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The Big Blue House - Tucson Boutique Inn

144 East University Blvd. , Tucson, AZ 85705 USA (Show map)
46 Reviews
$95 - $170
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Stately & beautiful historic Tucson Queen Anne Victorian restored to her original 1899 grandeur. Antique & vintage themed boutique SUITES with all the modern amenities, WiFi, LCD TVs, extra private and the best location in Central Tucson. Spacious studio suites with private entrances and kitchens... Designed by Southwest designer Henry C Trost at the turn of the century & listed on The National Register of Historic Places. The Big Blue House Inn is located directly on the new 'University Bike Boulevard', "Tucson's friendliest biking spot". Park your car and walk only two blocks to "The cultural center of Tucson", Historic 4th Avenue for a great selection of restaurants & shops. Or, use our loaner bikes...

Rooms & Rates

Room One - Zen

Soothing Asian Decor. Room one features 12' high ceilings, 100 year old original maple woodwork and vintage ceiling fan. The original maple hardwood floors and cove ceilings are special. Decorated in a soothing Asian style. Located at the front of the house w/Private entrance and direct access to the porch, private bath, Fully equipped kitchen, Queen bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room Two - Safari

Room two has 12' high ceilings and period ceiling fan and century old original maple floors. This room is decorated in the "Hemmingway World Traveler" theme. Also located at the front of the house w/Private entrance, private bath and direct access to the porch. Kitchenette, Queen bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room Three-Country Spring

Room three also with 12' ceilings with all new furnishings. Room three is bright and cheerful w/private entrance located at the 6th Ave, side of the house w/semi private porch area. Fully equipped kitchen, Queen bed and extra large private bath. This is a great Extended Stay room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room Five- two-room suite

Located upstairs, Two-room suite with kitchenette Queen bed in main room, full bed in second room. Private Bath! Both bedrooms have LCD televisions. Vintage art deco furnishings that are rich with beautiful wood. Combined with the beautiful wood floors they make the room warm and cozy "Like Grandmas Place". Rate is quoted for up to 4 guests!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Room Six - Uncle Duke's

Located Upstairs, two twin beds or converted to one King. Kitchenette, private bath!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Room Seven - Elegant Deco

Located Upstairs....Room seven was finished only this week of October 10th. We are really excited about the rich Deco decor of this room. The room is located on the upper floor and has a Queen bed and Private Bath w/shower/tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Services4.5
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining3.9

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Nice Home away from Home

5 on February 08, 2014

Stayed 6 nights, June 30-Feb 5 2014, for our annual Tucson gem show buying trip. We had room #5 upstairs which was perfect for two people wanting their private space with two separate rooms and a small kitchen. The place could not have been more cozy. Every morning we were greeted by Lea in the breakfast room with a special breakfast, fruit and homemade scones. The location was centrally located to 4th avenue restaurants and shopping . After an exhausting day of show business, it was nice to be able to drive back "home" in just a few minutes and be in such comfortable surroundings. The owners were friendly and laid back and you would think you had known them for years. I'll definitely book my next year's trip very soon just to be sure I don't miss out on this lovely place to stay in Tucson. Thank you so much for a wonderful home-like experience at the Big Blue House!


5 on February 05, 2014

Even nicer than we had expected from the rave reviews! The rooms are tastefully decorated in period pieces. The breakfast Lea prepared was always delicious. The location is within easy walking distance of the university and to restaurant row on fourth avenue. We appreciated the ample free parking always available in front of the house. The location could not be better.

Comfortable Place

5 on September 18, 2013

Stayed for 1 night 9/14/13....we just loved it.! So close to all the fun on 4th ave and downtown. Very nice experience. The room was very comfortable and appealing. We would recommend. The owners are fantastic.!

I will stay nowhere else in Tucson

5 on April 06, 2012

The house was like something out of a movie. The colors, textures, and aesthetic were beautiful. To top it off, you can't find a better location in Tucson to get to see downtown, the University, and the quirky 4th Avenue that shows off all of the character of this town.

Big Blue House

4.0 on September 29, 2011

We came for parents weekend and chose the Big Blue House for it's proximity to campus and because of the pleasantness of our stay last year for parents weekend. Our room this time around was not as nice, but still a very pleasant place to stay

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Location Type

University of Arizona District, S.W. Corner of University Blvd. & 6th Ave., Downtown - Six beautiful walking blocks, University of Arizona - 8 blocks, Historic 4th Ave. - 2 blocks, "Tucson's friendliest biking spot", Downtown


Tucson, AZ (TUS) 5 miles

Directions to property:

North on Tucson Blvd to I-10 Freeway. Go west on freeway to Speedway Exit. Exit Speedway Blvd. off freeway and go east 6 blocks. Right on Stone Blvd. Go 3 blocks. Left on University Blvd then two blocks to 6th Ave. Located on the SW corner of University Blvd. and 6th Ave. Tucson, AZ.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Old Tucson Movie Studios, San Xavier Mission, Bisophere II, Tucson University Blvd. Streetcar, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Ski area, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Urban Inn, Boutique Hotel, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, CD player, Copier, Fax Machine, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , Bottled purified water hot/cold dispenser in room, Room Ozone Air Purfiers in each room. Sterilizes, Private Exterior Entrances, Coffee & Tea in rooms, Fully equipped kitchens or kitchenette

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

University of Arizona Ball Games and activities, Take the Trolley to Downtown Tucson only 6 blocks

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  • Check In:: 3PM
  • Check Out:: 11AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Fragil Historic Property
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited Pets considered for the "guest house" room 4 only...

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekends require 2 day minimum. Call for posssible exceptions
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit Card guarentee required
  • Cancellations: 7 day cancellation required 30 day cancellation on special events such as Gem Show



Lea Ramsey

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  • Time Served: 7:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast served in the Breakfast Cottage, Coffee maker and tea in all rooms, Breakfast Room

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144 East University Blvd. , Tucson, AZ 85705 USA (Show map)

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