This mid-range boutique is the opposite of a corporate chain, with 1960s retro decor, hip employees and clientele, and a fun atmosphere. The popular Gallo Blanco Cafe and Bar, and the convenient location near downtown Phoenix, draw a devoted fan base. But you'll have to shell out $15 a day for the resort fee.
The 104-room Clarendon is one of the coolest hotels in Phoenix. It draws artists, young couples, and hipsters, though it’s also family-friendly enough that you can bring the kids. The pool is a scene unto itself, with plenty of tan bodies in the warm months. The entire property is on the older side, but with the retro style, it all fits nicely together. Downstairs, the Gallo Blanco Cafe and Bar is a happening, popular hangout for not only guests, but many local devotees.
The Clarendon is known around Phoenix as the hotel where local newspaper reporter Don Bolles was killed in 1976 by a car bomb. The murder is a mystery to this day, but the mafia are rumored to have been involved. A tribute in the lobby and storyboards in the hotel explain the longtime unsolved crime.
Just north of downtown Phoenix, within walking distance of a light rail stop
The resort is on Clarendon Avenue, about two miles north of downtown Phoenix, three blocks from the main artery of Central Avenue. The neighborhood is a mix of residential and business buildings, with few restaurants and shopping in the immediate area. The city’s light rail (available within walking distance) or a rental car are the best ways to experience downtown attractions such as the US Airways Center. Shuttle service is not offered.
10-minute walk to a Central Avenue stop on the Phoenix Light Rail System
10-minute drive or 15 minutes by light rail to downtown Phoenix, US Airways Arena, Chase Field, and many restaurants
Daily $15 resort fee covers Wi-Fi, two bottles of water, free late-night snacks, daily newspaper, fitness center, in-room coffee, covered parking, long-distance calls, pool passes, sunscreen, and $20 gift card for future stay
The Gallo Blanco Cafe and Bar serves Southwestern dishes with locally procured ingredients for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's popular with locals as well as guests, and menu items include the Carne Asada Burrito ($9) and Pollo Asado ($14). Entrees range from $8 to $14.
No room service, but a to-go menu is available for those wishing to dine in-room
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