Renovation Revitalizes The Hermosa Inn
The Hermosa Inn started as cowboy artist, Alonzo “Lon” Megargee’s one-room studio in the 1930s. Today the boutique Paradise Valley property is one of the most uniquely Arizona hotels in the Valley of the Sun. As part of a recent $5.5 million remodel 10 new luxury guest casitas grace The Hermosa Inn
The overhaul of the six-acre, four-diamond resort also included the renovation of 12 historic rancho casitas and the expansion of the popular Lon’s Last Drop bar and patio.
“Maintaining the integrity and character of Hermosa Inn and the dream that once inspired its inception, was at the forefront of this renovation and expansion,” said Managing Director Stephen Ast.
I’m embarrassed to say that despite living in Phoenix for ages, I hadn’t been to The Hermosa Inn until last year, and that my recent stay was my first full experience of the property. Thanks to the remodel, good things come to those who wait.
I love that the 43-room property is tucked into a neighborhood of exclusive homes in what is arguably one of the best parts of town. It’s location and architecture made me feel like I was coming home, rather than going to a hotel.
The Spanish Mexican architectural flavor was preserved in the remodel, evidenced by a brand new reception area that blends seamlessly with the design of the property. Walking inside is like entering into what I imagine a tourist thinks the Wild West looks like—dark woods, Southwest motif floor coverings, cowboy hats, wagon wheels and a friendly desk clerk that has a genuine handle bar mustache. Room keys are still actual keys-when was the last time you’ve seen that?!?
One thing that has always struck me about The Hermosa Inn is the beautifully landscaped grounds. Walking to my deluxe casita, colorful flowers pave the way, and iconic Camelback Mountain rises in the background. I can see how Megargee’s art was easily inspired in this setting.
The new casitas are set in a courtyard and all have an outdoor sitting area to enjoy the view. Inside there are 700-square feet to enjoy. The décor could best described as 21st century cowboy chic. The floors are done in a European white oak, and ceilings are vaulted with a cool skylight that has remote control shutters. As someone who likes a pitch-black room to sleep in, I think this touch is pure genius.
The sitting area features a beehive fireplace, with oversized leather chairs that invite you to sink into them. The centerpiece of the main room is a wrought iron and wood canopy bed draped with romantic gauzy sheers. The mesquite tables and dressers were handcrafted in Tubac, Arizona. A closer look at the quirky artwork reveals that they’re Megargee originals.
The bathroom blends old and new with a shower easily big enough for two, and a clawfoot tub that is definitely sized for one.
I like that turndown service isn’t a chocolate on the pillow, instead it’s a plate of cookies. I see the hotel has left me an amenity to pair with the dessert. Not the classic milk and cookies, but the, “they must know me” pairing with a bottle of red wine.
The Hermosa Inn has always been known for Lon’s restaurant and its Last Drop Bar. I’m not surprised to learn that the bar was inspired by Megargee’s love of drink and named for his most famous painting, “Last Drop From His Stetson.” During the remodel the bar doubled its interior and outdoor seating. The patio is consistently voted best dining patio in Phoenix and now has five more fire pits and additional couch seating. Libations feature Arizona wine, beer and craft cocktails.