Awards & Accolades

Click here for the full list of accolades for The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.

RESORT OVERALL

  • AAA 4-Diamond
  • “Best Resort” Arizona Foothills Magazine, Best of our Valley 2013
  • “Best Kid Friendly Hotel” Arizona Foothills Magazine, Best of our Valley 2013
  • “Top 100 Meeting Hotels in the United States – #11″ Cvent, 2013
  • “2013 World’s Best Business Hotels” Travel + Leisure, 2013
  • “Outstanding Incentive Supplier” INCENTIVE, 2013
  • “Top 25 Resorts in the Southwest” Condé Nast Traveler, 2013
  • “Gold Key Award” Meetings and Conventions Magazine, 2013
  • “Arizona Excellence Award” Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce, 2013
  • “Best of the West” Meetings Focus Magazine, 2013
  • “Certificate of Excellence” TripAdvisor, 2013
  • “Most Popular Meeting Resorts” Cvent, 2013
  • “Top 10 Who’s Who in Business – Hotels & Resorts” Republic Media, 2013
  • “Best Hotels in Phoenix – #11″ U.S. News Travel, 2013
  • “Best Arizona Hotels – #15″ U.S. News Travel, 2013
  • “Best Westin Hotels & Resorts – #2″U.S. News Travel, 2013
  • “Best Starwood Hotels & Resorts – #19″ U.S. News Travel, 2013
  • “Most Popular Meeting Resorts” Cvent, 2013
  • “Top 10 Who’s Who in Business – Hotels & Resorts” Republic Media, 2013
  • “Best Relaxing Resort Pool” Arizona Foothills Magazine Best of our Valley 2013 Contest
  • “Top Resorts U.S.” Condé Nast Traveler (Best in the World Readers’ Choice Awards), 2012
  • “Gold Award” Meetings & Conventions Magazine, 2012 – Voted one of the finest meeting properties.
  • “Best Golf Getaway” and “Best Spa Indulgence” 2013 Starwood Preferred Guest Member Favorite Resorts List
  • “U.S. News Best Hotels in Phoenix 2012″ U.S. News Travel, 2012
  • “Outstanding Manager of the Year Award” – Farhad Keshawarz, Arizona Hotel & Lodging Associations’ Stars of the Industry Awards, 2012
  • “1st Place – Westin Kierland Resort & Spa (Mary Kay Pallo)” Sheraton Downtown Annual Gingerbread House Competition, Dec. 2012
  • “Guest Service Employee of the Year Award” – Celia Cohen, Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, 2012 Stars of the Industry Awards
  • “Good Earthkeeping Award” – “Be Greener” Program, Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, 2012 Stars of the Industry Awards
  • “Food and Beverage Employee of the Year Award” – Mary Kay Pallo, Arizona Hotel & Lodging Associations’ Stars of the Industry Awards, 2012
  • “Environmental Stewardship – Environmental Leader of the Year Award – Bob Cisco” Keep Arizona Beautiful, 2012
  • “Best Westin Hotels & Resorts – #2 Westin Kierland Resort & Spa” U.S. News Travel, 2012
  • “Pinnacle Award Winner” Successful Meetings, 2012
  • “Best Resort” Arizona Foothills Magazine Best of our Valley 2012 Contest
  • “Best Pools in the United States for Families” Trekaroo.com, Aug 2012
  • “Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World” Condé Nast Traveler Reader Poll, 2012
  • “Best Family Resort in Arizona” AZCentral’s Reader’s Choice Best of 2012, July 2012
  • “Gold Tee Award” Meetings & Conventions Magazine, May 2012 – Voted one of the top golf and meeting hotels and resorts in the world.
  • “Top 100 Meeting Hotels in the United States – #19″ Cvent, April 2012
  • “Arizona’s 100 Best Companies – Best of the Stars” BestCompaniesAZ and Republic Media, 2012 – Companies that demonstrate mastery in their industry, consistently showcasing strength, and setting the standard for best practices.
  • “Top Ten Arizona Golf Resorts” Condé Nast Traveler, April 2012
  • “Top Ten, Ranked #5″ (Meeting/Convention Centers: 50,000 Sq. Ft. or More Category), Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business, 2012
  • “Top Ten, Ranked #2″ (Resorts/Hotels: 350 Rooms or More Category), Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business, 2012
  • “Best Relaxing Resort Pool” Arizona Foothills Magazine Best of our Valley 2012 Contest
  • “World’s Best Business Hotels 2011″ Travel + Leisure Magazine, Dec 2011
  • “Platinum Choice Award” Smart Meetings Magazine, 2011
  • “Gold Key Award” Meetings & Conventions Magazine, November 2011 – Voted one of the finest meeting properties
  • “Best Kid-Friendly Hotel in Phoenix” Oyster.com, September 2011
  • “America’s Top 10 Healthiest Hotel Chains – Westin” Health.com – Chosen for price, nutritious dining options, exercise facilities and more.
  • “2011 Gold Platter Award” Meetings & Conventions Magazine, August 2011 – Voted one of the top meeting hotels and resorts with the most outstanding food and beverage service in the world.
  • “2011 Fodor’s Choice” Fodor’s Travel, 2011
  • “Spirit of Service Award” – Celia Cohen, Governor’s Tourism Award, 2011
  • “10 Amazing Golf Resorts in North America” Recommend Magazine, 2011
  • “Gold Tee Award” Meetings & Conventions Magazine, May 2011 – Voted one of the top golf and meeting resorts in the world
  • “Outstanding Manager of the Year Award” (National Award) – Farhad Keshawarz, 2011 American Hotel & Lodging Association Stars of the Industry Awards
  • “Best Place for a Staycation” So Scottsdale Magazine – Best of Scottsdale Reader Poll, April 2011
  • “Top Ten Arizona Meeting & Convention Centers” Ranking Arizona, 2011
  • “Greenest Hotel in Phoenix” Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association, December 2010
  • “Platinum Choice Award” Smart Meetings Magazine, 2010
  • “Arizona Preservation Award for the Arizona Culturekeepers Induction” Arizona Office of Tourism’s Governor’s Tourism Awards, 2010
  • “Haute 5 Family-Friendly Venues in Phoenix” Hauteliving.com, June, 24 2010
  • “Top 10 U.S Business: Hotels” Celebrated Living Magazine, 2010
  • “Premiere Resort Award: Silver Medal” Golf Magazine, 2010
  • “The Paragon Award” Corporate Meetings & Incentives, 2010
  • “Premium Circle” Financial & Insurance Meetings, 2009
  • “Platinum Choice Award,” Smart Meetings Magazine, 2009
  • “Gold Platter Award,” Smart Meetings Magazine, 2009
  • “Gold Tee Award,” Smart Meetings Magazine, 2009
  • “Top 10 U.S. Business Hotels” Celebrated Living Magazine, 2009
  • “Platinum Choice Award” Smart Meetings Magazine, 2009
  • “2009 Silver Magellan Award Winners in Family Resort and Hotel category for the Family FUN Program,” Travel Weekly,2009
  • “Gold Tee Award” Meetings & Conventions Magazine, 2009
  • “Gold Platter Award” Meetings & Conventions Magazine, 2009
  • “Gold Award” Meetings & Conventions Magazine, 2009
  • “Best of the West” Meetings West Magazine, 2009
  • “500 World’s Best Hotels” Travel + Leisure Magazine, 2009
  • “Connoisseur’s Collection” Resort & Great Hotels Magazine, ’2009
  • “Top Incentive and Meeting Property in North America” Elite Meetings, 2009
  • “Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Valley” Phoenix Business Journal, 2008
  • “Stars of the Industry Award for Scottish Traditions” Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association, 2008
  • “Stars of the Industry Award for FUN Passport Program” Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association, 2008
  • “2008 Gold Magellan Award Winner in Family Resort and Hotel category for the Family FUN Program” Travel Weekly, 2008
  • “Platinum Choice Award” Smart Meetings Magazine, 2008
  • “Gold Key Award” Meetings & Conventions Magazine, 2008
  • “One of the world’s top 1% of hotels” Expedia Insiders’ Select, 2008
  • “Top 100 Golf Resort” Condé Nast Traveler, 2008
  • “Top 10 Hotels: U.S. Business,” Celebrated Living, 2008
  • “Best of Tourism” Best of the Best Awards, Ranking Arizona, 2008
  • “Number One Resort and Hotel” (350 Rooms or More category), Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business, 2008
  • “Number One Meeting/Convention Facility” (50,000+ Sq. Ft. Category), Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business, 2008
  • “Stars of the Industry Award for FUN Family Program” American Hospitality & Lodging Association, June 2008
  • “Best for Families with Teens” Chicago Tribune, February 2008
  • “Best if you must bring your Dog” Chicago Tribune, February 2008
  • “Hot List: Luxury Resorts” Arizona Foothills Magazine, 2008
  • “Top In Business” (Convention & Meeting Sites category), Arizona Woman’s Magazine: Annual Who’s Who in Business Edition, 2008

DESEO

  • AAA 4-Diamond
  • “Best Resort Restaurant” deseo, Arizona Foothills Magazine Best of our Valley 2013
  • “Award of Excellence” Wine Spectator’s 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards
  • “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants” Wine Enthusiast Magazine, July 2013
  • “Best Resort Restaurant” Arizona Foothills Magazine Best of our Valley 2013 Contest
  • “Best Latin/South American Restaurant” LocalEats, 2013
  • “Arizona’s 50 Best Restaurants” Arizona Foothills Magazine, 2012
  • “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants” Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Aug 2012
  • “Award of Excellence” Wine Spectator’s 2012 Restaurant Wine List Awards
  • “Top Ten, Ranked #2″ (International Restaurants Category), Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business, 2012
  • “Special Event: One-time” Property Award for deseo’s Nuevo Latino Rum Event, 2011 Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association Stars of the Industry Awards
  • “Best Resort Restaurant” Arizona Foothills Magazine Best of our Valley 2012 Contest
  • “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants” Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Aug 2011
  • “Howard Seftel’s Top 10 Resort and Hotel Restaurants” Arizona Republic, June 2011
  • “Award of Excellence” Wine Spectator Magazine: Arizona’s Best Wine Lists, May 2011
  • “Top 5 Dining Picks this Weekend” The Arizona Republic, July 16, 2010
  • “Top 10 Resort and Hotel Restaurants” The Arizona Republic, July 12, 2010
  • “Award of Excellence” Wine Spectator Magazine, 2009
  • “Best Ceviche” Phoenix New Times, 2009
  • “Top Ten” (Regional Restaurants Category), Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business, 2008
  • “Award of Excellence” Wine Spectator Magazine, 2008
  • “Award of Excellence” Wine Spectator Magazine, 2007
  • “Best Date Place” by Latino Perspectives, July 2007
  • “4 1/2 Stars” by the Arizona Republic, July 18, 2006
  • “One of 25 Restaurants We Love” Desert Living Magazine, November 2006
  • “Award of Excellence” Wine Spectator Magazine, 2006

KIERLAND GOLF CLUB

  • “2014 Premier Resorts, Silver Award” Golf Magazine, 2014
  • “Best Golf Getaway” SPG Member Favorite Resorts List, 2013
  • “Best Golf Getaway” SPG Member Favorite Resorts List, 2012
  • “Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World” Condé Nast Traveler Reader Poll, 2012
  • “America’s 50 Best Women Teachers – Sandy LaBauve” Golf Digest, July 2012
  • “Gold Tee Award” Meetings & Conventions Magazine, May 2012 – Voted one of the top golf and meeting hotels and resorts in the world.
  • “Top Ten, Ranked #9″ (Golf Courses: Public Category), Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business, 2012
  • “Silver Medal Resort” Golf Magazine, 2012 – Voting for the “Best Golf Resorts” was based on four criteria: golf, lodging, food & drink, and service.
  • “10 Amazing Golf Resorts in North America” Recommend Magazine, May 2011
  • “Gold Tee Award” Meetings & Conventions Magazine, 2011 – Voted one of the top golf and meeting hotels and resorts in the world.
  • “World’s Top 125 Golf Resorts” Condé Nast Traveler – 2010 Reader’s Choice Survey, April 2011
  • “Top Ten Arizona Public Golf Courses” Ranking Arizona, 2011
  • “America’s 100 Best Clubfitters: ProFit” Golf Digest, February 2011
  • “Premier Resort Award: Silver Medal” Golf Magazine, 2010
  • “100 Best Golf Shops” Golf World Magazine, 2011
  • “Arizona Golf Hall of Fame: Sandy LeBauve” November 2010
  • “Best Golf Carts” Phoenix New Times, 2010
  • “Top Courses in Scottsdale” Helium.com October 2010
  • “100 Best Golf Shops” Golf World Magazine, 2010
  • “Readers’ Choice” Golf World Magazine, October 2009
  • “2009 Silver Magellan Award Winners in Golf Resort and Hotel category for the Kierland Golf Program” Travel Weekly, 2009
  • “Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America” Golf Digest Magazine, October 2009
  • “Best Places to Play,” Golf Digest Magazine, 2008-2009
  • “100 Best Golf Shops,” Golf World, 2009
  • “Gold Tee Award” Meetings & Conventions Magazine, 2008
  • Sandy LaBauve, “Rolex For the Love of the Game Award” Rolex and Ladies Professional Golf Association, 2008
  • “Top Ten” (Arizona Public Golf Courses Category), Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business, 2008
  • Mike LaBauve, “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers” Golf Digest Magazine, March 2008.
  • Mike and Sandy LaBauve, “Top 100 Instructors in the Country” Golf Magazine, March 2008
  • “100 Best Golf Shops,” Golf World, 2008
  • “Top 10 Places to Play” Golf Tips Magazine, 2007
  • “Greens of Distinction” Corporate and Incentive Travel, 2007
  • Mike LaBauve, “Best Teachers in Your State” Golf Digest, August 2007
  • Mike LaBauve, “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers” Golf Digest, August 2007
  • “Top 100 Golf Resorts” Condé Nast Traveler, August 2007
  • “Top 100 Golf Resorts in North America” Condé Nast Traveler, June 2007
  • “25 Best Family Golf Resorts in the United States” Golf for Women, Summer 2007
  • “Women-Friendly Golf Facility” Executive Women’s Golf Association, 2007

AGAVE, THE ARIZONA SPA

  • “Top 100 Resort Spas in the United States” Condé Nast, 2014
  • “Best Resort Spa” Agave, The Arizona Spa Arizona Foothills Magazine, Best of our Valley 2013
  • “Best Mani/Pedi” Agave, The Arizona Spa Arizona Foothills Magazine, Best of our Valley 2013
  • “Best Massage” Agave, The Arizona Spa Arizona Foothills Magazine, Best of our Valley 2013
  • “Best Spa Indulgence” SPG Member Favorite Resorts List, 2012
  • “Best Place for a Mani/Pedi – Agave Spa” About.com Phoenix, Feb 2012
  • “Top 100 Spas of 2011″ Spas of America, January 2012
  • “Top 50 Spas of 2010″ Spas of America, January 2011
  • “Top Ten” (Resort Day Spas with 100 Staff or More Category), Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business, 2008
  • “Hot List” (Relax! Soothing Spas Category), Arizona Foothills Magazine, 2008
  • “Planners’ Best Bets” Meetings West Magazine, January 2006
  • “The 100 Best Spas” Harpers Spas, January 2004
  • “Top 25 Spas” Phoenix Business Journal, 2004
  • “Editor’s Choice” WHERE Magazine, October 2003
  • “Best Boutique” Arizona Foothills Magazine, January 2004
  • “Best Waiting Room Beverage of Choice: The Agave Limeade” Arizona Foothills Magazine, January 2004
  • Named “10th best spa in Phoenix” by Citysearch.com (2003 Audience Winners)

KIERLAND FLOWRIDER

  • “Best Resort Pool Activity” Kierland FlowRider, Arizona Foothills Magazine, Best of our Valley 2013

BRITTLEBUSH BAR & GRILL

  • “Top 5 Dining Picks this Weekend” The Arizona Republic, July 9, 2010
  • “Favorite 19th Hole” Scottsdale Airpark News Magazine, 2007

THE RIM LOBBY LOUNGE

  • “Top 5 Scotch Bars in Phoenix” Haute Living Magazine, September 30, 2010

STARWOOD

  • “Best Hotel & Resort Chain Overall: Starwood Hotels & Resorts” Performance Media, 2010