Providing a peaceful oasis, the Arizona Biltmore sits amidst 39 acres of lush gardens and glistening pools. Located just nine miles from Phoenix International Airport, the resort allows easy access to both cosmopolitan Phoenix and the delights of Scottsdale.
From historic cottages to deluxe rooms and spacious suites, each of the 800 accommodations are decorated in a desert palette of beige, sand and ivory, and feature art deco style lighting and desert inspired furniture. The guestrooms vary in style but all feature premium bedding, individual climate control and mini refrigerators. The exclusive Ocatilla rooms offer a 'hotel within a hotel' experience with a relaxing lounge serving complimentary drinks and snacks and a private concierge service catering to guests' individual needs.
- Wright’s at the Biltmore: locally-inspired cuisine
- Frank & Albert’s: contemporary dining
- Cabana Club: poolside fare
- The Café: casual dining
- Eight pools, waterslide, cabanas and sundecks
- The Arizona Biltmore Spa
- Two 18 hole championship golf courses
- Fitness centre
- Six tennis courts
- Bicycle rentals
- Kids Korral: kids' club
- Children’s playground
Hotel History & Fun Facts
- A Presidential Retreat: Every U.S. president from Herbert Hoover through George W. Bush has stayed at the Arizona Biltmore. There’s a history hallway picturing every one of them.
- Hollywood Honeymooners: A number of famous couples have spent their honeymoon at the Arizona Biltmore including Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. A frantic Gable lost his wedding ring on the golf course – only to have it returned by an eagle-eyed employee.
- Marilyn Swam Here: Marilyn Monroe had her favorite swimming pool at the resort – the Catalina Pool – where she could often be seen lounging by the water. It was named for the colorful tiles used in its construction, which were from Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles (the island, like the Biltmore, was owned by chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr.).
- A White Phoenix Christmas: Song-writing maestro Irving Berlin soaked up enough inspiration, in the warm Arizona sun, to pen his famed “White Christmas” while staying at the resort in 1939. He told the Arizona Republic at the time: “When I’m working, the sunshine is vital to me.”
- Impromptu Concert: In 1988, there was an impromptu, late-night concert at the piano bar by famous guests staying at the resort – Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Liza Minelli.
- Birthplace of the Tequila Sunrise: Circa 1940, a guest asked bartender Gene Sulit to create a refreshing beverage for him to enjoy poolside. He wanted Sulit to use his favorite spirit, tequila, and to surprise him. And surprise him Sulit did with what would come to be known as the ‘Tequila Sunrise,’ the iconic cocktail made famous in songs, movies and American pop culture.
- Beating the Odds During Prohibition: The McArthur brothers, the original owners and builders of the resort, found an inventive way to keep their guests happy, and the resort from being closed, during Prohibition: a liquor cabinet that conveniently converted to a bookcase in case of a raid. In the Men’s Smoker, known as the “mystery room” during Prohibition, guests could purchase a “set up” which included a glass, ice and mixers for bootleg liquor. Some of the influential guests during these times were heavy gamblers and bookies who would commandeer the phone lines at certain times of the day. Although betting was illegal, card games were popular and prevalent. Employees who stayed after work to serve players often were treated to winnings.
- Only Taj Mahal Has a Larger Golden Ceiling: The lobby of the Arizona Biltmore boasts the world’s second largest gold-leaf ceiling, after the Taj Mahal in India.