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An adequate mid-range, 218-room, family-friendly hotel
On the outside, the Clarion looks like a motel, with exterior room entrances and an aging building. But the rooms are solidly mid-range (if cramped), and the pool within the Clarion’s shady, grassy courtyard is lovely. It's unremarkable overall, but the location is convenient for exploring downtown Scottsdale.
Adjacent to Old Town Scottsdale, on the main artery of Scottsdale Road
Numerous shops, art galleries, nightclubs, and restaurants are located within one mile. The Scottsdale Waterfront and Fashion Square, two upscale shopping locations, are a five-minute drive away. Shuttle service is free within five miles.
Comfortable beds and iPod docks, but limited space
Don’t expect to be wowed by the rooms, which are small and have exterior entrances. The decor itself, at least (aside from the worn red carpets) is basic but tasteful, with sturdy wood furniture and some cool southwestern touches (such as carved wood art on the walls).
All rooms include:
Heated pool and free parking
A Mexican restaurant and room service
If your priorities are affordable rates and proximity to Old Town Scottsdale, the Clarion is a fine -- if unremarkable -- choice. The basic, clean rooms have motel-style entrances and are cramped by large furniture, but at least there are iPod docks and free Wi-Fi. The spacious pool area is also a highlight. If you'd rather be within walking distance of the Old Town district, consider the Scottsdale Marriott Suites.