This is truly a grand hotel from the past where a renovation preserved the historical atmosphere of the early 1900's. I believe it was a veterans' hospital before the city purchased and is managed by a private investor.
It is primarily a conference and wedding venue with at least 3 weddings on my recent weekend and lots of merry noise near our room. The other hotel guests were 90% from abroad.
Our room was the big disappointment and we had an "upgrade" to a suite. It was tiny! Also the sofa had a large stain going down one cushion of wine? or blood? They were totally booked our weekend so no room change possible. We had to ask for our towels to be changed and the room was not cleaned by staff. I think this was because room cleaning is only offered in the a.m. and we were late risers.
But on to the excellent part.....the food. It was grand hotel food so rare today in a hotel. There were fresh baked breads and delicious pastries, I recommend the breakfast buffet. I was impressed by the small things in the dining room....real European-style butter from VT Butter and Cheese, genuine VT maple syrup, fantastic smoked bacon and an outstanding gruyere cheese omelette and of course excellent service ( all guests pay a 18% gratuity on food and separate resort fee daily. i We could not get a reservation to the new highly acclaimed French restaurant complete with famous French chef. It is considered one of Miami's finest dining experiences. So if you stay here reserve before your visit.
I would say the wait and guest staff to be above average. When in Miami again I would stay at another hotel and eat here when possible because of room size and hotel too busy with big events.
- 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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