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Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Glendale
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights during spring training because I was familiar with the school and it's convenient location to the ballparks. The school is easy to find and if you look up the campus map on the Internet you will know where to find the Inn without any wrong turns. The Inn is located in a corner of the campus. I was fortunate to stay in a ground floor room near the front desk so can't comment on any difficulties with rooms in other parts of the complex. The clerks at the front desk were the friendliest and most helpful of any I encountered during the two week trip - so were the other staff. My room had a nice desk along with the usual frig, microwave, TV, etc. It was clean and everything in the room worked properly. The bed and pillows were comfortable. Toiletries seemed to be a step above standard. There is a small safe in the room - no upcharge!. WI-fi worked flawlessly. Snack bar area was a surprise but you also have access to the campus cafe if it's not enough. Free water and fruit in the main lobby along with three current newspapers. You can have access to the campus laundry facility if needed. Parking is limited and that was about the only downside I saw to the Inn. This is a quiet, safe and peaceful atmosphere for the traveler. Room rate is a bargain.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2013

Thank you for choosing the Thunderbird Executive Inn on your recent stay for Spring Training baseball games in Phoenix. Our location on the Thunderbird School of Global Management campus really is a peaceful setting, and we're excited to hear that you enjoyed your guest room and our campus. Provding exceptional customer service with a comfortable and clean guest room is what we focus on every day. It's customer feedback like yours that makes it all worthwhile. Thank you for the kind words and compliments, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We stayed here in Feb 2013 for spring training for the western ballparks. We chose this due to location compared to the other hotels we were offered with our travel package.

This was an odd place to drive into. Its on a college campus, and very soon you realize this was a military site and barracks. It takes a bit of twisting and turning to make it to the Inn and along the way you may have second thoughts, my wife and I did. But, stick with it and this is actually a very decent place to spend a week.

The front desk was very nice, and even allowed a late check out our last day. The parking is limited, but even using the "far" lot is was a short walk. Access to a full YMCA gym was very important for my wife and a great perk.

And the biggest PRO: The complimentary lobby. We were concerned that not having a free breakfast in our lodging was going to be a extra expense daily. But above the front desk they have a nice little kitchen area with a full refrigerator of complimentary drinks, and snacks. In the morning they have oatmeals and cereals and yogurts which was a great breakfast for us every morning. Having the ability to grabs multiple bottles of water while managing through the dry heat each day was great and actually saved money not stopping at grocery stores and gas stations while driving around. Being able to grab and apple or granola bar night snack for free cannot be understated, or a hot chocolate when the sun goes down and a chill hits the air.

SUMMARY: It's 20 mins to most places we wanted to go to, saved a nice chunk of money every day with the lobby refreshments, and was secure and safe. As long as you don't need the outside to be a looker, its a good place.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2013

Thank you for choosing the Thunderbird Executive Inn and thank you for giving us a try on your recent visit. We're delighted you found many "pros" to staying at Thunderbird, including the lobby lounge, YMCA gym, complimentary bottles of water, and a friendly front desk staff.

Our complimentary pantry offers many grab and go options for breakfast as well as, an evening snack before settling in for a good nights sleep. The YMCA gym is a full-service gym with many options, including a heated outdoor pool. It's these amenities along with our dedicated staff that ensure a great hotel experience. Thank you once again, we look forward to seeing you at Thunderbird in the near future.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Stayed here a total of three nights in the course of a week-long vacation to the area, occupied two different rooms, both in the 300 series. The rooms are clean, décor is very dated. Staff was friendly, the complimentary "snack bar" was a hit with the kids.
Main concern - How anyone is able to sleep with the AC units operating on the roof is beyond me, the noise was incredibly loud!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2013

I had a chance to review the comments that you recently posted and I was concerned to hear about your experience with our hotel. We strive to accommodate our all of our guests and their needs, and I was disappointed to hear about the problem with the AC noise in your guest room that caused you to have little sleep.

I know that does not change your experience but I hope that you can feel confident that we heard your concern and we are working with our facilities team to find a solution. I apologize again for the noise issue, and thank you for taking the time to let me know about it. Without your guest feedback we cannot continue to improve our services. Thank you for choosing the Thunderbird Executive Inn.

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

I love staying here. The rooms are super clean (immaculate) and the beds are comfortable. I can count on getting a good night's sleep here. Its also very quiet at night so I'm able to do work on my laptop and use their free wireless. They also offer free food (snacks and drinks) located in their main lobby. The staff is friendly and helpful. Thunderbird Executive Inn is always my #1 choice.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2013

We're thrilled you've made the Thunderbird Executive Inn your #1 choice when traveling to Glendale, AZ. Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay, and for continuing to stay with us, as you've found your "home away from home".

Delivering exceptional service while providing a clean and comfortable guestroom for every guest, every time is the platform for our success. Creating a loyal guest, that comes back again and again makes us proud to do what we do! Thank you for being our loyal guest!

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

As with some of the other reviewers here, my wife and I were in the area for Spring Training games. Thunderbird gave us a modest room at a modest price. Fair trade. Plenty of places to eat just a few miles away. Close to Peoria Sports Complex and Mariners/Padres. Free internet and wi-fi, lots of snacks. Checked in around midnight, guy at the desk came outside to help make sure we got from parking (a bit of a ways away) to our room. We'd stay there again, but might want to see if we could get a slightly bigger room - ours had a queen bed plus a typical office-style chair, not conducive to sitting around. Again, as I said, a modest room at a modest (especially for Glendale/Peoria at this time of year) price.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2013

Thank you for staying with us and experiencing what Thunderbird has to offer on your recent visit to Glendale to see Spring Training games in the West Valley. Thunderbird offers several complimentary amenities, including wifi, and a complimentary pantry with a variety of snacks and beverages (available 24 hours) to ensure a relaxing environment and an affordable stay.

Providing our guests with a clean and comfortable guestroom is essential and ensuring your complete satisfaction is top priority. Thank you for your compliments, we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

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Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here two nights, for a Spring training game. Only a few miles from the Ball Park. Not many good restaurants in the immediate walking area, a small one with a lounge on the property but nothing special. You are on a college campus , kind of strange but nevertheless fine. Parking is not convenient, too much lawn and too little parking in front of the hotel. This could be improved. Rooms typical, nice furniture, comfy bed, very clean, good bathroom products. Free Internet, and a big free snack bar that is well stocked 24 hours a day, including juice, soda, and plenty more. This was nice. We would stay there again . The staff was efficient and nice enough but they seemed cold and detached from guests. But they did offer any help you requested. It's a nice place, but keep in mind you are on a private college campus. Price was very reasonable.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2013

Thank you for choosing the Thunderbird Executive Inn for your recent trip to Phoenix to see Spring Training games in the West Valley. We are very pleased that you enjoyed our hotel and experienced first hand our clean and comfortable guest rooms, the fully stocked pantry and complimentary wifi. Ensuring your complete satisfaction is our main priority and with comments like yours, it makes it all worthwhile. Thank you! -From the entire staff at Thunderbird

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

My family has traveled to the Phoenix area for the past three years to attend MLB spring training games and have stayed at the Thunderbird every year. We stumbled upon it doing an internet search and fell in love after our first stay. The Inn is actually part of the campus of the Thunderbird School of Global management, so the best way I can describe it is that its like a mini college campus. There are large areas of grass where kids can play, a full sized pool, a "commons" (like a campus cafeteria) with Wolfgang Puck trained chefs, a "pub" that has plenty of televisions and tons of craft beers on tap. The rooms are very large and have a mini fridge and large closet space with security box. Another great amenity is their lounge that has a pool table, tv, computers, and a snack kitchen with coffee, sodas, water, and snacks all part of the price of your stay. I also learned this year that they have a partnership with the YMCA next door for free passes with your stay... can't wait to go back!!!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2013

Thank you for making Thunderbird your home away from home when traveling to Phoenix for the MLB spring training season. We appreciate your continuous support and for coming back again and again as a loyal Thunderbird Executive Inn customer.

We truly appreciate knowing about our guest's experiences so we can celebrate our successes and address our challenges to better serve you in the future. We look forward to your visit next year!

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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:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Glendale
#4 Family Hotel in Glendale
#6 Business Hotel in Glendale
Price Range: $99 - $267 (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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