What to Expect at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa:
In 1929 the Arizona Biltmore Resort was the first luxury resort built in the dusty Arizona desert. Frank Lloyd Wright was a consulting architect, and his touch is evident throughout.
Every U.S. president from Herbert Hoover through George W. has stayed here and famous honeymooners at this “jewel of the desert” include Nancy and Ronald Reagan. On a recent visit, the Arizona Biltmore felt a bit tired. But its recent acquisition by the Waldorf=Astoria collection may remedy that.
Guest Rooms at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa:
This sprawling facility eight miles northeast of downtown Phoenix holds 738 guest rooms with mission-style furnishings that reflect Wright’s vision. Spacious and airy, even modest rooms feature a work desk, well-stocked minibar (try local treats such as Arizona Iced Tea and Guadalajara Snack Mix), marble bath and double sinks topped by in-house brand amenities. Arizona Biltmore suites feature 10-15-foot ceilings, terraces or balconies and fireplaces (yes, it sometimes gets chilly).
Dining at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa:
Couples flock to Wright’s Restaurant, awarded the AAA Four-Diamond Award and listed on many “best of” lists. Dine on the lush, romantic patio with views of gorgeous landscaping. The chefs infuse traditional faves (beef, fish and chicken) with French/Asian/Southwest accents. Both the soufflé and decadent chocolate tower are worth the calories. Late afternoon tea is served in the lobby accompanied by fresh scones, mini-pastries, and itsy-bitsy sandwiches.
Weddings at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa:
Choose from among 40,000 square feet of unique ceremony and reception spaces at the Arizona Biltmore. Each ballroom and ceremony site reflects the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design ethic and offers views of manicured gardens and Squaw Peak Mountain. Several different Arizona Biltmore wedding packages are available. The stress-reducing “Ultimate Tranquility” package includes a pre-wedding trial make-up session, yoga/meditation session, massage, a mani/pedi, and gifts for the wedding party.
Honeymoon/Romantic Packages at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa:
The romance package at the Arizona Biltmore includes one night's accommodations, Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered the night of arrival, dinner for two, breakfast for two in their room or at the Cafe or Biltmore Grill, and a couples massage (tip included). The Arizona Biltmore also offers customized golf and shopping vacation packages.
What Does the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa Look Like?:
The historic Arizona Biltmore stands at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve in the Sonoran Desert. Its 39 acres contains eight swimming pools, seven tennis courts, an 18-hole putting course, and a 20,000-square foot full-service European spa, salon, and fitness center. It is much admired for its use of unique pre-cast "Biltmore Blocks," made from local desert sand and imprinted with geometric patterns inspired by the area’s ubiquitous palm trees.
Is the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa “Wright” for You?:
Perfumed with the scent of Old Money, the Arizona Biltmore may strike some as formal and fusty. But planned renovations are likely to attract a younger clientele once they are completed. The management is already trying hard — pool valets, special-occasion poolside parties, and private cabanas. Bottom line: If you’re an architecture buff and enjoy staying where the rich-and-famous still play, this is your place.
Find More Information About the Arizona Biltmore:
2400 East Missouri Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Hotel Web Site
As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary accommodation and meals at the Arizona Biltmore for the purpose of reviewing those services. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.