by Eileen Ogintz
The Clarendon Hotel and Spa is a trendy boutique hotel in downtown Phoenix. Guests love the bright colors, comfy bathrobes and 42-inch flat-screen TVs in guestrooms. Rooms have one king or two double beds. There is no additional fee for pets.
The outdoor pool has a silver-coated water wall, 50-person HydroSpa, stylish in-pool seating beds and outdoor cabanas, some with TVs. There are underwater speakers, too! The onsite restaurant, Tranquillo, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with menus that include guacamole, tacos and carne asada, as well as vegetarian entrees, moles and hand-made corn tortillas stuffed with cheese, beans, pork and more. There are also burgers, salads and burritos available. The entire menu is available from room service.
Every day, parents can kick back with the wine hour with Arizona wines. The rooftop sky deck offers views of the Phoenix skyline and surrounding mountains, while ArtelPhx transforms unexpected areas in the hotel into site-specific art, with 20-plus artists featured during a three-day show.
Our Editor Loves
- Art shows
- Bright colors
- Free Wi-Fi
The hotel and rooms are nice, the staff are courteous. There's a pool, but it doesn't really get much sun past noon.
My only real complaint with this place is that they sneak a $20 (plus taxes) PER DAY fee onto the bill.
If you book on hotels.com or any other 3rd party site, this is not made aware to you. The staff also did not tell me this when I checked into the hotel, only when I checked out.
When I asked what this fee was for, they called it a resort fee. What BS.
Any fees like this should be included into the room rate, and/or made very clear BEFORE making the reservation.
Wouldn't stay here again just for this.
by Paula M
The Clarendon bills itself as a boutique hotel and spa, but it's neither. The hotel is entirely uninviting, with no place to pull in while checking in, barely a lobby, and an overall feel of shabbiness. The structure itself is interesting, and looks to be an old motel that has been tarted up a bit with black walls and minimal finishes. This minimalism extends to a lack of any amenities: no soap, no glasses, no coffee, and only two bath towels (no hand towels and no face cloths). The hotel seems to stay in business by offering special events to 20-somethings on their sky deck. The night I was there is was Halloween bingo. Sounds cute until the amplified music and number calling reverberates throughout the complex. One other thing: there is absolutely nothing around the hotel within walking distance.