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Hotel Valley Ho - Phoenix

Postby Jamal » Tue Jan 10, 2006 8:19 am

This hotel has just been renovated and opened in December. Anyone know the skinny on it? Any good?

http://www.hotelvalleyho.com

I'm going to Phoenix in a week and might stay there - it looks cool!

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Postby Lynxwiler » Wed Jan 11, 2006 10:41 am

They're going to reopen a Trader Vic's there!? Cool!

Please let us know what you think about it after your visit. With a fabulous name like "Valley Ho", how could one go wrong?

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Postby Jamal » Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:59 pm

With a name like Valley Ho...indeed!

Apart from getting the consistent chuckle when I told people where I was staying - I would rate the hotel a good 7-8.

Architecture

Alot of it has been left intact - including the original formed blocks - and new terazzo floors through out. They were still doing quite a bit of building so that took away from the ambiance a little - but to be honest I didn't notice since I didn't spend a lot of time there. There was a HUGE Duravit tub in my room - no I'm serious - like in the middle of my room! And the decks/terraces were oversized as well.

The restaurant menu was old retro food (as decribed on the website) and pretty good.

Overall - it was a little expensive for what I think you got but I was there on a busy weekend (Barrett Jackson auction...). Any other weekend - I'd stay there again.

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Postby Dustyman73 » Mon Jan 30, 2006 8:47 pm

Very Cool!! Next time the wife and I are in the Phoenix area, I think I know where to stay!

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Postby So_Cal_Native_in_Texas » Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:47 pm

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A few views of the rooms they have available here.

The Trader Vic's -
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This place is awesome. If I'm ever in Phoenix, I think I'll drop in here.
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Postby nichols » Sat Jul 14, 2007 6:22 am

Historic Significance and Integrity Assessment Report for
Listing Hotel Valley Ho on the Scottsdale Historic Register
Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale Historic Register No. SHR –02-11
Zoning Case No. 7-ZN-2002
Background
An intensive survey of downtown Scottsdale was conducted by the City’s Preservation Division staff
with assistance from Arizona State University interns, local historians and architects during the period
2000-2001. The goal of the survey was to identify those properties that might be eligible for listing on
the Scottsdale Historic Register. Approximately 750 properties, built for commercial use, were studied
with particular emphasis on those properties that related to Scottsdale historic development as an “Arts
Colony and Tourist Destination.â€￾ The Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission and the members
of the Commission’s Historic Register Committee periodically reviewed the research collected and
conducted field studies of the survey properties. Their relative significance and integrity were
analyzed and compared. As a result of this effort, approximately fourteen other individual properties
and two collections of buildings were identified that merited further consideration for designation to
the Scottsdale Historic Register for their association with important historic events and representation
of the architectural influences that shaped Scottsdale development during the post World War II era.
The Hotel Valley Ho was among those properties that were identified as having both historic and
architectural significance and a high degree of integrity.
Description
The Hotel Valley Ho is a historic resort hotel complex located on 8.86 acres at the southeast corner of
Indian School Road and 68
th
Street in Scottsdale, Arizona. The site is at the western edge of
downtown Scottsdale’s 5
th
Avenue and Old Town shopping districts. The complex buildings are
located on the north side of East Main Street, between 68
th
and 69
th
Streets. The three original
buildings of the complex were constructed between 1956 and 1958. These are listed under Maricopa
County Assessor parcel #130-11-089A. The buildings on a smaller parcel on the south side of East
Main Street that are also part of the current hotel complex are not proposed for designation and were
constructed later as a separate hotel.
The Modern style complex is characterized by a random arrangement of buildings across a relatively
flat site. The property boundaries lack definition and the horizontal forms and use of concrete, brick,
stone, and glass materials in the original buildings further reflect the organic quality of the complex.
The Hotel Valley Ho has continually operated as a resort hotel since opening in 1956. Its largest
building, with an entry off Main Street, contains the original lobby, bar, and restaurant. Guest rooms
also open off single corridor wings and frame a landscaped interior area with patios and a pool. Two
additional buildings in the same style and materials as the original structure were constructed to the
northwest within two years of the resort’s opening, and contain additional guest rooms.
The complex is within walking distance of Scottsdale’s major downtown shopping areas. Grass
expanses and traditional landscape features create a resort-like setting, which is further emphasized by
the buildings’ setback from the roadways and open spaces with pathways between structures.
Traditional resort amenities complement the setting and include tennis courts, pool, and an outdoor
dining patio. Surface parking is adjacent to three of the property’s northern parcel boundaries, located
between the roadways and resort buildings.
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Page 2: Hotel Valley Ho Designation Report
The original 1956 building is a free flowing, single and double story parabolic form with a strong
horizontal emphasis. Its Main Street entry is marked by a vertical mass that contains an elevator shaft
and extends over the porte cochere where guests arrive. A low ceiling entrance opens to a large
volume interior lobby space, a feature used frequently by architect Frank Lloyd Wright to create a
“sense of arrivalâ€￾ upon entering the building. The flat roof is made of heavy poured concrete with
wide overhangs. Concrete pillars that extend to the basement provide decorative support for the
building structure. The original exterior walls are constructed of masonry materials including desert
stone and brick. The use of organic materials repeats inside where redwood ceilings and stone floor
and wall patterns link the exterior entry area with the inside lobby space. Modern architectural
features also include use of glass walls and glazing uniting indoor public spaces and guest rooms with
the outdoors. Floating partition walls separate outside guest patios. Cantilevered balconies are
another prominent design element. Special façade details include over one mile of precast geometric
concrete panels designed in a motif described in newspaper accounts of the day as “Southwestern,â€￾
and “Indianâ€￾. Geometric metal forms also ornament the stair railings and roof eaves.
Two additional buildings with guest rooms were constructed in 1958 at the northwest corner of the
property. These structures are two story, rectilinear forms sited parallel to each other, with double
loaded rooms opening onto a central corridor. Like the original building, the concrete roofs are flat
and their exterior walls use just a single material on any one surface, a tenant of modern design. These
are constructed with the same brick, desert stone, and glass materials found on the main building.
Precast concrete panels are also repeated on the balconies of the 1958 buildings.
History
The Hotel Valley Ho was built between 1956 and 1958 during the heyday of Scottsdale’s development
as a major tourist destination. The decade after World War II had seen the expansion of a wide array
of accommodations to lure vacationers and seasonal residents and by the mid fifties the area was well
known as an arts colony with first-rate tourist amenities. These larger development patterns are fully
described in a separate context statement.
The Hotel Valley Ho was built to be one of Scottsdale’s finest modern hotels, competing alongside the
glitzy and well-known Safari and Mountain Shadows resorts. Scottsdale’s Safari Resort was
demolished in the 1990s. When the Valley Ho opened for business in 1956 it was Scottsdale’s first
European plan, year round hotel. The resort advertised large rooms and suites with private sun decks
and individual snack-bar kitchens. It utilized distinctive masonry, concrete and expanses of glass that
were features reflective of mid-twentieth century Modern architecture. In anticipation of future
expansion, the original design of the structures included features such as an elevator shaft and a
structural system that could support additional building mass. The design of the hotel’s grounds and
its distinctive buildings was the work of Edward L. Varney and Associates, one of the most prominent
local architectural firms of the period. The construction and operations of the complex were overseen
by a well-known local hotelier, Bob Foehl and his wife, Evelyn.
A contest was announced in March of 1956 to find a name for the property that had a “westward
flavorâ€￾, was easy to pronounce and had a relationship to the general area in which it was being
erected.â€￾ The winning entry was selected because it typified Scottsdale’s location at the threshold of
Paradise Valley, tied the new hotel to its parent, the Westward Ho Hotel in Phoenix, and had a
melodious sound. Under the Foehl’s management, the Hotel Valley Ho attracted celebrities and other
clientele that they had met through their resort operations in California. Becoming popular with the
rich and famous almost immediately, Hollywood stars Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner held their
wedding at the hotel in December 1957. Motorola also helped sustain early operations at the Hotel
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Valley Ho by housing many of its new employees there while they looked for permanent homes. The
resort soon gained a national reputation for its amenities and hospitality.
Significance
The Hotel Valley Ho is historically significant for its association with Scottsdale’s development as a
top rated arts colony and destination for tourists and for its modern, organic architectural style. It was
the first year round resort to open up in the town and the first to employ “southwesternâ€￾ architecture,
bridging modern and western detailing, and expressing the cosmopolitan nature of Scottsdale. This is
also the site where many celebrities and noteworthy guests stayed when vacationing in Scottsdale over
the years.
The physical features of the three buildings that comprise the original complex north of Main Street
are virtually unchanged from the fifties and continue to convey their historical associations. The
single and double story structures have a strong, free flowing horizontal emphasis with flat, precast
concrete roofs and wide overhangs. Cantilevered balconies and guest patios separated by floating
walls open up through glass to outside spaces around the pool and resort grounds. The use of organic
materials including desert stone and brick as well as precast concrete panels are very reminiscent of
modern Frank Lloyd Wright inspired buildings and provide a distinctive identity.
The complex maintains a high level of integrity in all aspects of location, design, setting, materials,
workmanship, feeling, and association. The buildings are in their original location and retain their
organization of space as a physical manifestation of their historic and long-standing use as a resort
hotel. The organic design and materials are characteristic of mid-century modernism and are
distinctive original building features. The Hotel Valley Ho’s significance at both the local and
national levels has been confirmed by Alan Hess, a well-known architectural critic, author and
historian, who proposes that the complex might be the best remaining intact example of a modern
fifties resort in the country.

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Postby googieagog » Fri Aug 24, 2007 8:48 am

Finally got around to uploading some photos from our mid-June stay at the Hotel Valley Ho. We enjoyed it. Not cheap, but it was the off-season, and still a whole lot less pricy than our other pick, the Arizona Biltmore. Unlike the Biltmore, the Valley Ho's rooms at least have some style.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/googieagog ... 40/detail/

Service was good. The restaurants -- Cafe ZuZu and Trader Vic's -- had good food and atmosphere. Our cabana room had its own patio, with exterior canvas curtains to screen the morning sun. The pool was quite nice, though locals told us not as nice as the original it replaced. The bar was jumping on Friday night.

Biggest surprise for us was the amazing neighborhood of restored, low-rise MCM condo buildings right next to the hotel. On a return visit, we'd probably look into renting one of those.

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By the time I get to Phoenix...la-dee-daa-dummm...

Postby mark71665 » Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:06 am

It's been decades since I visited Phoenix. I was but a wee one back then! But I will never forget the now-demolished, ill-fated Kon Tiki Hotel in Phoenix. Back in circa '72 it was a vacation paradise to this snow-blooded Rocky Mountain kid. I spent hours upon hours swimming and sliding into the Kon Tiki pool well into the night. Glad I was able to see the place during its glory days.

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Postby Joe » Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:05 am

I approve :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

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Postby Dan O. » Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:10 pm

There are probably a million different ways they could've screwed that up so it's nice to see that it turned out so well. Is there actually anything to do in Phoenix so I can have an excuse to visit?

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Postby Futura Girl » Sat Sep 15, 2007 7:28 pm

i was thinkin the same thing dano...

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Postby egads » Sun Sep 16, 2007 9:21 am

Taliesin West

The Arizona Biltmore

A drive up to Acrosanti

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Valley Ho

Postby PaulKaplan » Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:53 pm

Might be worth a trip to Pheonix just to see this place.
The Paul Kaplan Group, Inc
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1701 N Palm Canyon Dr. #5
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Postby PaulKaplan » Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:46 am

Just got back from Scottsdale- The Valley Ho was a definate treat to see! A pleasing example of careful preservation of the original architecture, while updating it to today's hotel standards- great formed concrete decorative railings- a true gem!!

So unfortunately they're building this boxy office park looking condo project next door, though. At least those residences will have a cool view of the Valley Ho to look at!! But the poor guests that have to stare at yet another example of bad 21st century construction and missed opportunities, will have to suffer.
The Paul Kaplan Group, Inc

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1701 N Palm Canyon Dr. #5

Palm Springs, CA 92262

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760-459-1396

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Damn

Postby modfan » Sun Dec 16, 2007 5:54 am

I missed it completely and I was just there up the road. I probably drove within blocks of it,
I recall crossing a Main Street. All I thought was there was
the modern neighborhoods (mentioned on this board),
AZ Biltmore which I saw, Arcosanti
(n. of PHX at Cordes Lakes) and Biosphere2 in Oracle.
Well there is kinda an excuse to go-like Ca. the Indian
Tribes are puttin up casinos and the best and closest (I think) is Casino Arizona off of AZ101 & McKellips.
(NOT the one north of there with the same name).
Next time I'm there I'm gonna have to visit the Valley Ho.

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Postby nichols » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:34 am

PRESERVATION MAGAZINE

Hotel Valley Ho

The Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Ariz., displays a photograph of a very young Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner at their 1957 wedding reception, held here just a year after the hotel opened. The couple poses beside a tiered wedding cake, already Hollywood royalty and yet so unscarred by celebrity, they seem to embody the fresh confidence of the 1950s.

Flush with prosperity and a postwar baby boom, America probably never felt better about itself than it did then. The Valley Ho's architecture captured the exuberance of that era with unapologetically bold forms and colors. Designed by architect Edward L. Varney, the hotel also assumed a modest southwestern look with burnished red concrete columns and railings whose V-shaped forms resembled abstract arrowheads...

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Postby Lynxwiler » Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:42 pm

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