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A May 2005 trip to Phoenix by quirine

Clarendon Hotel and Suites Photo, Phoenix, Arizona More Photos
Quote: We took off from Phoenix airport in a rental car, hoping to explore as much as we could of Arizona without experiencing driver's fatigue. Our hubs were Flagstaff and Sedona, and we made daytrips from there. This allowed for a little more relaxation than your average road trip.

Clarendon Hotel and Suites

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Clarendon Hotel and Suites Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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When we pulled up to the Clarendon, I was a bit worried. It looked like an old geriatric building from the 1960s, complete with a few asymmetrical blue lines. We parked in the 1960s-style carport parking lot and went through the double glass doors in the back of the building. We were then back outside in the courtyard passing a lush tropical garden surrounding a beautifully renovated pool and Jacuzzi. The area was filled with modern furniture and umbrellas Continuing through to the concierge, we noticed a cool guy working the front desk. He let us check in super early and recommended a fantastic sandwich place down the street, Panne Bianco. He noticed my boyfriend's T-shirt of a very obsc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2005

Clarendon Hotel and Suites
401 W Clarendon Ave
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
(605) 252-7363

La Quinta Inn Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport South

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La Quinta Inn Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport South Photo, Tempe, Arizona
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La Quinta was the first hotel experience of our trip. We arrived late in Phoenix, and all we wanted was a clean place to rest our heads before our journey up to Flagstaff. After a bit of confusion in finding the place (perhaps you want to call for directions first), we found it. Booking online was great because we checked in and out with virtually no hassle. The room was very much just what you would expect from a hotel that cost us $66. There was a decent bed, TV, luggage stand, cheap coffeemaker, one window with two sets of curtains (sheer and opaque), a bathroom with cheap products, a lounger, a tiny desk with two chairs, a notepad and pen with the hotel’s name on it, and other gene...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 16, 2005

La Quinta Inn Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport South
911 South 48th St
Tempe, Arizona 85281
(480) 967-4465

Embassy Suites Hotel Flagstaff

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Arriving at the Embassy Suites in Flagstaff was no problem. It was right off the main road going into downtown. We passed a Target, a few restaurants, and a natural foods market on the way. We checked in with no problem and received a map of the premises. We walked into our room on the second floor (there is an elevator) and were pleasantly surprised to see we had a separate living room area and a view of the courtyard. The decor was typical of a hotel, with classic and warm colors and a few cheesy art pieces hanging on the walls. Across from the loveseat was a bar area with a TV, sink, coffeemaker, and fridge. Down the little hall is a big mirror and a long counter with a sink wh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2005

Embassy Suites Hotel Flagstaff
706 South Milton Road
Phoenix, Arizona
800/774-4333

Desert Quail Inn

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The Desert Quail Inn was noted on many a travel site as affordable, cozy, and right near Sedona. It was affordable by Sedona standards, but my problem with the place is this: It was not at all cozy, since the only windows faced the parking lot, thereby not having any sort of view of the red rocks, and the bed was hard as a rock, not to mention their weak attempt at a fruit basket that sat on the smelly little fridge. Moreover, it was quite a drive to Sedona, which kind of sucks if you want to eat out at night and don't want to deal with a complicated, windy road back to the motel. The outlet mall across the street was no big deal and took us all of 10 minutes to stroll through. The only thr...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 24, 2005

Desert Quail Inn
6626 Hwy. 179
Sedona, Arizona 86351
(800) 385-0927