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“Wonderful and relaxing getway” 5 of 5 stars
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Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85016   |  
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Ranked #32 of 174 Hotels in Phoenix
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“Wonderful and relaxing getway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This hotel is really something special for a leisurely family vacation. Excellent hotel, nice rooms, great spa, exceptional services and restaurants that are some of the best in the area. Frankly, there is no reason to leave the resort.

Don't miss the Sunday brunch at Wright's a phenomenal and well worth the price. From shrimp and crab to 5 small plates that you can order as many as you like, awesome desserts and a wide variety of salads and other options. Frank and Albert's is also a very good breakfast.

Service is top notch throughout the resort from the time you meet the valet's when you arrive, the front desk, pools, spas, restaurants, etc. They make you feel special and like they are glad you are there - a far cry from many other hotels these days.

Have stayed here before and definitely plan to return again! Highly recommend this hotel for a relaxing vacation.

Room Tip: Rooms with patios offer indoor and outdoor options. Rooms are very well appointed.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

In July 2014 we stayed at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore which was built in 1929 by Frank Lloyd Wright and one of his former students. The resort is sprawling, and the grounds are magnificent, with a lovely view of nearby mountains. The staff was extraordinarily friendly and helpful too, very well trained for the hospitality business.

Seems this hotel was very popular with “old Hollywood”, often frequented by the likes of Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. Supposedly Irving Berlin wrote the song “White Christmas” while sitting by one of their pools. Every U.S. president since Herbert Hoover has stayed there at one time or another. They have historical photographs on display all throughout the resort, which were really interesting to see. One thing that struck us was an aerial view of the resort taken in the 1930s… the hotel was literally the only thing in sight… the entire town has since sprung up around it. Quite a contrast between then and now. I read that the AZ Biltmore has more gold-leaf than any other building in the world other than the Taj Mahal. Their massive ceilings in the lobby and other public areas are lined with it.

Our room (located on the 3rd floor of the main building) was spacious and comfortable, and we had a beautiful garden and mountain view. Robes for guest use are provided.

There are two excellent restaurants on the premises. Both are on the pricey side, but well worth it. Service at both restaurants was exemplary. Frank & Albert’s is the more casual of the two eateries. They feature basic fare but made with local/fresh ingredients, even the hamburger buns were fresh baked. Very tasty! If you’re a fan of margaritas, their “Prickly Pear Margarita” was perfection!

The fancier restaurant at the Arizona Biltmore is “Wright’s”. According to TripAdvisor as of the date of our stay, Wright’s is the #2 rated restaurant out of 2,565 restaurants in Phoenix and with it being located right in our hotel we figured we might as well take advantage of the proximity. Very happy we did, our meal was wonderful. The menu features “old school” entrees (but with fresh interpretations) and every bite was excellent. It’s a tradition that when Wright’s presents you the bill they also give you a plate of home-spun cotton candy “because no one wants to just get a bill!” You gotta like that philosophy!

There are mutliple pools on the property, including one with a fun 29-foot water slide. During the summer months the pools are open late into the evening since sometimes it’s just too hot to swim in the blazing midday heat.

Hat’s off to the landscapers and groundskeepers at the Arizona Biltmore; the gardens are a work of art and the grounds are maintained impeccably. Needless to say, considering the players involved, the architecture is fascinating and unlike any other place I’ve ever visited.

Overall I’d highly recommend the Arizona Biltmore as a destination, but not in July… The temperature was a mere 113 degrees when we were there and it “cooled off” to the low 90s in the evenings. Even by AZ standards that was unusually hot. I’m thinking this would be a fabulous place to visit in say February, for example!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Came for a conference. Was glad there's a shopping plaza down the road (you will pay for car service or wait for the shuttle) that was within walking distance though I don't believe there's a sidewalk the whole way. Restaurant did not have organic/free range/wild caught options for the price and waitstaff uneducated on food sources. Complex is huge and pretty, but can be difficult to navigate especially at night.

Room Tip: don't get a room by the pool if you like quiet
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The amenities that I'm interested in include are a coffee pot in room, ability to order something smaller than a 16 inch pizza, easy to connect to power for computer, phone. Room TOO dark -- I was charged for minibar I did not check out or drink -- process improves opportunities. So an option for Business Travelers... :) if you don't need us --- no worries.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Room update will bring you back to the 5 Star Mobile resort you once were. One of the best breakfasts ever, and best waiter staff. The overall resort is elegance and has old time class. The architecture is Frank Lloyd Wright. The grounds of the resort are beautiful and manicured with precision, location of the resort is ideal for travel to Scottsdale or downtown Phoenix. One of the best old time resort in Arizona.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We stayed at this hotel for two nights and did the all inclusive package. The food was absolutely excellent and way more than we could eat. It was very hot so we spent most of the time at the main pool. I would definetly reccommend this resort to a friend.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We have visited the grounds of this beautiful and historical hotel numerous times during trips to Phoenix. This time around we decided to stay a couple nights here. Awesome friendly and helpful staff. The food at Frank and Alberts is fantastic the pool area is beautiful and clean...freshly renovated Art Deco designed rooms keeps the theme of the era alive. I recommend this " jewel of the desert" to anyone wanting to experience pampered 5 star excellence.

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Address: 2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85016
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Location: United States > Arizona > Central Arizona > Phoenix
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Phoenix
#5 Spa Hotel in Phoenix
#8 Luxury Hotel in Phoenix
#15 Romantic Hotel in Phoenix
#29 Family Hotel in Phoenix
#29 Business Hotel in Phoenix
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 738
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arizona Biltmore,a Waldorf Astoria Resort has been a destination of inspiration for over 85 years. 39 Acres of lush gardens, 8 swimming pools and iconic architecture stir a city to life, provide safe haven to celebrities and presidents, and play muse to guests' whims and wishes throughout this historical luxury resort. Championship golf, a 22,000+ square foot spa and fitness center, multiple restaurants, and a variety of amenities await you. Experience the unrivaled grace of this timeless treasure with a spirited soul. ... more   less 
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