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Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Glendale
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

In June I stayed at the Inn; my first visit in 2 years -and how nice was it to be recognized and welcomed!

The rooms are huge and comfortable; the wireless internet works flawlesslt, and how nice to see the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Arizona Republic in sufficient quantities in the lobby every day.

Not to be missed is the 2nd floor lounge, with complimentary coffee, soda, juices, and fruit. It's open 24/7 and was a perfect place to begin my day since the wireless worked well there. Off the lounge is an outdoor patio, altho in the June heat I gave it a miss. But for other times of the year, it'd be lovely.

Guests of the hotel can use the school pool, and can easily walk-run on the athletic grounds if they so desire. There's a pub on campus for lunch or dinner, and across the street are several restaurants.

The price is right; the ambiance is friendly yet very professional. Instead of staying in a cheap chain hotel- stay here; you'll be glad you did.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Management response:Responded July 6, 2012

Thank you! We are very proud and enjoy providing each and every guest with our Platinum Service experience.

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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Maybe Glendale, AZ isn't at the top of your list (mine either, especially in July) but a family emergency brought me back to the valley and I was so impressed with this hotel. Unbelievably low price for such a nice room and it was very new, clean and so comfortable. Friendly, helpful staff at the front desk. Quiet and secure. It's located on the campus of the Thunderbird School of Global Managment, so there are some students and business people here but it's pretty quiet at the height of summer. When it's nice out, you can walk around outside, listen to the birds and relax.

Pluses: Free copies of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today & AZ Republic in the lobby. Nice little free snack bar with decent coffee, tea, cocoa, juices, breakfast bars, fruit, little snacks of fruit and nut mix and other tasty treats. In room coffee maker and fridge. Wifi. Pub on site and also a pool. It's a little oasis in the desert and we really needed one!

If you have elderly relatives in the area and need a place to stay and regroup or if you don't mind a little bit of a drive from Peoria spring training or if you want a little holiday getaway during the good weather (in the winter), check this place out.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded July 6, 2012

We were delighted to have you with us and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed April 24, 2012

While visiting the cactus league for spring training I really enjoyed my stay. Lovely accomodations,great staff.. snacks galore

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

I'll admit I was looking for the "Art Deco" hotel advertised on Expedia so this wasn't really what I was expecting. But, If you want a big, clean no frills room with free snacks and drinks, this is it. It is hard to find especially at night so you may want to call for directions and you may have problems finding a parking space. It is a good deal though and close to Bell Road where all the restaurants are.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

Found Thunderbird in Spring 2011 and enjoyed 6 great nights while watching some spring training baseball. Love it so much my wife and I are booked next week (3/7-3/15/2012). We didn't even look at other hotels this year...called Thunderbird direct and didn't care what the price was...told the front desk.."Book It!!!"

Room Tip: I prefer the ground level rooms facing the courtyard. Very quiet...and easily the safest hotel anyw...
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

I came to Glendale for the Fiesta Bowl, and needed 2 rooms. With prices at a premium this time of year I decided to try this place out. It completely surpassed my expectations.

I travel a lot for work and my standards are pretty high when it comes to staying in a good room and in a safe area. Having lived in Peoria (near here) I am very familiar with the area. I really felt comfortable here.

The pool is away from the hotel so we didn't get to try it out. Not alot of amenities, just a nice professional room. Love the free snack bar, clean rooms, and VERY good service.

I come to this area often, and will stay here when I do. Looking at comparably priced rooms during the fiesta bowl, this is literally unbeatable.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

Considering I stayed here while visiting the school, Executive Inn served its purpose-- once I finally found it after driving around and around the school premises for a good 15 minutes. The worst part about my stay was the parking situation. Maybe I wouldn't have minded the extra walking on a non-rainy weekend, but having to park that far away from my room defeated the purpose of its motel-style construction. Nonetheless, the accommodations themselves were clean and comfortable, hence the 4 stars.

Room Tip: Request a room that faces the parking lots
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center

Address: 15249 N 59th Ave, 1 Global Place, Glendale, AZ 85306-3236
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Location: United States > Arizona > Central Arizona > Glendale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Glendale
#4 Romantic Hotel in Glendale
#4 Family Hotel in Glendale
#6 Business Hotel in Glendale
Price Range: $88 - $238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 134
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thunderbird Executive Inn is located in Glendale, Arizona on the campus of the Thunderbird School of Global Management. This Hidden Gem will surprise and delight you with its upscale guest rooms, 24 hr complimentary snack lounge, and unique diversions such as the Thunderbird Pub that is located in an historic military airfield control tower. With proximity to Arizona's Spring Training baseball and the University of Phoenix Stadium, the Thunderbird Executive Inn is the perfect hotel for leisure travelers. ... more   less 
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