This hotel is older, and everything was funky-- couldn't figure out the AC for some time, shampoo and conditioner were in self-dispensers, and nearly out, had to ask the font desk for ice and beverages--no machines available. It is a 3 or 3 1/2 stars at most IMHO.
The San Carlos is an historical work of art of early 20th century full of memorabilia. If you are willing to exchange some confort for the chance of been in a hunted hotel, this is for you. If you are traveling with family, forget it! The rooms are disined with 1928 style and space in mind, so they are little and the bathrooms are "complicated" to deal with (almost like airplane bathrooms). On the other hand, its location is perfect for convention travellers. It's in the middle of downtown and you can use the City Light Train to travel the city without rentiong a car.
A record heat wave knocked out our home a/c, and we needed a place to evacuate to in a hurry. We were able to book a room on very short notice, and the staff was very helpful. The rates were more than reasonable, and the room was Spartan but a welcome relief. Good amenities - a speedy WiFi, small refrigerator, coffee maker - allowed us to continue with life as usual during a small-scale natural disaster.
Overall good experience. One thing wrong...the room refrigerator did not function. The way they set up the frig with the room safe on top in a small cubby hole not very good. I think the frig did not work be,cause it did not have enough space around it to breath. Well situated near amenities ( restaurants, bus, light rail and site seeing).
Pocket Guide: Phoenix Central Phoenix - Downtown Hotels
Red-rock mountains offset the downtown skyline. Many of the city’s 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.
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