About the Copper Queen Hotel

A Taste of the Past

The Copper Queen Hotel is filled with history. In 1898 the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company realized that dignitaries and investors needed a comfortable place to stay while conducting business. They decided to build their own hotel in the heart of Bisbee, since most of their business operations were run from there. Construction was completed in 1902, the same year that the city of Bisbee was incorporated.

The Copper Queen Hotel originally housed 72 rooms with a shared bath on each floor. The mine’s parent company, Phelps Dodge owned the mercantile building across the street and used the large boiler in its basement to heat the Copper Queen Hotel through a tunnel. The Palm Room on the first floor was used as an air well to provide cool air to the rooms during the hot summers. Tiffany made stained glass was used in the sky light of the Palm Room but was sadly destroyed during a monsoon. The hotel accommodated a restaurant, known as the Copper Queen Café, and a saloon that remain in their original locations, and are now know as 1902 The Spirit Room and Overlook Saloon.

The Copper Queen Hotel draws many people into Bisbee for a memorable visit. In fact, we have had many well-known guests such as John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Lee Remick, Michelle Pfieffer, Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Ollie North, First Lady Nancy Reagan, Jake Lamotta, Gabriel Giffords, John McCain, and family members of Linda Ronstadt.

The Copper Queen Hotel is still the only full-service hotel in Bisbee and is the longest continuously operating hotel in the state of Arizona. The hotel has never been closed, in fact our swinging double doors that bring you into our lobby do not lock, welcoming you, our guests, from near and far.