Hotel San Carlos

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

Hotel Overview

3.5/5

Overall score

76%

Would recommend

Amenities:
3.1
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3.8
Comfort:
3.6
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.8
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

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

Hotel Map

33.4506 -112.0742
Area served
Phoenix.
Nearby airports
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport - 4.5 miles.
Area description
The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Phoenix's financial, government, and entertainment district, just steps away from many fabulous local Phoenix Attractions.

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

3
5.01.0
H and H Tech
Business
North Texas
Apr 4, 2014

Interesting Hotel

Pros - Great downtown location. Very friendly and helpful staff. Comfortable and quiet. Supposedly Haunted. Cons - Keep in mind this is an 86 year old hotel. While well maintained, it is definitely a "period piece" hotel. The rooms are small (maybe "cozy"), but enough space for a desk and chair. The bathroom was TINY, I mean you could turn on the sink and shower wile sitting on the throne tiny. Internet was sketchy at best. Supposedly Haunted. Overall - This is NOT a Hyatt/Hilton/Regency. This is an old historic downtown hotel. While I think staying an extended time might turn the charming into annoying, the 1 or 2 night trip its perfect. Not having reliable internet is a deal breaker for the typical business traveler. The friendly, helpful staff and the great location make up for a lot. Would definitely stay there again!

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Day trip to downtown from the airport?- Skip the rental car ( a nightmare at PHX) take the train to the corner of 1st and Monroe and you are in the heart of downtown!

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Disappointed Lori
Business
Phoenix, Az
Mar 30, 2014

The worst hotel stay I've had

This hotel was easily the worst hotel stay I have ever had. The walls are thin and we were constantly woken up until the middle of the night with voices. I liked the old feel but the room was a shoebox and the shower was so small you could not even move. I would never stay here again and suggest you don't try it.

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

Business

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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

3
5.01.0
Redwingsfan
Business
Milwaukee, WI
Mar 13, 2014

Business mixed with pleasure

We stayed for a conference but had a few days to play also. this hotel is very quaint the age of it added a lot to the experience, it was clean, the pool area was awesome. the desk staff was so so however the valet guys were excellent! The only issues we had were the size of the room, it (standard) was a bit small for two people to stay in for a whole week and the noise...every conversation and other more intimate noises coming from the hallways and rooms next door were as if they were in the room with you. I'd stay here again if on a pleasure only trip.

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

Business

Nightlife tip: Not Applicable

the Irish bar next door is excellent!!!! so was Maryvale Park, Go Brewers!!!

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
meaha
Business
twin falls idaho
Mar 13, 2014

business/fun getaway

It was a very interesting stay. I loved to learn the history Of the hotel. The staff was awesome but the walls are paper thin.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Else2983
Business
Flint, MI
Mar 13, 2014

Great historic hotel!

Great value, yummy restaurant just off the lobby, great downtown location, close to the light rail. The Hotel San Carlos is a wonderful fun hotel if you like historic hotels and a good story(supposedly haunted). We had a great time and all the employees were so helpful and nice.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Dine at The Hyatt Hotel's Compass Restaurant(rotating restaurant!) on the top floor. Great food, drinks, and a friendly waitstaff.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Spicy Biscuit
Business
Olympia, WA
Mar 8, 2014

San Carlos

Interesting place. The older fixturing was like staying at my Grandma's house. Kind of scary at first, but turned out to be very clean and functional.

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

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Nice Irish pub and Vietmanese restuarant right in the same building.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Boston Markie
Business
Chandler AZ
Dec 9, 2013

Anniversary

Rooms very small but nice, no view, bathroom VERY small, noisy, walls like paper, no security to keep guests quiet at 3:00 AM, called front desk no answer finally checked out at 3:30AM took 40 minutes to find a valet to retrieve my car to go home and sleep. This hotel is in a great location, old but nice, decent price. I am assuming it was the group in house that was noisy, but hotel staff needs to keep it under control. It was worse than my college dorm. It would have helped if the man at the desk at 3:30 apologized or offered to move us but, he just acted like we made things up.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Irish Pub and Vietnameese restaurant in the hotel were nice and fun

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
El Chicano
Business
Centreville, VA
Dec 7, 2013

Best deal in Phoenix

The best money for the location you get!! If you need to stay in Downtown Phoenix, look no further. The staff are great and you will get better than first class treatment.

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

Business

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Review of Hotel San Carlos

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
El Chicano
Business
Centreville, VA
Dec 7, 2013

Business Trip in Phoenix

I needed two rooms - one for my girlfriend and me and another for my parents. I was there for an event scheduled to be at major hotel, but they were sold out. An On-line Chat Customer Service Representative helped me find options near the venue and they narrowed it down to something within my price range. It was perfect!! An Oldie but Goodie, you are treated like royalty. They are there to help you! The rooms are small, but quaint and comfortable. It's located close to everything that you need Downtown.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

If you really want a great Mexican Restaurant near Downtown Phoenix, go to the Comedor Guadalajara! It's been there forever and the locals swear by it! No reservations required!

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