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Hotel San Carlos

Map & Directions 202 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Phoenix New Times' Description

From the rooms named after famous former guests like Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart to the Hollywood-style stars embedded in the exterior sidewalk, the Hotel San Carlos is proud of its past. But these days, the 83-year-old landmark in downtown Phoenix is probably best known for the various guests who may have checked out — but never really left. Yes, this hotel is a hotbed of haunted apparitions, including the ghost of a heartbroken young woman who jumped (or was pushed) from the roof while dressed in a full evening gown mere weeks after the grand opening. Then there's the basement, which features water wells dating back to 1874, when the site was home to Phoenix's first school house (and supposedly a sacred Native American watering hole before that). Which might explain why many guests report hearing the sounds of children playing in the basement, or even creepier, their screams echoing out of the well shafts.

Merchant's Description

Hotel San Carlos is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Phoenix's financial, government, and entertainment district, just steps away from many fabulous local Phoenix Attractions.

Member Reviews

  • Heaven0507 wrote a review for Hotel San Carlos
    on 10/15/10

    Great historical site for the city and relaxing by the rooftop pool feels so retro glam.

  • jeanettemaehoeg wrote a review for Hotel San Carlos
    on 08/05/10

    Great hotel to stay at in Downtown Phoenix. They even have a hunted hotel room where if you are lucky you can have a paranormal experience.

  • LauraRose
    LauraRose wrote a review for Hotel San Carlos
    on 08/04/10

    So I came for Adult Swim, which was alright. The pool is not good at all for swim parties because of the blocking nearby buildings, but the Hotel is pretty unique. I stayed in the haunted room because my friend wanted to see the ghost... alas nothing happened, but it was fun to try!

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Tips from foursquare

  • HISTORY on 04/22/10

    Once the location of the first school in Phoenix in 1874 and where many children died during a swine flu epidemic in 1918, the hotel was built here in 1927 & opened in 1928. Look out for ghosts!

  • Phoenix New Times on 01/27/12

    Best of Phoenix 2011 Winner: Best Haunted Basement! Hotbed of haunted apparitions, including the ghost of a heartbroken young woman who jumped from the roof mere weeks after the grand opening.

  • Visit Phoenix on 06/22/11

    Stars such as Mae West, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe stayed at the hotel in its heyday. These days, though, the hotel's reputed ghosts are its most famous guests.

  • PreservationNation on 04/19/12

    The spirit of a young woman is said to haunt the hotel, which has been featured on television’s "Most Haunted."

  • Through Saturday: Catch the legendary Ghosts of Phoenix Tour. Tickets are $13 for adults, $7 for children (8-12). www.ghostsofphoenix.com

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