Let's be honest: I'm not really the kind of person who would stay at the Biltmore if it weren't for a wedding we attended there. It is a gorgeous estate -- luxurious, ornate, classy. But you pay dearly for it.
We scored a decent (mid-$200s) rate for our stay, given how posh it is. But unlike at other expensive hotels -- say, in downtown Boston or midtown Manhattan -- you're kind of trapped on the hotel grounds. So if you want a cup of coffee in the morning, you can't just walk across the street to a coffee shop; you're forced to buy it at a premium from the hotel bar. (Even a Starbucks would be cheaper.) Likewise, unless you want to drive somewhere, you're eating on the premises -- which means you're paying $18 for a lackluster hamburger, or far more for something delicious. (Delicious is available though -- see my review of La Fontana.)
We also awoke one morning to very loud drilling above our room. We called down to the desk to ask if they could wait until later in the day, and the racket stopped... for about 20 minutes. Then it picked right back up again. It was directly above us, rattling the room and our minds. We complained at the desk (we've never done this before, but then again we don't usually drop $250 a night either) and they gave us a discount and an apology. But still, it was midweek and not particularly busy... shouldn't you avoid booking the rooms directly adjacent to a construction zone if possible? I feel like this is Hotel Management 101 stuff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Graced with effortless beauty and sophistication, The Biltmore Hotel is a national historic landmark located in the exclusive Coral Gables area with close proximity to Miami Beach and downtown Miami. The 273-room resort resembles classic Italian, Moorish, and Spanish architectural influences spread over 150-acres of tropical landscape. A favorite of world leaders and celebrities since its opening in 1926, the hotel offers a restored Donald Ross 18-hole, 71 par championship golf course, tennis courts, the largest hotel pool on the East Coast of the United States with private cabanas, a European spa, and an award-winning fitness center. The hotel's dining destinations include the award winning Palme d'Or, recognized by Zagat as one of the best restaurants in the country; Fontana, a traditional Italian restaurant surrounding The Biltmore courtyard and fountain; the poolside Cascade and the 19th Hole Golf restaurant. The hotel also recently unveiled its culinary academy offering an array of hands-on cooking classes for adults and children. The Biltmore is one of South Florida's preferred sites for leisure and business travel, high-level corporate briefings, public policy conferences, and an extraordinary wedding destination. The Biltmore is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables
- Biltmore Coral Gables