$141 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Dec 26, 2014 Check-out: Dec 29, 2014

Hotel San Carlos

3 stars
202 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.4
out of 5
109 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

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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:
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 (109)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel San Carlos

Overall score

3.4 / 5
5.01.0
109 out of 109
Amenities:
3.1
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3.8
Room comfort:
3.6
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.8

76% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
jakfish
Business
Wisconsin
Jan 18, 2012

Downtown Phoenix

Super location downtown Phoenix - walking distance to Chase Field and the convention center. The staff was super friendly helpful in explaining local transportation and events happening downtown. Overall a very good experience - the rooms are small because of the age of the property - but we were there to see Phoenix not the inside of a hotel room - Can't beat the value for the location

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Tom's Tavern for breakfast - Eggs and Briskett totally awesome

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Kathryn K.
Business
Sedona, AZ, USA
Jan 2, 2012

Old and loud

Location was good and if you like the charm of old places then it would be good, but not if you want any sort of modern conviences. Very old and small room, the bathroom was a closet and the buffet at the restuarant downstairs was unedible.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Five Guys burger and fries was awesome!

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Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
CamandLeila
Business
Detroit, MI, USA
Jan 1, 2012

Issues

Room ten bucks less on Orb the day we arrived. The hotel had no record of our reservation, had to prove it by opening my email for the agent to read. Met some friends at the ghost lounge. An hour and forty five mins to get food. Hotel atmosphere and decor was fantastic.

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

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

EAT SOMEWHERE ELSE UNLESS YOU HAE 2 HOURS T WASTE FoR MEDIOCRE FOOD.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
CcCA
Business
Monterey CA
Dec 22, 2011

good location and good history

The internet connetion was good but the shower water did go from hot to cold and back to hot agaion. Good swimming pool and patio.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Arizona center

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Chris5864
Business
Saint Paul, MN
Nov 14, 2011

Classic Hotel Marred by Poor Wi-Fi

This hotel is a classic with lots of history. Unfortunately, Wi-Fi in my otherwise excellent room was almost nonexistent. Location in Phoenix is great, right along the rail line. Small, old TV also, no HD. But very interesting character and history.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Just south of the hotel is the Downtown Diner - incredible chicken noodle soup.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ballwin Bob
Business
Ballwin, Mo.
Nov 14, 2011

Very central for business and pleasure

The rooms are small and very basic. No heating or ac controls that I could find but it has everything you need at a fair price.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: In Hotel

The hotel bar as well as the ajacent Irish Pub were very convenient amenities. I would also check out the under utilized pool deck.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Dr MVD
Business
Mobile
Nov 11, 2011

Excellent Downtown value

very nice historic hotel with comfort and great rate neat historical decor and art work throughout great time

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Science museum

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Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
jseward66
Business
Ogden, UT, USA
Oct 31, 2011

Depends what you are looking for

I was in town on a business trip and chose this hotel over others in the area based only on price so I expecting nothing. What I found was a very nice, clean, old, quirky, quaint hotel with a lot of history and charm and on top of that, I couldn't have had a better location. Yes the shower was an adventure, but once figured out was no big deal. The diner on the first floor had great food. The exercise room was opened the first of Oct 2011, small but good enough. The pool is on the 2rd floor roof, outside and the night I went was about 2 degrees. If you are looking for lush comfort and pampering, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a good deal on a room you don't spend a lot of time in anyway and you don't mind a few quirks, put this one on the top of your list.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

If you are flying in, don't waste money on a shuttle or taxi, there is a shuttle bus that goes to the light rail and and for a $1.25 it takes you a block from the hotel.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
rachp
Business
Baton Rouge, LA, USA
Oct 18, 2011

Great hotel

Affordable and so cute, especially if you're into the vintage feel. The only thing the website doesn't mention is that the place is haunted, I wouldn't have chose a haunted place to stay alone if i'd known. That being said, the hotel bar is great too!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Pereirra
Business
Brookings, SD, USA
Oct 17, 2011

Decent, actually pretty darn decent

A cozy hotel. Small rooms, narrow hallways. But ya know, it has personality. Very professional staff. This hotel does show its age. In the shower, the water goes from hot to cold to hot. Get the picture? But the beds are top of the line, the room is clean, the little historical fru frus that dot the floors are interesting. You'll like this hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: In Hotel

The water dispenser by the ice machine on the 3rd floor is the place to get your water. It tastes much better than the tap water in the room.

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