True to the vision of the Mid-Century Modern design pioneers.
This historic property began as the Papago Motor Hotel. It was built in the mid 1960’s with clean and simple lines that integrate with nature, a style called Mid-Century Modern. The Papago's dining room has ample windows, big beams and an open floor plan that is a classic example of their mantra, “form and function are one.”
The leader of the Mid-Century Modern design craze that swept the nation after World War II was Frank Lloyd Wright. While Wright churned out some of the most famous homes and buildings of the era, his nearby school in the Sonoran Desert, Taliesin West, churned out enthusiasts. Wright taught that architecture could be genuinely transformative. To Wright, buildings like people must be sincere and must be true. Architecture was about nourishing the lives of those who lived within these spaces. Wright’s philosophy was that we all deserved to live beautiful lives in beautiful circumstances and he created architecture that served that aspiration.
All these years later, the Papago Inn remains true to Wright’s original philosophy. The entire property has been updated inside and out but has kept the open and inviting Mid-Century Modern design. Our guest rooms are sleek and uncluttered. Our naturally flowing exterior corridors, which look upon the flower-filled courtyard, aviary and outdoor pool provide a sense of serenity. You can swim or relax with a cocktail at the original pool where bikinis and rock and roll first made their appearances. Our Hole in the Rock lounge, one of the oldest, continuously-operated cocktail lounges in Scottsdale, remains a friendly place to gather.
As the Papago Inn begins its second half-century, it remains an oasis in a busy world, and sincere to the vision of Frank Lloyd Wright.