This all changes once you step into the lobby. As with a dive into a cool pool on a warm summer afternoon the hand painted beams, the vintage furnishings, the blending of colorful tiles, quicken the pulse.
The elegance fades just a bit with departure from the lobby via the carpeted stairs or the vintage elevator operated by hotel personnel. However, this is not a reflection of neglect but instead is another indication of the fine line walked between maintaining authenticity and modernizing.
Our room was small but clean, comfortable, and pleasant. The bathroom consisting of a tiled shower and toilet mirrored this.
Intrusions of the modern era included a small television and a telephone. The bedside lamps, tables, and furnishings blurred the line between the past and present.
With the exception of breakfast, which is a true bargain, on site dining in the Peacock Room may stretch the average budget. Still, no visit to the Hassayampa Inn is complete without experiencing this wonderful restaurant with its frosted glass partitions, varnished wood work, vintage tables, and linen table cloths.
The Hassayampa Inn opened its doors on November 20, 1927 after almost ten years of planning. It began as the dream of Grace Sparks, secretary of the Yavapai County Chamber of Commerce, in 1919 who envisioned Prescott as a tourist destination in need of a world class luxury hotel.
By 1925 the dream was on the fast track to reality with the issuance of a prospectus, the Kiwanis Club establishing a committee to raise funds for the hotels construction, and the mayor, Morris Goldwater, urging citizens of the community to get behind the project by buying stock in the enterprise for $1.00 per share.
The distinguished architect Henry Trost initially designed the hotel in a Pueblo style but opted instead for an Italianate red brick exterior and a Spanish Colonial Revival lobby.