Downtown Phoenix Hotels Near Light Rail

by Baldwin Ellis

Downtown Phoenix hotels near the METRO Light Rail offer accommodations for a various tastes and budgets. The properties range from a historic boutique hotel that has hosted several “Golden Era” screen legends to a modern facility with a revolving rooftop restaurant. The hotels are steps away from top attractions, including the Phoenix Convention Center; U.S. Airways Arena, home of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns; Chase Field, which offers Major League Baseball action; museums and theatres.

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Hotel San Carlos

The Hotel San Carlos has been a fixture in downtown Phoenix since opening in 1928. The property is near the Van Buren Street and 1st Avenue METRO Light Rail station; the Orpheum Theatre, a Spanish-Baroque-style venue that has hosted live performances since the late-1920s; and the Phoenix Convention Center. A host of legendary film stars have stayed at the hotel during its tenure, including Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper, Jean Harlow and Clarke Gable. Accommodations consist of traditionally decorated guest rooms; a rooftop pool with sundeck; and Ghost Lounge and Restaurant, serving up American cuisine and cocktails in a modern dining room adorned with photographs of Hollywood stars.

Hyatt Regency Phoenix

The Hyatt Regency Phoenix is within two blocks of the 3rd Street and Jefferson Street METRO Light Rail station. The property is adjacent to the Phoenix Convention Center, the Phoenix Museum of History and U.S. Airways Arena. Accommodations consist of contemporary guest rooms with leather headboards; mountain- or city- views; and iHome docks. Recreational amenities include a heated outdoor pool and a fully-equipped fitness center, while hotel dining options are highlighted by Compass Arizona Grill, a revolving rooftop restaurant serving contemporary Southwest cuisine and fine wines.

Lexington Hotel Central Phoenix

The Lexington Hotel Central Phoenix is a moderately-priced property that is adjacent to the Roosevelt St. and Central Avenue METRO Light Rail station. The property is also near the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, which offers free tours and exhibits on the first Friday of the month; and Native American artwork and cultural exhibits at Heard Museum. Accommodations consist of traditionally decorated guest rooms with spacious work desks for business travelers; and 1000-square foot penthouse suites with panoramic city views and two-seater Jacuzzi tubs. Hotel amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access; a heated outdoor pool; dry sauna; a full-service restaurant and free parking.

Wyndham Phoenix Hotel

The Wyndham Phoenix Hotel is a trendy property within several blocks of the 3rd Street and Jefferson METRO Light Rail station. The hotel is adjacent to the Phoenix Convention Center and steps away from US Airways Arena and Chase Field. Guest rooms feature warm tones, modern furnishings, blackout drapes and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The hotel’s “Jr. Suites” offer leather sofas, iHome docks, cordless phones and flat screen TVs with multimedia connectivity. Amenities include 24-hour room service; premium beers and cocktails at the stylish ICON bar; and Marston’s Café, which offers a hearty breakfast buffet and comfort foods for dinner.

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About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Baldwin Ellis has been a writer since 2007. He covers fitness, mental health and travel, with work appearing in print and online publications such as Scazu Fitness and USA Today Travel Tips. Ellis holds a Master of Arts in community psychology.