My wife and I were very pleasantly surprised by The Biltmore. In an area where everything is new, glitzy, hectic -- the Biltmore is burnished, refined, and calm.
Our "junior" suite on the 3rd floor was the size of a suite at most other hotels, complete with a walk-out balcony with a great view of the pool. (The balcony hadn't been cleaned in some time -- cigarette butts, etc, -- but the maid got-the-message when we left the door open, and the next day it was swept clean.) The room was very comfortable.
We were able to rent a poolside cabana for a day -- a bargain at just over $100. Our own little garden and little porch, with access to room service. I found the so-called "butler" service in the cabana a bit pushy (she walked right in front of me when I was taking a picture, and came breezing in at times that suited her), but the food was delicious and it was great to walk down our private garden path and be right at the edge of the large pool.
One night we got to the restaurant at the golf course when it had just closed. No problem: they happily stayed on to cook us two delicious mahimahi burgers. How many hotels or restaurants would do that?
We found the breakfast in the Fountain Court disappointing. It's a lovely setting -- except for huge air conditioning fans in the corners -- but the service is awful. We received water from dirty pitchers (cloudy and with filaments floating in the water), had a dirty coffee cup another morning when we sat down, and had to ask so many times for a cereal spoon that I ate my breakfast with a small tea spoon. We mentioned this to the Fountain manager (who had an upside-down name tag) but he seemed to either not really understand or care -- or both.
We used the private Zen Suite in the spa and Her Ladyship and I both had pedicures and manicures, for the heck of it. The Zen Suite was ideally suited, I think, for a four person "hen party." The spa personnel were excellent, and I'm very pleased with my shiny fingernails.
This is a gorgeous hotel, with (generally) excellent service and food. And a fantastic swimming pool in the middle of it all.
- 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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