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Hotel Valley Ho is a true icon in historic Old Town Scottsdale, just a short walk from hundreds of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Built in 1956 and fully restored, this boutique hideaway is where mid-century-modern architecture meets cool and contemporary.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Edward Varney, the Hotel Valley Ho was constructed with local materials. Varney incorporated classic Wright touches into his design, using geometric shapes, integrated indoor and outdoor spaces, and breezeways making connections between different areas. Hotel Valley Ho was the first in Scottsdale to offer year-round air conditioning, and among the first to have its own parking lot.
For these reasons, the Hotel Valley Ho was considered incredibly futuristic at the time. It attracted a clientele of movie stars like Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart and baseball players like Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. Legend has it that if Jimmy Durante couldn't sleep while he was a guest here, he would come down to the lobby and play piano for whoever was still awake.
The hotel fell into a state of disrepair in the 1970s and was even considered for demolition at one point. Local history and architecture buffs rallied to save the property, and it was renovated in 2001. As many of the Mid-Century Modern touches as possible were retained, using poured concrete, natural stone, and redwood building materials. A new central tower of guests rooms, initially conceived by Varney but never built, now stands above the lobby. A 90-minute tour of the property is now available, detailing the significant architecture and Hollywood heyday of the hotel.
Today, you can choose from a collection of bold guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass and private patios or balconies, whether it’s a playful Studio Guest Room or a luxurious Tower Suite. Enjoy inventive cuisine and craft cocktails at ZuZu, laze poolside at the hip OH Pool Bar + Cabanas, and beautify and detoxify at VH Spa for Vitality + Health. From walkability to genuine hospitality and unmatched architecture, this locally owned gem has it all.
Cover photo by Xomiele via flickr creative commons.