We live two hours outside of Phoenix and this Clarion Inn has become our "go to" place when visiting Phoenix for business, shopping, or leisure. At about $50 a night, even during the high season, you cannot find a more pleasant, modern, well-appointed room.
The Clarion is located on Main Street in west Mesa, about five minutes off the freeway (U.S. 60) and about two miles from Tempe. Years ago, before the freeway was built, Main Street was the primary route into the Phoenix area coming from the east and a number of motels were built in the 1950s and 1960s to accommodate travelers.
The Clarion is one of those but extensive renovations have brought it well into the 21st century. Exterior corridors have been enclosed so that room doors open to the inside. (The one telltale '60s flashback is the raised panels on the doors, a groovy mid-century touch.) The hotel is in a U-shape, with a pleasant pool and spa area set in the middle.
We've stayed in several of the king rooms, which have been redone from top to bottom and feature contemporary colors and furnishings. These include a plush, comfortable bed -- soft enough to get a good night's sleep -- with feather pillows; a desk with office chair; a lounge chair and ottoman; a small vanity area with granite counter; and bathroom with granite tub surround, curved shower rod, and (working!) adjustable shower head. The rooms also features a center dresser area that contains a refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker as well as a TV that receives full local basic cable and one channel of HBO.
The AC/heating unit has a thermostat, which is especially helpful in keeping the room temperature where you want it without having to get up in the middle of the night to change it. The windows open, so you can get lots of fresh air. Speaking of fresh air, this is a 100% nonsmoking hotel, though people can smoke in some areas outside.
Lighting is good, including over the vanity, though it is sometimes a bit dim in the bathroom. Wi-fi has worked great in every room we've stayed in. USA Today is available at the front desk. Breakfast -- typical American motel continental fare, including hard-boiled eggs -- is available from 6 to 9 a.m. (Given the noon checkout, they really should extend it to 10.)
Customer service is excellent and we always feel welcome when we stay here. The front desk is open 24 hours and the staff has been very pleasant and helpful. This includes housekeeping, which does a good job as the rooms are cleaner than average.
While the Clarion is located in an older part of town, the grounds are well-lit and we feel safe there. It is set back from the street so traffic noise is at a minimum and the place has a quiet ambiance.
We've stayed at a number of Phoenix-area hotels, including some four-star resorts. The rooms at the Clarion hold their own with some of the best and, grading on a value-for-money curve, beat them all. The location is central enough that ASU, old town Scottsdale, central Phoenix, and Chandler are all within an easy drive.
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Inn-Mesa/Phoenix Hotel Mesa