We made it to Phoenix and checked into the historic Hotel San Carlos. I should have known when we pulled up and the word “Hotel” and the “a” in San were burned out that we may not be in the most luxurious hotel in the city. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve stayed in historic hotels before, I understand that they typically have smaller rooms/bathrooms and have some features that are less than desirable in order to keep the history alive. However, there is no excuse for a room to be in such poor shape.
With its opening in 1928 the San Carlos was the most modern hotel in the southwest and the first air-conditioned, high-rise hotel with elevators in the state. Now, if they had only kept up with the property, it really could have been a gem to modern travelers. If you like historic hotels, my suggestion would be to take a tour of the San Carlos and then for the same price, book a room at the Westin, Hotel Palomar or the Hyatt where it will be comfortable and quiet.
On a positive note, Daniel and I went to dinner Sunday night and discovered the most wonderful restaurant in downtown Phoenix, The Arrogant Butcher. I cannot say enough good things about this place. The service was fantastic, the food was out of this world and the atmosphere and wine selection were perfect. We chose to sit outside as the weather was a perfect 70 degrees and I must say, I have not enjoyed a meal that good in quite some time. It’s modern comfort food with a twist.
If you ever make it to The Arrogant Butcher, and I highly recommend that you do, ask for Alex, he was the best server and made some great suggestions.