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Celebrities Spotted in Scottsdale

Scottsdale has been the desert playground of choice for celebrities since the 1950s when classic Hollywood stars like Zsa Zsa Gabor and Bing Crosby graced the corridors of Hotel Valley Ho with their elegant style and charm. By 1957, most of Hollywood had found its second home at the resort – and in Scottsdale – when Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood said their “I dos” at the now historic property. Hotel Valley Ho’s tennis courts also were stomping grounds for several stars, and the lobby lounge was a favorite of Jimmy Durante, who would fight fits of insomnia with spontaneous concerts on the hotel piano.

Today’s celebrities are following in the footsteps of these timeless Hollywood stars, making Scottsdale their Sonoran Desert haven for rest and relaxation – far from the prying lenses of the paparazzi and congested streets of Los Angeles and New York City. Scottsdale’s amenities have grown exponentially since the days of Bing, and current VIPs are taking full advantage of the city’s stylish resorts, world-class shopping and dynamic nightlife.

Everyone’s favorite hip-hop power couple, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, ditched the beaches of Saint-Tropez to celebrate their honeymoon at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. And who could forget that star-studded week of Super Bowl XLIX in February 2015 when downtown Scottsdale hosted the likes of George Clooney, Usher and John Legend. But Scottsdale’s list of celebrity visitors certainly doesn’t end there. The following is just a sample of celebrity favorites that have stayed and played at some of Scottsdale’s finest.

Hotel Valley Ho

  • 311, band
  • Amare Stoudemire, basketball player, Miami Heat
  • Diane Keaton, acress
  • Hugh Jackman, actor
  • Ice Cube, rapper and actor
  • Jamie Foxx, singer and actor
  • Luke Wilson, actor
  • Rainn Wilson, actor
  • Vampire Weekend, band
  • Vince Neil, singer for Mötley Crüe
  • Yo-Yo Ma, world-renowned cellist

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

  • Arnold Palmer, golf legend
  • Cindy Crawford, supermodel
  • Diana Ross, singing legend
  • Gerald Ford, fomer President of the United States
  • Jack Nicklaus, golf legend
  • Kevin Costner, actor
  • Liza Minelli, musical legend
  • Michael Douglas, actor
  • Michael Jordan, basketball legend
  • Mike Meyers, actor
  • Naomi Cammpbell, model
  • Olivia Newton-John, singer and actress
  • Ray Charles, musical legend
  • Robin Williams, actor
  • Serena Williams, tennis star

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

  • Bill Clinton, former President of the United States
  • Craig Ferguson, comedian
  • Ice T and Coco, rapper and actor, actress
  • John MnCain, U.S. Senator (R-Ariz.)
  • Karina Smirnoff, dancer
  • U.S. President Barack Obama
  • Taylor Swift, singer and songwriter
  • Toby Keith, country singer

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

  • Bobby Flay, celebrity chef
  • Britney Spears, singer
  • Drea De Matteo, actress
  • Fleetwood Mac, rock band
  • Gene Hackman, actor
  • Jay-Z and Beyoncé, rapper and singer
  • Lisa Loeb, singer
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov, ballet legend
  • Muhammad Ali, boxing legend
  • Steve Nicks, singer for Fleetwood Mac
  • Usher, singer
  • Vince Vaughn, actor

Scottsdale Fashion Square

  • Angelina Jolie, actress
  • Christie Brinkley, model
  • Jennifer Aniston, actress
  • Kate Spade, fashion designer
  • Kelly Rowland, singer
  • Mario Lopez, actor
  • Sarah Jessica Parker, actress
  • Selena Gomez, singer and actress
  • Tim Gunn, TV personality
  • Jay-Z and Beyoncé, rapper and singer
  • Mike Ditka, legendary football coach and player
  • Ice T and Coco, rapper, actor/actress
  • Richard Branson, TV personality and business mogul
  • Lenny Kravitz, musician
  • Kevin Hart, comedian
  • Jamie Foxx, actor
  • Charles Barkley, NBA Hall-of-Famer and analyst
  • Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints quarterback
  • Darius Rucker, musician

Southbridge District

  • Al Pacino, actor
  • Jenny McCarthy, actress and author 
  • Joey Fatone, TV personality and singer
  • Lacey Chabert, actress 
  • Tamara Feldman, actress
  • Wyclef Jean, musician
  • Tyrese Gibson, model, actor and singer
  • Whitney Houston, legendary singer

The Hermosa Inn

  • Clark Gable, legendary actor
  • David Koechner, comedian and actor
  • David Spade, comedian and actor
  • Diane Ladd, actress
  • Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State
  • Hugh Downs, broadcast legend
  • Jane Seymour, actress
  • Jeffrey Siegel, pianist
  • John Wayne, legendary actor
  • Kate Spade, fashion designer
  • Olivia Newton John, singer and actress

TPC Scottsdale

  • Alice Cooper, musician
  • Bill Clinton, former President of the United States
  • Bill Murray, actor and comedian
  • George Lopez, comedian
  • George W. Bush, former President of the United States 
  • Josh Duhamel, actor
  • Justin Timberlake, singer and actor
  • Michael Phelps, legendary swimmer
  • Mark Wahlberg, actor

W Scottsdale

  • Bai Ling, actress
  • Brittany Snow, actress
  • Fall Out Boy, rock band
  • Giovanni Ribisi, actor
  • James Caan, actor
  • Jamie Foxx, musician and actor
  • Jordin Sparks, singer and American Idol winner
  • Luke Wilson, actor
  • Usher, singer