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“lovely hotel, beuatifully restored” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables

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The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Coral Gables
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Owl's Head, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“lovely hotel, beuatifully restored”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2008

The Biltmore is beautifully restored and does a good job of sharing its interesting history. On our second stay, we were upgraded to a lovely suite with patio. The views were lovely. The rooms were very comfortable and the bathroom above average. The staff was very good.
The only thing that left a bad taste in our mouths was the Fontana Restaurant. We did not feel that the service or food merited the high prices charged. The service was disinterested at best--too bad, as the setting was charming.Because we were tired after a long trip, we opted to eat there twice--and each time were disappointed. The room service offerings were very limited.

Stayed March 2007
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St Petersburg, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2008

We stayed for three nights and thoroughly enjoyed everything. Stayed in a deluxe room with a view of the golf course. A solidly built hotel with real plaster walls, etc. It was relaxing lounging by the pool and listening to the band. The staff were friendly and courteous. The grounds were beautiful and perfectly groomed . This is definitely Mercedes Benz country, but don't worry if you don't have one, they treat everyone well. It is located in a quiet residental neighborhood. We would definetely stay again.

  • Liked — Best of accomafdations
  • Disliked — everythig is expensive and extra
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2008

We stayed one night at the Biltmore. From arrival to departure, the staff was super accommodating and professional. We utilized the bellstaff, bar area, pool dining and 1200 Courtyard breakfast dining and all staff members were friendly, courteous and helpful.

Our room (#1000) was a standard Queen-bed room, great view of Coral Gables. Very comfy bed, and we really liked the extra counter space in the bathroom.

Overall, a very relaxing stay and an easy 10 minute drive down 42nd Ave. from the airport.

  • Liked — Food and Beverage
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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hingham, ma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2007

We stayed at the biltmore for two nights for a wedding last June. This is a beautiful historic hotel with a grand feeling to it. We kept hearing about the "largest pool in the continental US" and were actually disappointed by the pool area. The pool itself is so big, that the area to sunbathe is cramped and crowded. The pool side restaurant/bar is beautiful as are the multiple bar/lounge areas around the hotel. The hotel is a car-ride away from any nightlife or restaurants (other than the hotel restaurants). The room was small, but clean, nicely appointed and comfortable. In general, this hotel has a european feel to it. We enjoyed our stay and the wedding (which was held in the upstairs ballroom) was absolutely incredible. This is a fabulous site for a function.

  • Liked — historic, grand feel to the building itself, close to miami
  • Disliked — crowded pool area, no activities in walking distance
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2007

We chose the Biltmore for its reputation as a luxury property in the Miami area. We enjoyed two nights in this lovely property. The facility is magnificent though located in a residential area and not within easy walking distance of much at all. Having a car is essential. Our room was comfortable and the hotel amenities plentiful.

Some comments about an otherwise fine hotel. Our stay followed on the heels of the Dec. 9 Republican debates in Coral Gables. The hotel must have been overwhelmed by the various Senate visitors as we were somewhat neglected beginning the next day. After repeated phone calls to housekeeping throughout the day, we finally had to intervene with the hotel manager at 6:00 p.m. to have our room made up from the night before.

Staff and management apologized but never offered much beyond bewilderment as to what went wrong. Upon checkout, we were not offered the routine question as to how we enjoyed our stay - almost as if the hotel welcomed our departure. The gentleman checking out next to me complained about the "worst" valet service he had ever experienced, noting he had waited "an hour" for his car and that he had missed a meeting.

Every hotel has a bad day - and certainly this was a demanding weekend for the Biltmore - but the hotel clearly was understaffed and overwhelmed in the day(s) that followed. And there should have been more kindness extended to those of us who experienced "shortages" following the hotel's big weekend.

A.M. Sensenig, Arlington, VA.

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2007

We had a great stay at the Biltmore. The room and architecture of the hotel are fantatsic '30's glamour and the staff even better. Defintely the best hotel experience in the US in the 6 months we lived there. I would recommend it to anyone

  • Liked — the staff
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2007

I stayed here 1 night for a conference. This is a grand belle epoque hotel from the roaring 1920s which has been wonderfully restored. The pluses were grand public spaces, wonderful (almost obsequious) service, a very large room, a very comfortable plush bed, and a very nice bathroom with very nice stone on the walls and bathtub. However, my room was L shaped, and the space was extremely poorly organized. Instead of more comfortable modern chairs or loveseats, the room had 2 rather uncomfortable, ornate sitting chairs. There was no desk of any kind . There was only a combination bookcase sized dresser (bottom) / entertainment center (top). The top of the dresser (where the hotel places expensive snacks for purchase) served as the desk. There was a chair for this purpose - how anyone with legs was supposed to sit there was unclear... The only way to watch the 20" TV (I never understand why 5 star hotels buy the cheapest TV brands) was to lie on my bed 20 feet away or sit on the "desk" chair in the middle of the room. The 2 sitting chairs were at an impossible angle to the TV. The room's decor was French provincial meets Southern county fair - the strange decor made the furniture look cheaper than it was. The conference facilities were outstanding, but the room itself was inadequate for business travel. The hotel is in the middle of pricey houses, and there is really nothing of interest near the hotel. Both restaurants are painfully overpriced - the 1200 Grill had great appetizers, but the "Kobe-like" steak was tough, chewy and overpriced - I have had steaks at the Golden Corral and Outback that were far easier to cut than what I ate here.

  • Liked — They don't make hotels like this grand hotel anymore
  • Disliked — No desk in room, poor layout of room, location in residential area
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Property: The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables
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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Coral Gables
#1 Business Hotel in Coral Gables
#2 Green Hotel in Coral Gables
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables 4.5*
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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