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San Carlos Hotel

Phoenix, AZ, US (PHX)

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Based on 310 reviews
The San Carlos Hotel is the only historic boutique hotel that has been in continuous operation since 1928.
Room & Rates
Standard Queen Room  - San Carlos Hotel - 1

Standard Queen Room

  • 1 Queen Bed
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV w/Premium Channels
  • Desk
  • Phone w/Voicemail
  • Clock Radio
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
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Standard Double Room  - San Carlos Hotel - 2

Standard Double Room

  • 2 Double Beds
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV w/Premium Channels
  • Desk
  • Phone w/Voicemail
  • Clock Radio
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
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San Carlos Hotel
202 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ US 85004

Make yourself at home in one of the 129 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as desks and coffee/tea makers.

Why Stay Here?

  • Free Wi-Fi 
  • Free Newspapers in Lobby
  • Outdoor Pool

Guest Services and Amenities
Enjoy recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Hotel San Carlos - Downtown Convention Center. Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Planning an event in Phoenix? This hotel has 1300 square feet (121 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

About the Area
Red-rock mountains offset the downtown skyline. Many of the citys events take place in Copper Square, including the Phoenix Convention Center, the US Airways Center, and Chase Field. Nearby, lawmakers convene at the Arizona State Capitol. Other area cultural institutions include the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Zoo, and the Arizona Science Center.

More To See and Do

  • Herberger Theater Center
  • Patriots Square Park
  • Phoenix Convention Center and Venues
  • Orpheum Theater
  • Heritage Square

Notifications and Fees

  • Self parking fee: USD 12 per day
  • Valet parking fee: USD 20 per day

  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • ATM Machine
  • Complimentary Newspaper in Lobby
  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference Rooms
  • Dry Cleaning Service
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Fitness Facility
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Gift/News Stand
  • Laundry Services/Laundry Facility
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Parking (+)
  • Porter / Bellhop
  • Restaurant
  • Safe Deposit at Front Desk
  • Smoke-free property
  • Tennis Courts
  • Valet Parking (+)
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 310 reviews
from Phoenix, Arizona
Submitted on 12-04-2016
I stayed at hotel San Carlos with my Girlfriend in one room and friends in a nearby room for NYE. Though the view out the window left something to be desired, I did find the building itself to be delightful. The rooms are small and efficient but cozy. If you're looking to be in the heart of downtown without shelling out a fortune and don't mind being without a few luxuries, then the Hotel San Carlos is the place for you!
from San Jose, California
Submitted on 01-05-2016
Good because it's close to the convention center, cheaper than the Westin, and has Vietnamese Cafe in the lobby that serves good (for Phoenix) Vietnamese food). First stay, the bathroom was so small u banged NY she on the commode getting to the shower. Second stay the elevator stopped on the second day so had a 5th floor walk up for the next two days. Could not find the thermostat so resorted to closing the vent. Low shower pressure. Finally, and unforgivable for business travel... POOR FO... Read more
from Boston, Massachusetts
Submitted on 22-05-2016
The hotel and room were fine, and the staff in the hotel are very nice and helpful. For someone claustrophobic, like myself, I was very uncomfortable with the bathroom in particular. It's about the width of a door and goes back like a tunnel about 5 meters or so to the shower in the back. Bed and Pillows were very comfortable (which I can be picky about). TV had limited channels. When I was there only one elevator was working. The pool area is an outside area and nice. Had to go to a di... Read more
Submitted on 13-06-2016
We stayed at the Hotel San Carlos in August 2015. The property has a very old world charm and was so cozy. The room was very spacious and the food was spectacular. I would highly recommend for either business or pleasure. As this hotel is only 5 miles from our house, we classified our stay as a staycation!
from Richmond, Virginia
Submitted on 23-06-2016
Hotel is close to the Convention Center and a viable alternative if the other hotels are booked. The staff was very courteous and helpful and I had no problems during my stay. There was free Wi-Fi although the speed seems to be throttled and I had quite a few timeouts while loading pages on the internet. The Hotel itself is a historical site and was initially constructed in 1928. Unfortunately, that was the rub, as the bathroom was very small and I am not sure how a large person could use it. I... Read more
from Phoenix Arizona
Submitted on 04-07-2016
This is the type of hotel you visit for it's personality. To get a feel for how things used to be. It's not modern or elegant by today's standards but kind of quaint and charming. Wouldn't recommend staying with kids as the rooms are pretty small. We stayed here for part of comicon weekend and the staff was incredible. Dennis on the night shift was awesome! All the staff seemed to just really love the hotel and were excited to talk to guests about it and it's history. Dennis took me on a tour ... Read more
from Tucson, Arizona
Submitted on 17-08-2016
This is a historic property right downtown on the corner of Central & Monroe. It claims to be a boutique hotel- which we enjoy as it usually means a historic property is updated and refurnished - and usually one is treated like a special guest. Right off the bat this is not happening at this place. It is historic and there has been some updating but don't expect to be treated like a guest. The woman at the reservation desk was nasty, curt, and had an attitude a mile long. When we asked her whe... Read more
from Tucson, Arizona
Submitted on 17-08-2016
This hotel was loaded with history, plaques stocked full of information lined the walls; However, if you want a restful comfortable night, you may want to stay somewhere else. First off, the reception we got was just flat out rude. I wasn't sure where to park and the lady at the desk tried to give me directions without naming streets. When I told her I needed clear directions, she looked at me like I was totally stupid. Well, I don't know my way around downtown Phoenix. Anyway the parking lot as... Read more
from Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Submitted on 24-08-2016
This hotel is less than 10 minutes walking distance from the conference centre. It has a lot of character, and is different from the usual Sheraton or Marriott. The staff are very helpful, and wi-fi is fast, reliable and complimentary. They do not have a restaurant, (so no in-house breakfast), but there are many restaurants nearby. The sky train runs a free service from the airport to 44th street, and from there you can get the Valley Metro Rail to the hotel. The stop is just outside the hotel... Read more
from Seattle, Washington
Submitted on 30-08-2016
I love staying in old downtown hotels - my husband, not so much. But he agrees - it was wonderful, and we would come back. Check in a breeze and staff quite friendly. The rooms aren't tiny, but it is historic, so they are quirky with steps into bathrooms and odd corners, etc. I thought it added to the charm, but it could bother some. The hotel is on the national historical register and once you enter the lobby you can see why - Copper elevator doors and rooms named for the famous visitors.... Read more
from Birmingham, Alabama
Submitted on 13-09-2016
Hotel San Carlos is an historic hotel conveniently located near the Diamonbacks Stadium. I enjoyed the stat but felt they were trying too hard to nickel and dime me. They charged me $25 to check in an hour early and then there was a random $5 surcharge that appeared on the bill literally for no reason. I paid $240 a night for the room but I think in the future I will stay somewhere else.
from Phoenix, Arizona
Submitted on 19-09-2016
I knew the stories before we booked, and that was part of the reason that we stayed there. We chose the Marilyn Monroe suite, and had a wonderful night surrounded by pictures of Marilyn. We took advantage of the 8-foot deep pool just outside of our door, and enjoyed wandering the halls and looking at the old photographs, many with explanations of its significance. Some of the original furnishings are still in the bathroom, and it was fun to experience a little of the past. As for Leona Jense... Read more
Submitted on 19-09-2016
This historic hotel is very comfy, relaxing and a fair value. The staff is a bit eccentric at times but friendly. The pool is unique and good for sitting around and having a drink. You can ask to look around in the famous room where Marilyn Monroe stayed. Its right next door to a great Irish bar too, Seamus McCafferies
from Pompano Beach, Florida
Submitted on 21-09-2016
I'm a native but have liked back east for decades. Came back to visit and embraced the San Carlos. It evoked old Phoenix even before me (50's and 60's) and was in a great central location. You can feel the 30's vibe here.
from Tucson, Arizona
Submitted on 28-09-2016
We stayed here to attend a concert nearby. Here's the scoop: The good: Great location for any downtown activities Charming, quirky and historic Staff was helpful and very nice Better then expected bathroom products Bed was comfy Good towels...not thin or skimpy Pool area great Fitness area perfect for rolling out a yoga mat It may be haunted. We had a couple of odd things happen. The to be expected for a historic hotel: Small. Small room, small bathroom. I have stayed in larger spaces in hist... Read more
from Phoenix
Submitted on 04-10-2016
The staff is very friendly. Tge hotel is a older property but neefs sone upgrades The beds are not very comfortable bathrooms need to ve updated tge shower drains slowly causing the tub to fill while showering.
from Prescott, Arizona
Submitted on 17-10-2016
We have once again tried to embrace the "Historic Charm" of the old San Carlos Hotel. Yes, I knew from earlier visits that the room would be old and small. However after my past and more positive review, the hotel manager had responded that the bathrooms had been upgraded since my visit. Well ours certainly had not. The bathrooms are far from period antiquity and now really just a dilapidated conglomerate of patchwork repairs made over decades. The rooms have doors between the units (of the type... Read more
from Branchland, West Virginia
Submitted on 17-10-2016
I love staying at hotels with history. This one has it! It is said a young lady jumped to her death and never left San Carlos! This is one of, if not the oldest hotel in Phoenix. I stayed in room 517. The hotel is clean, but the bathroom is so small you have to step out to dry off. It is very dated, but adds character to the place I guess. I was here for a Conference, so didn't have to spend a lot of time in the room. I would stay again if i have to come back to the area.
from Tucson, Arizona
Submitted on 26-10-2016
We stayed here when we were going to a concert as Talking Stick. It's a short walking distance which is exactly what we wanted. The room was very clean. This is an older, historic property so the rooms are smaller. We didn't care as we were there for one night only. We ate at the restaurant in the lobby which was fabulous. Overall, this was a great price for a great hotel.
from Carlsbad, California
Submitted on 16-11-2016
I was touring with Il Divo (what a fabulous entertaining group of exceptional young singers with marvelous accompanying dancers from Spain) when I stumbled on the vintage Hotel SAN Marcos. What a little gem. It has enormous history and shares some history of old Hollywood. Now, to be clear, I favor old, historic hotels. This hotel is not a state of the art, twenty-first century hotel, with fancy elevators and fancy ballrooms and five star restaurants. But, it is quiet, clean and cozy, with... Read more
from Paris, France
Submitted on 20-11-2016
The hotel is all about the location. Very easy access to almost everything, since it is in the heart of downtown. We had a conference meeting in the nearby conventional center. It is an old hotel, which definitely needs some renovation work. The internet is OK and it is included in the room reservation. The ride to the airport is not more than 15 minutes. The staff is OK.