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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Throwback spot, super cute! Friendly staff and very accommodating! Room is a bit smaller but has what you need! Definitely visually stimulating! Looking forward to trying out the restaurant and rotary phone ????
Craving a juicy, out of the ordinary burger? The Graduate in Tempe is the place for you. My bison burger was over the top scrumptious, with a blue cheese dressing, lots of fresh condiments and a perfectly toasted bun. My side of seasonal vegetables included baby carrots and cauliflower, with a Brussels sprout for good measure—-tasty AND healthy. The vibe is energetic without being too noisy, so it’s easy to converse with friends. Our waitress, Julia, was delightful...attentive without being intrusive. The front desk attendant, Coolidge, was helpful and kind. I will definitely go back! Next time, I’m going to try the tacos!
Walk through the lobby doors into a wonderful retro chic setting. My friend and I came for a preshow dinner at their hotel restaurant The Normal (ASU was a “Normal School” before it became a state university). We were warmly greeted instantly. Our server, Julia, couldn’t have been kinder. The menu had a wonderful selection of burgers, street tacos and other comfort food. My friend had an outstanding buffalo burger with delicious heirloom veggies on the side. I had a yummy burger and $5 happy hour margarita. Looking forward to trying the tacos when we come back...cuz we will definitely be back before our next Gammage show. And that’s not all! The front desk attendant, Coolidge, was so kind and helpful when we had parking questions. We were really impressed with the excellent customer service.