An Arizona architectural gem
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort isn’t called the Jewel of the Desert on a whim. Built in 1929, the stunning Phoenix hotel was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s protégé, Albert Chase McArthur. The Biltmore sits on 39 acres and over the years, the historic property has played host to the world’s most famous faces including U.S. presidents, movie stars — Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable — and international dignitaries.
Guest rooms come in a variety of choices, from quaint cottages to spacious suites, and dining options are just as varied, all with a charming Southwestern flair that still remains elegant and sophisticated.
A natural and organic spa is chock-full of relaxing treatments and seven tennis courts come equipped with USPTA pros on hand for lessons. But don’t forget about the Arizona Biltmore Country Club, which offers 36 holes over two courses dotted with lakes, palm trees and plenty of Arizona sun.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The beauty of the property’s location is that even though you’re only 20 miles from metropolitan Phoenix, the Biltmore still feels secluded and like a true resort.
• Cushioned up next to the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, with Squaw Peak in the background, this luxury hotel provides the perfect Arizona respite.
• Treat yourself to a movie-star style spa treatment, with detoxifying green tea seaweed wraps and rose quartz facials.
• The Arizona Biltmore Country Club includes golf courses with a 50-year history and the Adobe Restaurant on the links pays homage to famous guests such as John F. Kennedy.
Things to Know
• The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort shines as the prime example of the Frank Lloyd Wright style of architecture famous in the area.
• The unit block design of the structure is signature Frank Lloyd Wright, and the blocks showcase a geometric pattern meant to signify a newly cut palm tree, while the lush outdoor landscape is dotted with real palms swimming pools and plenty of gardens.
• Stained glass and Southwestern patterns can be seen throughout the hotel’s lobby but don’t forget to look up at the golf leaf ceiling that has impressed guests for years.
• The classic design style permeates throughout the Biltmore, including its guest rooms. Lodgings are outfitted in soothing colors of tan and cream accented by rust and green tones.
• Wood furniture is utilized for desks, media consoles, chair and nightstands, and plush bedding beckons guests to crawl in for a good night’s sleep.
• While the property’s location affords some guest room views of the nearby mountains, garden and city view rooms are also quite charming.
• The relaxing nature of the rooms meshes well with the tranquil outdoor environment, although modern amenities such as cable TV, in-room movies and high-speed Internet keep anything from feeling outdated.
• The hotel’s signature restaurant, Wright’s, serves an à la carte menu using seasonal and local ingredients. Wright’s also offers nightly dinner tasting menus with plates such as Alaskan halibut with jumbo lump crab, asparagus and béarnaise sauce.
• Wright’s is also known for its Sunday brunch, where you can find options such as seared scallops with roasted corn and black bean pico de gallo along with a chimichurri sauce.
• The Wright Bar is a sophisticated spot that continues the classic Frank Lloyd Wright aesthetic seen throughout the entire property. Must-try cocktails include the famous Tequila Sunrise, which originated at the bar during the Arizona Biltmore’s early years.
• The food menu changes regularly, but you can expect bites such as a Sonoma duck lollipop made with crispy duck confit and raspberry-orange jam.
• For a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner, stop by Frank & Albert’s. A special kids’ menu makes this a great spot for families, and a daily happy hour serves a selection of small eats including pretzel bites and short rib mac and cheese.