Hotel San Carlos ★★★

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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.


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.


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. 


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. 

Property 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. 


  • 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

Nearby 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)


  • 24/7 fax and photocopy services 
  • Meeting and event space available 
  • Complimentary Internet kiosk
  • Free Internet access available hotel-wide


  • 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


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.

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  • Free Wi-Fi in Room
  • Pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities


  • No smoking rooms/facilities


  • Pool


  • Restaurant
  • Room service


  • Business center


  • Free Wi-Fi in Room

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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
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 Arena 12.2 mi
Musical Instrument Museum 16 mi

Hotel Policies

  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM

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.