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  • History of Arizona Inn, Tucson

A Family-Owned, Historic Hotel Serving Tucson Since 1930

The Arizona Inn has been family owned and operated since its creation in 1930 by Isabella Greenway, Arizona's first congresswoman and lifelong friend of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Originally built as an inn for travelers to Tucson and as a philanthropic furniture shop called "The Arizona Hut," the establishment employed disabled World War I veterans in an effort to help preserve jobs. When the shop ran into financial trouble following the stock market crash of 1929, Isabella characteristically rose to the occasion and built the Arizona Inn as a way to create enough demand to keep the shop going.

Today, the Arizona Inn stands as a landmark hotel in Tucson, achieving designation on the National Register of Historic Places. Preserving its longstanding history, the Inn keeps an on-site cabinet-making shop, where a master craftsman restores original "Hut" furniture and creates fine new custom furniture as well - all of which can be found throughout the hotel.  The hotel's antique furnishings  and commitment to authentic hospitality are just a few ways the Arizona Inn retains the spirit, style, and sense of community initiated by its founders. 


Since 1930, four generations of the Greenway family have lovingly protected, renovated, and restored the Arizona Inn, which has become a world-renowned resort and destination in Tucson. Guests today find an inn that feels like a family estate while enjoying a sophisticated desert retreat which continues, after eight decades, to fulfill Isabella Greenway promise of privacy, serenity, and sunshine.

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