October 4, 2009

Phoenix, Arizona

Just got back from Phoenix. While the rest of the country seems to be hunkering down for brrr cold weather, it was a balmy 90degees in Phoenix. I went on business for 4 days and stayed at the Biltmore Hotel - "known throughout the world as the "Jewel of the Desert," the Arizona Biltmore provides a restful oasis of 39 acres covered with lush gardens, glistening swimming pools, and Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architecture. Set in the heart of Phoenix, the Arizona Biltmore has been a favorite of celebrities and U.S. presidents throughout its colorful history."

WOW! is what I say about this hotel. The accomodations range from hotel rooms to one and two bedroom villas. I had the good fortune to stay in a one-bedroom villa. Bring your hiking shoes though, as this property is quite big. You can always be picked up via golf cart to be transported to the lobby and restaurants, but I opted to walk everywhere.

Dining options are good and the food was very good. Service everywhere was a 10! There are 740 guest accommodations; 78 one-and two-bedroom villas; Eight swimming pools; Seven tennis courts; A full-service resort spa, salon and fitness center and Five dining options. The adjacent Arizona Biltmore Country Club boasts two 18-hole PGA golf courses: The Links and The Adobe. I didn't get a chance to play, but I won't make that mistake the next time I stay there!

Read here for the history of this magnifent restort http://www.arizonabiltmore.com/About/History.aspx. The place is luxurious but not pretentious - my favorite kind of resort.

Looking for something relaxed but elegant with all of your needs for spa and golf and just relaxing? This is the place! Oh, by the way, they are celebrating their 80th birthday this year!

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