Scottsdale, Arizona – I just came back from an amazing trip touring the American Southwest, it was getting a little too chilly for me here in Washington, DC. With unforgettable sunsets, the desert heat, and finally some quality pool time, this trip was well needed.
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Right in the heart of Scottsdale Arizona, is the Westroc’s Mid-Century Icon, the Hotel Valley Ho.
Built in 1956 by Edward Varney, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, and surviving a demolition attempt, it was saved by architect and preservationist Allen Hess. In 2005, it was restored to its greatness by the architect firm Allen + Philp. Today, it continues to bring modern amenities while preserving its cool retro feel.
Taking its cues from Barker Brother’s Thelma Hawkins original interior design, Cole Martinez and Associates brought back the charm and glamour of the 1950’s and 60s.
You can’t but help to think of Goodfellas, South by Southwest, Ocean’s 11, the Jetsons, even the Incredibles, and Sean Connery’s 007, and especially Mad Men when you explore the property.
The Hotel Valley Ho has an 8 acre footprint with over 13,000 square feet of indoor event space and 20,000 square feet of outdoor space.
As you explore the Worlds Fair feel of the hotel lobby, head over to the lounge and restaurant where Chef Charles Wiley leads the food and drink at Zuzu. Get the Chicken Matchsticks or the Beef Stroganoff. There is a great happy hour from 4-7pm. Grab the Zsa Zsa (frequent guest of the Valley Ho) martini or the Sonoran Margarita with Milagro Reposado Tequila, prickly pear liqueur, fresh orange and lime juice with sage-infused agave. In the restaurant, there is even a pie case and soda fountain completing that nostalgic feel.
There are two heated pools and a large hot jacuzzi for those cooler evenings.
I stayed in the tower suite, overlooking Old Town Scottsdale, which is totally walkable or you can rent a bike from the hotel for $10 an hour.
In the room, there are two oversized sliding glass doors showcasing the clouds that absorb the firey red desert sunsets. There are over 190 rooms ranging from $170 to about $340. This suite had a high-gloss yellow kitchen, complete with refrigerator, dishwasher, glass and serving ware, including pots and pans.
The living room space takes inspiration from Charles and Ray Eames and Kai Kristiansen.
The oversized double floating sink bathroom has Terrazzo tile. Michalengelo used it for The Basilica and it is all over Mount Vernon. So if it was good enough for George Washington, it is certainly good enough for me. There is a large open glass shower with Red Flower bath amenities. The Icelandic Moonflower body wash. Now that’s good stuff. There is a small walk-in closet, a washer and dryer closet next to a separate toilet closet.
Next to the platform king sized bed, there is a wireless music dock. Open up Pandora on your phone and find the Mad Men Channel and you’re all set for a wonderful stay.
The hotel is about 8 miles or 20 minutes to get to the hotel from the airport. Or about a $23 trip if you use Uber. It is so close to the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, awesome restaurants, clubs, bars, art galleries and jewelry stores.
The Hotel Valley Ho is where you should be when you want to escape the cold, or even this era.