This was our third stay at the Biltmore and we were looking forward to it very much as we were celebrating my "big" birthday. We'd planned our trip over a year in advance and booked the Biltmore as the last stop and "crowning glory" of our trip to Florida, getting a good rate because of booking so far in advance. Therefore, you can imagine our disapointment when we were shown to our junior suite and found we were at the end of a dingy corridor, facing the back of the hotel with absolutely no view except the wall of a balcony we could not access and, if I stood on tip-toe, the tops of some trees.
Apart from this disappointment, everything at the Biltmore was as we remembered it, with exceptional service, great food and drink and everything just perfect. Until the last day that is.
We were woken on the last day of our stay by the sound of a mechanical crane reversing constantly (and therefore the irritating "beep beep-ing" that they make) and then the noise of construction work. We'd heard about the ongoing construction work at the Biltmore and had checked prior to leaving London what the situation was and were assured that the construction work would be over by 15th September, more than two weeks before our scheduled arrival. However, that was clearly not the case.
We complained to the front desk about the noise and the fact that it was so early in the morning and received the response that she didn't know anything about it! Unbelievable. Eventually, a manager called us back and apologised but the construction work continued. The manager did offer us a discount.
When we checked out we found that we had been comped the last night which was something but it didn't make up for the fact that my birthday treat had been spoiled by the poor room (having booked a year in advance) and the disruption caused by the construction work. Therefore, I give it four stars instead of my usual five stars.