Featured Weekend Getaway
Although it’s been renovated, the inn’s main lobby maintains its Old World charm.
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By Noah Austin
The November 19, 1927, edition of the Prescott Evening Courier heralded the November 5 opening of what was then called the Hassayampa Hotel. Constructed for $300,000, the hotel, the paper said, “represents … the first definite step towards a greater Prescott.” The hotel was built to bring first-class accommodations to Prescott, and it was a true community undertaking: At the urging of the mayor, Morris Goldwater (Barry’s uncle), more than 400 citizens bought $1 shares in the project. A night in one of the guestrooms cost $2. The price has gone up a little since then, and the interior has been renovated, but from the outside, the red-brick building looks much the same as it did in its early days. The Hassayampa has hosted distinguished guests from Georgia O’Keeffe to Clark Gable, but legend has it that one of its first guests — Faith Summers, a newlywed whose groom abandoned her at the hotel — still haunts room 426. (Because she’s still upset with her husband, she appears mostly to female guests.)
LOCATION: 122 E. Gurley Street, Prescott
BUILDER: Henry Trost
INFORMATION: 928-778-9434 or www.hassayampainn.com
1923: The Congress Hotel, on the future Hassayampa Inn site, is destroyed in a fire, leading supporters to push for a new hotel made of brick, rather than wood.