The Arizona Biltmore Resort Opens Second
Largest Hotel Ballroom in Arizona
PHOENIX, Arizona, July 1, 2003 -- The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, the 74-year-old landmark hotel that is the state's historic 'Grande Dame,' has added a 25,000-square-foot ballroom constructed in the original and acclaimed Frank Lloyd Wright style.
With the addition of the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, the resort boasts the state's second largest hotel ballroom and ranks among the largest group properties in Arizona with more than 100,000 square feet of indoor meeting space.
"The new ballroom enables the resort to book those business and social events that were too large for us to accommodate previously," said Steve Sampson, director of sales and marketing. "What we're seeing now is a significant number of advance bookings for large functions over the next couple of years," he added. "The ballroom is a boon not just for the Arizona Biltmore but also for Arizona because, in many cases, these are groups that would have gone to hotels in other states with larger facilities."
The Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom features 22-foot-high ceilings, is divisible into 10 different rooms and accommodates groups of up to 2,500. The pre-function area totals nearly 11,000 square feet. Air walls are state-of-the-art for enhanced sound quality, lighting is computer controlled, and T1 lines offer the flexibility to meet the extensive telephone and high-speed internet connection demands for today's meetings.
The ballroom, with its original Frank Lloyd Wright look, maintains the architectural consistency of the storied property. The exterior features the traditional "Biltmore Blocks" construction, originally created in 1929 of local materials, and a copper porte cochere. In keeping with the resort's tradition of spectacular grounds, a beautifully landscaped drive with palms and cacti creates a warm, welcoming sense of arrival.
The interior echoes the original Frank Lloyd Wright theme of organic
design reminiscent of the desert and history of Arizona: gold, earth
tones, rust and sage green, patterned with geometric shapes and Native
American imagery; wall sconces with geometric patterns; doors
of rich, dark wood; and copper inlays, custom chandeliers, and custom
fabrics from the Frank Lloyd Wright interior design collection.
expansion that focused on the conference and meeting facilities. The resort recently completed renovations to the lobby, public areas and guest rooms, and the conversion of the 15,000-square-foot Pavilion into the McArthur Ballroom. Also constructed in the original Frank Lloyd Wright style, the McArthur Ballroom can be subdivided into seven rooms and accommodates up to 1,400 attendees.
In addition to the Frank Lloyd Wright and McArthur ballrooms, the resort's
meeting facilities include: a 30,000-square-foot Conference Center
with everything from boardrooms to the 11,000-square-foot Arizona Biltmore
Ballroom; the spectacular Aztec Room, an architectural masterpiece
with a gold-leaf dome supported by a phalanx of 40-ton copper filigree
beams; the 5,500-square-foot Gold Room, known for its stunning copper
and gold-leaf ceiling, geometric block construction and Native American
tapestries; and the 6,500-square-foot Grand Ballroom. The resort
also offers extensive outdoor function space including the Squaw Peak Terrace
accommodating up to 1,000, Paradise Lawn for up to 300, and Cottage Court
lawn for up to 120. Events for as many as 1,600 are held on the golf course,
KSL Resorts is the La Quinta, Calif.-based owner and operator of The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa.
The Four-Star Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa is nestled on 39 acres at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and majestic Squaw Peak. Opened in 1929, it is one of the most recognized resorts in the world for its distinctive architecture, luxurious facilities, and storied history as a playground of the rich, famous and powerful. As it approaches its 75th anniversary, it remains the historic "Jewel of the Desert," Arizona's best known retreat for a complete luxury resort experience. Facilities include 738 guest accommodations including 78 one- and two-bedroom villas; eight swimming pools; seven tennis courts; a full-service spa, salon, and fitness center; two 18-hole PGA golf courses; and an 18-hole putting course. The resort is just 15 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport.
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