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401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85013, United States

Sleek attitude defines this completely refurbished downtown hotel that, until recently, was better known to the authorities than to paying guests. In 1976, Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles fell victim to a car bomb just outside, and for years it stood empty and as ramshackle as its neighborhood. Now large, sliding paintings have replaced window curtains, surrounded by a color scheme of bright reds, blues, and black throughout. A focal point is the newly redone pool with bright tile mosaics; a nightly light show around the nearby fountains is an evening highlight (and the Jacuzzi holds 50). The morbidly curious can learn more about Bolles and his fate by walking the one hotel hallway that features huge, gruesome crime scene photos.

 




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The Clarendon Hotel

Sleek attitude defines this completely refurbished downtown hotel that, until recently, was better known to the authorities than to paying guests. In 1976, Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles fell victim to a car bomb just outside, and for years it stood empty and as ramshackle as its neighborhood. Now large, sliding paintings have replaced window curtains, surrounded by a color scheme of bright reds, blues, and black throughout. A focal point is the newly redone pool with bright tile mosaics; a nightly light show around the nearby fountains is an evening highlight (and the Jacuzzi holds 50). The morbidly curious can learn more about Bolles and his fate by walking the one hotel hallway that features huge, gruesome crime scene photos.