Safford is centered on the US 191-US 70 intersection at the edge of the vast San Simon Valley in southeast Arizona, beside the Pinaleno Mountains which rise to 10,713 feet (Mount Graham) a few miles south. The foothills of the much more extensive White Mountains are within sight to the north, crossed by US 191; the city lies along a scenic section of this highway known as the Coronado Trail. Despite the generally high ground in most directions, Safford has a low elevation and enjoys a hot desert climate, with summer temperatures often exceeding 100°F (38°C).|
The city center occupies a dozen or so blocks between 8th and 3rd avenues, 8th and 4th streets, lined by many old buildings, restaurants and shops, though a fair number are unoccupied. Several larger stores are found along US 70 to the west, about half way to the adjacent community of Thatcher.
Quality Inn & Suites Safford
420 E Hwy 70, Safford, AZ 85546
Regarded by many as the best hotel in town, the Quality Inn occupies a quiet and spacious site on the east side of Safford (420 E highway 70), in a generally rural neighborhood bordered by undeveloped land to the north. The hotel is less than a mile from downtown Safford, and is close to several restaurants & shops. Amenities include free full breakfast, a good sized indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, gift shop and meeting space. All 102 rooms are very clean & comfortable, and equipped with a microwave & refrigerator; some have a private balcony. The hotel also provides several suites with a DVD player, whirlpool bath, and separate sleeping/living areas. To the east, US 191 forks north after 10 miles and enters the White Mountains - the most scenic section of the Coronado Trail
Best Western Desert Inn
1391 W Thatcher Blvd, Safford, AZ 85546-3304
One mile west of Safford town center, the Best Western Desert Inn is an older, 2 floor motel of 70 exterior corridor rooms (some containing a microwave/refrigerator) - built in three wings around a central parking area plus outdoor pool - though all accommodation and the exterior was renovated in 2008. The hotel has quite a rural location, on the south side of US 70 (1391 W Thatcher Boulevard), with fields just to the north and mountains on the horizon yet is within half a mile of various shops and restaurants in Safford. Pets are welcome, and the inn has other amenities of free continental breakfast, guest laundry and basic business services.
Comfort Inn & Suites Safford
450 Entertainment Ave, Safford, AZ 85546
New for 2008, Comfort Inn & Suites Safford is another well regarded property from the Choice Hotels group - a 3 story building close to US 70 on the east side of town, 0.2 miles down a quiet side road. Free full breakfast is prepared each morning, and for lunch/dinner there are several restaurants within walking distance though most are around half a mile west, closer to Safford town center. For relaxation, guests have use of an outdoor pool, hot tub and fitness center. The 88 oversized rooms all have a microwave, refrigerator, sofa bed, pillow top mattresses, and nice views northwards towards the Gila Mountains.
Days Inn Safford
520 East Highway 70, Safford, AZ 85546
Towards the east edge of Safford along US 70/191, the Days Inn has a good range of facilities for a budget motel, with a fitness center, outdoor pool & whirlpool for relaxation, a business center & free wi-fi, guest laundry and complimentary continental breakfast. South facing rooms have views of Mount Graham, 13 miles distant. There is one restaurant opposite and others in the town center to the west, up to one mile away. All accommodations contain a refrigerator and microwave.