Resting graciously on the corner of Central Avenue and Monroe in Phoenix since 1928, the Hotel San Carlos has been a steady witness to the boom and bust cycle of downtown for over eight decades. Now, with more people funneled into the downtown area than ever thanks to the light rail system, locals and visitors are discovering Central Avenue gems like the Ghost Lounge, situated inside the Hotel San Carlos.
Why the ghost theme? Like many older hotels, the San Carlos has a long, storied history of alleged ghost sightings and hauntings. There’s the famous story of Leone Jensen, the beautiful 25-year old blonde who, despondent and ill and supposedly spurned by a would-be lover, jumped off the hotel roof in 1928. Sightings of her spectral figure sweeping the hotel hallways are still reported today. And of course, the San Carlos is awash in the afterglow of famous past guests, which include Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and other major names in Hollywood history.
The Ghost Lounge revels in the swank and splendor of San Carlos history, and the upcoming Mobster’s Ball—a revival of Roaring Twenties style and dance—is the perfect time to experience the dusty glamor of this local institution. Dust off your zoot-suit and get ready to Jitterbug to music by the Kings of Pleasure. There will also be a costume party, backroom black jack tournament, and of course, the drinks will be flowing.
Visit the Ghost Lounge website for more information on the Mobster’s Ball event.