It's been 10 years since my last Biltmore stay. We suggested it to our friends when we all weto Phoenix for baseball spring training. It was a happy choice for us. The Biltmore exceeded my memories of it being a grand hotel with spacious grounds. Frank Lloyd Wright was a consulting architect on the creation of the Biltmore in the late 1920s. His influence resonates throughout down to the mission furniture and the exterior building blocks with geometric designs. Throughout its 85 year old history, various owners have added and updated while being true to the Lloyd Wright style of architecture. Owners have brought Wright designed stained glass panels and sculptures as additions to the original hotel property. The lighting, rugs, furniture and artwork throughout, were all Wright designed or influenced.
There's a private resort feeling to the extensive grounds. There are multiple swimming pools and a complete exercise facility. There's a spa and golf course which we didn't have time to try. The Biltmore was a welcome refuge to regroup from the desert sun with a cool beverage on the terrace. Terrace service at the Wright Bar was attentive. Curiously the front desk seemed understaffed for a Waldorf Astoria Hilton/Biltmore, as we had to wait or did not receive a response when we called down on occasion. Our friends enjoyed the additional amenities offered at the Ocatilla Villas. There's a reason why every American president since the Biltmore’s creation has stayed there. Presidential elegance. Admittedly some furnishings could use a refresh. There are other luxury facilities in the area, with better service, but without the history and extensive grounds.
- 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