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
Stayed here four nights on a business trip with 12 other co-workers. Sticking with a theme centered around the hotel name, design centered around student/school (room keys were celebrity student IDs, do not disturb signs were school pennants). Very creative. Rooms were nicely appointed. Restaurant/bar was nice with good food. Workout room small, but clean, with a treadmill, bike, elliptical and a few weights. Free shuttle to and from airport. Only complaint was really loud a/c that ran all night.
Overall: cute, clean rooms and closest hotel for events at ASU.
-rooms are very clean
-closest hotel to ASU, an easy walk
-pet friendly and no pet fee
-the place is cute, has character
-most staff are helpful and nice
-decent fitness center
-nice restaurant/bar attached
-although its a nice hotel, I think its overpriced for what you get
-rooms are on the smaller side
-you have to pay for parking ($7? not a lot but still...)
I stayed at the Graduate Hotel Tempe for a conference. Friendly and helpful front desk people, and the room was comfortable. I even got a $5 beverage voucher for skipping housekeeping services for one night (optional). But talk about understated! When I arrived my first night, I didn't see any signs saying "Graduate." There was just a red neon sign with the word Hotel. The next day I spotted a small sign with the hotel name, but come on, please make it easier for a traveler to find!