People often ask me, "What is your favorite hotel?" That's hard to say because we've got 3,000 of them and some of them are absolutely spectacular. But, you know, it goes back to, "Where are your roots?" and "Where have you spent your happiest days?" and it always comes back to Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona.
We've been going to Camelback as a family since 1948 -that's a long time. Camelback's got a great history. It was the first resort hotel built in the Scottsdale area of Arizona back in 1936. It had a dirt road in front of it called Lincoln Drive and there were no homes around the area at all. There were no businesses, just little Camelback Inn. It had about 80 rooms then. It's now over 450 rooms.
I remember going there with my parents when I was in high school. We spent a couple of weeks out there in March of 1948 and went back again when I was at the University of Utah and spent a couple of spring breaks down there. Finally we bought it in 1968 and we took our family there. Our grandchildren and children are all going there now for spring break.
And this past week in March we had a wonderful time there. I celebrated my 75th birthday; my daughter, Debbie, her 50th birthday; and my mother-in-law, her 90th birthday. We had 78 children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, my mother-in-law, and all my family there. My wife arranged a big band dance for me on my birthday and all the kids were there - we just had a wonderful time.
You know, there's a character at Camelback, his name is Jack Cramer. We call him Captain Jack. He's a bell captain and when you check in at Camelback, he'll tell you all about this history. He'll tell you how it was the first resort in Scottsdale and what a wonderful time you're going to have. He'll tell you all about the new renovations that are coming in the next year with a new BLT restaurant from New York - a steak place - and a wonderful, new Marriott restaurant, a brand new ballroom and all kinds of things going on at Camelback.
It's a great place to stay. We've had a wonderful time staying there for almost 40 years. So, if you're in the Scottsdale area in the future, take a look at Camelback Inn. There's a lot of tradition and a lot of wonderful family memories.
This is Bill Marriott - thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.