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Clarion Inn-Mesa/Phoenix
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   951 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201 (Formerly Rodeway Inn)   |  
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Ranked #23 of 55 Hotels in Mesa
Sedona, AZ
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“Excellent value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2010

We live two hours outside of Phoenix and this Clarion Inn has become our "go to" place when visiting Phoenix for business, shopping, or leisure. At about $50 a night, even during the high season, you cannot find a more pleasant, modern, well-appointed room.

The Clarion is located on Main Street in west Mesa, about five minutes off the freeway (U.S. 60) and about two miles from Tempe. Years ago, before the freeway was built, Main Street was the primary route into the Phoenix area coming from the east and a number of motels were built in the 1950s and 1960s to accommodate travelers.

The Clarion is one of those but extensive renovations have brought it well into the 21st century. Exterior corridors have been enclosed so that room doors open to the inside. (The one telltale '60s flashback is the raised panels on the doors, a groovy mid-century touch.) The hotel is in a U-shape, with a pleasant pool and spa area set in the middle.

We've stayed in several of the king rooms, which have been redone from top to bottom and feature contemporary colors and furnishings. These include a plush, comfortable bed -- soft enough to get a good night's sleep -- with feather pillows; a desk with office chair; a lounge chair and ottoman; a small vanity area with granite counter; and bathroom with granite tub surround, curved shower rod, and (working!) adjustable shower head. The rooms also features a center dresser area that contains a refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker as well as a TV that receives full local basic cable and one channel of HBO.

The AC/heating unit has a thermostat, which is especially helpful in keeping the room temperature where you want it without having to get up in the middle of the night to change it. The windows open, so you can get lots of fresh air. Speaking of fresh air, this is a 100% nonsmoking hotel, though people can smoke in some areas outside.

Lighting is good, including over the vanity, though it is sometimes a bit dim in the bathroom. Wi-fi has worked great in every room we've stayed in. USA Today is available at the front desk. Breakfast -- typical American motel continental fare, including hard-boiled eggs -- is available from 6 to 9 a.m. (Given the noon checkout, they really should extend it to 10.)

Customer service is excellent and we always feel welcome when we stay here. The front desk is open 24 hours and the staff has been very pleasant and helpful. This includes housekeeping, which does a good job as the rooms are cleaner than average.

While the Clarion is located in an older part of town, the grounds are well-lit and we feel safe there. It is set back from the street so traffic noise is at a minimum and the place has a quiet ambiance.

We've stayed at a number of Phoenix-area hotels, including some four-star resorts. The rooms at the Clarion hold their own with some of the best and, grading on a value-for-money curve, beat them all. The location is central enough that ASU, old town Scottsdale, central Phoenix, and Chandler are all within an easy drive.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

The location is not the greatest unless you are looking for drugs or hookers. My last night the restroom ceiling started to fill with water and there was a large puddle of water on the ground. Was not offered a discount or change of room. Not even a "sorry" from management.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

This hotel has been totally redone and its rooms compared to a Mariot. The bed was so plush and all the furniture was new and upscale. We had two small children and we got a king suite. The pull out couch worked perfect for the kids. There was a fridge and micro. The kids used the desk and coffee table a lot to play and eat on. There was a swimming pool and hot tub. The continental breakfast was good with waffles. The staff was very friendly. We paid below $70 for this room, which we thought was an awesome price for such a nice room. We have relatives in Mesa and would stay again.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lethbridge ab
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2010

we had a very enjoyable stay there, good service, good breakfast clean rooms. we will definately stay there again when in az.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tucson, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2010

With rate lower than $50 for 1 king bed, non-smoking hotel and hot-waffle breakfast, this hotel is the way to go. VERY friendly and nice staff, granite tub wall and sink, clean sheets, new wooden furniture, all little facilities were there i.e. hair drier, iron+board, working table, fridge & micr. ice machine, outdoor pool, vending machine etc.

I gave 4 stars for location as this hotel was about 30 mins drive to Apache junction, which was our destination and also need some drive to get to downtown Phoenix. Other than that, it's great.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vista
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2010

Hotel staff was very helpful. Room was clean, big with king size bed and the price was better than any other hotel we have stayed at.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Ana, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2010

100% guest satisfaction guaranteed...Very quiet and clean rooms...

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 951 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201 (Formerly Rodeway Inn)
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Location: United States > Arizona > Central Arizona > Mesa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #23 of 55 Hotels in Mesa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Clarion Inn-Mesa/Phoenix 2*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Mesa AZ hotel, Clarion Inn hotel near Hohokam StadiumJust north of Chandler and Gilbert, the Clarion Inn® hotel is minutes from a number of popular Arizona attractions. The Mesa Arizona Temple (LDS Temple) and the Mesa Convention Center are just minutes from this Mesa, AZ hotel. Hohokam Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Chicago Cubs, is also close by. ... more   less 
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