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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
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Hip 1970s-inspired Tempe digs with a rooftop bar, Mexican restaurant and outdoor pool

The Lowdown

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

Graduate Tempe
225 East Apache Boulevard
Tempe, AZ 85281 United States


Great Hotel!
Tracey Y

Clean, friendly and accommodating with a fun eclectic style. The culture of acceptance of diversity is awesome! I arrived at the hotel under duress as a family member was unexpectedly hospitalized. Without reservations, they where able to accommodate my request for a 5 day stay. As the hospitalization for my family member kept being extended, the hotel continued to accommodate my need to extend my stay for 2 weeks time. The staff was compassionate, caring and couldn’t be more kind! For this I will always try to book future stays in Tempe at The Graduate!

Thank you to the staff at The Graduate if Tempe AZ!

Love this Hotel!!!!

I arrived to the hotel under a very stressful situation as a family member was unexpectedly hospitalized. I traveled across country urgently and checked in late in the evening without reservations. I asked for 5 days stay upon arrival and every few days, my stay needed to be extended as a result of the hospitalization extending. The staff was courteous and bent over backwards to make a very stressful situation less! The front desk could not have been more kind, considerate and genuinely compassionate to my situation.

The accommodations are clean, eclectically decorated and fun environment. Always clean towels by the pool! The Normal restaurant in the hotel had delicious food and the staff there was accommodating as well.

I will choose to visit the Graduate Tempe again and again. I love the culture of the hotel, all are welcome, we are all students, etc....

I understand they are expanding and opening hotels in different areas near college campus's. I will try other "Graduate" Hotels.

Awesome guy at the front desk - Coolidge

We arrived after a long flight, tired and ready to relax and found that the reservation I thought I had made wasn't there. Coolidge quickly assured us all was ok, created a reservation, honored our price and gave us a parking voucher. We felt very welcomed and cared for! thank you! Also loved the quirky decorating and the yummy restaurant. We'll be staying at other Graduate hotels along the way.