First, let me say that the Biltmore staff is fantastic. Truly excellent service from everyone. The front desk, the bellman team, housekeeping, fitness center, and the indoor restaurants. All very helpful, responsive and deserve praise. Additionally, the fitness center, which has members and not just for hotel guests, is very nice and luxurious for its size.
This is a decent hotel if you are old and like the charm of the simpler Don Drapper 1960’s, you are child-free or you are having a weddding.
It was a lot of work to stay here and overcome the many small hassles. Not relaxing and enjoyable. Here is the long list of things that make staying somehwere else more comfortable and a better option:
Wifi does not stay connected and is not accessible throughout the hotel.
There was 1 outlet in the room for electronic devices. The floor was the flat surface to place multiple phones and other gadgets upon and rotate the charging near the outlet. I stayed in a regular suite and a large suite. The lone outlet was nowhere near the “desk” with a wired cable for a laptop, which is strange and inconvenient.
Rooms can be small and noisy. They have not invested in quiet.
Moldy shower curtains that billow in on you when you take a shower. Bathrooms have no ventilation.
Other than the $8 bottle of water in the room, you need to walk or drive 1.5 miles to the closest option for snacks and normally priced bottled drinks. Same goes for decent restaurants. There is no small market café on site. The gift shop is for clothing and other expensive tourist trinkets, not food.
No recycling anywhere on site, at least that I could see
You can let the hotel drive you when their car is not otherwise in use. It can be a wait to get picked up from the Town Center.
The staff is nice, but the building is not child-friendly. The giant pool doesn’t have antyhing other than a few shallow steps, but right next to the dedicated adult space to swim 50 yd laps. There is no pool deck to speak of. Chairs are basically lining the edge. It’s a 1/3 of a mile walk to the Coral Gables neighborhood playground, which is actually quite nice. Note that cars rarely stop for the crosswalk out in front of the hotel, so be careful.
Service at the outdoor casual restaurants by the pool or golf course is abysmally slow. Lesson learned: do not eat at the pub on the weekend when the golf course is packed. The restaurant by the pool is slow just because it is, even when not crowded. If you seat a family with small children, speed matters.
The marquee restaurant starts at $105 per person and was empty the whole 4 days we were there.
The spa is exhorbitantly expensive, too.
Parking lot can’t handle self-parking guests where there is a meeting or event. Plan on using the valet.
Coral Gables is not near the beach. Which I knew, obviously, but this not a good destination for families.
- 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
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