Jerome Arizona lodging includes a number of different options. There are no luxury boutique properties as you will find in nearby Sedona, but the choices here are clean and comfortable, and you will definitely find something for your stay in the most popular town within the boundaries of the Tonto National Forest. As with many towns in the Four Corners area, Jerome was once a booming and rugged mining town. It is one of the former mining towns that survived the almost-fatal decline of the mines and was able to reinvent itself as a tourist destination. Much of its current fame is because it is known as one of the most haunted towns of the American Southwest.
Hotels in Jerome Arizona
Hotels in Jerome Arizona
There are two main hotels in town, the Connor Hotel and the Grand Hotel (pictured). At 164 Main Street in the center of town you’ll find the Connor Hotel, a corner landmark since 1898. It offered a saloon, card rooms, and billiards on the ground floor and rooms on the “European Plan” (breakfast and dinner) for a dollar a night during its heyday. It was the finest hotel in town during the boom days of mining, but it closed in 1931. When the mines shut down in the 1950s, Jerome itself almost became one of the many abandoned ghost towns in Arizona. It had a second life as a cheap flophouse during the counter culture days beginning in the 1970s, and it closed for safety reasons at the turn of the century. However, since undergoing renovations, the Connor Hotel has reopened and now offers ten spacious rooms, all of which have min-fridges, microwaves and coffee makers. There is a family suite and two rooms interconnect. The Jerome Grand Hotel is a local legend. Purpose built in the 1920s as one of the most modern hospitals in the Southwest, it sits at the end of Hill Road on the top of Cleopatra Hill and dominates the skyline. This is the most famous hotel in town, and also the town’s only true full service hotel. This is also reputedly one of the most haunted buildings in the Southwest, and as such, ghost tours of the property are very popular. It has more than 30 guest rooms and an excellent restaurant appropriately named The Asylum.
The Mile High Grill & Inn is, like many of the Jerome Arizona Inns, an elegantly restored Victorian-era property. It is in the center of town at 309 Main Street, which is also West Arizona Route 89A. It has the look and feel of an Old West boarding house, with a restaurant in the ground floor storefront and the inn rooms on the second floor. For those with disabilities, please note that the rooms are accessible only by stairs. It has seven cozy rooms, four of which have in-room sinks and shared bathrooms. Just down the street at 541 Main Street (near the junction of Hull Avenue is the Ghost City Inn, built in the 1890s. One of its appealing features is an old-fashioned front verandah where you can sit in a rocking chair and watch the passersby. With more of the feel of a private home (which it is), you can choose the Surgeon’s House, located at 100 Hill Street and with wonderful views down onto the town below. Hill Street leads up to the summit of Cleopatra Hill, and the Surgeon’s House was built in 1916 as the home of the chief surgeon. It is on the National Historic Registry and offers two beautifully furnished suites that each sleeps four and a double suite above the garage. You can find a number of other small traditional bed and breakfast inns in and outside of the town.
Grand Hotel Ghost Tour Elevator
Jerome AZ haunted hotels include, most prominently, the Grand Hotel, which is said to have manifested ghostly sights and eerie sounds even while it was still a hospital. Different rooms seem to be haunted by different spirits; the spirit of a nurse carrying a clipboard is seen in hallways, and even the original Otis elevator is haunted. The hotel offers ghost tours for its guests, and many come specifically for the thrill of being haunted. During the mining boom days, as many as 120 prostitutes conducted business in town. At one time, one of the madams, Jennie Banters, was the richest woman in Arizona. She is said to reside in spirit in one of the rooms of her home, which today is the charming Mile High Grill & Inn. Inns that can’t boast of resident ghosts do offer ghost tours to the old cemetery, abandoned mines, and through the streets of town.
There are no true motels in this historic town, but you can find some not far away outside the boundaries of the national forest. The closest are around Clarkdale, about ten miles east of town, and Cottonwood-Verde Village, which is about ten miles south of that. These include a Super 8, Quality Inn, and Best Western (pictured). There are also some smaller, non-chain motels in this area.