$113 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Mar 7, 2015 Check-out: Mar 10, 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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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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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Gift Whisperer
Business
Fremont, California
Mar 16, 2014

Great for a night in the city

My experience was great! The staff are friendly and courteous. The rooms are clean and you just can't beat the city view and historical value!

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

Business

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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...

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Megagauss
Business
San Jose, CA, USA
Sep 26, 2011

Conference Stay

I booked the San Carlos becuase it was close to the conference I was attending for about half the price of the conference hotel. I enjoyed the history of the San Carlos. It was very close and convenient to everything I needed in the downtown area.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Los Angeles, Ca.
Nov 15, 2010

Right in the heart of Downtown Phoenix

We were in town to visit our son; we selected this hotel because it was just a short walk to the ASU Downtown Campus. The Light Rail was right near the hotel, very inexpensive and convenient. The hotel is old, but classic. We read other reviews about the noise, but that was not a problem during our Thurs-Sunday stay. There is minimal nightlife around the hotel; the Arizona Center is close by for movies, meals and window shopping; be aware… all the restaurants stop serving food at 10 pm.One minor problem at check-in, the hotel could not find our reservation from [...], thankfully, I brought along the e-mail confirmation. Not sure who was at fault~~~~~the hotel or [...], either way, it took us 30-40 minutes to check in, but it all got straightened out.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
18pearsk
Business
WI
Sep 22, 2011

Quick stop in Phoenix

Hotel San Carlos is a great place to stay in Phoenix. The history of the hotel is neat and a person could spend hours roaming the halls looking at the artwork.

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

Business

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Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Lori: pleased patron
Business
Minnesota, USA
Feb 11, 2010

Downtown Hotel History

This hotel is an awesome place to stay; not only is is close to all of downtown festivities no matter what you are there for; business or pleasure. The light rail is 1/2 block away and very inexpensive to ride. Taxi service is expensive. We spent one whole evening in the hotel just reading all the history of the hotel and checking out all the beautiful historical pictures (with explanation captions of event). The hotel staff was wonderful and the queen bed accomadations were a real plus. They were extremely comfortable. I would definately stay @ the San Carlos again and again.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

there was a great Irish Pub directly right next door that served excellent food. Also there was a subway and small deli directly right across the street from San Carlos for those who don't like trying new things and are used to subway.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Nikster
Business
Scottsdale, AZ
Aug 8, 2011

Very Charming

We stayed here because we attended a show at the Comerica theater which is just a few blocks away. The hotel is in a great location near several entertainment venues and hot spots downtown. The hotel was charming. The rooms are very basic, but we appreciated the architecture and history of the building. We had heard that it was "haunted" before our stay, but no paranormal activity to report. Great value for the location and the novelty of being a historical monument of Phoenix.

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Great location. Within walking distance of many attractions/hotspots.

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Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Denver, Co
Oct 8, 2010

Great historic hotel

easy check in, nice historic room.

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

Business

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Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
AdoraNora
Business
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Sep 20, 2011

Night Out

We needed a hotel for a celebration evening out. We found the best deal on Orbitz. The hotel staff were helpful & friendly. I had to change rooms due to a leak & was moved immediately. Had a great stay & look forward to the next.

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

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Hanny's is good mix crowd. The cost is cha ching however they are very tastey! Staff needs some training in CS otherwise great place to hang for a drink & nosh.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
All-Star Game Fan
Business
Toms River, NJ
Jul 14, 2011

Great Choice!

Very Euro-Chic. Reminded me of a French Boutique Hotel that i stayed at. Small, non-branded, but clean and accomodating. Basics are all there. Clean Room/Bed, beefy, soft towels and a full assortment bath accessories. Very friendly and professional staff. Perfect location for Ballgames. Short walk to all venues.

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

Business

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