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
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.
One of the best check-in experiences that I have had! Coolidge was fantastic, very considerate and accommodating. As a Psychology Professor, I feel confident saying this must be due to his studying Psychology.
My husband & I have now had the honor to stay at this hotel 2 times now , we reside in Dallas Texas and I can say everytime I have been I did not want to leave from the staff ( my fav Mr. Coolidge) to the new bar & the restaurant The Normal , it’s also located in the heart of all the shopping, eating and entertainment. I will definitely be back !!!
I was excited to try this place out as it is right across the street from my son’s dorm. I wasn’t expecting a 5 star Ritz but I was expecting something much different. It started out with the front desk informing me that all food and beverage is closed and handing me a list of restaurants that offer a 15% discount. Of course none of them were within walking distance and after a long day of taxis and airplanes, the last thing I wanted was more public transportation. The front desk clerk didn’t seem to care. I get it, sometimes things happen and certain hotel services are not available. You should be up front during the booking process so the guest can make a decision about whether or not to stay during the service interruption. The room was listed as “best in house” with a view of campus. What it had was a view of the AC units on the roof that were very noisy. And then there was the AC unit in the room. It was as loud as a jet engine and was either blowing freezing cold air directly on me or off and the room was hot. The room was very small and certainly not “best in house”. The kicker was the $10 continental breakfast that was supposed to make up for the restaurant being closed. They literally had a platter with 4 sweet rolls and some lukewarm coffee. How about offering free coffee snd sweet rolls to make up for the inconvenience of no restaurant? I passed on the stale sweet-rolls and asked the front desk clerk how much for a cup of coffee. She informed me that normally it $10 and all or nothing for the continental breakfast but she would comp my coffee for me. I have seem similar comments on this hotel with an apology from the hotel but nothing seems to change. Unfortunate as this could be a cool little hotel. I wont be back. There are too many other great hotels in the area where I can stay over the next 4 years.