Waldorf Astoria Honors Local History With This Resort Renovation
If you haven’t yet visited the iconic Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria resort in Phoenix, there’s no better time than now. Steeped in history with a touch of old-school glamour, this jewel of the southwest has hosted presidents, movie stars and foreign dignitaries since the earliest days of Arizona’s foray into tourism, which began to flourish in the 1920s. The expansive grounds of this ravishing resort have recently undergone a full facelift, boasting stunning suites and private villas, unparalleled dining experiences, seven sparkling pools and an exclusive 21+ club for those seeking a more intimate and tailored experience. Plus, with its proximity to the best shopping, dining and outdoor pursuits that Phoenix has to offer, there’s no shortage of ways to have fun in the sun and soak up all the vacation vibes when you make the Biltmore your next destination.
Since its grand opening gala in 1929—one that snowballed into a three-day event in order to accommodate 600 distinguished guests—the resort has evolved significantly, yet continues to maintain its original grandeur and sense of intrigue and allure. The Arizona Biltmore was conceived by the McArthur brothers from Chicago who leaned on influence from Frank Lloyd Wright. Fun fact: they paid $10,000 to borrow inspiration from Wright’s architectural block design patent, only to discover that he didn’t actually own it. What began as a vehicle for boosting Arizona tourism has become a must-visit historical destination with a rich history. The Arizona Biltmore has endured everything from a six-alarm fire in the 1970s to a complete $150 million redesign in 2021—nearly 100 years since its original construction. Be sure to book a 90-minute tour to learn all about the hotel’s rich and vibrant history.
Nestled in the heart of Phoenix, the Arizona Biltmore is the perfect place to experience local attractions and exciting activities. Can’t get enough of the captivating architecture? Visit the Wrigley Mansion, built in the 1930s by William Wrigley, Jr. (of chewing gum fame), with sweeping views of Phoenix, or stop by Taliesin West—the national landmark that once served as Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home. Want to get outside? Hike Piestewa Pike, a challenging 1,200-foot climb with staggering mountain views that are well worth the steps. Stroll through the nearby Desert Botanical Gardens and admire the indigenous flora that make this region truly unique, or hop on horseback for a sunset ride through the Sonoran Desert. Explore the landscape by air or on wheels, with hot air balloon voyages, Jeep and cycling tours, or helicopter flights to observe the topography from your preferred vantage point.
With so much to see and do, it’s possible to fill your days with a packed itinerary of activities without ever leaving the hotel’s gorgeous grounds. Stay on top of your fitness goals with a variety of opportunities for movement—from Hatha Yoga to TRX, Aquafit and HIIT classes. Practice your backhand at the onsite tennis or pickle ball courts (you can even join a tennis clinic or take a private lesson with a pro), grab an e-bike and kick up some dust on the trails or take a leisurely ride into town. Join an onsite history tour, take an all-ages art class or get in touch with your soulful side and participate in a guided moon bath ritual. Pamper yourself with a massage, scrub or any one of an array of body treatments at the luxurious Tierra Luna Spa, or just relax by one of the seven (yes, seven) climate-controlled swimming pools. The Adobe, too, is among the most established golf courses in Phoenix, while The Links is a younger course with an equal reputation.
Luxury lodging is the name of the game at the Arizona Biltmore, and with a glamorous selection of resort rooms, you can make your suite dreams come true. A Paradise Poolside Room grants you proximity to make some waves; request a room with your own private balcony (and unbeatable views); or snuggle up by the fire pit on your own private patio. Unwind in your own personal oasis, with soothing neutral color palettes, chic decor and all of the comforts of home at your fingertips. Larger groups will love spreading out in a sprawling villa or private cottage, which feature ample living space and plenty of amenities.
For the ultimate indulgence, score a Citrus Club suite with access to the resort’s exclusive lounge. Refreshed with a full design overhaul in 2021, these spaces are chic and modern, with all of the contemporary updates and must-haves for a satisfying night’s sleep and a blissful stay.
Boasting an eclectic array of dining concepts, you can expand your horizons and experience the latest in lively Latin cuisine at Renata’s Hearth—setting the scene with its sultry ambiance, plush pillows and dramatic mood lighting. Enjoy classic American fare at McArthur’s (named for the Biltmore’s fraternal founders)—serving three meals daily. For an alfresco affair, head down to the property’s glowing Spire Bar, which features magnificent views of Piestewa Peak. Sip a cocktail and watch the sun slowly slip behind the mountains from your poolside perch at the 360-degree round bar. Grab a nightcap at the glitzy Wright Bar, which pays homage to the famous architect’s signature style. Fun fact: it’s the official birthplace of the Tequila Sunrise cocktail!
For top-shelf service, head to the adults-only Citrus Club Lounge, where you can enjoy buffet-style offerings and dedicated concierge service (think priority cabana and restaurant reservations) during your fabulous stay at the iconic Arizona Biltmore.
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2400 E Missouri Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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