The 1950s were a time of Hollywood hipsters, drive-in theaters, and rock’n’roll. But where did Hollywood go to escape from the bright lights and flashing cameras? Even before Scottsdale had a downtown of big name shops, upscale dining, and artsy galleries, Valley Ho was the private retreat for the rich and famous. Today, it’s serving up more than just glamorous history. It’s a glimpse into the past with the modern luxury of today.
Valley Ho was unlike any other in its day. In 1956, the minimalist modern hotel designed by Edward L. Varney was completed and welcomed the elite of Hollywood and other dignitaries. Featuring central air conditioning which allowed it to be open year round, the ritzy hotel also offered a black and white television in every room. Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood held their wedding reception at the Valley Ho, and it was a favorite getaway of many celebrities including Cary Grant, Roy Rogers, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, and Tony Curtis. Imagine soaking up the sun next to Marilyn Monroe or enjoying a classic martini while Jimmy Durante played the piano in the lounge. You can feel a vibrant energy and almost hear the music and laughter of a time gone by.
In 2005, Valley Ho received an $80 million renovation and expansion that included the VH Spa, Café ZuZu, the tiki inspired Polynesian restaurant Trader Vic’s, the new OH pool, and a 7-story addition of one and two bedroom suites. Modern day luxuries and conveniences were added while keeping with the simple clean lines of the 1950s era. Retro colors of blue, orange, sage, and brown flow throughout hotel.
Room plans differ depending on the needs of the guest. Some have kitchens and others have freestanding bathtubs in the bedroom.
Valley Ho was a place to see and be seen and still is today. The hotel’s rockin’ pool parties at the OH pool, Café ZuZu’s fresh baked scones and the make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, the Haunted Hotel Ball, and other events elevate the hotel’s standing from just a place to stay to a destination. Valley Ho’s Magical History Tour enlightens visitors about the history, architecture, and gossip of the famous Hollywood retreat. Located at the west end of Main Street in Scottsdale, it’s within walking distance of over a hundred galleries, ritzy shops, and fine dining. Take the time to live like a Hollywood star in this desert oasis of pleasure.