The Clarendon Hotel and Spa

The Clarendon Hotel and Spa

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401 West Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013
1 (888) 271-2681Edit info
fun and less expensive than downtown.. drive a few blocks and turn back the clock

Amenities

Bar
Restaurant
Swimming Pool
Spa Services
Fitness Center
Free WiFi
Internet Access
Free Parking
Meeting Rooms
Business Center
Cribs Available
Pets Allowed
Bathtub
Air conditioning
Room Service

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Local from Phoenix, Arizona, USA

I love the Clarendon Hotel because it's full of history and vintage charm. The hotel languished for years until it was brought back to life in the 1990s. All its midcentury modern glory has been renovated and revived. If you want to feel like you've stepped back in time to the era of martini lunches and Frank Sinatra, head to the Clarendon. The deign alone is worth a stop, but you'll also find that this is a good place to pick up local art. The lobby is filled with paintings, jewelry and sculpture - most everything is for sale. The rooms also feature local art. If you're a history buff, you might also want to stop by to check out the spot of one of Phoenix's most enduring mysteries. In 1976, Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles was murdered in the hotel parking lot when a bomb was placed under his car. It's one of the saddest stories in Phoenix history, and the hotel pays tribute to Bolles with a bust in the lobby and newspaper articles about the event on the walls.

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fun and less expensive than downtown.. drive a few blocks and turn back the clock

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Local from Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Friendly, clean, great staff. The rooms are trendy and modernized. Lots of fun to stay at for locals and certainly for out of town guests. Highly recommended.

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Local from Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Although The Clarendon is an older building, I think the intended charm of the designers is apparent. I wasn’t expecting much due to the sub-par reviews for this close to downtown Phoenix hotel. Maybe that’s why I was pleasantly surprised by the kindness and welcome I felt from the moment I entered until I left. The style is unique to the area (it’s closer to the style of Old Town Scottsdale Boutique Hotels). It’s in a great location for a fun evening. Start by hanging out at the pool and catching the sunset on the sundeck. Then, get yourself pretty and hit Postino Wine Bar for bruschetta and wine. Move on to a couple of hipster lounges, The Vig and The Garage. It makes for a chill evening of good food, good wine, entertainment and a cool place to lay your head.

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Local from Phoenix

The Clarendon Hotel is a local favorite... best things about the place: 24-hour stays, so you can check in at 10pm and not have to check out until 10pm the next day... free unlimited bottled water and minibar snacks/drinks... amazing pool area with cabanas... amazing rooftop bar... one of the best restaurants in Arizona... and really comfortable beds...

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Local from Goodyear, Arizona, USA

The Clarendon Hotel offers a quick journey back to the 60s, but with spotty WiFi. The staff is friendly, the location is near downtown - within an easy walk of the light rail - but also seems tucked away from the teeming streets nearby. Positives include the (heated) retro pool, the broad view from the rooftop deck, the minimalist 60s style decor and the overall cosmopolitan vibe of the place. If you want a good launching point to enjoy Phoenix's First Friday events, the Clarendon is a solid choice. Negatives include the spotty WiFi and - on occasions - the noise. In may case, I unwittingly booked my stay for a night when they had a concert on the deck, which went til nearly midnight, making sleep impossible. I phoned the front desk to ask when the concert was going to be over, but no one answered the phones. If I hadn't been there on a concert night - or if I hadn't been too exhausted to enjoy the concert - my rating would have jumped up a star.

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Local from Phoenix, Arizona, USA

I have heard similar reviews to Alesha B's about the decor of the hotel and similar frustrations. I went to check it out for myself anyway. I was surprised when I saw how big the rooms were and I experienced good service from the front desk. They even offered me a snack, they must of have been after my heart. The decor could be beefed up to compete with the other hotels in the area. I did enjoy the late night availability of snacks and the night time swim. All in all it was an ok experience for me, but not nearly as excited to walk in as I was some of the other downtown hotels.

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Local from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
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I’d typically prefer to not leave any feedback about an experience than a negative one, but my stay at The Clarendon was pretty near a disaster. To start with the positive; the location was great in the heart of Phoenix though tucked away off the beaten path, and the pool area nice. That’s about it.

The attempt at a retro décor just seemed shabby and sloppy unfortunately. Upon making my reservation I was clear about my utter requirement for Wi-Fi in my room to which I was assured would be no problem. This was not the case. I was moved to another room “closer to the router”, still to no avail. After expressing my frustrations to the apathetic desk clerk the manager arrived and offered to direct me to another hotel down the street. I left frustrated and with the manager’s business card with a promise for a free stay scribbled on the back; though I don’t think I’ll be using it.

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Local from Phoenix

Love this place! We go there for drinks, dinner, or any excuse we can find!

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Amenities

Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Computer station
  • iPod docking station
Dining & Drinks
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Coffee shop or cafe
Fitness & Recreation
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Concierge services
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Pool cabanas (surcharge)
  • Spa tub
  • Spa services on site
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • 24-hour fitness facilities
Parking
  • Self parking (surcharge)
  • Free parking nearby
  • Long-term parking (surcharge)
Accessibility
  • In-room accessibility
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
Traveling with Children
  • Free cribs/infant beds
Pets
  • Maximum number of pets per room 2
  • Pets allowed (no fees)
  • Only dogs are allowed
Services & Conveniences
  • Luggage storage
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Elevator/lift
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Meeting rooms 4
  • Wedding services
  • Porter/bellhop
  • 24-hour business center
  • ATM/banking
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)
Bath
  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Designer toiletries
  • Deep soaking bathtub
Bed
  • Premium bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Pillowtop mattress
  • Down comforter
  • Pillow menu
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
In-Room Dining
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Microwave (on request)
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Refrigerator
Media & Technology
  • Phone
  • Free long-distance calls
  • Free international calls
  • Cable TV service
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Premium TV channels
  • HDTV
Housekeeping
  • Daily housekeeping
Other Room Amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Bathrobes
  • In-room climate control (heating)
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Desk
  • In-room safe
  • Free local calls
Property Info
  • Total number of rooms - 105
  • Number of floors - 4
  • Year Built 1972
The Clarendon Hotel and Spa

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