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Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Glendale
Certificate of Excellence
Denver, Colorado
1 review
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“Love this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

I have family in the area and always stay here when I come to visit. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The staff is friendly. The campus is expansive and beautiful, wonderful to stroll. It is modern and well-maintained with a feel of history. The rooms are well off the road, so very quiet. I feel safe here.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at the Thunderbird Executive Inn. We appreciate your loyalty and for choosing Thunderbird when visiting your family in the area. Knowing that you have a place to call home when your away is important to us. Providing a comfortable and clean room with safety in mind, is our top priority. Thank you for your continued support of Thunderbird. We look forward to your next visit and welcoming you back time and time again!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

We stayed here for five days during spring training. The grounds are nicely landscaped and although the hotel rooms were fully booked, things were very quiet and peaceful. In the spring there are birds with songs that are unique to the desert, so we enjoyed morning walks accompanied by song!

The room is not large but is pleasantly appointed. The bathroom was squeaky clean and featured a walk-in shower. One particularly nice amenity is the second floor lounge area above the front desk with snacks and drinks available day and evening. Parking is a bit tight--there are not many spaces near the residences, though there are parking spaces available a short walk away. This would not have been a problem except that I have a slight walking disability. For most people it would not be an issue at all.

We've been going to Phoenix for spring training for years and have stayed at a variety of hotels. In my opinion, this is the best place we've stayed. Because the rooms are set back from the road, it's quiet and private. The front desk staff are friendly and helpful. The only downside is that there aren't any places to eat in the immediate area, But then again, it's Phoenix--you're going to have a car, right?

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Thank you for staying with us at the Thunderbird Executive Inn during your recent trip to Glendale for Spring Training. Our location on the Thunderbird School of Global Management campus offers a resort-like atmosphere with quiet walking paths (including many singing birds) and rich history dating back to WWII. With Spring training in full swing in March, and the hotel full, we're thrilled to hear you still found our location to be quiet and relaxing. Our dedicated staff works diligently to ensure each guest is taken care of and that we exceed your expectations for service and cleanliness. Thank you for your wonderful comments on both. We look forward to your return visit and seeing you enjoying the singing birds on your next stroll through the campus and hotel.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

Comfortable, clean and quiet. The grounds are a great place for a stroll. The breakfast room has lots of great snacks to fortify your walk.
Our GPS tried to guide us to a destination across the street, but we could see the Thunderbird sign, so ignored the lady in the box!
We arrived without a reservation, but were made very welcome. Too bad there were no rooms available for the rest of our stay in Phoenix area. Next year we will book ahead of time for our entire stay.

Room Tip: Your GPS will take you close to the Thunderbird Inn, but tells you to turn the wrong way!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Thank you for staying at the Thunderbird Executive Inn for your recent stay in Phoenix. We know you have a choice in hotels and appreciate that we had the opportunity to show you what we have to offer, including a "comfortable, clean and quiet" hotel. Our location, on the campus of Thunderbird School of Global Management with well maintained resort-like grounds, and our beautiful AZ weather, a stroll through campus is a must during any visit to Thunderbird. Thank you for taking the time to comment on your stay. We look forward to having you stay with us for your next business or leisure trip to the Phoenix/Glendale area.
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Kirkland, wa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

My wife and I stayed here this March with the Road Scholar organization for Spring Training Baseball. The facility is great because it is part of a university campus so lots a places to walk and explore the grounds, buildings, and pub! Also, the campus has a rich WWII air corp history to investigate. The rooms are very nice and clean, and if attending any meetings here, the lecture hall we used was very comfortable and modern. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Also, the common room with complementary snacks and beverages was a significant plus. Also, for Spring training not a long drive to many of the surrounding ball parks. Oh - did I mention the Pub on campus....

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Thank akg2008
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
We're thrilled that you found your stay at the Thunderbird Executive Inn with Road Scholar to be a great one. The history of the campus dates back to WWII with pictures and the original air traffic control still located on-site, there's plenty to experience on-campus. Providing a comfortable room and great service is our goal everyday! We're glad to hear we accomplished that for you. Thank you for experiencing all that Thunderbird has to offer. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future!
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Rising Star, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

March 15, 2014. Stayed one night. Upon arrival your first thought is, am I at the right place? It does not look like a hotel, Inn or motel. Not sure how many acres are in the whole training facility, but it is big. We stayed in the two story, main facility. The grounds were well kept and clean. Our room was very spacious and clean also. On the second floor is a snack area for fruit, cereal, juice and coffee, included with your stay. I give the highest marks to the sleep quality; best bed and quietest place I have ever stayed. All rooms are set back from the street quite a way, so there is no traffic noise. The only negative is the amount of parking. I am guessing most customers (students) arrive by other transport than private car, so they have allotted less space to parking.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the courtyard may be better than those facing the parking lot.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank atnip2007
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at the Thunderbird Executive Inn. We take pride in providing our guests with a quiet atmoshphere, a clean room and comfortable bed with access to the complimentary snacks and drinks in our guest lounge. We're glad to hear we did just that during your recent stay!

Your feedback is very important to our efforts to continuously improve guest satisfaction and we strive to do the best job we can. We're sorry to hear you experienced a challenge with the parking near the Inn. We're working to provide additional parking nearby and also have access to visitor parking in an area behind the Inn for future reference. Thank you for the comments and compliments on your stay. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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Allyn, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014

If you want to stay somewhere quiet, extremely clean and beautiful, this is the place to stay. We stayed in 9 different hotels on our trip and this one was the very best in every way. We will come here every year. We were down in Arizona for some spring training games.

Room Tip: All rooms were excellent, no bad ones at all. Very quiet, clean and the bed was amazing.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience with the Thunderbird Executive Inn. We value all of our guests, as we know that you have a choice when deciding where to stay while visiting Phoenix for MLB Spring Training. Providing every guest with a clean and comfortable room while providing exceptional customer service is our primary goal. We're thrilled that you found the Thunderbird Executive Inn, to be the "best of the best:". Thank you! We look forward to being your hotel of choice the next time you visit Glendale/Phoenix!
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Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014

Stayed there for Dodger Spring Training Game. The usually places were way out of budget. So I thought let's try something different.

The hotel sits on the property of the Thunderbird Global Marketing School (which is a graduate college for international marketing). The property used to be the air force training during WW 2. Lot of history.

The rooms are very clean. You have courtesy use of the Y fitness center. About 4 miles to Camelback Ranch and other baseball team training camps. Their complimentary kitchen is open 24 hours. Their pool is not heated, but you can use the pool at the Y.

If there was no other place to stay next time I would stay here but not my first choice.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Thank onecr8zymom
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Patti D, General Manager at Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Thank you for choosing the Thunderbird Executive Inn on your recent stay for Spring Training baseball games in Glendale/Phoenix. Our location on the Thunderbird School of Global Management campus is a unique setting, and we're excited to hear that you enjoyed your guest room and the history of the 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. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Property: Thunderbird Executive Inn & Conference Center
Address: 15249 North 59th Avenue, 1 Global Place, Glendale, AZ 85306
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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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