Hotel Valley Ho celebrates 60 years as mid-century modern icon

A view of Hotel Valley Ho in downtown Scottsdale, which is celebrating 60 years of hospitality next month. (Submitted photo)

A view of Hotel Valley Ho in downtown Scottsdale, which is celebrating 60 years of hospitality next month. (Submitted photo)

Hotel Valley Ho, in downtown Scottsdale, is celebrating 60 years as an icon of mid-century modern design by offering room and dinner specials for its anniversary from Dec. 20 to the end of 2017.

Anniversary specials include 10 percent off a room, two welcome drinks, $10 in hotel bucks nightly, an evening arrival amenity, and a $10 room upgrade upon arrival (based on availability), according to a press release.

According to the release, although rates vary based on dates of stay, every day the special is available, one guest will be upgraded to a suite and enjoy two welcome drinks with the Upgrade A Day promotion.

A historical view of Hotel Valley Ho in downtown Scottsdale. (Submitted photo)

A historical view of Hotel Valley Ho in downtown Scottsdale. (Submitted photo)

Throughout December, ZuZu will serve an anniversary dinner special for guests to have dinner for two for $60, plus tax and gratuity, along with one starter or a shared bottle of house wine, two entrees, and one shared dessert, all selected from a special menu the release said.

The hotel, which hosted events from weddings to fashion shows, originally opened on Dec. 20, 1956, to accommodate the influx of winter visitors and tourists to Scottsdale in the mid-1950s and reopened on Dec. 20, 2005 after a major renovation that kept the signature architectural elements intact, the release said.

Designed by local architect, Edward L. Varney, the Valley Ho was the first hotel in Scottsdale with central air conditioning, and the first to remain open year-round, the release added, noting that it was also the first to employ Southwestern architecture and feature a European plan.

The original owners, Robert and Evelyn Foehl, were the quintessential host and hostess to celebrity guests including Bing Crosby, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis and Zsa Zsa Gabor. A popular Hollywood hideaway in the 1950s and 60s, Hotel Valley Ho is considered “one of the best-preserved mid-century hotels in the country,” according to architect and author Alan Hess in a prepared statement.

Other notables to the famous Hollywood hideaway were Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood who held their private wedding reception in the hotel’s ballroom in 1957. Mr. Wagner’s parents were regular guests at the hotel and wanted the couple to marry away from the Hollywood limelight.

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