hot country breakfast
    • each room has a TV, DVD player, and telephone
    • air-conditioning
    • high-speed wireless (WIFI) is available in every room and in the outside gardens.
    • use of guest desktop computer and printer for maps and boarding passes
    • private baths
    • spa-label soaps and shampoos
    • hair-dryers
    • high-tier cotton sheets, blankets, bathrobes
    • luxury beds throughout with Sealy Posturepedic mattresses
    • alarm-clock radios
    • kitchenettes in Carriage House and Gate House
    • access to refrigerator use for Victorian Suite and Quilt Room
    • complimentary bottled water, beverages, snacks
    • parlor games
    • library of DVD's
    • non-smoking
    • no bed tax, a 13&1/2% savings
    • walk 2-3 blocks to excellent restaurants, shops, museums
    • easy parking using B&B permits
  • The Breakfast Experience at El Presidio Inn

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, kitchen

    A full, hot country-style breakfast is served at 8:30am as a social gathering in the Veranda Room, overlooking the core of the gardened courtyard. Rich Colombian coffee and elegant teas are available by 7:30am.

    Each morning a different entrée is served, such as savory southwestern egg dishes with sausages or oatmeal pumpkin pancakes with scalloped pears and bacon. Every morning a medley of the freshest, ripest organic fruits start breakfast complimented by homemade muffins or toast with an emphasis on low sugar and healthy local ingredients.

    Custom requests for non-gluten, non-dairy, or vegan are respected and served with delicious adaptions.

    Hikers, and those with business appointments or earlier departures are given expanded continental array of fruits, breads, cereals, yogurts, and beverages with prior notice.

    Delicious food and the friendly exchange of ideas and information around the breakfast table have made new friends and provide a great start to every vacation day. Return guests of many years say they look forward to breakfast and meeting people from around the world.

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, food

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, bellpeppers

  • Weddings

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, fountain

    The Presidio's courtyard is the unrivaled focal point of the inn and a frequent site for weddings. Its 20-foot walls and adobe outbuildings help define it as an outdoor living space rather than just a backyard or garden.

  • History of El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, marquee

    A Victorian Adobe, El Presidio Bed & Breakfast is a splendid example of American Territorial, blending the rich cultural heritage of Mexican and American building traditions unique to Tucson, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The award-winning restoration recreated its original Victorian elegance and has been beautifully chronicled in Bantam Publisher's American Design book, The Desert Southwest. El Presidio Bed & Breakfast is the oldest functioning B&B in Tucson.

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, horses

    El Presidio Bed & Breakfast began in 1876 as a humble adobe with a square, flat roof built with handmade bricks of mud and straw. Its only distinction was its location on Main Street, a broad boulevard that stretched north from the presidio. When the Southern Pacific Railroad made its way to Tucson in 1880, the residents of Main Street began to embellish their humble adobes with all the accouterments of Victorian architecture. As each of the homes evolved, they began to develop a distinctive new style that became known as American Territorial.

    In 1912, Julius Kruttschnitt bought the house and jumped right into the hustle and bustle of a Main Street that had begun to take on airs. The Julius Kruttschnitt House soon reigned supreme in Snob Hollow, the premier residential area and center of higher society in this frontier village. As the century evolved, so did Tucson residents as they abandoned the downtown area in favor of the sprawling suburbs. The Kruttschnitt House was divided into small apartments, the courtyard was paved over, and the graceful veranda stripped away.

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, historic front view

    In 1967, Jerry Toci moved into one of the apartments and fell in love with the place. Years later, he and his wife Patti returned to claim the house for their own. The Tocis then guided El Presidio through a decade of painstaking restoration. Jerry combed Mexico in search of master craftsmen with the expertise to shore up the crumbling adobe walls. He found his craftsmen and also discovered the three-tiered stone fountain that is now in the courtyard. It took seven months to have it dismantled and carted north piece by piece. The gardens and courtyards received the same meticulous attention. The bricks for the courtyard were handpicked from a 130-year-old hospital wing. They laid cobblestone and brick walkways and planted flowers and shrubs that were popular in the 1880s. The Tocis furnished the interior with their extensive collection of Americana, and by 1985, the Inn was ready to open its door to the public.

    El Presidio Bed & Breakfast, being located in the heart of the Presidio Historic District, has often been on Memorial Day and Fourth of July parade routes.

  • Comments

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, flowers "Highly recommended."

    "We recently spent 4 nights at the El Presidio. Just walking through the old wooden gate and into the enclosed courtyard relaxed us - with its stone patio, fountain, flowering plants and trees. Our room opened directly into the courtyard and it was a joy to step out our door and have a glass of wine sitting in the quiet, enclosed courtyard. One feels very secure in this facility.

    Patti is a very welcoming host and her breakfasts leave no room for lunch. She also thoughtfully stocks the room with snacks and drinks. We even had a small, well-equipped kitchen as part of our room. Location is perfect for walking in the historic district as well as downtown; road traffic in the area is surprisingly light."

    Kent M, Winnipeg, Canada

    “A great place to stay in Tucson”

    "We think this is the best B&B we have ever stayed in; the facilities were wonderful; our room was actually an apartment with a separate living room/kitchen area, all beautifully decorated and as clean and comfortable as can be. The outdoor courtyard was landscaped beautifully with plenty of seats and was a lovely place to read and talk about our adventures of the day.

    Patti was a great host; we had special dietary needs and she made us delicious breakfasts every day that were perfect for us; she also gave us great insights into the city and things to do. The location can't be beat; walking distance to all downtown attractions, including plenty of great restaurants and bars.

    We had a great time and will be coming back to Tucson and look forward to staying here again!"

    ~ Alan H, Detroit, Michigan

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, flowers "Staying at El Presidio Bed and Breakfast was truly a treat. "

    The house itself is absolutely beautiful, and the room was very clean and comfortable. The courtyard and fountain are very nice, having coffee in the morning and watching the birds. The best part of staying here, is being in the center of the historic district, within walking distance of downtown.

    Overall, cannot say enough good things about the B&B. highly recommend.

    ~ Rachel W, El Paso, Texas

    "By chance we happened on the El Presidio Inn and couldn't have been luckier."

    "The inn is a beautifully restored old adobe property located in a historic district adjacent to downtown Tucson with easy access to museums and restaurants. The buildings surround a lovely quiet shaded courtyard complete with fountain, trees, flowers, and birds. It truly is a private slice of paradise that invites one to sit and linger with a good book.

    The spotless rooms are nicely furnished with antiques, and the beds are most comfortable and well made up. Patti, the owner and gracious hostess, treats one as a long lost friend and is full of helpful information, recommendations, and tips. In addition, her delicious family style breakfasts are a great start for the day.

    We shall definitely return to Tucson if for nothing other than the privilege and joy of staying with Patti again, although Tucson and its surrounds have a lot to beckon us back."

    ~ Sam, Tacoma, Washington, May, 2012

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, park bench "A Private Paradise"

    "The El Presidio is a beautiful historic property located in the historic district of Tucson. The location is excellent for it is only a short walk or drive to downtown Tucson and museums. El Presidio offers a calm, quiet vacation escape with a a lovely private courtyard full of plants, trees and flowers, and very lovely, comfortable rooms.

    Patti is a wonderful hostess who knows exactly what to provide, and she gives attention to every detail of the needs of her guests. Patti is also an excellent cook, and the breakfasts are the best we have ever experienced during any of our travels. It would be difficult to find this kind of hospitality anywhere else! We would definitely stay there again during future visits to Tucson."

    Jan & Bill Luoma , April 2012

    “Cool retreat, great value”

    "Yes, it's hot in Tucson in July, but El Presidio Inn is a cool and restful oasis. The courtyard is pretty in the daytime with its shade trees and fountain and colorful flower pots, and it is just magical at night with small twinkling lights. My husband and I have stayed there many times over the years when we have been in Tucson for concerts and other events. Patti is a friendly and thoughtful hostess, keeps the rooms meticulously clean, and prepares truly memorable breakfasts. It's easy to walk to the Art Museum, the Fox Theater, the historic districts, the old train station, the 4th Avenue Street Fair, and many other downtown Tucson attractions. This is our getaway home in Tucson."

    Donna G,& Bisbee, AZ - July 2012

  • Area Attractions

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, front view

    Within a four-block walk, you'll fine museums, galleries, regional craft shopping, and excellent restaurants ranging from Sonoran Mexican to Southwestern Nouvelle Cuisine, all housed in historic building. Close by are the Community Center, theatre, Arts District, University of Arizona, public golf courses, parks, and the best tourist's attractions, such as the Desert Museum, Old Tucson, and the Saguaro National Monument.

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, side view

    • The John C. Fremont House - Built in the 1850s as the residence of the fifth Territorial Governor, the Fremont House features 19th-century furnishings and exhibits.Visit Website
    • Tucson Museum of Art - Collections include pre-Columbian artifacts, Spanish Colonial furnishings and paintings, and contemporary artwork.
    • Old Town Artisans - An artisan's marketplace set in a Sonoran-style townhouse with central courtyard built in the 1860s.
    • Arizona Historical Society - Exhibits will take you from the Spanish conquistadors to the present.
    • The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - Located in Tucson Mountain Park and acclaimed as the most distinctive zoo in the U.S. by the New York Times. This living museum has over 200 different kinds of animals and hundreds of varieties of plants native to the Sonoran desert.
    • Old Tucson - A theme park with daily shoot-outs, stagecoach rides, and reenacted battles. Movies are still shot on location here.

    El Presidio Bed and Breakfast Inn, patio

    Day Trips

    • Tombstone - "The town too tough to die."
    • Bisbee - A tiny mining town perched precariously on the slopes of the Mule Mountains.
    • Mount Lemmon - You can drive up to the pines in less than an hour.
    • Nogales - Perfect for a south-of-the-border experience.