The Big Blue House - Tucson Boutique Inn

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


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... The Big Blue House Tucson Bed and Breakfast specializes in Gluten Free, Vegan and Vegetarian meals for guests with dietary restrictions. 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.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining3.9

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

pleasant stay in downtown tucson

2.8 on September 13, 2011

The location is good, in downtown Tucson, near the 4th street with shops and restaurants and close enough to the Congress Street & Barrio Historico. The B & B is quiet, the room n. 3 is spacious, equipped with every comfort (TV, DVD, a / c manual, fan, small living room with tv, kitchenette with large fridge, microwave, coffee maker, bathroom with decent shower and hair dryer available). You can get breakfast in your room, alone: shame to ask expressly for milk & the, soon replaced. The room has been rearranged and towels changed only on request. You can park your car for free in front at the Inn.

Thank you

4.6 on August 24, 2011

My stay was perfect. Lea changed my room reservation due to upgrades being done on the roof. Thank goodness she did. The new room had a kitchen, was much cooler, and was very quiet. I was in town to see my grandma that was sick in the hospital. After spending the night in the hospital the room was a homey and relaxing retreat. The quiet and the kitchen were exactly want I needed to be able to focus on my grandmother. Thank you.


4.8 on August 22, 2011

I stayed here from Aug 14-19 and will be staying here any time I visit Tucson! Lea was so nice and gave a great recommendation for dinner. It's close to campus, quiet and such a great palce to stay! They were very reasonable and gave a student discount-other places didn't! The breakfast pastires were amazing, along with all the food and beverages provided!!! Absolutely loved it and will book room 6 again for next year!!!

5 nights spent at the Big Blue House

3.8 on August 03, 2011

My wife & I stayed at The Big Blue House from July 25 - July 30, 2011. We were watching the USA High Performance Volleyball Champs which were held at the Tucson Convention Centre. Thr Big Blue House is centerally located & a flat 20 minute walk to the CBD/Convention Centre. Restaurants/Cafes are also within an easy 20 minute walk at the University and 4th Avenue. The bus stop to catch a bus to the Tucsan Mall is an easy 5 minute walk. Our room included many interesting pictures & artifacts. The bedroom, bathroom & kitchen were clean. We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast that was supplied to our room each day, including lovely muffins, pasteries & fruit juices. Thank you Lea for making our stay so enjoyable & for being so accommodating. We have no hesitation is recommending The Big Blue House. Rob & Raewyn Barclay, New Zealand.

Big Blue House is a great place!

4.6 on July 17, 2011

Recently, I stayed at the Big Blue House for a week. I needed a a place that is close to the University of Arizona because I was doing some research at the main library. Originally, I had picked room 6 but I was upgraded to room 3. I appreciated it because I had the use of a kitchen. The room was very clean, and nicely decorated. The refridgerator was stocked with juice and yogurt plus there are a wide variety of cereals provided for guests. The owners are very friendly and live on site. I loved being able to sit on the porch every morning and evening. The property is two blocks away from 4th Avenue which is a fun area of Tucson for dining, shopping, and/or people watching. As a woman traveling solo, I always felt very safe at the BBH. Thank you Lea!

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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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $170

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $190

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $200

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $190

Room Six - Uncle Duke's

Located Upstairs, King bed. Kitchenette, private bath!

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $170

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $170

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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:

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

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Inn Details

Establishment type

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

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: Outside only We work with the U of A Hospital and require smoke free
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No Fragil Historic Property
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Pets considered for the "guest house" room 4 only...
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekends require 2 day minimum. Call for posssible exceptions
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit Card guarentee required
  • Cancellations: 7 day cancellation required 30 day cancellation on special events such as Gem Show
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About the innkeepers

Since October 2005 she and her immediate family have devoted themselves to the appropriate historic restoration of the previously neglected Trost historic gem. All proceeds and profits are reinvested into the preservation of one of only a few Victorian Bungalows ever designed my famed architect Henry Charles Trost.

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  • Time Served: 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Vegetarian Gluten Free

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