School House Inn - Bisbee, AZ

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Charming Bed and Breakfast in Former Schoolhouse

A mining boomtown, Bisbee saw its population swell to 20,000 at the turn of the 20th century. During those salad days, a two-story grammar school was erected about 1 mile from downtown to accommodate the growing number of children in the area. The school was converted into apartments in the 1930s and became a bed and breakfast in the ’80s. These days, the nearly 100-year-old building has been aptly rechristened the School House Inn.

Reminders of the past are all around, from the school’s original blueprints hanging in the stairwell to the mammoth, century-old oak tree that towers over the rooftop. On the bottom floor, the building’s original steam furnace still stands—though it’s been turned off for decades.

Thanks in part to its grammar-school theme, the inn has won the prestigious Fodor’s Choice award five times. The spacious guest rooms feature 12-foot ceilings, and a lack of phones and TVs means that peace and quiet reign throughout the place. Each room’s decor is based on an elementary-school subject, such as Arithmetic, Music, and Quantum Physics. Before heading into the Reading room, you can borrow a novel from the bookshelf standing in the foyer. Each morning, the innkeepers prepare a homemade breakfast, after which you can venture to nearby Garfield Park to play basketball or volleyball.

Bisbee, Arizona: Preserved Wild West Town with Artistic Flair

It’s hard to believe that Bisbee—current population: nearly 6,000—was once the biggest city between St. Louis and San Francisco. A mining boomtown tucked away in the Mule Mountains, Bisbee swelled in size with the discovery of copper around the turn of the 20th century. To survive after the large-scale mines closed in the 1970s, the town evolved into an artists’ colony, attracting free spirits with its warm temperatures, scenic mountain backdrops, and lax enforcement of coloring-within-the-lines statutes. In recent years, it’s become a hybrid of old and new, where 19th-century storefronts and Victorian homes house contemporary art galleries, antique shops, and cafés.

Take a stroll along the narrow, winding streets of Old Bisbee, which resembles a frontier outpost crossed with a European village. Stop in and explore the exhibits at the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, once the headquarters of the Copper Queen mining company and now an affiliate museum of the Smithsonian Institution. And no trip to Bisbee would be complete without a visit to the mine that started it all. Head over to Queen Mine Tours, don a hardhat, and ride a train more than 1,500 feet underground on a tour guided by retired miners.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in the Art, Music, Geography, History, Writing, or Reading room; or Arithmetic, Principal’s Office, or Library suite
  • Dates into August

Policies and Fees

  • Reservations: Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • Cancellation policy: 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable.
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability.

No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate; no refunds, rescheduling, or rebooking allowed.

Amenities

  • Complimentary home-cooked breakfast
  • Complimentary tea, coffee, cocoa, and popcorn
  • Patio and balcony
  • Lounge with TV and DVD player
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Wheelchair-accessible ramp to second floor

The Fine Print

  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased
  • 72-hour cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 21 or older to check in and 10 or older to stay
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • Not valid with reward points.

Other Details

Room Details

Music or Geography Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Art Room

  • One double bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

History Room

  • One queen bed and one twin bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for an additional guest 10 or older; please contact the property directly before bringing kids 9 or younger

Reading Room or Writing Room

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2

Arithmetic Suite or Principal’s Office Suite

  • One queen bed and two twin beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for each additional guest 10 or older; please contact the property directly before bringing kids 9 or younger

Library Suite

  • One queen bed and one double bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $10 per night for each additional guest; please contact the property directly before bringing kids 9 or younger

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (call 520-432-2996 to arrange late arrivals)
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $5 per stay
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact the property for handicap-accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: not available
  • Please call ahead if specific rooms are desired

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: Tucson International Airport (TUS; 89 mi)
  • Distance from Tucson: about 94 miles

Traveler's Tips

  • Property can be contacted at 520-432-2996 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. MST daily
  • Please call property directly to request a specific room type based on the option you purchased. All rooms are subject to availability.

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