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“Classic old-school beauty” 4 of 5 stars
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The Biltmore Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Coral Gables
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Elizabeth Budd
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“Classic old-school beauty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The hotel is beautiful, and staff are wonderful. Things are a bit rundown for this level of hotel, but I suppose that's to be expected. The pool bar was crazy expensive for beyond ordinary food. Fontana, however, was a very good experience food wise, though still overpriced. We'd go back to the Biltmore to enjoy the gorgeous pool, but probably venture outward to eat. Since we were there only one night before leaving on a Regent Seven Seas cruise, it was easiest just to stay put. Had a blow out at the spa; great stylist who did a wonderful job, but, again, overpriced for the value. That's part of the gig with this type of hotel, I suppose.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerCoralGables, Managing Director at The Biltmore Hotel, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Here at the Biltmore, we welcome constructive feedback from all of our guests as an integral part of monitoring services and product throughout the resort. It’s our desire to ensure every guest experience is both exceptional and memorable. We appreciate your positive comments about Fontana and our spa; please know that prices at both are comparable with, and standard for, luxury hotels across South Florida.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, England
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74 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

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.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerCoralGables, Managing Director at The Biltmore Hotel, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
We regret that your stay failed to meet expectations, especially when booked so far in advance. Please know that we closely monitor feedback from all our valued guests to insure that the quality of our services and product is consistent with that of a world-class luxury resort. We would welcome the opportunity to personally address the issue of your room with you directly.
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Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The Biltmore is a beautiful older hotel tucked away in Coral Gables. We stayed here for a wedding and received the room block price - which was still expensive for the tiny room we got, but nicely appointed and comfortably furnished. We were told that the hotel was sold out for the night, but it never appeared to be too crowded. We stayed on the 4th floor overlooking the front of the hotel, and when the windows were closed, we couldn't hear a thing.

Around 10pm the first night, I had laid down to get some rest, and somebody from housekeeping came into our room - I don't know if it was to offer turn down service or what, but I couldn't imagine why they would come in so late. She appologized profusely and I just kept the "do not disturb" sign on the door after that.

One thing that did irk me during our stay was when we were getting ready for the wedding in one of the suites (5th floor). We had several people in the room (bridesmaids, hair/makeup people, etc.) and we needed more glasses as there were only 2 in the room. I called the front desk to please bring up some more cups to drink from and they charged the bride to bring up empty glasses for drinking. A bit absurd when you're paying the prices they are charging for the rooms themselves, let alone the suites.

We did not get to try the brunch on Sunday morning which I hear is amazing, and overall, we had a nice stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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We welcome constructive feedback from all of our guests as an integral part of monitoring the quality of our product and services. With regards to the comment about being charged for the glasses, this isolated incident is certainly not reflective of our normal standards or service culture at the Biltmore. We would welcome an opportunity to personally address these issues with you.
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Quincy, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

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.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ManagerCoralGables, Managing Director at The Biltmore Hotel, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
We welcome constructive and timely feedback from all our valued guests as a means of monitoring our level of services and product quality to assure they are consistent with a world-class luxury resort. We made Front Desk Management aware of your comments on the breakfast service and appropriate measures were taken to avoid such occurrences in the future. Additionally, we would welcome an opportunity to personally address these issues with you directly.
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miami, fl
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63 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Brunch at the Biltmore is a MUST! From the moment you check in till the moment you leave you are treated like royalty. Unlimited mimosas, bloody marys or which ever drink you prefer. So many choices, the seafood table, stone crab, shrimp, peeled and clean, oysters, tuna, salmon, caviar station, moving to the pasta station, made to order pasta with your choice of sauces and ingredients, moving on the carving station, pork loin, roast, paella, omelette station, breads, pancakes, breakfast meats. The dessert room is amazing! Chocolate fountain, candies, cake pops, creme brulees, flans, brownies, icecream, all kinds of desserts. Tip: Book in advance and eat at the court yard, enjoy the Florida weather, and reserve as early as possible to truly enjoy the experience.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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31 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Arriving by shuttle from the airport, there was nobody to help us wheel the luggage across the driveway area. Once at the entrance, we handed over the luggage to a doorman who suddenly appeared and from then on the experience was of a high level of personal service and frequently being greeted by name. Built in the European grand style, the hotel maintains its property and the rooms are well modernized, reasonably sized, quiet and comfortable. Typical of the service standard, there is a town car provided to shuttle guests locally. The concierge was friendly and helpful and one got the impression that no request was too small, large or impossible. Our room had a two sided desk which worked fine as a computer station for me (there is included wifi) and a dressing table on the other side for my wife. One negative is the lack of an in-room coffee maker, but most every other amenity was there. Our stay was short, given the chance we will be back.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

Wanted to surprise my hubby for his bday with a stay here. Booked a special that included welcome amenity and complimentary town car service. Welcome amenity took almost an hour to get to our room although it was fresh, yummy and delivered by a very friendly staff member. Went to the pool and were approached by 2 staff members, on separate occasions, in less than a half hour asking if we were actual guests at the hotel?! Booking the town car was a mission. First, i was told i should reserve it as soon as possible. Since i had reservations at a nearby restaurant, i tried to reserve a car as soon as we checked in...i was told to wait until 30-20min prior to my reservation and call from my room. When i call, they tell me the car is out and will be out for 15-20min. 5 min later, i was called to my room to tell me if my hubby and i were willing to share a ride with someone else, the towncar would be available in 5min. My hubby and i rush downstairs and find that the car is waiting for us and that the other gentleman was already in the car...in the backseat. My hubby and i were forced to sit separetly, something i believe the staff should have communicated to the gentleman and asked if he minded sitting in the front as a couple was going to join him. Luckily he was a nice guy and we had good conversation. We did get picked up after dinner without an issue. The special i booked included breakfast, which really meant $20 credit each for breakfast (which doesnt go a long way here). We ordered in room and, i must say, it was delicious! The staff member that delivered it was awesome. She set up our table and was very friendly which really helped me digest the price when i saw the bill!! The room was nice but had an awkward setup in regards to the separation of the living and sleeping areas. Because the tv's for both were back to back, the tv in the living area would respond to the remote when we watched tv in bed! The bathroom was awesome. Super spacious, nice toiletries, really hot water with great pressure...lovely!
Overall, 4/5 stars...nice but slightly missed the mark for the outstanding reputation it has. Maybe it was just an off day.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Location: United States > Florida > Coral Gables
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Business Hotel in Coral Gables
#2 Green Hotel in Coral Gables
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Biltmore Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 273
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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