I'm in the midst of a 10 day stay here, and I can honestly say this is amongst my favorite hotels in the world.
I travel year-round, and just got off a six month assignment and needed a quiet place to finish my work. I couldn't have asked for anything more.
The restaurant downstairs is amazing. Breakfast vouchers cover a huge, fresh meal with at least 15 choices. Lunch and dinner menus cover virtually any taste. Get here soon for the octopus tacos.
Decor of this hotel is indeed early 70's art deco, which I love - the pool area is quiet and very beautiful. The hot tub is luxurious, clean, and connected to the pool. The design is outstanding.
Staff - friendly, outgoing, helpful, and fun. I have already traded music with one of the bartenders.
I barely feel like I need to leave this place. What a treat.
But, if I did, there's a Safeway two blocks away, and Phoenix's most happening night club The Rhythm Room two blocks the other way.
About me: a music industry professional on a sabbatical. have traveled the world continuously for the last 15 years, I know what I like in hotels, and don't expect or want hand-and-foor luxury everywhere I go. I just appreciate pride and individuality in vacation spots. This place has individuality NAILED.
Also, I am writing this review in one of their incredibly nice bathrobes...on one of the nicest beds I have ever slept in. Not too shabby.
Upon checkin - I was given a very fair offer to upgrade to a suite. Given what I already took to be a very fair room price, I upgraded. Unbelievable.
There are of course little things that a fussy traveler could poke holes in, but for me, this place is perfect.
If you are young (even at heart), and want to experience Phoenix as opposed to Scottsdale...this is the place for you.
What fun, not a normal hotel - and beautiful for exactly that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Clarendon Hotel and Spa is located in the heart of Phoenix, close to the convention center, museums, parks, shopping, theaters, sports venues and concert halls. Walking distance to two Metro rail stations - $4 for a 24 hour pass, the system runs 24 hours (except 1am to 4am Monday through Thursday) and provides direct access to the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport SkyTrain. Full service spa on site. El Techo, our gorgeous rooftop SkyDeck overlooking the city skyline and surrounding mountain ranges, and the Oasis pool area with heated pool and jacuzzi and the world's largest outdoor water wall. Cafe Tranquilo, featuring Mexican/Latin cuisine, operated by Executive Chef Dan Maldonado, one of only 3 chefs in Arizona to attain a Zagat score of 29/30. ... more less
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- Clarendon Hotel Phoenix