Article originally posted on biztucson.com on January 7th, 2021
History Meets Modern Luxury
When the pandemic shut down virtually the entire U.S., Armory Park Inn owner Amy Draper knew she had an advantage: a place steeped in history, yet thoroughly modern.
Located in the heart of Tucson’s vibrant and historic downtown district, the Armory Park Inn was once a stagecoach stop near Tucson’s armory, back when the area was not much more than a walled military settlement.
Built in 1875, the inn is among the oldest structures in the area. With 22-inch-thick adobe walls and 18-foot-high ceilings adorned with saguaro ribs, the inn features a traditional zaguan layout, with a center hall that runs from the front door to the back of the building. The design is both beautiful and practical, providing a means of air circulation in the years before electricity and air conditioning. Today, the Armory Park Inn stands as a gorgeous, living example of pre-railroad, Sonoran Transitional architecture.
While the inn is historic, it features thoroughly modern amenities. COVID-19-cautious travelers will appreciate the inn’s contactless check-in procedures, not to mention its seven sumptuously appointed rooms, its full network connectivity and its environmentally conscious solar power. “I’m so proud of Tucson,” she said. “I want to give a nod to those in the past as well as those in the present.”
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