Hotel Valley Ho Rating: 4.0 Pearls
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 Wi-Fi and free covered parking.
Hotel Indigo Scottsdale Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Hipsters and young couples will love the Indigo's retro decor, lively vibe, and convenient location near Scottsdale's trendiest nightclubs. Just don't come expecting a quiet night. Earplugs are provided to help with the click-clack from the hard Pergo floors and thumping nightclub next door. For retro vibe with a little less noise, check out the Hotel Valley Ho.
The Clarendon Hotel - Phoenix's Urban Retreat Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This mid-range boutique is the opposite of a corporate chain, with 1960s retro decor, hip employees and clientele, and a fun atmosphere. The popular Gallo Blanco Cafe and Bar, and the convenient location near downtown Phoenix, draws a devoted fan base. But you'll have to shell out $15 a day for the resort fee.
3 Palms Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The 3 Palms may look like a motel on the outside, but this affordable Scottsdale boutique has tasteful, contemporary rooms, solid freebies (including self-parking and Wi-Fi), and friendly service. The big, heated pool is impressive, and downtown Scottsdale is only a five-minute drive away. The bathrooms are a bit small, though.