Scottsdale is known for its luxurious accommodations and head-to-toe pampering with some of the world’s most gracious hotels. What makes these hotels and their spas excel are the desert botanicals and other natural ingredients infused into unique healing treatments that create the ultimate in relaxation and renewal. Now, two newly-remodeled Scottsdale hotels have added class and elegance to your accommodation choices.

Modern elegance amid magnificent scenery

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Mountain Shadows Resort, Paradise Valley for classic luxury (c) Photo courtesy of Mountain Shadows Resort.

Mountain Shadows Resort, Paradise Valley

Reopened in 2017, Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley is a classic luxury hotel located on Arizona’s only par 3, 18-hole golf course. Take in the exquisite views of Camelback Mountain as you meander along the property and you’ll discover a bold, bright retreat you won’t want to leave.

What impressed me most was the thoughtful design and wonderful amenities found in my deluxe accommodations, like a dressing table and magnifying mirror right across from the bathroom and a stand-alone shower, surrounded by drapes for privacy.

Opt for a stunning Immerse Premium guest room that features a freestanding bathtub looking out at the mountain and pairs perfectly with a glass of Merlot. Peruse The Gallery featuring Arizona artists and images of past celebrities like Lucille Ball and Bob Hope who were constant visitors to the hotel.

Dine at Hearth 61, recalling the year Paradise Valley became a town, offering a signature sunken living room, open kitchen and seasonal menu.

From March to October, guests can enjoy poolside cabana dinners including a 5-course dinner from the chef with accompanying wines. You can also keep your fitness at peak levels at the high-tech fitness center with innovative outdoor classes.

A true Scottsdale icon

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Recently restored to its former splendor, Hotel Valley Ho. Photo courtesy of Hotel Valley Ho.

Hotel Valley Ho, returned to its former splendor

The moment you walk into this hotel, you’ll think you’ve stepped back in time to another era. When the hotel opened in 1956, it was a showplace of luxury and mid-century modern architecture for Hollywood celebrities.

Recently restored to its former splendor, Hotel Valley Ho has been updated with the latest, high tech amenities, while keeping its original charm. Kitschy colors of bright gold and orange, along with furniture from the 50s and 60s, make it a swanky escape, perfectly located next to Scottsdale’s Old Town.

Enjoy seasonal American cuisine at ZuZu. Start your day with the world’s best breakfast scones or have a Tuscan kale salad for lunch. In the evening, relax in the lounge with a handcrafted martini. Treat yourself to a hot stone massage at the VH Spa for Vitality & Health.

Check out their “Magical History Tour” from Ace Bailey and learn more about the original architecture and other secrets of this grand hotel. You’re certain to feel the spirits of Hollywood’s former A-listers.