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In 1874, a four room adobe schoolhouse was built on the corner of Central and Monroe. After 42 years, the school was condemned and in came Charles Harris and Dwight B. Heard who planned to build a luxury hotel on the property. On March 19, 1928, the state of the art Hotel San Carlos opened its doors as the first air conditioned hotel in Phoenix.
After Heard's death in 1929, Harris had to manage the hotel full time so he ended up moving his family into the rooftop bungalow to keep the hotel from having to close its doors during the Great Depression. The hotel's survival ushered in decades of celebrity visits, making the French Café on the corner of the hotel the place to be seen. Actor Clark Gable would only stay in room 412 to people watch along the street, Carol Lombard stayed in the room adjacent to his and Marylin Monroe ensured she was in room 326 so she could sunbathe on the third story pool deck. Movie mobster George Raft, pinup Betty Garble, sex symbol Mae West, actor Robert Cummings and actress Gene Tierney would routinely stay.
Despite the long list of celebrities, the hotel's most famous for the guests who've reportedly never left. It's appeared on ghost hunting shows and been labeled on of the most haunted hotels in the nation. Of the ghosts sightings, most have been children, presumably those who were part of the old schoolhouse. Other hauntings are believed to be those who have jumped from the hotel to their deaths. The most famous being the story of 22 yr old Leone Jensen, who packed all her belongings and moved cross country to be with her fiancé, a bellboy at the Westward Ho. He supposedly had fallen out of love with her when she arrived, causing her to put on her wedding dress, climb to the hotel rooftop and sway for a moment in the breeze before jumping onto Monroe street.
Today the San Carlos is owned and operated by Gregory Melikian who purchased the hotel in 1970. It has since been National Register of Historic Places, become a member of Historic Hotels of America and become a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.