San Carlos Hotel - Phoenix, AZ
Doing this from my iphone because I simply couldn't wait. First the good. The rate is very cheap, and since my rate was picked up by the Nurses convention that was taken place, I can't complain. The food downstairs, although it's expensive, it's actually a decent breakfast. The staff is indeed friendly, and the location and nostalgic feel are all great pluses.
And now for the bad, which was all mentioned prior to my post, but I thought I'd add my contribution, rather i couldnt kerp myself from writing this review it was that rough. For starters, the climate control isn't in the room, but downstairs, as well as the room has radiant heat nor do the windows open, the only thing that can be controlled is the ceiling fan, lights, and TV. After a night's sleep a warm relaxing shower turns into a constant struggle to maintain the unstable water temperature. Because of the 19/20th century plumbing. Because it happens, and fast, there is a sticker posted in the shower warning the user that "A decrease in water pressure causes a (sudden) temporary increase in water temperature." meaning if ANYONE happens to be showering, brushing teeth, or flushing the toilet, you will feel the water get much hotter or colder very rapidly depending on the other residents. So basically you can either get really lucky and shower at 5AM, like our neighbor did, otherwise you'll constantly have to fidget with the temperature dial to get it to be reasonable, there is no set spot for the dial. I have no problem with the size of the rooms, beds, or bathrooms, but I did/do have major problem with the privacy of the rooms. I will have been here for a week when I leave, but have only been here for 5 days, and got only 1 great night of sleep. I am not exaggerating, first night the neighbors had a party until about 4AM and made just as much noise leaving around 8AM. 2nd night, Sunday night was great after the neighbors were through with their "romantic" night, i literally felt like I Monday, the neighbor was up at 5AM on the phone, I could hear her word for word until the conversation ended about 45 minutes later. Then I continued to hear showers, toilets, and just overall other patrons. I am up in the air about the light rail, it literally runs right in front of the hotel, sometimes I notice it, sometimes I don't, but it's convenient to ride as well as there's good food, drinks, and activity around to keep you away from that vintage cracker jack box for as long as possible. If you reading this, you've been warned. If I had to do it over, I would've requested either a different hotel, or offered to pay the difference because the sleep, time, and energy I gave up to just get through the week. 2.5 Stars at most.