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“Great option in Tempe” 4 of 5 stars
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Graduate Tempe
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   225 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281 (Formerly Twin Palms Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #6 of 48 Hotels in Tempe
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“Great option in Tempe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What was at one time the infamous "HoJo's" on East Apache has been re-born as the Graduate Hotel. And what an amazing transformation!

The rooms are cozy yet comfortable and well appointed with soft, fluffy towels that would make most 5-Star chains jealous. Plus the Keurig coffee system is a great touch for you coffee and tea drinkers. So, the mix of spotless rooms, great service, great location and great amenities make this hotel, well, GREAT for Sun Devil fans or other visitors to the Tempe/Phoenix area.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What an amazing hotel! Everyone from the moment we pulled up to the moment we left was spectacular. Customer service rocks! Hotel was clean, food was amazing, atmosphere off the chart! Can't wait to go back to AZ just to stay at this hotel and eat their fabulous food again! MORE than worth the money!

  • Stayed December 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Suffern, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Book a room at the Graduate now. You will not be disappointed. The people are the friendliest I have ever seen. The theme of the hotel is education based (e.g., they sell Smart Water) which makes it fun and interesting. They provide Malin and Goetz toiletries (mint soap) which I really enjoyed. Get there soon before the prices rise.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Queen Creek, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I stayed there in November during Ironman and we were very happy with the decision, the room was spacious with a great touch of nostalgia, and a perfect patriotic effect with the most amazing U.S. Flag blanket. Guest services were on their game by always having a smile and greeting when we would arrive back at the hotel. The hotel itself was very clean and respectable with a great ant farm behind the wall of the front desk, this is a must see!!! The restaurant had great service and flavorful food. We will definitely be on a return visit shortly just for a in town getaway.

Room Tip: Our room was on the south side and we had a balcony with quiet scenery of the birds in the near tree...
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Buffalo, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was skeptical on booking such a cheap place. Was I wrong. The Graduate has such a friendly staff, a trendy retro school feel, and is perfectly situated in a great area with lots to do. Our room overlooked the campus, and had a great view of ASU and the surrounding mountains. The bed, comforter and pillows were all something you find at a AAA Four Diamond hotel....perfect for a great nights sleep after hiking the surrounding terrain. The room even had Malin + Goetz shampoo, conditioner, and body wash (this stuff is good)! There is even a fridge in the lobby where you can grab a soda, water, or even a red bull for free. I can honestly say this is one of the best hotel stays I have ever experienced, and if I visit Arizona again, I would gladly stay here.

Room Tip: Get a room overlooking the ASU campus. It can be noisy, but the views were great!
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bridgewater
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pleasant stay
thank you very much- it makes our choice for college easier knowing that we have a home away from home when we come visit our son. Coming from the east coast we want to be assured our west coast stay is all it can be.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I were there in November, 2014 for the ND vs. ASU football game. While the result of the game isn't what we wanted, our stay at the Graduate was super! Clean, great value, and a very fun motif will have us returning! The food at the neighboring restaurant was also excellent - great bloody mary for breakfast, too!

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jeremy D, General Manager at Graduate Tempe, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Thank you for the great review on your stay with us! We're sorry about the game (kind of..:)) but greatly appreciate you giving us a visit during the early stages of our opening. While the Sun Devils may not be matching up with Notre Dame again next year, the weather alone is enough to come visit and we hope you'll come back and see the finished product. We'd love to see you again!

Safe Travels,

Jeremy Dougherty
General Manager
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Additional Information about Graduate Tempe

Address: 225 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281 (Formerly Twin Palms Hotel)
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Location: United States > Arizona > Central Arizona > Tempe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 48 Hotels in Tempe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Graduate Tempe 3.5*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You'll find us serendipitously situated across the street from Sun Devil central - the famed Arizona State University. We are also located within walking distance to all of the bustling Mill Avenue stops and shops, as well as the Tempe Town Lake action. You can take in "A" Mountain from your campus view room - after all, why not observe perfection from every angle. Here at Graduate Tempe we serve up two delicious dining spots, sure to please day and night. The laid back vibe of Tapacubo, our Mexican street food spot flows with signature leaded and unleaded margaritas perfectly paired with walking tacos and visiting food trucks are sure to satisfy every little hand crafted craving. The pool scene will add just the chill you're in town for! Check in and check out The Normal, where diner-chic meets mom's homemade favorites all under one cozy cool roof. From breakfast-all-day to homespun soups, share-worthy sandwiches, and tasty shakes - we're always up for serving up a little slice of virtue. Enjoy weekend brunch, a tasty business meeting or Founders' Day suds and classics, just let us know when you're coming. So whether you're dropping in for a show, showing off the alma mater or have a to-do here in town, we're here to make it memorable. Our warm, friendly and whip smart staff (#humblebrag) can guide you to and around Tempe's finest - so that you feel like a local, at home again - even if it's your first time here. Our rooms are ready for a night like you've never had before, where little moments of surprise and discovery will meet you down every corridor and around each corner. This is Graduate - get ready to be inspired. ... more   less 
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