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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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San Carlos, California
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“doesn't get much better”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

what a breath of fresh air in the midst of the crowded congested miami area. This place is a dream to stay in. Better to eat before you go here, as the restaurants are not that friendly or cost effective, but they are handy if you are hungry and don't want to go out. Every hotel worker we encountered was as helpful as can be, and seemed genuinely interested in our comfort at their hotel.
Overall, a wonderful experience

Room Tip: corner rooms seems better. Splurge for the suite if you can, it is well worth it
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank bill9177
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ManagerCoralGables, Managing Director at The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
We welcome constructive feedback from all of our guests as an integral part of monitoring services and product throughout the resort. It’s our desire to ensure every guest experience is both exceptional and memorable. We were surprised to see the comments regarding restaurant quality and service, as two of our restaurants (Palme d'Or and Fontana) have received top Zagat ratings in South Florida for four years running. The pricing is consistent with that of other top-rated restaurants in the South Florida area.
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Rockledge, Florida, United States
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

From the moment we pulled up to the entrance of the hotel, we began to experience the attention to detail that became more evident as we stayed there. This hotel may have been there for many years, but it has been restored to it's orriginal beauty (just as I remembered it from the 70's). We ate at 3 restaurants as well as at a cocktail reception and wedding. The food was excellent. Surprising for "banquet" food. If you can, stay in "The Tower". The view of the city is beautiful. I would recomend this hotel for a special occasion as it is a bit pricey. Given a gift again, I'd be packed in a heartbeat!!!

Room Tip: Try for the Tower!!! The view is beautiful, and no obstructions.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Idelle K
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ManagerCoralGables, Managing Director at The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
It’s always a pleasure to hear from guests who have such a special connection with the Biltmore, as all of us here do. Thank you for taking the time to share your impressions with us.
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Nyc
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

The building is beautiful, the pool is gorgeous but very cold, the front desk
Is beyond miserable, late in in answering, appear overworked, promise
You service and don't deliver.
One of the Worcester experiences among Miami hotels with comparable
Price.
The staff looks like if they are on training, concierge service was average,
Fo tana restaurant was good service and ok food.
The hotel looks like has a good past and a terrible present.
The cabana boys and girls need to understand what a cabana boy
Exactly means.
Th best food was poolside.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Das D
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ManagerCoralGables, Managing Director at The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your stay at The Biltmore. We regret that the experience did not meet your expectations. With regard to the staff comments you expressed, we have dealt with the particular personnel involved and are confident these issues have been effectively resolved. Also, please know that we make every effort possible to immediately resolve a guest’s issues related to their hotel experience when brought to our attention at that time.
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Elizabeth Budd
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

The hotel is beautiful, and staff are wonderful. Things are a bit rundown for this level of hotel, but I suppose that's to be expected. The pool bar was crazy expensive for beyond ordinary food. Fontana, however, was a very good experience food wise, though still overpriced. We'd go back to the Biltmore to enjoy the gorgeous pool, but probably venture outward to eat. Since we were there only one night before leaving on a Regent Seven Seas cruise, it was easiest just to stay put. Had a blow out at the spa; great stylist who did a wonderful job, but, again, overpriced for the value. That's part of the gig with this type of hotel, I suppose.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank ElizaDenver28
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ManagerCoralGables, Managing Director at The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Here at the Biltmore, we welcome constructive feedback from all of our guests as an integral part of monitoring services and product throughout the resort. It’s our desire to ensure every guest experience is both exceptional and memorable. We appreciate your positive comments about Fontana and our spa; please know that prices at both are comparable with, and standard for, luxury hotels across South Florida.
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London, England
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96 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

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.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Welshquin
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ManagerCoralGables, Managing Director at The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
We regret that your stay failed to meet expectations, especially when booked so far in advance. Please know that we closely monitor feedback from all our valued guests to insure that the quality of our services and product is consistent with that of a world-class luxury resort. We would welcome the opportunity to personally address the issue of your room with you directly.
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Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

The Biltmore is a beautiful older hotel tucked away in Coral Gables. We stayed here for a wedding and received the room block price - which was still expensive for the tiny room we got, but nicely appointed and comfortably furnished. We were told that the hotel was sold out for the night, but it never appeared to be too crowded. We stayed on the 4th floor overlooking the front of the hotel, and when the windows were closed, we couldn't hear a thing.

Around 10pm the first night, I had laid down to get some rest, and somebody from housekeeping came into our room - I don't know if it was to offer turn down service or what, but I couldn't imagine why they would come in so late. She appologized profusely and I just kept the "do not disturb" sign on the door after that.

One thing that did irk me during our stay was when we were getting ready for the wedding in one of the suites (5th floor). We had several people in the room (bridesmaids, hair/makeup people, etc.) and we needed more glasses as there were only 2 in the room. I called the front desk to please bring up some more cups to drink from and they charged the bride to bring up empty glasses for drinking. A bit absurd when you're paying the prices they are charging for the rooms themselves, let alone the suites.

We did not get to try the brunch on Sunday morning which I hear is amazing, and overall, we had a nice stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Leeshie
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ManagerCoralGables, Managing Director at The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
We welcome constructive feedback from all of our guests as an integral part of monitoring the quality of our product and services. With regards to the comment about being charged for the glasses, this isolated incident is certainly not reflective of our normal standards or service culture at the Biltmore. We would welcome an opportunity to personally address these issues with you.
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Quincy, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

Let's be honest: I'm not really the kind of person who would stay at the Biltmore if it weren't for a wedding we attended there. It is a gorgeous estate -- luxurious, ornate, classy. But you pay dearly for it.

We scored a decent (mid-$200s) rate for our stay, given how posh it is. But unlike at other expensive hotels -- say, in downtown Boston or midtown Manhattan -- you're kind of trapped on the hotel grounds. So if you want a cup of coffee in the morning, you can't just walk across the street to a coffee shop; you're forced to buy it at a premium from the hotel bar. (Even a Starbucks would be cheaper.) Likewise, unless you want to drive somewhere, you're eating on the premises -- which means you're paying $18 for a lackluster hamburger, or far more for something delicious. (Delicious is available though -- see my review of La Fontana.)

We also awoke one morning to very loud drilling above our room. We called down to the desk to ask if they could wait until later in the day, and the racket stopped... for about 20 minutes. Then it picked right back up again. It was directly above us, rattling the room and our minds. We complained at the desk (we've never done this before, but then again we don't usually drop $250 a night either) and they gave us a discount and an apology. But still, it was midweek and not particularly busy... shouldn't you avoid booking the rooms directly adjacent to a construction zone if possible? I feel like this is Hotel Management 101 stuff.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Jon G
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ManagerCoralGables, Managing Director at The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
We welcome constructive and timely feedback from all our valued guests as a means of monitoring our level of services and product quality to assure they are consistent with a world-class luxury resort. We made Front Desk Management aware of your comments on the breakfast service and appropriate measures were taken to avoid such occurrences in the future. Additionally, we would welcome an opportunity to personally address these issues with you directly.
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Property: The Biltmore Hotel Miami Coral Gables
Address: 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134-6339
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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 Business Hotel in Coral Gables
#1 Family 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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