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Top 10 Accommodations: Phoenix & Paradise Valley Hotels, Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 10 Accommodations: Phoenix & Paradise Valley Hotels, Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 10 Phoenix and Paradise Valley hotels and resorts — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

2400 E. Missouri Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
800-950-0086
arizonabiltmore.com
An Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929, when it was crowned The Jewel of the Desert.


Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
800-241-1210
hermosainn.com
In-room fireplaces, secluded patios, hand-painted Mexican tile, HD TVs, high-speed Internet, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and Lon’s at the Hermosa.


Hyatt Regency Phoenix

122 N. 2nd St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
800-55-HYATT (49288)
phoenix.hyatt.com
This sophisticated hotel showcases 693 rooms and suites, award-winning dining and versatile meeting space. Features an indulgent outdoor pool and spa and nearby world-class golf and tennis facilities.


Montelucia Resort & Spa

4949 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
888-627-3010
montelucia.com
The Montelucia Resort & Spa is a luxurious hotel in Paradise Valley that is inspired by the architecture and culture of Spain’s Andalusia region.The resort offers an escape from the city and provides access to recreation, nightlife and dining.


JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85054
800-835-6206
jwdesertridgeresort.com
Two 18-hole championship golf courses, Marriott’s original Revive Spa, 10 dining options, four acres of turquoise swimming pools and waterways, and Arizona’s largest ballroom.


Pointe Hilton Resorts-Tapatio Cliffs

11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020
800-947-9784
pointehilton.com
Whether visiting for business or pleasure, you will enjoy luxury all-suite accommodations, complimentary access to our expansive water feature, unique dining experiences, championship golf, relaxing spa and salon services and an array of shopping options. Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort truly is an extraordinary escape from the ordinary.


Ritz-Carlton Phoenix

2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
800-241-3333
ritz-carlton.com
The 11-story, 281-room hotel features spectacular city views, fine dining and an exquisite outdoor patio and pool.


Royal Palms Resort & Spa

5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018
800-672-6011
royalpalmshotel.com
Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, the original 1929 mansion features 119 guest rooms, casitas and suites. Combining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat.


Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
800-245-2051
sanctuaryaz.com
Situated on 53 acres, the resort offers its guests unparalleled privacy and peace. Guests enjoy the most modern of pleasures and conveniences. The spa features 12 indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, a meditation garden, Sanctum and Watsu pool.


Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

340 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-262-2500
sheratonphoenixdowntown.com
As Arizona’s largest hotel, the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel sits 31-stories high, redefining the city skyline. The 1,000 room hotel offers panoramic city, skyline and mountain views, and puts you within walking distance of some of the city’s finest arts, dining and entertainment venues.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

 

Executive Chef Stephen Toevs, bistro 24, Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

The Recipe for Success: Stephen Toevs, Executive Chef, Bistro 24

AZNow.Biz visited European-inspired bistro 24 at the Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, and sat down with Executive Chef Stephen Toevs, who discussed how he creates an efficient working environment in the kitchen, as well as the inspiration behind his dishes and more.


Learn how to make the steak in the video:

Steak Au Poivre
Created by: Executive Chef Stephen Toevs
The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

Ingredients 

Yields: 1 serving

1 10oz New York Strip Steak3 tbsp black peppercorn toasted and crushed

2 Idaho potatoes cut in French Fry style

1 cup demi glace

¼ cup heavy cream

2 oz cognac2 tbsp chopped parsley

2 tsp chopped garlic

2 tbsp butter

3 tbsp green peppercorns

Method

Executive Chef, Stephen Toevs, bistro 24

1.  Preheat oven to 500 degrees.  Pull steak from refrigerator and season with olive oil, salt, and cracked black pepper.  Let sit for 15 minutes.  In a hot, cast iron skillet sear steak for 3 – 4 minutes on each side.  For medium doneness put steak in oven for 4 additional minutes, pull and rest on a plate. 

2.  Deep fry cut potatoes until golden brown toss with sautéed garlic, fresh parsley, sea salt and pepper.

Au Poivre Sauce

Pre-heat a thick bottom sauce pan, add 2 oz of cognac liquor, then add 1 cup demi glace and bring to a simmer.  Add heavy cream and simmer again.  Add green peppercorns, and whisk in 2 tbsp butter.  Sauce should be slightly thick.

Plate steak with seasoned crispy fries and sauce over the top. Enjoy!

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If You Go: bistro 24, The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

2401 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
(602) 468-0700
www.ritzcarlton.com

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