Scottsdale’s Executive House Arizonian grand opening was star-studded

Douglas C. Towne

Scottsdale went “hi-fi” in 1961 when the Executive House Arizonian opened in the “West’s Most Western Town.” The $3 million, 210-room resort at 4823 North Scottsdale Road, located just north of Camelback Road, was built on 10 acres with five wings facing a central patio. The Chicago-based hotel chain had outlets in Chicago, Washington D.C., Memphis, Puerto Rico, Aruba, and Dutch Guinea.

Resort amenities included two swimming pools, a sun deck, and a nine-hole putting green. Sustenance was provided by the Sun Dial coffee shop, while the upscale Fountain Room offered dancing along with dining. In addition, the glass-enclosed La Roca cocktail lounge dispensed adult beverages overlooking a rock garden and waterfall.

The resort was most proud of their rooms’ interior features, according to an article in The Arizona Republic in 1961. These conveniences included a refrigerator, coffeemaker, blackout curtains, and a mirrored panel that opened to produce an ironing board and iron, the latter of which shut off thanks to an automatic timer.

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