My brand-spankin new husband and I stayed at the Clarendon for two nights in early October as we were in town to see The Lumineers at Comerica Theatre two days after our wedding. We'd never been to Phoenix before as adults and honestly found the hotel by searching for Groupons in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. After visiting Trip Advisor to check out photos and reviews, we purchased the deal immediately.
The Clarendon reminded me a lot of a bigger-scale bed&breakfast. Though I know little to nothing about the hotel's history, it was evident from the start that the hotel is a labor of love. Upon our arrival, the staff was nothing but friendly and accommodating (and helpful with suggestions as we knew nothing about the area). The decor was intriguing, the lighting was flattering, the atmosphere was hip and eclectic but never intimidating, and the grounds were well kept and fresh. The restaurant has a lengthy happy hour (+) and what we tried off the menu, both food and drinks, were great (++). The room was ginormous, the artwork was cool, AND they stocked Philosophy products, which is pretty much every girl's dream. The pool was clean, cool, and the patrons at the hotel were nothing but pleasant and fun to converse with. The spa was a great temperature for the 95 degree weather and was open late (+++).
As far as 'cons' go, I truly can't think of anything really negative that stood out. Do I wish the rooftop bar had been open? - YES, because it would have been fabulous. But would I fault the hotel for this? Nope. The neighborhood around the hotel kind of confused me (industrial? suburb? just plain quiet?), but the walk to the metro was pleasant and not long.
In the end, the hotel was everything we wanted and hoped it would be. Thanks for a wonderful stay, beautiful people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Clarendon Hotel and Spa is located in the heart of Phoenix, close to the convention center, museums, parks, shopping, theaters, sports venues and concert halls. Walking distance to two Metro rail stations - $4 for a 24 hour pass, the system runs 24 hours (except 1am to 4am Monday through Thursday) and provides direct access to the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport SkyTrain. Full service spa on site. El Techo, our gorgeous rooftop SkyDeck overlooking the city skyline and surrounding mountain ranges, and the Oasis pool area with heated pool and jacuzzi and the world's largest outdoor water wall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarendon Hotel Phoenix