Retro Respite in Old Town Scottsdale


October 11, 2021
Words by Lauren Ertl
Photos courtesy of Hotel Valley Ho

Step back in time to the days of Elvis, baby blue Thunderbirds, red lipstick, and swing dancing late into the night at Scottsdale’s favored retro resort, Hotel Valley Ho. 

As classic as this hotel may seem to the modern eye, when the property first opened in 1956 it was the Valley’s epicenter of trendy, futuristic design. It’s no wonder the cast and poured concrete walls of the original hotel housed the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Bette Davis and more on their jaunt through the Sonoran desert. 

Whether you and your partner have an affinity for Mid-Century Modern design or simply wish to experience the best that Scottsdale has to offer, Hotel Valley Ho is sure to knock your socks off. 

First off, Its central location near Old Town Scottsdale and Sky Harbor International Airport makes it a great choice for accommodating your bachelor and bachelorette crew or wedding guests. The spacious, glass-walled rooms offer airy patios, all with views of desert mountains no matter what direction you face.

Take full advantage of the incredible vistas by selecting the rooftop patio for your ceremony. Wedding party members get their very own elevator entrance to the roof–perfect for the bride’s grand entrance. Love birds get to exchange “I do’s” with a backdrop of Scottsdale’s crown jewel, Camelback Mountain. Other ceremony locations on the property offer classy garden party feels, charmed by towering historic palm trees. Receptions can be held in the garden as well, up at the rooftop, or in the property’s “Sands” building with its own bar and private patio for in-door, out-door entertaining. All packages factor in a room for the couple on their wedding night, but if you want to go all out, the “Big Bash” includes a two-night stay in a Tower Suite, breakfast on both days, a special amenity on the wedding night, and more!

Looking for the perfect brunch spot for you and your gals on the bachelorette weekend? Café Zuzu is right on sight and offers the yummiest cocktails, melt-in-your-mouth pastries, and scrumptious plates. At night, the cafe transitions into a delightful diner, offering everything from casual bites, expertly crafted entrees and the local favorite, Show Stopper Shake, an oversized, over-the-top milkshake with house-made ingredients piled on top. Milkshake-themed rehearsal dinner, anyone? Hotel Valley Ho’s catering team has you covered. 

If balmy temperatures, sunny skies, bright fuchsia bougainvillea, incredible cuisine, and cactus-covered mountains beckon to you and your partner’s taste, think of the desert oasis, Scottsdale, Arizona for your picture-perfect destination wedding.

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