I travelled to Miami from NY for what I thought would be an overnight stay at the Biltmore. Needless to say, the February month end winter storm that hit the northeast resulted in my staying 2 additional nights at the Biltmore. And, because I had travelled light (right, no warm clothes for the cold Miami weather), I decided to spend most of my time at the hotel. It was great fun. From sitting by the beautiful pool watching a beer commercial being filmed, to spending hours in the gym, which is crowded because it attracts members from the community, to getting two massages in the new spa, I had a great time. I managed to leave the hotel for dinner each evening, and except for one failed attempt to depart the airport, I stayed in the hotel. The service was just fine. The breakasts and lunches that I ate were great.
On the room. I agree that they are in desperate need of new televisions. I ended up watching a couple of movies, and the Olympics, and was struck by the poor quality of the tv. But, turndown service was great (including some chocolates), and when we arrived we were greeted with a nice fruit plate, and chocolates!
The hotel is far from the rest of Miami. I went to Coral Gables one evening, and round trip taxi was $120.00! But, I don't like to drive, so there's no real alternative.
I did buy a jacket in the gym, given my lack of extra clothes, but wished there was more of a clothing assortment in the hotel stores.
All in all, a very pleasant way to get stuck in another city.