If you’re looking for a luxurious place for a staycation or to enjoy dinner or cocktails, the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is open again after completing a $70 million transformation.
The property, which first opened in 1929, underwent a 15-month project that retained the hotel’s legacy while reimagining the guest experience for a modern era. The resort offers 701 guest rooms, which were restored by Virserius Studio and PHX Architecture to provide “Hollywood splendor with a splash of cool desert chic,” according to Danny Hughes, executive vice president and president, Americas, Hilton. The design celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright’s style and influence, with a palette of earthy hues, wood, stucco walls and custom-designed furniture pieces.
The redesigned Wright Bar provides a setting with richly colored furniture set against the signature concrete Biltmore Blocks. The tiered elevation layout offers different moods and spaces. Renata’s Hearth is a new, modern Latin cuisine restaurant offering evening-only service with a unique menu and intimate atmosphere. The new outdoor Spire Bar serves as the social hub of the resort with its alfresco lounge space that includes fire and water features and offers small bites and cocktails.
Guests can cool off in the new adults-only Saguaro Pool, an oasis anchored by a 140-year-old saguaro cactus. The adult pool area features alcoves and cabanas, mini refrigerators and TVs. For children and adults, there is “The Twist,” a new 65-foot triple water slide and splash pad, and 15 air-conditioned private cabanas. Two 18-hole championship golf courses are available at the nearby Arizona Biltmore Golf Club.
A concierge service provides guest experiences, including hot air balloon rides, star gazing, desert biking and hiking. The new Tierra Luna Spa features 12 treatment rooms and therapies inspired by the Sonoran desert. A mud and crystal bar offers unusual experiences, as does an on-site astrologist blending birth-charts and cosmic forces into personal revelations.
To learn more, visit www.arizonabiltmore.com/about/reinvention.