Hotel San Carlos ★★★

3.5 /5
Overall score
78%
Would recommend
Amenities:
3.1
Cleanliness:
4.1
Hotel staff:
3.9
Comfort:
3.7
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.8
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Overview

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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)

Business

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

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

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.

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Amenities

Featured

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

General

  • No smoking rooms/facilities

Activities

  • Pool

Dining

  • Restaurant
  • Room service

Services

  • Business center

Internet

  • Free Wi-Fi in Room

Reviews

3.5 /5 Overall score

78% Would recommend

  • Amenities: 3.1/5
  • Cleanliness: 4.1/5
  • Hotel staff: 3.9/5
  • Comfort: 3.7/5
  • Location: 4.4/5
  • Value: 3.8/5

In for a Conference

Would not recommend Tue, Nov 10, 2015
Cute hotel, loved the vintage feel. Staff was wonderful but walls were so thin that I felt a part of my neighbours conversation and they have an early checkout fee of $50

| Chicago Business

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 3 /5

Charming surprise

Would recommend Sun, Oct 18, 2015
What a nice little surprise downtown Phoenix, within walking distance of where we wanted to be. Everyone was so nice and helpful. This charming hotel was filled with history.

| Yuma Family

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 3 /5

terrific

Would recommend Wed, Oct 14, 2015
Great stay at Hotel San Carlos, filled with history, which is honored with old photos and descriptions on every floor (Who knew that it appears in the background of Hitchcock's Psycho, and that Marilyn Monroe stayed in room 326 for 3 weeks during the filming of Bus Stop?). Staff are terrific, warm, accommodating. It is within an easy walk of Convention Ctr and be sure to check out the Public Market just down Central (on Saturdays). Small, workable fitness center Internet is a bit slow, but functional my room near the elevator was loud, and staff kindly accommodated my request for a relocation to a very quiet room at the end of the hall. Highly recommended.

| N/A Business

5 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 5 /5
  • Comfort: 5 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

San Carlos

Would recommend Thu, Oct 8, 2015
The Hotel I've stayed at before for baseball games and it was great again this time around as well.

| Yuma Family

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 5 /5

Good weekend trip

Would recommend Wed, Oct 7, 2015
The hotel was in a good location and there were lots of places to go close by. I enjoyed the pool on the 3rd floor as well. The only things I wished were better was the bathroom and cable TV. When I opened the door to the bathroom it was pure sewer gas,luckily it aired out after a bit. As far as the cable it was a limited number of channels and several didn't work.

| N/A Business

3 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 3 /5

Night Downtown

Would recommend Tue, Sep 15, 2015
Booked here for an evening downtown. Great location, and a cool old hotel. The beds aren't very comfortable, but the room was clean and it was a good value for the money.

| Mesa Couples

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 3 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

business

Would recommend Tue, May 12, 2015
Great historic hotel, central downtown location near stadiums and entertainment.

| Texarkana Business

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 3 /5

Phoenix Conference

Would recommend Sun, May 10, 2015
I was in town for a conference and stayed 4 nights without any incident. They really play up the historic aspect of the building and I thought it was great. It was nice to see the old photographs and read about phoenix of the past. Very convenient to all that downtown has to offer without having to pay the high prices. Overall a great value.

| SAN FRANCISCO Business

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Valentines

Would recommend Sat, Apr 25, 2015
Solid. Not a fan of the charge fees that were not disclosed though.

| Ajo Couples

4 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 4 /5
  • Cleanliness: 4 /5
  • Hotel staff: 3 /5
  • Comfort: 4 /5
  • Location: 4 /5
  • Value: 4 /5

Hotel sucks / needs to be rebuilt

Would not recommend Thu, Apr 23, 2015
I stayed in room 721. Need ear plugs to isolate 7/24 noise from an old fan/motor. The bathroom is extremely small - need to walk sideways to get to the toilet. Water pressure in the shower varies between super hot to cold. bathroom fixtures are in very poor upkeep.

| Great Falls Business

1 /5

Overall score
  • Amenities: 3 /5
  • Cleanliness: 5 /5
  • Hotel staff: 4 /5
  • Comfort: 1 /5
  • Location: 5 /5
  • Value: 1 /5

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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
Jobing.com 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.