Hotel Spotlight — Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
By Elizabeth Kang
up in our Scottsdale Resort Spotlight series is the locally revered and
immensely family-friendly Arizona Biltmore.
for its captivating architecture, rich history and lavish surroundings, the Arizona
Biltmore is a luxurious and fun-filled family getaway. Set on 39-acres of
pristinely maintained landscaping, stunning fountains and eye-popping flora,
this elegant resort leaves a lasting impression. Read on to discover our top
reasons that make this Conde Nast 2018 Gold List-winning resort stand apart
from the rest.
A Notable Past. First opened in 1929 and soon
after dubbed the Jewel of The Desert, the elegant and iconic Arizona
Biltmore was (and still is) a favorite hideaway of socialites, politicians,
celebrities, and athletes. (Ronald and Nancy Reagan even spent their 1952
honeymoon in one of the resort’s original cottages.) Famous business tycoon
William Wrigley Jr. — of the Wrigley chewing gum brand — became the
Arizona Biltmore’s first sole owner in 1930, when he built the hotel’s very
first pool, the Catalina Pool, which is said to have been Marilyn
Monroe’s absolute favorite resort pool. She was often seen sunbathing and
resort has also inspired many an artist and musician, just as it did when
Irving Berlin wrote the iconic holiday song White Christmas, while
sitting by one of the Arizona Biltmore’s many sparkling pools. Also
created at the resort’s poolside was the original Tequila Sunrise
cocktail, invented in the late 1930’s by one of the Arizona Biltmore’s bartenders
at the time, Gene Sulit. It’s said that Sulit created the eye-catching cocktail
after a guest requested a new poolside libation.
and visitors who are interested in learning more about the Arizona Biltmore’s
rich and storied history are welcome to attend one of the resort’s History
Tours, which are given three times a week at 10 a.m. On Fridays at 6 p.m.,
the resort hosts a fun and lively Happy Hour History Tour.
The Stunning Architecture. Designed by
Harvard graduate and Frank Lloyd Wright student, Chase McArthur, the
Arizona Biltmore is regarded as an architectural masterpiece and Arizona
Landmark. The Biltmore has the honor of being the only hotel in the world
designed and inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.
the Arizona Biltmore’s lobby, guests can look up to admire the largest
gold-leaf ceiling in the world, and all throughout the resort one can spy the
famous and intricately designed concrete Biltmore Blocks, with patterns
that are said to represent the refraction of light.
resort completed at 50-million-dollar renovation in 1996, with guest rooms
which were redesigned and refurbished with a nod to the style of Frank Lloyd
Wright’s, and 1930’s glam.
Activities & Entertainment Galore! With a
staggering eight pools, 92-foot waterslide, full-service spa, weekend live
music, next-door Country Club, wine tastings, onsite shopping, tennis courts,
golf courses, and more, you and your family certainly won’t run out of things
to do at the Arizona Biltmore.
The resort boasts a pool for everyone in the family, including an exciting waterslide desert oasis, a family pool, a hidden, secluded pool, along with others, such as the aforementioned Catalina Pool favored by Marilyn Monroe. Cabanas are available as a respite from the sun, and a swim-up poolside bar makes it possible that you may never leave the pool at all.
from the sparking pools, active guests will love the two 18-hole golf courses
onsite, full-sized tennis courts, the well-appointed fitness center, and steam-sauna
on the property. Bike rentals are also available at the resort.
Those looking to relax will enjoy the award-winning, full-service Spa Biltmore, as well as an onsite salon and spa. Retail therapy can be found at one of the handful of shopping boutiques on the property, and epicureans won’t want to miss the culinary lessons and wine tastings offered throughout the year.
The Biltmore Block Party. For the
second year-in-a-row, The Arizona Biltmore is hosting a seasonal Biltmore
Block Party, which runs from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Back by popular
demand, the Biltmore Block Party pays homage to the simple Summertime fun you
had as a kid, but in a much more luxe environment, happily. Each weekend, the
resort hosts various activities, entertainment and seasonal dining options that
celebrate Summer fun.
will love the poolside snow cone pop-ups, dine-in family movies shown poolside,
foam parties, face painting, organized games like Simon Says, Musical
Chairs, Corn Hole, ect, and much more.
will get a kick out of the various themed pool parties, including Caribbean
Fridays, with island-themed cocktails and a live steel-drum band, and Fiesta
Saturdays, boasting taco stands, a margarita cart and more. Grown-ups and
big kids alike will be tickled to take a selfie at one of the Instagram-worthy
Selfie-Stations, complete with life-sized hashtags and a Marilyn Monroe
ImpressiveDining Options. When it comes to food, guests don’t have to choose between quantity and quality. Guests get both a large assortment and high-caliber food options at the Arizona Biltmore. They’ll be delighted to discover a delectable assortment of dining options to choose from, ranging from casual grab-n-go selections to white-tablecloth fine dining.
At Wright’s At The Biltmore, guests are treated to a meticulously thought-out-menu that highlights indigenous ingredients and pays tribute to the cuisine of both Native Americans and early American settlers. Serving nightly dinner and a luxurious Sunday buffet brunch, expect bold flavors, fresh ingredients and upscale cuisine in a modern-luxe setting at Wright’s At The Biltmore.
breakfast, lunch and dinner, Frank & Albert’s is a happy balance of
farm-fresh, quality cuisine with a welcoming, vibrant ambiance. From waffles,
omelets, pizzas, sandwiches, steaks and seafood, everyone will find their
favorites at Frank & Albert’s.
Cabana Club offers convenient poolside dining,
with a southwestern-themed-menu along with many alcoholic and non-alcoholic
beverage options. Order a carne asada torta, quinoa salad or a big plate of
nachos to enjoy by the pool.
The Cafe is your stop for hot and fresh coffee, a quick, light
breakfast and grab-n-go lunch fare such as sandwiches and salads.
a relaxing and delicious treat, make reservations at Afternoon Tea in
the Arizona Biltmore’s stunning lobby. Afternoon Tea includes all of the
makings of a classic, sumptuous afternoon tea, with tea sandwiches, hot and
iced tea, dainty desserts and mouthwatering pastries.
all of these reasons, as so many more, the Arizona Biltmore makes an
unforgettable family vacation, girls’ trip or couples retreat. The resort is
worth visiting at any time of the year, and there are especially great deals to
be found in the off-season months of June, July and August.