Hotel Valley Ho

Luxuriate underneath tall palms as you sip drinks, Old Hollywood-style


CODDLED BY A poolside recliner and battling the desert heat with blushing cocktails from the chic cabana bar, it’s easy to feel as glamourous and pampered as one of the Hollywood heavyweights that first made the Hotel Valley Ho famous in the late ’50s and ’60s.


Style and splendour abound, accented by tall palms and neat cacti gardens—from the clean lines and decorative concrete panels that mark the crescent-shaped wing and seven-story condo tower surrounding the pool, to pretty young things frolicking between sleek lounge furniture in the lobby or bar, to crisp streaks of modern art.


Reopened nearly two years ago, after an $80-million renovation, a host of modern upgrades have also been folded into the property. Standard rooms are 420 square feet (plus a small balcony or patio) and boast 32-inch LCD TVs, Bose Wave stereos, espresso machines, Wi-Fi access, luxurious terrazzo tile baths behind translucent walls and an overall clean, funky décor.


The VH (Vitality and Health) Spa, deemed one of the best in the U.S. by *Condé Nast Traveler*, offers a range of services from private treatments to cardio and weight-training equipment overlooking the pool.


And should an escape from all this cushy novelty be in order, the front desk also loans out Paul Frank bikes—because, given the property’s style palate and history of luminary guests, anything less would seem a bit pedestrian.


Rates start at US$320.


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