Friday, March 3, 2017

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Hotel Valley Ho

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Hotel Valley Ho
THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN JUNE 2014

When I still lived in Arizona, one of my favorite things to do in the summer was to book a stay at Hotel Valley Ho. It's the slower tourism season in Scottsdale and prices are always crazy good! My girlfriends and I would check in for the weekend, rent a poolside cabana for the day, and usually have dinner at the restaurant, ZuZu. It was all about lounging and spending time together, and I have Valley Ho to thank for some of my favorite memories.

Staying at Valley Ho (or, just "the Ho" to adoring locals) this time around was a little different. For starters, I missed my girlfriends. Secondly, they didn't put us up in any old room. They set our group up in a tower suite! I've toured these Mad Men-esque rooms before, but never imagined I'd be sleeping in one some day. Seriously, so much space and the patios have sweet views of the city and mountains.

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Hotel Valley Ho

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Hotel Valley Ho

I guess I've been in New York too long, because the first thing I did was throw my shizz in every direction - I wanted to make sure I was maximizing all the space.

Valley Ho probably has the most interesting history as far as Scottsdale hotels go. It originally opened in 1956 and was really popular with the Hollywood crowd. Zsa Zsa Gabor stayed here and so did Bing Crosby. Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood had their wedding reception at the Ho in 1957. It's a very glamorous, very intriguing back story.

Edward L. Varney, who was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed the mid-century Valley Ho and that fun, retro vibe is still very much alive today. I should say, one thing you absolutely must do - whether you're staying at the Ho or are just really into architecture or history - is book a tour of the hotel with Ace Bailey. She's hands-down one of the most knowledgeable experts on Scottsdale's design and history, and her tales about the fabled Valley Ho are incredible!

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Hotel Valley Ho

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Hotel Valley Ho

I wish I had a good image of a regular room to share, but you can get the gist here. I've now stayed in most every type of room at Valley Ho, and I promise, I've never been disappointed. A totally unique and special stay. I can't get enough of this place!

Happy hour in the ZuZu lounge is a definite must (I can just picture myself and Don Draper throwing back a few here), but dinner at ZuZu restaurant is even better. Delicious, somewhat "comfort" American food that's made with fresh, often local goods. Chef Charles "Chuck" Wiley is a local favorite, too. My friend Julie from Table for Two gives a great, drool-worthy recap of ZuZu on her blog.

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Hotel Valley Ho

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Hotel Valley Ho

I've recommended Valley Ho to friends time and again, and will continue doing so. It's perfect for couples or a girlfriend getaway. Cool, but not pretentious. And with a "theme" that you don't see everywhere. Love it! Speaking of girlfriend getaways and that pool, by the way, it's a great place to hang out - there's even live music on some weekends.

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Hotel Valley Ho

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Hotel Valley Ho

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Hotel Valley Ho

PHOTOS BY: Me!
MORE INFO: Hotel Valley Ho

No comments:

Post a Comment