Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale's old town arts area is listed on Scottsdale's Historic Register and is considered to be one of the best preserved mid-century hotels in America. If you've ever seen the old Hanna-Barbara animated TV show "The Jetsons", that will give you an idea of it's space-age charm.
Designed by Edward L. Varney, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, it opened in 1956 and quickly drew movie stars and famous ball players as frequent guests. The Ramada hotel chain bought the property in 1973 and redecorated to cover up the old 1950's design which was seen at the time to be outdated. Ramada operated the hotel until 2001 but since it had lost it's popularity, they let the maintenance on the property slide downhill. It closed in 2001 and was headed for the wrecking ball until admirers of it's architecture rallied to save it.
In 2002 it was purchased by Westroc Hotels & Resorts and renovation continued until 2005. The hotel's original jet-age design was restored but with all the features that modern travelers expect. George Jetson would love the place.