Royal Elizabeth B&B is bigger than its owners, and tops on Trip Advisor

March 24, 2016

Royal Elizabeth PoolBy Simon Brimmer

A lot of folks probably have entertaining St. Patrick’s Day stories. Most of them likely don’t involve buying a B&B.

But that’s precisely what happened to local attorney BJ Gibbons in 2010. As a dual citizen with an Irish passport, it’s a pretty safe bet some time can be put aside to enjoy the libation traditions available on March 17. As if following her own rainbow, Gibbons, well, literally stumbled upon the Royal Elizabeth Bed and Breakfast. Maybe it was just the luck of the Irish, but that encounter became her and her family’s pot of gold.

Royal Elizabeth 2“I was down there drinking Downtown, just having a great time, and I walked by while in this fun little state and I saw the sign and trespassed on the property,” Gibbons recalled. “A guest came out and busted me, and went and got the owners, who dragged me inside and got me another glass of wine. We made them an offer the next day.”

Gibbons and husband Eric Oxman are extremely active in real estate in and around Tucson—they own four properties including their home residence Downtown—but the luxurious and highly acclaimed Bed and Breakfast, located at 204 South Scott, has its own presence.

“There’s no way to not fall in love with that property. This is the most incredible property I’ve ever seen. It’s bigger than we are,” Gibbons said. “We’re real estate investors and thought initially it would be a real estate investment, but when we closed on the purchase and walked into the house we said we don’t own this place. We’re more like caretakers. It’s incredibly special, and it’s honestly the only piece of property I’ve felt that way about.”

Royal Elizabeth 3Others share her sentiments. The Royal Elizabeth B&B is a favorite on Trip Advisor, and routinely ranks at the top of the travel site’s customer preference list. Gibbons credits current caretakers Glenn and Susan Miesch for the location’s continued success.

“Glenn and Susan are professionals of the highest level. They do everything right and answer every single Trip Advisor post,” Gibbons said.

“We ran it for two years, because we knew if we were going to bring innkeepers, we knew they wouldn’t respect us if we hadn’t have run it ourselves first. Susan and Glenn have been there for two years, and they’re completely overqualified. They wanted to slow down and semi-retire, and we were the lucky recipients of that. We placed an ad in different B&B magazines, and they doubled our business in the first year. They are the reason for our Trip Advisor reviews.

“They believe in Downtown as we do, and the place speaks for itself. Their degree of commitment to Downtown and that property is unparalleled.”