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
This botique hotel may not be to everyone's but its unique decor and its location next to ASU could appeal to those who would like something different than a cookie cutter hotel experience. The staff is friendly, efficient, and helpful and the unaffiliated but attached restaurant is quite good.
I had someone suggest I stay here for a business trip. It was okay. The rooms were older and very small and old bathroom. The bed comfortable not so much the pillows. It was clean. Location right at ASU campus. They did have a restaurant and bar but could charge anything back to the room. Kind of a HOJO feel or something from the 70s. Defiantly quirky if you are into that. The front desk person she was very nice and helpful. She managing a lot at the time and did so positively. For parking you had to text your license plate to a number to register it. All in all it was a nice stay. The place was Different enough that I am not sure how to describe it. If you are into that. There you go.
Initially when we arrived the hotel seemed dark, room small and stuffy and we were disappointed. The people working at the hotel saved the day. It was late and the person at the reception got a shuttle to take me to fast food place. Next morning different staff member was very helpful in moving us to a much better room. We did not even get charged extra even though we were a part of a group with certain rooms allocated.
The location is great for anything related to ASU, right on campus, and is not too far from Scottsdale either. Very easy to get an Uber if shuttle not available. Restaurant on premises is very helpful, it’s newly reopened. There are lots of funny student life themed details in the room and the lobby, and decor definitely has character. They have complementary water at the reception.
The greatest downside is very strong smell in the lobby of otherwise clean hotel. I suspect it may be the pool or some type of disinfecting solution, but it is really strong and offputting.
The biggest upside is very friendly service from all staff members . Overall good location and affordable prices, good for ASU event and visiting school.
I found this hotel to be clean, quiet and convenient!! The room is nicely furnished and clean with all the necessities! The front desk staff was courteous and professional. Coolidge the front desk advisor was extremely polite and efficient making my check in process simple and quick. I would highly recommend the Graduate and look to my next trip here!!
Conveniently located to ASU in what once was a hip place to stay, but it feels overdone and tired. Worst of all is the sewer smell and the constant smell of frying oil from the restaurant that wafts into your bedroom. You cannot even open the door for fresh air because of the smell. Hallways are stuffy with no ventilation and parking is a nightmare. Apart from the $7 a night they charge you, air garage takes up most of the space and so as a resident it is almost impossible to park at the hotel during the day. Sorry will not be returning.