What We Love
- The first property from cool new Graduate Hotels, a growing chain offering hip digs in college towns across the U.S.
- Quirky 1970s-inspired design from the stylishly clashing plaid in guestrooms to the retro diner look of the all-day restaurant
- Bedrooms have all the mod cons including TVs, refrigerators, coffeemakers, Malin & Goetz toiletries and free WiFi
What To Know
- Free shuttle service within a five-mile radius (including transportation to/from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport)
- Across the street from Arizona State University, so the hotel is popular with prospective students, ASU alum and visiting parents
- Most rooms have balconies; Garden Rooms have private patios
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The first property from new hoteliers, Graduate Hotels, this 140-room sleep opened in October 2014 opposite Arizona State University. As such, expect a mix of prospective students, visiting parents and returning alum occupying the bright, patterned sofas and designer armchairs in the retro-style lobby and getting their morning coffee in the all-day diner, The Normal. Upstairs, all 140 rooms retain their original bones with small footprints, sliding doors out to private balconies and petite en-suite bathrooms with standalone showers, but have been updated with designer quirks and all the mod cons. Think clashing patterned carpets, plaid curtains and Americana accents, plus HDTVs, free WiFi, fridges and coffeemakers. Between college visits and shopping excursions to nearby Mill Avenue, the hotel offers downtime at its outdoor pool, in the 24/7 fitness center, at the rooftop bar, or in the must-try Mexican street food restaurant, Tapacupbo.
In the Area
Across the street from Arizona State University, the hotel is also a short walk to all the shops along Mill Avenue and the ASU Gammage Theater. Get in the college town spirit with tickets to a game at Cubs Park, ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium, Scottsdale Stadium or Hohokam Stadium, or shop for ASU gear at Cactus Sports. On the dining front, try one of the best burgers in town at The Chuckbox, sushi specialties at Yasu and fresh pizza at La Bocca Urban Pizzeria. For a quick drink, the Handlebar Tempe is a bike-themed beer garden with a popular happy hour.
How to Get There
A+ for location, safety and convenience. Within walking distance of ASU and Mill Avenue restaurants. I was solo so safety and convenience are of primary importance when I'm traveling. I would definitely stay there anytime I'm in Tempe!
Worst hotel on earth. Terrible rooms terrible lobby, smells like a sewer, ugly decor, ac doesn’t work, roaches. Never stay here! Waste of money. I wouldn’t recommend to my worst enemy. Absolute garbage!
I love staying here for work! The hotel is funky, modern, and unique. I just love the vibe. The rooms are extremely clean and have such great character and charm. The balconies are lovely and offer great views. The staff has always been good, and I also love the bar/restaurant attached to the hotel. I love the indoor/outdoor feeling, and they have a great variety of drinks and food. The hotel is also in a great area in the heart of Tempe, walking distance to so many great bars and restaurants! This place is a gem in a great spot!
I had mixed thoughts coming to this hotel, but it turned out to be a great, small cheeky hotel in a great location. It's within walking distance of the ASU campus, which was the whole reason I was visiting. The gentleman at reception was an ASU graduate and was incredibly helpful. The whole facility is neat and tidy with a pleasant southwest atmosphere theme. The rooms are also very clean, everything works properly. The bathroom is very nice as well, with glass sliding doors in the shower and a very pretty sink and faucet setup. Very friendly staff down at Tapacubo restaurant. I ordered a soda one night and when the waitress asked if I wanted another one, I said no thank you. She insisted the soda would be on the house.
This is a really cool hotel right across the street from ASU. The two restaurants are pretty good, particularly the Normal Diner's breakfast. Great pool as well. Some rooms literally wrap around the elevators however (the door is right next to the elevator and the bed is on the other side of the elevator shaft.) Those rooms can have noise from the elevator going up and down all night.