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First opening in 1912, the Crowne Plaza resort was originally built as a winter getaway for celebrities, politicians, and all manner of other luminaries. The San Marcos Hotel is located on one of the prime corners of the original 1912 Chandler Townsite.
The hotel was conceived by Dr. A.J. Chandler and named for Fray Marcos de Niza, the first European to enter the Salt River Valley in 1512. The fanfare surrounding the opening of the hotel was so great that Vice President Thomas Marshall was in attendance. At the time The San Marcos Hotel was the pinnacle of modern accommodations including such rarities as incandescent light bulbs and telephones in every room. At the time of its opening, the San Marcos hotel was the only electrified building in Chandler, Arizona.
After falling on hard times in the middle part of the 20th century the Crowne Plaza was purchased and restored to its former glory. Upgraded with modern amenities the Crowne Plaza Chandler features 249 spacious guestrooms 32,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, and world-class customer service. Amenities include WiFi, an 18-hole championship golf course, outdoor swimming pool, and a 24/7 business center. The resort has come along way since incandescent light bulbs were the height of luxury but the Crowne Plaza remains a tranquil oasis with a real connection to the past, present, and future of Arizona.
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