Friday, June 12, 2015
Looking for a hotel for your next visit to Phoenix? This one probably wouldn't be on your list even if it was still open. This is the old St. James Hotel on Madison Street in downtown Phoenix. It has been sitting empty for a long time on property that is now owned by the Suns Legacy Partners (the owners of the Phoenix Suns basketball team). Originally there were two old hotels on this property. The owners have demolished one of them but agreed to preserve the facade and lobby of this one.
It was a bit of a "skid row" kind of place when it was last in business but, back in 1929 when it was new it was just a nice downtown hotel used by travelers arriving in Phoenix by train. It's been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1985. It will be interesting to see how this building will be incorporated into something new. I've read that the lobby has a lot of old world charm.