Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, Arizona $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
After years of vacancy (the estate was literally boarded up), the mid-century Hotel Valley Ho received more than just an architectural restoration by its new owners: It underwent a total 21st-century overhaul, resulting in free propertywide Wi-Fi, a full-service spa and fitness room, and two restaurants. (Choose between Cafe ZuZu, a comfort-food diner, and the legendary Trader Vic's, a Polynesian restaurant.) The 194 guest rooms are bright, cheery, and retro, with teal bed frames, terrazzo entries, and Eames task chairs. We recommend the Cabana King, with its outdoor patio mere steps from a huge center pool. In low season, you might even be able to pick up one of these for about $200 per night. Locals hang out in the Jetson-esque lobby bar because unlike at other hip hotels, there's no guest list, and the servers don't intimidate you with a trendier-than-thou attitude. On weekends, the hotel books up with bachelorette parties and Los Angeles weekenders, but even during the week, the Ho's laid-back style rubs off on convention-going guests. Hotel Valley Ho nails it on many levels: It's within walking distance of Old Town Scottsdale, and it has quality service, decor, and food.
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Worst hotel experience in my life. First night was great, on the second night, my boyfriend and I were awakened at 4:30am by a burglar digging through one of our... more