Historic Scottsdale Hotel
Our story has a history that gives the community roots and is an establishment that is part of the heart of Scottsdale. Owned by the Silverman family of Scottsdale for more than 60 years, the resort is a throwback to the city's gentler days, before the million-dollar condominiums and high-end retail transformed the area. From the flirtatious whistling parrots in the lobby to the elaborate fountains on the patio, the mood is refreshingly relaxed and wonderfully serene.
The Ray Silverman family is considered true pioneers of Scottsdale tourism. They have been part of the fabric of this community for decades.
Located on the northeast corner of Scottsdale and Chaparral Roads is where it all began. Ray brought his wife Lee, two sons and daughter to Scottsdale Arizona in 1953 to escape the harsh Midwest winters in Iowa. Looking at downtown Phoenix, downtown Mesa and Scottsdale, something told him that Scottsdale was special and that’s where he needed to be.
Scottsdale had but 2,000 residents and Scottsdale Road was still two-lanes and the twenty acres of prime desert land is where Chaparral Suites stands today. Their Guest Ranch wasn’t even in Scottsdale, much less at its heart. In 1953, Scottsdale only stretched north to Camelback Road, so the Silverman property, which is geographically in the southern third of the city today, was north of the border in the 1950s. Soon after the Silverman’s had arrived and as Scottsdale started to grow, city limits had changed and their hotel was then located right in the heart of Scottsdale.
Ray Silverman, hotelier and philanthropist, bought the then 12 suite Paradise Valley Guest Ranch in 1953. He built a swimming pool, bought furniture, hired a maid & gardener, opened the doors and waited for tourists’ to arrive. A few years later Ray had doubled the size of the guest ranch to 24 suites and by the late 1950’s he had expanded to 37 units, doubled his land to 20 acres and put his 10 year old son Tom to work at the switchboard.
"The season was February and March, and in the summer, everybody shut down, there was no business." The following summer, Ray Silverman advertised for Phoenix residents to, "Come spend your summer in cool Scottsdale." For $100.00 a month, the big-city dwellers could reserve a cooled apartment “to survive the heat” and shortly thereafter, summer guests began to arrive.
In 1978, the Silverman’s decided to expand again and closed the guest ranch. They rebuilt a 211 all-suite hotel and in 1980 the hotel re-opened and was renamed the Granada Royal Hometel which was the first all-suites franchise chain. The Embassy Suites bought the Granada Royale brand in 1984 and the Silvermans’ hotel was renamed the Scottsdale Embassy Suites. They expanded once again and added another 100 guest suites in 1985.
When the Embassy Suites contract expired in 1999, the Silverman’s renamed the hotel “Chaparral Suites Hotel”. Throughout, the only difference has been the name change, everything else is the exactly the same, family owned since 1953, same management and same amenities. In December 1999, the hotel opened the Chaparral Conference Center, a state-of-the-art conference center with 11,200 square feet of function space to accommodate 1,400 guests for a reception or more than 900 guests if set banquet style. An additional 6,600-square-foot foyer provides a variety of private entryways to the ballroom.
Our claim to fame includes winter visitors who have stayed at Chaparral Suites for eight weeks at a time, some staying with us since 1980. In the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s our hotel was frequented by popular singers, actors, actresses and sports celebrities; Don Ameche, Phyllis Diller, Harry Caray and Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize, Rosemary Clooney, Red Buttons and Caesar Romero, just to mention a few. Carole Silverman, Ray and Lee’s daughter and Co-Owner, remembers riding horses through the orange groves and the sparsely populated desert with the legendary radio commentator Walter Winchell’s son.
When Ray and Lee Silvermans’ family home faced demolition in 1978, they gave their home to the city of Scottsdale and today it provides offices at West World. Ray Silverman was inducted into the Scottsdale History Hall of Fame in 1994 and has contributed immeasurably to the rich heritage of Scottsdale, dating back to its modern-day founding in 1888 by Army Chaplain Winfield Scott.
Our General Manager and Co-Owner, Tom Silverman offers the importance of strong ethics and has instilled these values in all areas of our operation. He says one of the biggest lessons that he learned from upbringing is ethics. As a child, Tom Silverman assisted his father with front desk and maintenance duties at the family-owned Paradise Valley Guest Ranch. He graduated from Arizona State University, with a degree in business management. He continued working at the Guest Ranch and later became General Manager.
Chaparral Suites Hotel is truly a family business. The General Manager, Tom Silverman, co-owns the hotel along with his brother, Richard and sister, Carole, who is the hotel's Director of Food and Beverage.
The Silverman’s would not have it any other way, being a family-owned and managed hotel; they take great pride in our private ownership. They are proud of the value we offer to our guests and the longevity of our staff shows our dedication to excellent service. Our commitment to guest satisfaction and the value we offer is our number one goal in making your stay in Scottsdale a very memorable experience! They take great pride in the level of service we provide, in our reputation for quality and our commitment to you, our guests.
Be sure to visit the 4th Floor Grille & Sports Bar for a pleasant surprise of historic Scottsdale photos and old time charm. The 4th Floor Grille and Sports Bar is Scottsdale’s hidden gem.
Welcome to Chaparral Suites!