Arizona Biltmore reveals restoration

Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, has unveiled the design details behind its recently completed property-wide restoration, led by hospitality firms Virserius Studio and PHX Architecture. The revamped spaces include two pools for adult and family visitors, standalone cottages that combine the resort’s chic aesthetic with plush amenities, dining venues clad in natural textures and the all-new Tierra Luna Spa and Sol Garden—a holistic wellness experience rooted in the cosmos and Earth’s four elements. Funded by ownership group, Blackstone, the $150-million restoration generated more than 400 jobs during its two-year span, bringing a welcome opportunity to workers in the region. Since reopening in May 2021, the resort has been further enhanced to honor Arizona Biltmore’s legacy, including modern touches for a new era.
“It was important to us that this renovation maintain the historic elements that make the Arizona Biltmore unique while also ensuring guests can enjoy modern enhancements and a best-in-class experience,” said Brian Kaufman, managing director, Blackstone Real Estate. “Through this investment, we were able to create high-quality jobs and ensure the Arizona Biltmore remains a world-class destination for years to come.”
Built almost a century ago, Arizona Biltmore is known as one of the grandest resorts of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Inspired by the innovative geometric designs of his mentor and Arizona Biltmore’s consulting architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Albert Chase McArthur built the resort to reflect its desert surroundings. In recent years, the iconic property has been restored to its former glory by a team of respected designers and consultants from Virserius Studio, PHX Architecture, Serving the Nation Inc., Burton Studio and Wimberly Interiors.

“We sought to revitalize the property while preserving its iconic legacy,” said Therese Virserius, Virserius Studio. “Our aim was to honor the remarkable work of Wright and McArthur, while simultaneously modernizing and enhancing the luxurious guest experience for a new era.”
Also reflecting on the revamp, Erik Peterson, founder, PHX Architecture, said, “Rather than merely replicating the original structure, we sou …

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