From the moment we booked this landmark hotel for Christmas Eve and Christmas, I couldn't wait to return to this wonderful venue. The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright brings you back to a time of splendor in the Valley where celebrities and presidents alike enjoyed top notch service, accommodations and food. A giant evergreen decorated with ornaments of all sizes and wrapped presents surrounding its trunk set the tone for the holiday decor. The lobby had a gingerbread house with a train running through it, several live trees with lights, etc. and lighted snowflakes suspended from wires across the ceiling -- a true winter wonderland!
Our room was large and appeared to be newly decorated with a large flat screen TV built into the wall. The last time we were here we stayed in a cottage where the decor was in time with Frank Lloyd Wright. This room was indicative of the Waldorf Astoria -- light with a hint of old hollywood glam.
My only complaint about the hotel is the automatic door that takes you from the lobby bar to the outdoor courtyard, the fire pits and the shops. It stays open way too long and ushers in the chill in the winter and the heat in the summer virtually making the top of the lobby bar very uncomfortable. I think that management should put a heater and an air conditioner above the doors, make them manual or move them to another location.
All in all, a must stay for anyone who wants to enjoy the Valley in class!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Polished and refined, the Arizona Biltmore,a Waldorf Astoria Resort shines brighter than ever following a grand restoration. This historic luxury resort has been a destination of inspiration for over 85 years spanning over 39 acres of lush gardens, 8 sparkling swimming pools and iconic architecture. Championship golf, the 22,000+ square foot Spa Biltmore 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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- Also Known As:
- Arizona Biltmore Hotel Phoenix