$159 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Mar 4, 2015 Check-out: Mar 5, 2015

Hotel San Carlos

3 stars
View map of 202 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.5
out of 5
113 reviews
Sports trip

Close to the stadiums and a historic hotel. It's in the middle of downtown with restaraunts close by. See full review

  • Shant13n
  • Feb 10, 2015
Loved this place

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

  • Anonymous
  • Aug 7, 2014
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

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Reviewer score 4.1 out of 5

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

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:
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.

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Guest Reviews (113)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel San Carlos

Overall score

3.5 / 5
5.01.0
113 out of 113
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
Mr. Travel Guru
Business
California
Nov 22, 2013

Great staff - above and beyond

A friend and I stayed at the San Carlos last week and enjoyed the retro ambience of the hotel. The hotel still has an elegance from another era that sets it apart from modern chain hotels. The service was fantastic-front desk quick and efficient. The best part was our valet, who shared stories of the San Carlos and answered our questions regarding the haunted history of the hotel. He even took care of our luggage. Great employee, ask for Ben!

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Copper Blues and Comedy club close by. Great French/Asian cuisine at the San Carlos.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Grandma Kuka
Business
California
Nov 11, 2013

birthday gift to myself

The service was great. Pricilla at the front desk/valet girl went the extra mile to make my visit a pleasure. Thank you.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
TJ Nani
Business
Phoenix AZ
Nov 11, 2013

Just OK

Have been here many times over the last ten years and the location is the only thing that makes it OK. I only go here for the grandkids who love the ghost aspect of this historical hotel. Don't go here for a good night's sleep as you can hear the guy in the next room throw up and every step of anyone walking in the hall and the doors slamming in the middle of the night. The pool was supposed to be heated. Maybe it wasn't cold but it wasn't warm either. Rooms were clean. Carpet is filthy. Our feet got black walking from the room to the pool. Front desk girl was inept and defensive. Messed up one of the room reservations- tried giving us one bed rather than two and kept telling me that was what the reservation said- until she double checked, finally, and realized she was wrong. This is the last time I will go back there.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Three blocks south on Central Ave is City Scape. The Breakfast Club has a great bfast for a great price.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
DonC13
Business
Las Vegas NV
Sep 17, 2013

Neat Place to Stay

The Room very very nice and the Hotel history is very cool and the staff was great.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
DonC13
Business
Las Vegas NV
Sep 16, 2013

Great Downtown Find

This is a great quaint cool place to stay. The personality of the building and room was classic. I would recommend anyone to stay here on you next trip to Downtown Phoenix.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Evy's Mimi
Business
Kenosha WI
Jul 26, 2013

Great historic boutique hotel

The staff were helpful and friendly. I appreciate old buildings, so the age and size did not bother me. The unique history of the building made it all the more interesting. My friend and I had fun anticipating a ghost around every corner. We also enjoyed the rooftop pool as well as the easy access to the light rail. All around a great experience!

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

The light rail was two blocks away and a great way to get around the valley.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
No witty name traveler
Business
LA
May 24, 2013

Very good for the price

Not fancy like a major chain hotel in the area, but for the money, service, and cleanliness, excellent. Would recommend especially if on a budget.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Coach Jones
Business
Washington, DC
May 5, 2013

Good location, Good deal

It's not luxurious, but the San Carlos' room was clean, the bed was comfortable and it was conveniently located to all the things I needed/wanted to do and the staff was friendly and helpful. I wished for a better map of the area, but that's a problem in nearly all hotel in-room guides, and a broader cable channel selection. That said, the WiFi was complimentary and fast and there was a lot of historic charm to the hotel. I'd stay again and would recommend it to others.

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

Get a good map of the city, especially downtown Phoenix,and learn about the light rail system. It will make it easier to get around easily and comfortably.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Convention Traveler 5000
Business
Bowler, Wisconsin
Mar 29, 2013

Awesome for conventions

Rooms were a bit small (Not Microtel small, but smaller than average) but VERY clean with newer comfortable beds and a very friendly staff. A historical hotel with Marilyn Monroe and Spencer Tracy's usual suites marked. Lots of original components to keep it interesting, but newer added to ensure modern comfort. This hotel was close to the convention center and even with a bad back, I can walk 2 short blocks! Parking is awful and expensive, but I would never have even rented a car had I known how close it was!

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Don't need a car for convention center, shopping or entertainment! It's all there!

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Moushen
Business
Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 18, 2013

Great location

If you are going to Phoenix for a conference at the Phoenix conference center and don't want to spend an arm and a leg for hotel, this is a good hotel. It is an older hotel and not fancy but it is clean. The room I had was quite small but I was not there to stay in the room. There is no room service but there are a few quick eats in the area. The conference center is 3 blocks away! The hotel has central air and the room was a little chilly and you could not regulate it very well from the room. The bed was on the firm side but it was clean.

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Conference Center

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