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The Hotel Valley Ho originally opened its doors on December 20, 1956. The architect, Edward Varney, was known for his cool, minimalist style and in the Hotel Valley Ho created a mid-century modern masterpiece.
In its heyday, the Hotel Valley Ho was a true escape from Hollywood hosting among other luminaries Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, and Zsa Zsa Gabor. Celebrities enjoyed the relative anonymity that they were afforded in Arizona and it became a well-known hideaway for the rich and famous weary of being photographed and hounded. In 1973 the Ramada group purchased Hotel Valley Ho and renamed it “Ramada’s Valley Ho Resort.” Over time, many of the classic design elements were modernized and the hotel seemed to be losing its historic charm.
Fast forward to 2002 when Local company Westroc Hospitality bought the hotel and spent years with the aim of restoring the hotel to its mid-century splendor. The Hotel Valley Ho reopened December 20, 2005, and is now considered one of the best restorations of a mid-century hotel in the country. Finally, the Hotel Valley Ho's future is looking as bright as its past.
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