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Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Glendale
Certificate of Excellence
Denver, Colorado
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17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Hidden gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

I stayed at this property for three nights as part of a business trip to nearby Arizona State - West Campus (5 minutes). Overall, the experience was great. I was unfortunately sick with the flu for most of the trip, but the staff and facility was still very good.

- Fast and VERY pleasant check-in. Front desk clerk greeted me by name and made sure that I knew where everything was on the property. When he heard I was heading to ASU West, he went the extra mile and printed me a Google map of directions. I was very impressed.
- Clean, spacious room and a HUGE walk-in shower (no bathtub).
- Large work desk with plenty of outlets.
- Free snacks (including cup-of-soups, tea, granola bars, trail mix, etc.) and drinks (soda, water, Gatorade, juices, etc.).
- Multiple meeting and social areas (game rooms). This property is part of the Thunderbird School campus, so the areas' presence made sense.
- Free parking to inn guests.
- Checkout was also quick and pleasant.

IMPORTANT ITEMS OF NOTE:
- Some rooms (including mine) have exterior entrances. If this is not your preference (for security reasons or otherwise), be sure to request an interior entrance room.
- The Inn is on the campus of the Thunderbird School of Global Management. GPS directions to the Inn do not include entering the campus from one of its two main entrances. Instead of relying on your GPS, enter the campus and follow the signs to the Executive Inn.

If I have business in this area of Glendale again, I will definitely stay here.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Helpful?
Thank IrishGal21
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Thunderbird Executive Inn for your recent visit to the Glendale/Phoenix area. Providing a seamless service experience that's both professional and personalized is what we strive for with every guest and with every guest interaction. A clean and comfortable guestroom with a variety of amenities that make your stay pleasant and worry free is what our guests appreciate most. Thank you for staying with us. We look forward to seeing you the next time you are in Glendale.
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Manhattan, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

We didn't really know what to expect when we found and booked this place online. What a fantastic stay! The rooms are clean and well appointed. The staff is friendly and helpful. There is a breakfast/lounge are with free snacks and beverages all day long. For the price you can't beat this hotel!

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank mlmckee
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful comments on our hotel and staff. Providing a clean and comfortable guestroom along with the amenities that make you feel at home is always a top priority. Making your stay enjoyable and memorable is what motivates our staff to go above and beyond for each and every guest! We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

I was assigned to stay here for a weekend training and I was very pleasantly surprised. the rooms were clean, the staff was BEYOND nice and accommodating and the Thunderbird Pub close by helped save on cab fare. If ever in the neighborhood again, I would stay here in a heartbeat. Our ride to the airport was running late so a member of the staff offered to take us himself! If you get a chance, don't miss the Thunderbird cookie! It's the best cookie I have ever had. :)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Shannon B
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
We are happy you had the opportunity to try out our location in Glendale, AZ and that you had such a positive experience. We take great pride in knowing our guests leave with such a memorable experience (including enjoying the Thunderbird cookie)! We look forward to your next return visit. Come see us again soon!
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Solon, Ohio
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138 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Nice clean room and friendly helpful staff. On the campus of Thunderbird School of Global Management - the top ranked international MBA/MIM school in the U.S. Short walk to the T-Bird pub and a nice place to have a relaxing walk around the campus. They have a number of conference rooms for their executive educational training near the rooms. Hidden gem and a nice alternative to the chain hotels but with all the amenities and service.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank OnAPlane2Day
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
We strive to exceed our guest expectations by providing the right room, the right technology and the right service to make every stay relaxing, invigorating, stimulating and filled with positive interactions. This is also true for our conference center and educational training. We're glad you enjoyed your time at the Thunderbird Executive Inn. Thank you for your compliments, we look forward to seeing you again in the future!
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Las Vegas
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

My Husband and I stayed here to attend the Monday Night Football game at the Univeristy of Phoenix Stadium. First of all the staff was extremely friendly and welcoming upon check in. The room was way more than I expected! It was spacious, clean, and modern. The room had a great mini fridge and a safe. Closet was very roomy. The shower was amazing!!! Enough to fit 4 people in!! Very clean!!! The fact that they have a breakfast room/lounge with 24 hour access is a bonus!!! Free snacks and drinks all day and all night!!!! How can you beat that?! The grounds are beautiful. Very quiet and peaceful atmosphere The location is great, close to freeway and just a short drive to downtown Phoenix. Short drive to the stadium as well!!! I just can't say enough good things about this place. This place really is a hidden gem. I will stay here every time I come out for the games!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful compliments on our location, staff, and overall hotel. Our team takes pride in providing exceptional service to all of our guests, and comments like yours makes it all worthwhile! We're thankful you found our hidden gem in Glendale, AZ and look forward to your many return visits!
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Really enjoyed my one week stay here. The staff are really very pleasant, they actually go out of their way to please! The 24 hr snack bar can only be described as excellent! Lovely pictures of the history of Thunderbird Campus all around, and great amenities in the rooms. Swimming pool is close by. Good business centre.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank aliveandfreelondon
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Danielle A, Sales Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, October 3, 2012
Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your time with us. We pride ourselves in giving great value for the price and providing superior customer service. We hope to have you stay with us the next time you are in the area. Thank you again!
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Auburn, California
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60 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

You can't beat the price of this refurbished dorm building. (You would never know it had been a dorm room). It is very quiet except for the fire alarm that went off at 3am due to heavy rains that night. I was surprised by the especially warm staff and great 24/7 snack/drink area upstairs. Free bottled drinks all day long, can't beat that! Tip: If you want to use the salt water pool, it is doesn't open until 8am (I enjoy my early am swims).

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Scuba_Kim_8
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Property: 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 ) Free Parking 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 (Based on Average Rates): $
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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