Many of us are familiar with Prescott, AZ. The 1.5-hour drive from Phoenix provides a cool escape from the summer heat, the opportunity to relax in the Courthouse Square, stroll through antique shops and wander along Whiskey Row. But do you know about Hotel St. Michael?
One of the oldest hotels in Arizona, it was originally built in 1891 under the name The Burke. It was advertised as a fine, fireproof hotel but burned down along with all the saloons on Whiskey Row in July of 1900. With a prime location on the corner of Gurley Street at the top of Whiskey Row, the owners decided to rebuild in 1901. This time it was constructed out of brick, with an abundance of quality wood architectural features inside the hotel. Many of which still remain today.
Famous guests at the hotel included Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, Tom Mix, an early Western film star, and Teddy Roosevelt. Another feature of the Hotel St. Michael is the Otis Traction Elevator, installed in 1925, it was the first elevator in Prescott and drew a lot of interest and attraction at that time. To add to the intrigue of this historic hotel, former guests have reported that Hotel St. Michael is haunted. In-room 315, a ghostly lady continues to make her presence known in a variety of ways and a strong smell of perfume has been noted. A number of guests have also reported strange happenings in and around the elevator, as well. This hotel is listed as one of Arizona’s haunted sites.
If you’re interested in visiting this historic hotel, have lunch at the Bistro St. Michael. Located inside the hotel, this stately dining room showcases the history of Prescott and offers views of the Courthouse Square.
100 S Montezuma St, Prescott, AZ 86303