The Arizona Biltmore – A Historic Timeline

April 10, 2017 - By Resource

Are you curious as to why the Biltmore is one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the greater Phoenix area? Read below for a timeline of the rich history of The Arizona Biltmore!



America’s most publicized architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, influenced the architectural masterpiece of the Biltmore Resort with his dramatic style. The pre-cast blocks were made from sand that was on site and the trunk of the palm trees created 34 different geometric patterns.


The Arizona Biltmore welcomed its first guests through the door. The opening was expanded from one day to three days due to the long list of party goers. The people that were invited felt very privileged for the opening because they received a personal invitation.


William Wrigley Jr, the chewing gum magnate out of Chicago built the resorts first swimming pool, naming it “The Catalina Pool”. This historic pool is known as Marilyn Monroe’s favorite spot to hangout.


The Arizona Biltmore went through it’s first major expansion with the opening of the 90-room Paradise Wing. This expansion carried out over the next 7 years in which the 120 room Valley Wing, a 39,000 sq. ft. conference room, and the 109 room Terrace Court were created.


Another renovation was executed which started with Grossman Company Properties purchasing the resort and implementing a three-phase, $50 million project to be completed over four years. This large-scale refurbishment was again inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.


The luxurious 20,000 sq. ft. spa, fitness center, and full-service beauty salon opened along with the Olympic sized pool.


The Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom officially opened and is known as Arizona’s largest event venue. It is a 25,000 sq. ft. with the ballroom being 15,000 sq. ft. and the outside being 10,000 sq. ft.


The Arizona Wing was completely renovated to become Ocatilla at Arizona Biltmore, meaning “a hotel within the hotel”. The hotel now holds 740 guest rooms and has become one of the largest hotels in Arizona.


A multi-million dollar redesign offers guests redefined and modern while still preserving the historic integrity and architecture of the original resort. The renovation transformed rooms into a sophisticated new look that recalls the seductive look from the early years.


The Arizona Biltmore presented a stunning refresh on the main building. The legendary “Grand Dame” has been recognized since 1929 for its distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright architectural style and enhancements. The touches appear and appeal to today’s discriminating traveler!

What renovation will The Arizona Biltmore undergo next?



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