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.
- 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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