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Hotel San Carlos

3 stars
202 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.4
out of 5
111 reviews
Loved this place

Absolutely zero problems. A real gem of a place to sleep. See full review

  • Anonymous
  • Aug 7, 2014
Best deal in Phoenix

The best money for the location you get!! If you need to stay in Downtown Phoenix, look no further.... See full review

  • El Chicano
  • Dec 7, 2013
Hollywood Golden Age celebrity hangout in downtown Phoenix
This landmark Hotel San Carlos opened with great fanfare in 1928, and its doors have been open ever since. Throughout its history, an impressive roster of celebrities -- including Mae West, Marilyn Monroe and Spencer Tracy -- has graced its guest rooms. Today, the Hotel San Carlos is a fixture on the National Register of Historic Places where visitors find elegant details -- copper elevator doors, sparkling chandeliers, dramatic tapestries -- paired with modern touches like a rooftop pool, satellite TV and free high-speed Internet access.
Highlights
  • Within walking distance of the Phoenix Convention Center
  • Rooftop swimming pool and sun deck
  • Signature suites are dedicated to stars like Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart
Location
The Hotel San Carlos is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, steps from attractions including the Orpheum Theatre, the Phoenix Convention Center, Symphony Hall and the Arizona Science Center.
Rooms
Each of the 128 guest rooms at the Hotel San Carlos has been individually decorated, giving guests a unique experience and plenty of reason to return again and again. In some rooms, soaring paneled headboards and floral accents evoke a French country house, while rich, dramatic fabrics in other guest rooms have a stately feel. All feature Serta mattresses, coffee-makers, satellite TV and free high-speed Internet access. 
Features
Soak up some Arizona sun at the Hotel San Carlos rooftop heated pool and sundeck, where ample potted plants give the feel of a desert oasis. 
Dining
For a great meal or relaxing drink, stop by Bistro 202 or the Ghost Lounge and Restaurant, both adjacent to the Hotel San Carlos lobby. Hotel neighbor Seamus McCaffrey's is a popular downtown Irish pub and restaurant featuring a full list of imported beers, Irish whiskey and top-shelf Scotch. 
Transportation
  • I-10 (0.8 mi/1.2 km)
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (3.1 mi/5 km)
  • Airport shuttle available (fees apply) 
  • Light rail stop at hotel
Attractions
  • Orpheum Theatre (0.2 mi/0.3 km)
  • Phoenix Convention Center (0.2 mi/0.4 km)
  • Symphony Hall (0.2 mi/0.4 km)
  • Comerica Theatre (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • US Airways Center (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
  • Arizona Science Center (0.4 mi/0.7 km)
  • Chase Field (0.6 mi/0.9 km)
Business
  • 24/7 fax and photocopy services 
  • Meeting and event space available 
  • Complimentary Internet kiosk
  • Free Internet access available hotel-wide

Hotel San Carlos Rooms

Queen - Single
Queen View room offers a view of downtown phoenix, features 1 queen bed, television with cable/satellite television channels. Includes, clock radio, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, iron/ironing board, blackout drapes/curtains, ceiling fan. Non-smoking only.
Economy - Queen
Standard Queen room is an interior room which features 1 queen bed, a private bath with a shower no bathtub. It also features a television with cable/satellite television channels. Includes, clock radio, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, iron/ironing board, blackout drapes/curtains, ceiling fan. Non-smoking only.
Double Room
Double Room View room offers a view of downtown phoenix, features 2 double beds, television with cable/satellite television channels. Includes, clock radio, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries, iron/ironing board, blackout drapes/curtains, ceiling fan. non-smoking only.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Activities
Pool
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Internet
WiFi

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Hotel Map

33.4506 -112.0742
Area served
Phoenix.
Nearby airports
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport - 4.5 miles.
Area description
The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Phoenix's financial, government, and entertainment district, just steps away from many fabulous local Phoenix Attractions.

Nearby points of interest

  • Orpheum Theater: 0.1 mi
  • Wells Fargo History Museum: 0.1 mi
  • Phoenix Symphony: 0.2 mi
  • St. Mary's Basilica: 0.3 mi
  • Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center: 0.3 mi
  • US Airways Center: 0.4 mi
  • The Rosson House: 0.5 mi
  • Phoenix Children's Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Chase Field: 0.6 mi
  • Phoenix Theatre: 0.8 mi
  • Phoenix Art Museum: 1.1 mi
  • Arizona Capitol Museum: 1.3 mi
  • Heard Museum: 1.5 mi
  • South Mountain: 4.9 mi
  • Pueblo Grande: 5.2 mi
  • Orpheum Theater: 0.1 mi
  • Wells Fargo History Museum: 0.1 mi
  • Phoenix Symphony: 0.2 mi
  • St. Mary's Basilica: 0.3 mi
  • Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center: 0.3 mi
  • US Airways Center: 0.4 mi
  • The Rosson House: 0.5 mi
  • Phoenix Children's Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Chase Field: 0.6 mi
  • Phoenix Theatre: 0.8 mi
  • Phoenix Art Museum: 1.1 mi
  • Arizona Capitol Museum: 1.3 mi
  • Heard Museum: 1.5 mi
  • South Mountain: 4.9 mi
  • Pueblo Grande: 5.2 mi
  • Arizona Science Center: 5.6 mi
  • Octane Raceway: 5.7 mi
  • Wrigley Mansion: 5.7 mi
  • Papago Park: 7 mi
  • Phoenix Zoo: 7.1 mi
  • South Mountain Park: 7.2 mi
  • Desert Botanical Garden: 7.3 mi
  • Piestewa Peak: 7.4 mi
  • Camelback Mountain: 7.7 mi
  • Phoenix Mountain Preserve: 7.9 mi
  • America West Arena: 9.2 mi
  • Western Destinations: 11.3 mi
  • University of Phoenix Stadium: 12.1 mi
  • Jobing.com Arena: 12.2 mi
  • Musical Instrument Museum: 16 mi

Dining

Bistro 202
Open daily serving made to order breakfast and lunch.
Ghost Lounge & Restaurant
Taking it's name from the "Haunted" past, the Ghost Lounge serves up cocktails & dinner 7 nights a week.

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
The hotel offers intimate space for up to 50 people for private business meetings, rehearsal dinners, or other private events. Please contact the sales office at 602-253-4121 ext. 156 for details.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (111)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel San Carlos

Overall score

3.4 / 5
5.01.0
111 out of 111
Amenities:
3.1
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3.8
Comfort:
3.6
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.8

76% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jennifer H.
Business
Blacksburg
Jan 12, 2015

Conference Alternative

The hotel was clean, close to the convention center, and charming. The staff were generally helpful and their amenities were okay: free wi-fi, small gym, business center with free printing. They don't offer a breakfast, which is disappointing, and no shuttle service to the airport. However, the light rail system to the airport is on the corner and costs $2.50. Overall, would stay again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Logan K.
Business
N/A
Jan 12, 2015

Work Conference

I traveled to this hotel for a work-related conference. Most of the other hotels in the immediate area were booked, so I fell back on San Carlos. The hotel has a lot of character being how old it is. However, the rooms seem somewhat small, and amenities were pretty basic. There was no fridge in the room, and the TV remote didn't work too well. In addition, the bathroom is fairly small. My biggest problem was with the hot water in the shower. It seemed as though every time someone in the hotel flushed a toilet, the hot water would spike. During the course of a 15 minute shower, the hot wate spiked about 10 times. I reccomend other hotels in the area, but this hotel is tolerable if you have no other options.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Powderpages
Business
Denver
Dec 2, 2014

Good value, old hotel , old rooms, old, old, old

Some people like the old time nostalgia of all the polished brass, old cage elevator and layers upon layers of white paint probably 3 inches thick on the walls, bu ti prefer clean and quiet. The rooms were loud, the bathrooms small (no really small, like a phone booth for a shower) and the view out the window revealed three non-descript brick walls and a parking garage, Not bad fr a quick in and out for business but wouldn't stay here on a vacation.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
BobIvey633
Business
Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, UK
Sep 22, 2014

San Carlos - nice place

Nice, quirky hotel in a central location with a good bar next door. Perhaps only downside is no breakfast as even a continental offering would make the place even better.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Good Irish-themed bar right next door.

Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Your Hearts
Aug 7, 2014

Loved this place

Absolutely zero problems. A real gem of a place to sleep.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
TB1234
Business
Dallas, TX
Jun 24, 2014

Just ok hotel

I would rather stay at the Hyatt, Westin, or Sheraton, next time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
2
Location:
2
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Carrie Hill momma
Business
Colorado
Apr 14, 2014

Great hotel for how old it is...

Because of age walls are a little thin. Love the preservation of history in this place though. You can feel it! Loved location as well...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Central downtown location makes it within walking distance from ball park & convention center...

Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
conferencetravelers
Business
Irvine, CA
Apr 7, 2014

convention visit, necessities were met but nothing fancy

I just stayed at the San Carlos Hotel and I had a plesant stay. The hotel is in the middle of downtown Phoenix, which is incredibly convenient to travel to bars, restaurants, and the convention center by foot. It is a historic site which has been refurbished, so if that is your cup of tea, you will be thrilled with the stay. The bed was stiff and noisy, and there was nonexistent temperature control with the AC blasting the entire time (old school radiators were in the room but did not seem to work too well after fiddling with the controls). The staff is very friendly and helpful. Also note, parking is Valet ONLY, so be prepared for an extra $20 per night for your car (plus tip when the valet brings it to you). It is unlimited in/out privileges, but if you get into Phoenix after 5PM on friday not, street parking at any meter is free until 8AM Monday. Overall the stay was nice. Hope this review helps someone when booking a hotel in DT Phoenix.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Lots of choices within walking distance.

Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
H and H Tech
Business
North Texas
Apr 4, 2014

Interesting Hotel

Pros - Great downtown location. Very friendly and helpful staff. Comfortable and quiet. Supposedly Haunted. Cons - Keep in mind this is an 86 year old hotel. While well maintained, it is definitely a "period piece" hotel. The rooms are small (maybe "cozy"), but enough space for a desk and chair. The bathroom was TINY, I mean you could turn on the sink and shower wile sitting on the throne tiny. Internet was sketchy at best. Supposedly Haunted. Overall - This is NOT a Hyatt/Hilton/Regency. This is an old historic downtown hotel. While I think staying an extended time might turn the charming into annoying, the 1 or 2 night trip its perfect. Not having reliable internet is a deal breaker for the typical business traveler. The friendly, helpful staff and the great location make up for a lot. Would definitely stay there again!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Day trip to downtown from the airport?- Skip the rental car ( a nightmare at PHX) take the train to the corner of 1st and Monroe and you are in the heart of downtown!

Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Disappointed Lori
Business
Phoenix, Az
Mar 30, 2014

The worst hotel stay I've had

This hotel was easily the worst hotel stay I have ever had. The walls are thin and we were constantly woken up until the middle of the night with voices. I liked the old feel but the room was a shoebox and the shower was so small you could not even move. I would never stay here again and suggest you don't try it.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

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