Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort - Review
Innovating High Style in the Desert
The front of the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in the evening
Grand Dame of Arizona treats her guests like royalty.
Known as the "Jewel of the Desert," the Arizona
Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort pioneered the state’s
luxury hotel experience when it opened in 1929. The décor
was inspired by consulting architect, Frank Lloyd Wright,
whose stained glass design in an entrance foyer wall has
spawned many a variation of, "Meet us at the stained
glass." The gold-leaf ceiling is among the lobby's
opulent features, and photos of celebrities who have vacationed
in the resort adorn the lobby walls. Hollywood idols Clark
Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned here; Herbert Hoover
and almost every president since has stayed at this baronial
landmark; the spectacular Adobe golf course was Gable’s
favorite; and Marilyn Monroe loved the Catalina swimming
Biltmore's facilities are expansive, from the hotel, cottages
and villa suites (with well-appointed amenities) to winding
paths, lush lawns, gardens, palm trees, cacti, dazzling
fountains and eight pools. In addition, guests can choose to stay at the property's "hotel-within-a-hotel," Ocatilla at Arizona Biltmore. This luxurious mix of modern and traditional Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design houses an exclusive lounge with 24-hour concierge only available to Ocatilla guests. Rooms are equipped with top-quality features, including flat-screen HD televisions, iPod docks, high-speed Internet, granite and mosaic bathrooms with Kohler sinks and Pascal Morabito amenities and panoramic pool, garden or mountain views.
18-hole championship golf courses, tennis courts, state-of-the-art
spa, all-age-friendly fitness center and Kids Korral,
with supervised weekend and holiday sports activities,
arts and games cover the magnificent property’s
39 acres. Even
pets (up to 50 pounds) are pampered in this sophisticated
wonderland, with a welcome cookie, commemorative bowl
and place mat, special room-service menu, walking tour
map and dedicated areas to run and play on grassy lawns.
Just strolling the grounds is a glorious pastime. You
might, as we did, come upon some cheerful surprises, such
as a few college scholars honing their lacrosse skills.
You can also enjoy a range of activities, from a resort
history tour to the more unusual cigar rolling and family
every afternoon from November to May, the Biltmore’s
traditional Afternoon Tea in the Lobby Tea Court is a
special treat, presided over by the Tea Lady who seems
to have come directly from central casting. A charmer,
she serves a choice of seventeen teas accompanied by tea
sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and pastries.
The Wright Bar, with its oversized fire pits and terrace view of gardens and Squaw Peak, combines the latest martinis and one-of-a-kind Biltmore martinis with tasty "Hi-Tini Bites." Guests
love the impressive indoor-outdoor Biltmore Block fireplace with a hand-fabricated steel hood at the appealing
Frank & Albert's restaurant, featuring a menu of Arizona comfort foods and American classics accented with local flavors. The fine dining Wright's at the Biltmore boasts a wine cellar that is among the most extensive
in the valley; it also hosts special wine-pairing dinners.
Open for dinner (slacks and a collared shirt required
for men) and an elaborate Sunday Brunch, it offers an
imaginative variety of tastes. A menu for children twelve
and under is available in all the restaurants.
time you visit this glamorous but casual, dynamic but
serene, lively but tranquil, revered and adored Grand
Dame, you will be thankful for all the wishes she grants
and the wonderful memories you take home.
Frank & Albert's
Wright's at the Biltmore