The Adobe Rose Inn is part of the Azure Hospitality LLC group. Our team for the Adobe Rose Inn Includes:
Tom Hickey has a wealth of experience in hospitality having spent time with the Fairmont brand and many local award-winning restaurants.
With a degree in horticulture from Cornell University, Tom has been responsible for the inn’s landscaping for a number of years.
Active in his community, Tom has lived in Tucson 13 years. He came to Tucson as a restaurant consultant and fell in love with the city. Tom loves spending time with his two children and his four grandchildren as well as his fur babies in his spare time.
The Adobe Rose Inn was built in the historic Sam Hughes neighborhood (more on that later), sometime in the early 1930’s some say 1933 some say 1938. What we do know is that the original wall and main house were constructed of adobe brick. Adobe is a natural building material made from sand, clay, water and usually sticks and straw which are formed into bricks and dried in the sun.
When the main house was built in the 1930’s, 2nd street was a dirt road. Legend has it that workmen dug up 2nd street to find the material to make the adobe bricks!
For many years, the Adobe Rose was a private house and at some point in the 1950’s the then owners put a casita in next to the main house. In the 1960’s a swimming pool was added and in the 1980’s our second building that fronts onto 2nd street was added.
During the addition of our second building, the then owners turned the property into a bed and breakfast inn and named it the Adobe Rose Inn. Since then there have been two prior owners until it was acquired by Azure Hospitality LLC in October of 2018.
Since the time the Adobe Rose Inn came under new ownership in 2018, the Owners and the Innkeepers have been restoring and renovating the inn to ensure that this beautiful hidden gem, just two and a half blocks from the heart of the University of Arizona, and just a few minutes from Banner University Medical Center, shines in all of its splendor.
So who is Sam Hughes and why is a historic neighborhood named after him?
Sam C. Hughes was a Welsh immigrant who came to the US in 1837. He was eight years old at the time. He did not have the benefit of formal schooling. Both of his parents died very early and he was left to help raise and educate his 8 brothers and sisters.
Like many others, the California gold rush helped Sam Hughes to become a successful merchant but he developed what was called consumption back then and what is now called tuberculosis.
The stories say, that Sam Hughes was making his way back east in 1858 when the stagecoach he was on was afraid he would pass away so he was let off in the very small place of Tucson, Arizona. But Sam Hughes recovered. The timing of this event was about 22 years before the railroad came to the area and only four years after this area of what is now known as the state of Arizona was purchased from Mexico.
Due to his principles, when the Civil War broke out, Sam Hughes decided to move to California (around 1860) rather than live under Confederate rule. He left his business interests with a friend and returned to Southern Arizona with the first battery of Union soldiers around 1862.
In 1863 Sam Hughes married Atanacia Santa Cruz, a young orphan. They had 15 children together (and many people are shocked to learn that Atanacia was a child bride but one has to put it in perspective of the times when a woman was deemed an old maid by the age of 15!)
In the early 1870s, Hughes helped to incorporate the City of Tucson, refused the Mayorship and served as an alderman on the first city council. In 1871 he helped early territorial governor A.P.K. Safford establish public education in the territory.
This neighborhood, one of the first subdivisions in Tucson, was named after Sam Hughes and takes its name from the school that sits in the middle of the original quadrant.
The Sam Hughes neighborhood is now one square mile bounded by Speedway, Broadway, Country Club and Campbell.
The Adobe Rose Inn is two blocks to Speedway and about two blocks to N. Campbell where you will find the University of Arizona, and, we are just a few minutes away from Banner University Medical Center
Walk the Sam Hughes neighborhood and in a few short blocks, you will encounter over 19 different architectural styles, as well as, an amazing selection of plants.
The Adobe Rose Inn enjoys being in the heart of all the action with the University of Arizona just two blocks away. The Sun Link, Tucson’s electric street car that begins by the University of Arizona, winds its way through several districts , including downtown Tucson and the Mercado, is also just a few blocks away. Yet, our inn retains a very quiet residential feel allowing for our guests to enjoy as much or as little activity as they want to engage in.
Whether you are a seasoned bed and breakfast guest or you are new to the experience, we are here to make your stay as easy and enjoyable as possible.
As you enter the Adobe Rose Inn through the front door, you will find our entryway where fresh fruit is available and our living room.
Feel free to relax on one of the sofas or in one of our chairs. On chilly nights you are invited to sit by our fireplace and enjoy the warmth from the fire.
Feel free to help yourself to any of the snacks in the living room. Our guests are particularly fond of our ceramic bowl filled with a variety of popular chocolates.
A word about breakfast – We serve breakfast in our breakfast room and our kitchen during cooler mornings and during warmer mornings, we also set up place settings outside. Breakfast is a served breakfast except on the rare occasions when we do a self-serve continental breakfast. We serve breakfast between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. 7 days a week. Seating is informal and casual and we do not do assigned seating. Don’t worry if you want coffee or tea earlier than 8 a.m., every room has a coffee maker and we are in the kitchen early preparing breakfast, don’t hesitate to come in and ask for a fresh brewed cup of java while we are prepping your meal.
If you can’t join us for breakfast during our normal hours due to travel arrangements or other appointments, be sure to let us know. We will be happy to prepare a snack bag for you to take on the road with you.
We try our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Be sure to let us know if you have any when you book your stay with us.
Our menu is a set menu and you’ll find what’s on the next day’s menu by checking out the chalkboard that sits in our breakfast room. Again, if you have a dietary restriction, please let us know as far in advance as possible.
As you continue through our inn, be sure to make your way to our kitchen where you will find a counter next to the kitchen table that has jars of snacks, fresh fruit and usually some sort of pastry, as well as our tea caddy filled with a variety of teas. Feel free to help yourself.
Continue on out through the sliding glass door in our kitchen and take the opportunity to enjoy our swimming pool (it’s heated by Mother Nature so be sure to do the “toe test” before jumping in if you are visiting during cooler months), and the patios that can be found when you wander around the property.
Parking is available in our driveways (it’s okay to park in front of our garage), but we do ask that you allow for another car to park beside you. Parking is on a first come first serve basis. When the inn is full, you may need to park on the street. There is no permit required on weekends or after 5 p.m. If you will be parked on the street between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a week day, just let us know, we will loan you a parking pass that you will return when you go out and about. Please don’t forget to return the parking pass so that others may use it when you are not.
Here at the Adobe Rose Inn, we are committed to helping you make a lifetime of memories one moment at a time.