Rooms at the conference hotel here in Phoenix were sold out when I went to make my reservation a few months back, so our administrative assistant booked me at a nearby hotel. Entering the Hotel Valley Ho is like walking onto the set of Mad Men. The mid-1950s architecture is decorated in tangerine and teal and updated with 21st century necessities, like flat screen televisions.
Built in 1956 as Scottsdale was evolving from a farming community to a winter vacation spot and artist community, Hotel Valley Ho was designed by architect Edward L. Varney, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. It quickly became a sought-after destination for celebrities including Bing Crosby, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Tony Curtis, and Janet Leigh. Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner were married here in 1957.
After several expansions and a few changes in ownership, the declining landmark received an 80 million facelift and was reopened on December 20, 2005, exactly 49 years to-the-date of its original opening.
Here are a few shots I have been able to capture of this amazing place:
Hotel Valley Ho Photo #3. Inside a room at the Hotel Valley Ho. Fortunately every room has an ample patio or balcony. Unfortunately, it’s been over 100 every single day this week. Yes, it’s a “dry” heat, but at some point — probably once you cross into the triple digits — even a “dry” heat is unbearable.
Hotel Valley Ho Photo #5. But the best feature of all is the “mood” light switch just outside the bathroom that controls a blue light over the bathtub that also shines through a frosted glass wall into the main bedroom.
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