PRESCOTT ACCOMMODATIONS

Prescott offers a fine selection of places to stay, though few have rooms under $50 in summer. Be sure to make reservations for weekends during the warmer months, when desert dwellers come here to escape the heat. Book far in advance for Frontier Days, held around July Fourth, and expect to pay more. The following summer rates usually drop in winter. Categories are based on the cost of weekend (Fri.-Sat. nights) double occupancy.

Historic Hotels Downtown
$50-100:
The massive Hotel St. Michael (205 W. Gurley St. at Montezuma, 928/776-1999 or 800/678-3757, www.hotelstmichael.net) opened as the Hotel Burke in 1891, but had to be rebuilt after the great fire wiped out Whiskey Row in 1900. Rooms, all with private bath, go for $49-79 d and suites are $89 d; add $10 to prices on weekends. Each guest receives a cooked-to-order breakfast. Caffe St. Michael at the hotel offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
    $100-200: Prescott's grand hotel when it opened in 1927, the Hassayampa Inn (122 E. Gurley St., 928/778-9434 or 800/322-1927, www.hassayampainn.com) has been beautifully restored. The plush lobby features a painted ceiling, old piano, and other antiques. All rooms have private baths and are standard ($99-159 d), classic ($109-189 d), suite ($159-229 d), or Jacuzzi suite ($169-299 d). The hotel's Peacock Room offers elegant dining.
    On a leafy lane just a block from the Courthouse Plaza, Hotel Vendome (230 S. Cortez St., 928/776-0900 or 888/468-3583, www.vendomehotel.com) is a small inn dating from 1917. The attractively restored rooms include private baths for $119 d room, $159 two-bedroom suite (up to 4 persons); subtract $40 on weekdays.

Inns and Bed & Breakfasts
Pleasant Street Inn
(142 S. Pleasant St. at Goodwin, 928/445-4774 or 877/226-7128, www.pleasantbandb.com, $125-175 d) offers bed and breakfast with a variety of rooms and suites in an English Traditional style. Prescott Pines Inn (901 White Spar Rd./AZ 89, 928/445-7270 or 800/541-5374, www.prescottpinesinn.com) on the south edge of town offers "country Victorian" rooms for $90-135 d and a three-bedroom chalet for $300.
    Near Watson Lake, Prescott Log Cabin Bed and Breakfast (928/778-0442 or 888/778-0442, www.prescottlogcabin.com, $129-179 d) is a modern log building with decks and hot tub.

Motels
$50-100:
Just east of downtown, the very pleasant Best Western Prescottonian Motel (1317 E. Gurley St., 928/445-3096 or 800/937-8376, $85-95 d weekdays, $95-105 d Fri.-Sat., offers a cooked-to-order breakfast, restaurant, pool, and hot tub. More basic choices nearby include the old-fashioned 1947 motor court Apache Motel (1130 E. Gurley St., 928/445-1422, $30 s, $40 d weekdays, $50 s, $60 d Fri.-Sat.) and the Colony Inn (1225 E. Gurley St., 928/445-7057 or 866/243-7285, $39-49 d weekdays, $45-65 d Fri.-Sat.), which has a pool. Also in this area are two chains, sitting side by side, Motel 6 (1111 E. Sheldon St., 928/776-0160 or 800/466-8356, $40 s, $46 d weekdays, $57 s, $63 d Fri.-Sat.) with a small pool and Super 8 Motel (1105 E. Sheldon St., 928/776-1282 or 800/800-8000, $55 s, $60 d weekdays, $70 s, $75 d Fri.-Sat., $90 d suite) with a pool. Wheel Inn Motel (333 S. Montezuma St., 928/778-7346 or 800/717-0902, $49-59 d weekdays, $69-79 d Fri.-Sat.) is a small simple place just south of downtown. Continuing south on Montezuma Street/White Spar Road/AZ 89 from downtown you'll see the large Prescott Sierra Inn (809 White Spar Rd., 928/445-1250 or 800/513-2014, $39-55 d weekdays, $49-79 d Fri.-Sat.) with a choice of economy, deluxe, and kitchenette units, some with a fireplace; amenities include a pool, hot tub, and the nearby Juniper Restaurant. Surrounded by ponderosa pines at the south edge of town, Comfort Inn (1290 White Spar Rd., 928/778-5770 or 800/889-9774, $86 d weekdays, $90 and up Fri.-Sat.) offers a hot tub; the Pine Cone Inn restaurant is across the highway.
    $100-200: Guests enjoy great views atop the hill at Prescott Resort Conference Center & Casino (1500 Hwy. 69, 928/776-1666 or 800/967-4637, www.prescottresort.com, $89-145 d room, $99-165 d suite), which provides a fine-dining restaurant, an indoor/outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, fitness room, racquetball, and tennis; Western art adorns the lobby and hallways. Forest Villas Hotel (3645 Lee Circle, 4 miles east of downtown off AZ 69, 928/717-1200 or 800/223-3449, www.forestvillas.com, $87-275 d) offers balconies, views, breakfast, fitness center, and an outdoor pool and hot tub.

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