Hotel San Carlos and the Ghost of Leone Jensen - Arizona
Hotel San Carlos and Its Ghosts
The Hotel San Carlos is Phoenix's only historic boutique
hotel and has been in continuous operation since 1928. Each
of our 128 guest hotel rooms has been individually
decorated, and the history of Phoenix Arizona awaits you at
every turn. They invite you to stay with us and experience
the courtesies of a gentler era. Hotel San Carlos is
conveniently located in the heart of downtown Phoenix's
financial, government, and entertainment district, just
steps away from many fabulous local Phoenix Attractions.
Ghost of Hotel San Carlos - Leone Jensen
The ghost of Leone Jensen is said to roam the hallways of
the San Carlos Hotel in downtown Phoenix, AZ. Witnesses
claim to see her as a floating white, cloudy figure of mist.
Unexplainable breezes accompany her presence. In almost
every ghost book or story written about dear Leone tells of
a scorned woman devastated by the rejection of a love
interest. The stories say she was dressed in an elegant
white evening gown ready for a night of dancing with her
bellboy boyfriend from a nearby hotel. After her dreams for
a romantic evening folded around her, she decided she could
no longer live with a broken heart. She left her room on the
seventh floor, climbed to the roof, and leaped off the seven
story San Carlos Hotel.
Hotel San Carlos History
During this time the hotel continued to be a hub for the Phoenix elite,
political and social, as well as a Mecca for Hollywood stars. Mae West stayed
here in 1929 while performing at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams, in "I'm no
angel". It was reported she left orders with the front desk to "not be awaked
until 3:00pm with a bottle of champagne and two glasses." The Phoenix Press Club
was founded here.
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent much of their romantic time here in Arizona
at the San Carlos. Gable often referred to Lombard as the "love of his life."
Marilyn Monroe was a guest during her filming of Bus Stop. She wanted a room
close to our pool on the third floor, so that she could slip out to the deck and
sunbath with the least amount of attention. Other stars such as Spencer Tracy,
Jean Harlow, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, Gene
Autry, and big band artists Kay Starr, Woody Herman and Harry James all spent
time here over the years. Governors, senators, and countless other notables,
also enjoyed the services of the San Carlos over the years.
From its inception, the French Café, the hotel's first restaurant, was immensely
popular. The signature French Onion Soup was the "best in town." Adult libations
were regularly embibed in the Palm Room off the lobby which served as the
cocktail lounge. Anyone who was anyone routinely relaxed in the air conditioned
comfort of the Palm Room. During World War II troops were housed in the hotel
and our bar became known as "Base Operations" as more officers were present
there than at Luke Air force Base headquarters.
202 North Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ, 85004