Posted by: Patrick
March 29, 2013
One of the great things about Tempe is the people. Tempe has a lot of diversity, which in large part is due to Arizona State University. There are many restaurants that offer up cuisines from all over the world. We get visitors to our office everyday that are visiting our city from near and far. But one thing that I’ve noticed about Tempe is it doesn’t matter where you’re originally from, everyone here is really nice.
One such individual, who should be called the nicest man in Tempe in my opinion, is Otto Valdez, who works at the Tempe Mission Palms in their Guest Services Department. Otto moved to California from Guatemala in 1984. After living there for a few years, he and his family moved to Arizona, to be closer to family that was living here. He’s worked at the Tempe Mission Palms for 12 years.
Because Otto has been here a lot longer than I have, I asked him how Tempe has changed over the years. He said that the construction of Tempe Town Lake is the by far the biggest change and that it has been great for the area. “Tempe Beach Park keeps hotels and restaurants busy. It’s great for business,” he says. A lot of ASU parents and families stay at the Tempe Mission Palms when they come to visit their kids. Otto says most continue to stay at the hotel throughout their child’s time at school and they all develop a friendship throughout the years. “They become like family,” he says.
I was surprised to learn that quite a few celebrities have stayed at the hotel through the years. Otto has met a couple and seen many others. “Jeff Corwin, from Animal Planet, is extremely nice,” Otto tells me. He then points to a little, sitting area off to the side of the lobby and says to me, “You see over there? President Obama once stayed at our hotel before he was President and gave an interview sitting right there. “
Next time you’re staying at the Tempe Mission Palms or maybe you’re just hanging out in Harry’s Lounge for a drink, keep an eye out for Otto. If you see him, say hi. He’s the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.
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