Roger Anderson checks into Scottsdale’s Arts District
It was a scorching 92F when we arrived; the heat was soon mitigated by the cool waters of the largest of the Valley Ho’s ample swimming pools. Later, looking across from our large and extremely comfortable, quietly air-conditioned room to the lights and palm trees of Scottsdale’s Arts District, it was hard to believe the night-time temperature was still in the 70s.
We dined at the retro-chic ZuZu, whose executive chef is Charles Wiley, widely celebrated for his light, yet intensely flavoured cuisine using local, seasonal ingredients. We tucked into delicious herb-roasted game hen and pan-seared scallops, washed down by a delightful chardonnay.
The Valley Ho’s state-of-the-art lighting and crisp modern furnishings belie the hotel’s extraordinary history. It was originally designed in the 1950s by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, and quickly became known as a haunt of Hollywood stars. Excellent spa facilities and a great atmosphere mean this is still the coolest place to stay in downtown Scottsdale.
Address: 6850 E Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Price: Standard room rates start from $160 in low season and $330 in high season