Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Valley Ho
Brightly colored rooms with hip, modern furniture make welcome guests at Hotel Valley Ho. From modular orange sofas to wood-paneled walls and funky fireplaces, the lobby is as fun a hang-out spot as the poolside bar, and the guest rooms are the largest in the downtown Scottsdale area.
- Relax with a massage at the full-service VH Spa, or get pampered all day with packages that combine facials, massages, mani-pedis, and more.
- Watch the sunset from your private patio or balcony.
- ZuZu and ZuZu Lounge: The onsite restaurant and lounge serve American cuisine with a fresh twist, such as ahi sliders and roasted cornish hen.
- Dive into one of two outdoor pools: OH Pool, Bar + Cabanas features live weekend entertainment and shady cabanas, while OHasis Pool allows for quiet and relaxation under the surrounding palm trees.
- Going green: The hotel makes sure to use green-certified cleaning products, supplies organic and biodegradable shower products, and participates in the Adopt-A-Road program.
Scottsdale, Arizona: Stucco Mansions amid Rocky Desert Landscape
Located just northeast of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale once served as ranch land where farmers grew oranges and lemons and cowboys kicked up dust in the fierce, dry heat. That era earned Scottsdale the nickname of “The West’s Most Western Town.” Today, it is an affluent city landscaped with lush green grass and lined with stucco mansions. For a glimpse of the city’s Old West roots, head to Old Town Scottsdale, where wooden boardwalks and hitching posts sit in front of a retro ice-cream parlor and rustic specialty shops.
Upon arriving in Scottsdale, you know you’re in the desert—cacti and tumbleweeds dot the landscape, and dry shrubs and gnarled trees cover the McDowell Mountains in the distance. To get a closer look at southwestern flora, head to the Desert Botanical Garden. There, themed trails wind past huge cacti and other moisture-hoarding succulents, best seen in the cooler early morning or twilight hours.