Who’s the Valley Ho?

Following up on Gayle’s post from a couple weeks ago, my friend Carole and I finally made it over to the recently re-opened Hotel Valley Ho for drinks earlier this week.

I’m personally a big fan of mid-century modern architecture and design, so I was pretty excited to check out the new Ho. They’ve done a really fantastic job of updating the resort – there is a nice mix of preserved original architecture and new modern touches. Walking through the front door, you enter into a living room area with couches and a fireplace. There is also a small outdoor patio off to the side that has a firepit. Continuing through the lobby takes you to the bar and restaurant Cafe ZuZu. There is ample seating in the bar area, along with a large area for indoor and outdoor dining. We settled in for a few cocktails – I had the Bourbon Mac Daddy (actually, I had a few…) which was fantastic. Carole had the Moscow Mule, which was almost like a lemonade and vodka. All of the drinks are served with a blue plastic Valley Ho swizzle stick, which got us talking about how swizzle sticks are a lost art. There was era appropriate music playing in the background. If it weren’t for the trendy, urban crowd, or the flat screen TVs, you would really almost think you had been transported back in time!

We weren’t able to get a peek at any of the rooms. But two levels of hotel rooms wrap around an interior courtyard with all of the hotel room doors opening to the courtyard. On the opposite side of the building, there are floor to ceiling glass windows that overlook views of surrounding Scottsdale. The courtyard has a large pool and adjoining patio for Cafe ZuZu. There are well manicured gardens lining the pathways.

The owners of the Hotel Valley Ho have done a really great job of restoring it to its former glory. It will certainly once again become a Scottsdale hot spot for jetsetters and hipsters, baby!

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