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The Clarendon Hotel and Spa
Ranked #22 of 174 Hotels in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 October 2017

A great first impression - cool, hip; great staff; free daily cocktail; awesome pool/spa area; open air roof top bar with tasty mango margaritas. And a huge bedroom.
But the devil is in the details. It must be tough to manage a place like this with obvious design...well, flaws. Bathroom way too dark; make-up mirror not in the bathroom, but outside on the desk; not enough convenient electrical outlets. Some rooms overlook the pool; some are tucked around the corners near the housekeeping carts (room 319). And the lack of any business center facilities - I know I'm old (and old-fashioned) but it would have been nice to have access
Would I stay again? Absolutely, but with a better idea of what room type and location. And I'd book direct with the hotel for both the free breakfast, and the ability to get a better room. There's a reason those OTA rooms are sometimes looking inexpensive. Hint: deal direct with the hotel and control your destiny.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

I love everything about this hotel. First of all the customer service is phenomenal. The location is great. No issue with parking. The Art Deco theme is amazing. It is smaller and private so that's keeps the crowd small. I love the sky deck, pool area, and room decor. I've been to this place several times. Their birthday club package is unbeatable. They may you feel welcomed and wanted. It's the town's best kept secret.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

My sister and I drove to Phoenix to fly home after hiking the Grand Canyon. We were tired and sore upon arrival. The person who checked us in gave us a bag of complimentary snacks and quickly got us into our gorgeous room. We love this hotel. From the hot tub to the decor, the rooftop bar and the tranquilo restaurant on site. It was all perfect. I wish we could have stayed longer than 1 night. If I return to Phoenix I will be staying there again for sure.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Fun vibe, good music, clean rooms, great pool, awesome food and KELSEY at the front desk is a doll. Hooked me up and came to my rescue when I needed to get away and needed a room to keep it together. She is smart and friendly and super fast. Thanks Kelsey!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

I do not recommend this hotel, I felt deceived by the description and enhanced photos of being a first class highly luxury rated boutique hotel only to find it was the complete opposite. The rooms were sparse and uninviting with an old motel feel.

The rooms had inadequate ventilation and the light fixtures, fridge, remote (AC and TV) were non functioning, the entire property is in serious need of renovation.

The location was isolated next to apartments with limited parking and the resort and parking fees are unjustified especially for this type property with such limited amenities.

Stayed: December 2016
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Ben B, Owner at The Clarendon Hotel and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Hello, and thank you for your review. I would have appreciated being contacted as soon as you were unhappy with your accommodations. As the highest rated boutique hotel property in the 5th largest city in the United States, and the hotel with the highest demand in Phoenix (we hold the highest year-round occupancy rates), we pride ourselves on being a great experience.

We are almost done spending $2MM on improving the hotel - we have new flooring from Flor in all guest rooms, which is about 6x as expensive as what most hotels put into their rooms... it's antibacterial, antimicrobial, doesn't have 'hidden padding' where other hotels would normally have human/pet urine, blood, wine, and other 'unmentionables' sitting dried out in the padding, being released in little plumes of microscopic dust with every step you take, being breathed into your lungs. We have beds from Tuft and Needle - the highest rated beds in the world currently. We use the same exact linens as 4 and 5 diamond resort properties - in fact, we often get their linens and they often get ours when the linen company makes mistakes. Not sure I understand the ventilation issues, as we have a minisplit system with a three stage filter including plasma air filtration and an ozone generator you can turn on/off, and our bathroom fans are about 6 times stronger than required by code, but we splurged for ultra-quiet fans - perhaps there's the perception that they're not stronger because they're quieter? If the TV and A/C remotes were non-functioning, that's completely and totally unacceptable, but after I read the shift log report of your complaints, I personally inspected your room with my Director of Operations, Maintenance Manager, Housekeeping Manager, and Rooms Inspector and everything was working. For our parking fees, they're the lowest of any hotel along the Central Avenue corridor, and the daily fee does include breakfast for two, made-to-order, farm-to-table (not just freezer-burned items from a bag that the housekeepers make each morning like at a lot of chains, in fact we don't even have a freezer!), as well as 100mbps Internet (fastest in the area by far!), in-room Keurig machines (with lots of extra sugar and lots of liquid vanilla/hazelnut creamers - don't you just hate hotels that give you awful coffee and just one packet of sugar and powdered creamer, what is this, Fight Club?), unlimited minibar items, snacks, drinks, etc... and even a complimentary cocktail each evening (instead of a 'wine hour' that most hotels time so that most guests cannot take advantage of it, on purpose). Regarding location, yes, we're next to apartments just like the Valley Ho in Scottsdale, with the only difference being that we're not on a busy street, or on a rail line with constant train noise, or in downtown Phoenix where you walk out the door and are instantly bothered by homeless people and meth-heads. Our neighborhood is the hottest neighborhood around, with a lot of people wanting to live here, visit here, and stay here... Midtown is where it's at these days. We also have one of the highest rated Mexican restaurants in the metro region, an area of nearly 5 million people... and feedback on the food from everyone, especially the Latino community, is very good. And finally, no other hotel in Phoenix has a rooftop bar... we're the only one. So if you want to watch the sunset while enjoying some live music, your complimentary cocktail, and 100mbps internet, this is the place! We know we're not perfect - we are an older building, but we try to make up for it in service and experience! PS: I see that your username is USTravelPro... if such a Pro, you should perhaps adjust expectations, as a 'pro' shouldn't have such a high ratio of 1-star travel experiences as you do on your profile - perhaps open up a bit, understand that life is about experiences and finding the joy in all that you can.... and if you're not joyful, contact us immediately... I've been known to personally send dissatisfied guests to another hotel in a Tesla, driven by me, to ensure that they're somewhere where they'll be happy... there's absolutely no point in wallowing in misery if you're having a 1-star experience anywhere. If it's a 1-star experience, stop the experience, get off the ride, put the fork down in a restaurant, get out of the cab/uber, don't use that airline again, leave the museum, walk out of the movie, and in this case, check out of the hotel and don't stay another minute.... life is too short to have to put up with anything that's a 1-star experience, am I right?!

Ben Bethel
Owner and General Manager
The Clarendon Hotel and Spa

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Additional Information about The Clarendon Hotel and Spa

Address: 401 W Clarendon Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013-3411
Region: United States > Arizona > Central Arizona > Phoenix
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet (WiFi) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Phoenix
#8 Luxury Hotel in Phoenix
#14 Romantic Hotel in Phoenix
#20 Family Hotel in Phoenix
#46 Business Hotel in Phoenix
Price Range: $167 - $410 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Clarendon Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Clarendon Hotel and Spa is located in the heart of Phoenix, close to the convention center, museums, parks, shopping, theaters, sports venues and concert halls. Walking distance to two Metro rail stations - $4 for a 24 hour pass, the system runs 24 hours (except 1am to 4am Monday through Thursday) and provides direct access to the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport SkyTrain. Full service spa on site. El Techo, our gorgeous rooftop SkyDeck overlooking the city skyline and surrounding mountain ranges, and the Oasis pool area with heated pool and jacuzzi and the world's largest outdoor water wall. ... more   less 
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