Hotel Valley Ho
What We Love
- Poolside restaurant and bar has a live D.J. on weekends
- Full-service spa; request in-room massages for more privacy
- State-of-the art fitness center
What To Know
- For an extra fee, Tower Suite guests can have the room pre-stocked with their favorite foods and drinks
- Request a west-facing room for a quieter stay
- WiFi costs $9.99 per day; Valet $14
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Hotel Valley Ho was originally designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright’s, and though there’s still a distinct nod to the 1950’s, many areas have since been renovated to accommodate the now 193 rooms. Mid-century modern furnishings give way to bright, contemporary décor and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open out onto private patios or balconies. A popular destination for bachelor/-ette parties, the Tower portion of the hotel houses the suites, giving it a hard-partying atmosphere. And on the weekends, the party continues poolside, where you’ll find a live D.J. spinning to cabanas full of twenty-somethings.
In the Area
A visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school of architecture, Taliesin, is a must-do for architecture buffs. Guests visit the studios where Wright crafted many of his masterworks and even see a small theater where his students performed. If botany’s your bag, head to Desert Botanical Garden, which features special exhibits from artists like Dale Chihuly and year-round events set among dazzling desert botanicals. And you can’t come to cowboy country and not mount a horse. Talk to the front desk about arranging an early morning or late afternoon horseback ride (it’s the desert, so skip times when the sun is high). Check out one of the many world-class championship golf courses in Phoenix and Scottsdale (the hotel concierge can arrange your tee time, or head to Biltmore Fashion Park along the chic stretch of East Camelback Road for world-class shopping.
How to Get There
We arrive at Hotel Valley Ho and are immediately given a free upgrade as a greeting. The lobby was stupendous, fancy and modern. We went to our suite on the third floor, and were greeted with a full kitchen complete with a stovetop, oven, dishwasher, fully stocked fridge, washer and dryer, lots of storage for our belongings and tons of snacks and drinks for our enjoyment. The bed was comfy, and although there was only one king bed, a comfy couch and a chaise lounge and a roll away for extra comfortable sleeping room were offered. We had all of our meals at the hotel’s restaurant ZuZu, which had a unique set of dishes and deserts. It was a delicious and a memorable experience. Even the restaurant’s architecture and design was pleasing, down to spotted tea cups and plant holders. We also went to the workout room that had a series of different workout options, treadmills, and weights. Next to it was a yoga room for personal workouts or for yoga. Healthy snacks, lemon water, and ear buds for our listening pleasure were also provided. I would really recommend this lovely location if you can manage to get it. Every detail is thoughtfully designed. We did not visit the pool as the visit was short, but it looked nice. I hope you enjoy your stay!
The DJ at pool is a lot of fun but it doesn't get switched up all that often and is sometimes a bit corny. The themes are a bit much. If you like the club scene in Miami, this is definitely not Miami! However, it is much more lively than the other day scene in the area. Fun to check out once-
My wife and I booked a tour of the canyonlands of Arizona, Utah and Nevada. Hotel Valley Ho was our first night with the tour, but we arrived 2 days earlier. The Hotel was adequate, clean, but was by no means a luxury hotel. The layout was typical of the 1950s, and in fact was a place for celebrities of that era. There was only one restaurant in the hotel, but the food was very good. The hotel is situated well, in that you are a short walk to Old Scottsdale, an historic area with old style western architecture and several art galleries featuring local artists. Overall, a nice but casual place to stay.