As a Choice Privileges Diamond member, I stay in Choice Hotel family properties, of which Clarion is one of the brands, quite frequently. This Clarion is at the lower end of what the Clarion brand represents, but I still had a decent stay, and the price was great.
This is an older hotel, and my first impression was not positive. It's on a strip adjacent to I-10, with other, older, low-priced hotels nearby. When I arrived, slightly after midnight, there was no one at the front desk, and after announcing my arrival a couple of times, the night clerk eventually appeared. I was checked in quickly and given a first floor room not too far from the reception area.
The lobby area was small but tasteful and clean, and the breakfast area was nearby.
The hotel has interior corridors, and the condition of the corridor was good - appeared to be upgraded and in decent shape. My room was likewise upgraded, although there were some signs of wear and tear. But the room was clean and the bathroom was spotless. The beds were comfortable with a choice of pillows, and I had no trouble getting a good night's sleep. The hotel was also surprisingly quiet, given its location adjacent to the busy I-10.
I appreciated the fact that electrical outlets were not hard to find, and, in fact, strategically placed in the room. On the desk, the lamp had two AC outlets, making it easy to plug in a laptop and recharge my phone. The wall mounted lamp between the beds likewise had two outlets. This is a nice touch and quite convenient if one wants to keep ones phone nearby while charging it.
My wakeup call came promptly at the appointed time, via the automated phone system, but then about 10 minutes later, the front desk person called to confirm that I had received it. Another nice touch.
There was only one issue with my stay - which I mention every time that it happens. When I checked in, I was asked for my personal ID so that the front desk person could make a copy. Whenever I am asked this, I always refuse. I believe it to be a tremendous invasion into personal privacy and a substantial risk for identity theft through misuse of the copy of this very personal document. In fact, on two previous occasions over the year, after allowing copies of my ID to be made, they were misused, along with my credit card information, to make fraudulent charges, and so I never allow copies of my ID to be made. I am happy to have the front desk person examine it to verify my identity but not to make a physical copy, and I believe that hotels that have a policy to copy an ID send the message that they either don't trust their guests, possibly believe that their guests may be engaging in illegal activities, or they attract a questionable clientele which has driven them to demand such copies. By saying this here, I am not saying in any way that this particular property is making any such statement, but my point is that it comes across very negatively, and I believe that it is a tremendous invasion into one's personal privacy and totally unnecessary. In this case, when I was asked to present my ID so that a copy could be made, I politely refused and explained why, and the front desk person let it go at that. Had she insisted that she make a copy, I would have probably stayed elsewhere. Fortunately, it did not come to that.
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Inn Downtown Tucson Hotel Tucson
- La Quinta Tucson
- Tucson La Quinta