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Where We're Bunking Next Time We're Phoenix Bound

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  Site Where: 401 W. Clarendon Ave [map], Phoenix, AZ, United States, 85013
January 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM | by | ()

We've been talking about Phoenix for a minute at HC, and with good reason. It seems like good things are happenin' around this town and we like nothing more to be around when places start hoppin'.

We planned our hotel stays carefully while in town in December. We enjoyed our night at Aloft Phoenix Airport, and loved the food and design quirks at the Hotel Palomar Phoenix.

But we realized we'd missed a potentially cool little property. So next time we're in town, you can bet your bottom dollar we'll be staying at the Clarendon Hotel and Suites.

First, it's convenient to the part of town with businesses, so that could be super helpful. But what will draw us back is the hotel's amazing little restaurant, Gallo Blanco.

It doesn't hurt that the hotel looks kinda cute and laidback and has a pool... But, again, here's the real drawcard—the food.

Pork quesadilla with Oaxaca cheese & Jalepeno relish

We discovered Gallo Blanco by searching Chowhound for affordable, authentic Mexican close to the neighborhood we'd be in later in the day. (near the central corridor.) Then, someone we met in a nearby office recommended it to us, without knowing we already had it earmarked.

Apparently, it's a local favorite, supported by the fact we could barely find a table for lunch at 11:45 a.m. on a Tuesday.

Carne Asada taco, Halibut taco

And not just any Tuesday. It was a "Taco Happy Hour Tuesday", making these delicious little friends half price. Considering they were only a few bucks to begin with, this was a bona fide bargain.

The only thing more exciting than a delicious, cheap and local-approved lunch while in a strange city? Discovering a brand new place to stay for the next visit.

Rates begin at $129 a night.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

Archived Comments:

Thank you!

Thanks for the shout out - remember, when you stay at The Clarendon and book directly, you also get 1000-2500 frequent flier miles per night, an industry first... as well as complimentary breakfast, an unlimited FREE minibar, international calls, parking and wi-fi.  This cannot be beat!