- Some complaints of young, noisy guests
- Daily $15 resort fee
Hip, retro boutique
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.
Retro decor, uncluttered layout, and big flat-screen TVs
All rooms include:
A fun pool and a no-frills 24-hour fitness center
Gallo Blanco Cafe and Bar
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