If you’re going to be anywhere near Arizona, you must soak in the midcentury charm of the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. This is the place to recharge your love of all things modern and well designed. The pool, spa and swinging lounge beckon to those on vacation, while the comfortable rooms with large work area and plentiful outlets make the business traveler feel at home … or at work … maybe a bit of both.
Built in 1956, the Hotel Valley Ho is one of the few midcentury hotels still standing in Scottsdale. It rose from the desert just five years after Scottsdale was incorporated as a city and it still has the optimistic spirit of a young city of 2,000 residents on the verge of a boom.
One aspect of the design Varney did not approve of was the arrowhead-motif concrete panels that line the property and give the Valley Ho its Flintstones-meets-Jetsons vibe. Too decorative and ornate for the architect’s taste, the panels were nevertheless installed and remain in place today.
For two decades, the hotel thrived as a Hollywood hideaway, but after being acquired by Ramada in 1973, the Valley Ho lost its unique charm. Mirrors covered the concrete columns and the open airy interiors were transformed into dark conference halls. Fortunately, MSR Properties purchased the hotel in 2002 and fully restored the Valley Ho to its midcentury splendor. Exactly 49 years after its original opening, the Hotel Valley Ho reopened in 2005, and in January 2008, the seven-story tower that Varney had wisely planned for, was completed.
Studio guest room with plenty of counter space for working, lots of electrical outlets, Primary Pouf seating, and a very cool rolling table that should be standard equipment in every hotel room.