Canyon Rose Suites, a turn of the century building listed on the National Historic Registry, is the perfect place to experience the historic town of Bisbee, Arizona. Located in the heart of town, Canyon Rose Suites is within walking distance of many of the local attractions, including art galleries, quirky shops, museums, hiking spots, and a variety of restaurants and bars. Our hotel has been a part of the Bisbee community for over 20 years now and honors both the historic nature of Bisbee, but also the incredibly creative and talented artists that reside here.
Currently, the Canyon Rose Suites houses artwork from Dugo Nore, who created the colorful windows you see going up the stairs from the lobby, Thomas Moxely, Ann Moran, Bobby Brown, Bruce Wertz, John Charley, and Ben Dale to name a few. Our rooms are fully equipped with a full kitchen and modern amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. We have attempted to make our rooms as free of allergens as possible. All our rooms are smoke free, we do not allow pets, and all our beds have allergy barrier bedding. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Whether you’re here to experience the Southwest in all its natural beauty or enjoy a historic adventure through town, we are here to make your stay memorable. Butchy, our hotel manager, is often found on site or in his antique shop near the lobby, Time Warp. Butchy has years of experience in hospitality and will help to make your visit to our historic town is a memorable one. We welcome you to Canyon Rose Suites and hope you enjoy your stay!
When we acquired the property in 1992, it was mostly vacant with several boarded-up windows, years of neglect, and a healthy colony of Mexican free-tailed bats. The building was massive, and we knew it was going to be a huge project. The renovation took a full six years and would never have been completed without the help of friends and family. In the process, 22 tons of debris were removed from the third story alone. Every effort was made to restore the upper level, now Canyon Rose Suites, into the apartments they resembled in years past. The lower two levels of the building were intended for retail use and remain in the configuration we found them in when we started the project. We reused salvageable materials found either in the building or in the surrounding communities as much as possible. On January 1, 2000, Canyon Rose Suites welcomed her first guests to celebrate the new millennium.
Over the course of the restoration, we learned several things about the building and the Allen Family who had built it in 1904. To complete the building, the Allen’s needed substantial materials so they founded a factory to produce concrete blocks which became known as Allen Blocks. You can still find Allen Blocks in many of the historic structures in the Southwest. Once the building was complete, the Allen Family started a furniture factory with their manufacturing operations in the basement. As far as we know, the upper levels were used for a variety of purposes including apartment rentals, shops, a boarding house, and others over the years. In the process of the renovation, we met several old-timers who have since passed on. They shared stories about the Allen Family and the building. Our favorite is about the space the hotel now occupies. They say that after Mr. Allen died, his wife, who was very community minded, turned the upstairs into housing for indigent, elderly community members.
The building has endured many years and offers many interesting features that reflect the era it was built. As you stroll around the building you will notice original Depression glass prisms embedded in the sidewalk that provided natural light into the basement areas. In the basement, there is what appears to be a dungeon complete with a heavy iron door and thick concrete walls. This was used as a safe room and when Bisbee was thriving and still the Wild West, wealthy families would build these rooms in their homes or businesses where they could lock themselves in safely to wait out the sometimes-violent labor disputes and miners’ strikes. The history surrounding this building goes on and on and it has become an important part of our lives. A lot of love and hard work has gone into bringing the building back to life and we hope you enjoy your stay here.
Brett & Alison Van Gorp