This is a resort hotel that is a destination until itself. It is not immediately adjacent to miami attractions, so the resort itself is the draw. Here are the main points I can make based upon my five night stay there - by the way, this is not my first time there. I was there at least once prior, and I will likely be back...
(a) The hotel is NOT immediately adjacent to any attractions, including the beach, etc. - it requires a significant but not burdensome drive to such attractions, like South Beach;
(b) The hotel is its own attraction - has a lot of character and style, beautiful pool area, great restaurants, tennis courts (next to the hotel - and half a mile away, at Salvadore Park where there are clay courts), golf; and a large, good, gym that is modern and well-used.
(c) There is a resort fee (I think $20/day) added to the cost of the stay. This is common practice in Miami. It is worth knowing that the hotel does not charge for parking, unlike many hotels that do - and there is ample space in the hotel's lot to park.
(d) There is no good food delivery to the hotel in the area at all, so if eating in, room service is the way to go. Eating out, close by in Coral Gables, there is Seasons 52 which is very good. There is also a Hillstone there as well.
Okay, nothing i'm about to say should stop you from going to the hotel, but I add them so that there are no surprises -
(i) the rooms are somewhat mixed. The standard rooms are not bad but not impressive. If you spend any significant time in the room, you may want a Suite. The Suites are large and have flat screen TVs.
(ii) The hotel does not seem to have HD televisions. My room had a flatscreen but that's not the same as HD. I saw two standard rooms that had the old, bulky TVs - small ones at that. If you like to watch movies in the room at night, you may really take notice...The hotel is apparently still in the process of transitioning to new TVs.
(iii) There is no business center at the hotel. Failing to have brought my laptop, I wanted to do some limited work on a computer, using a flash drive. There is a single available computer for guests within a corporate office of the hotel; and there are several computers for internet use (pre-pay) outside the lobby - none had any work space. Point is, bring your own computer...
(iv) The chairs at the pool area do not lay prefectly flat. A bit awkard to turn over because you cannot lay flat on your stomach because the chair back still angles up. Writing this now, it seems so trivial, but you'll notice when you're out by the pool catching sun....
All in all, a great hotel, had a great stay, great staff. The annoyances mentioned above are not enough to deter my very good opinion of the hotel. Instead, it leaves me only a bit perplexed why at such a great hotel, these basic seemingly remediable inconveniences exist at all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The AAA Four Diamond Awarded hotel features 275 guest rooms including 130 spacious Mediterranean styled suites and two famed Presidential Suites, a Donald Ross 18 hole golf course, 10 lighted tennis courts, the signature Palme d’Or restaurant, Biltmore Spa, The Culinary Academy, 75,000 square feet of meeting and function space and is a preferred venue for notable high society events and weddings.The legendary Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables has been a favorite of world leaders, celebrities, and sports stars since its opening in the 1920s. Offering much more than exceptional accommodations, the Biltmore Hotel showcases championship golf, cosmopolitan dining, a luxury spa and premier conference facilities, all while exceeding our refined guests’ expectations. Perhaps this is why we’ve remained Miami’s only four-star, four-diamond hotel for six consecutive years. Graced with natural elegance and sophistication, the Biltmore Hotel offers a stunning location in the exclusive Coral Gables area, minutes from South Beach, downtown Miami, Coconut Grove and the Coral Gables business district. Surround yourself by old world charm and beauty at the Biltmore Hotel. ... more less
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