An institution in Scottsdale since it opened in 1956, the Valley Ho exudes a retro charm that draws the young and the hip. In 2005, a full renovation brought it into the 21st century, while retaining (and refreshing) the cool 1950s style. Grounds are immaculate, the pool is one of the liveliest in Phoenix, rooms are stylish and colorful, and both restaurants serve tasty food. But it's worth comparing rates with the nearby Hotel Indigo, which offers free high-speed Wi-Fi and free covered parking.
This four-pearl, 236-room hotel is located in six two-story buildings and one seven-story tower, all with 1950s architecture. Inside, the style honors the hotel's retro history, and the hip atmosphere draws many local fans.
Outside, the grounds are clean and well groomed. The pool area is lovely, located in the main courtyard of the hotel, making it a natural center of activity. It's frequented by plenty of young tanned types, and features a bar, dozens of lounge chairs, cabanas, and a sound system. On Saturdays during warm weather, the pool area often becomes a huge party.
The hotel is less than a mile from Old Town Scottsdale, which means a plethora of art galleries, nightclubs, and restaurants are within walking distance. Also, Fashion Square and the Scottsdale Waterfront, two upscale shopping locations, are only a 5-minute drive away.
Spacious rooms with up-to-date tech features, balconies and patios
The rooms have a cool 50s vibe, with terrazzo tile floors and gray patterned rugs, blonde wood furniture, white faux brick walls, glass bricks in the bathroom, chrome details, and quirky colors (in the standard rooms: turquoise blue walls, mustard yellow curtains, and green headboards). Rooms start at 420 square feet -- large, for the price -- and balconies and patios are also bigger than the norm.
All rooms include:
Flat-screen TV with MP3 player hookup, HBO and standard cable channels
Wi-Fi (daily fee for high-speed Wi-Fi, free for basic)
Safe big enough for a laptop
Free Wall Street Journal,New York Times or Arizona Republic
Signature Guest Room: 420 square feet; king or two queen beds; wheelchair accessible unit on ground floor
Studio Guest Room: 500 square feet; king bed; Philippe Starck designed bathtub located behind curtain in the middle of the room
Terrace Suite: 850 square feet; king bed; 42-inch flat-screen TV; private bar and mini-fridge with snacks; big patio; iPod dock
Executive Suite: 1,150 square feet; king bed; 42-inch flat-screen TV; private bar and mini-fridge with snacks; big patio; large circular tub for two; iPod dock
Tower Suite: 900 square feet; king bed; custom swivel 42-inch flat-screen TV; private bar and mini-fridge with snacks; big patio; full kitchen and dining room; washer and dryer; iPod dock; Wi-Fi included
Tower Two-Bedroom Suite: 1,300 square feet; king bed with either one king or two queens in second room; 42-inch flat-screen TV; 32-inch flat-screen TV in second room; flat-screen TV in bathroom; private bar and mini-fridge with snacks; big patio; full kitchen and dining room; washer and dryer; iPod dock; Wi-Fi included
Cafe ZuZu serves American comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a fun, retro space (bright blue, orange, and green 1950s-style chairs, stone walls, and light fixtures that look like balls of spun sugar).
24-hour room service
Many dining options are available nearby in the Scottsdale Old Town district