My wife and I were very pleasantly surprised by The Biltmore. In an area where everything is new, glitzy, hectic -- the Biltmore is burnished, refined, and calm.
Our "junior" suite on the 3rd floor was the size of a suite at most other hotels, complete with a walk-out balcony with a great view of the pool. (The balcony hadn't been cleaned in some time -- cigarette butts, etc, -- but the maid got-the-message when we left the door open, and the next day it was swept clean.) The room was very comfortable.
We were able to rent a poolside cabana for a day -- a bargain at just over $100. Our own little garden and little porch, with access to room service. I found the so-called "butler" service in the cabana a bit pushy (she walked right in front of me when I was taking a picture, and came breezing in at times that suited her), but the food was delicious and it was great to walk down our private garden path and be right at the edge of the large pool.
One night we got to the restaurant at the golf course when it had just closed. No problem: they happily stayed on to cook us two delicious mahimahi burgers. How many hotels or restaurants would do that?
We found the breakfast in the Fountain Court disappointing. It's a lovely setting -- except for huge air conditioning fans in the corners -- but the service is awful. We received water from dirty pitchers (cloudy and with filaments floating in the water), had a dirty coffee cup another morning when we sat down, and had to ask so many times for a cereal spoon that I ate my breakfast with a small tea spoon. We mentioned this to the Fountain manager (who had an upside-down name tag) but he seemed to either not really understand or care -- or both.
We used the private Zen Suite in the spa and Her Ladyship and I both had pedicures and manicures, for the heck of it. The Zen Suite was ideally suited, I think, for a four person "hen party." The spa personnel were excellent, and I'm very pleased with my shiny fingernails.
This is a gorgeous hotel, with (generally) excellent service and food. And a fantastic swimming pool in the middle of it 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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- Also Known As:
- Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables
- Biltmore Coral Gables