My wife and I were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary and we decided to spend it at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. As Florida residents, we were given a special rate. We live only a ten minute drive from the Biltmore, but arriving there was like being in one the most elegant hotels in Southern France or the Amalfi Coast. We book a small suite for our weekend stay. It was absolutely marvelous with its stone and marble bathroom, its comfortable couch and sitting area and it faux canopied king bed. The view was magnificent overlooking the huge pool and the beautiful golf course. We couldn't stop looking out the window. We rented a cabana at the pool. It was well worth the money as our cabana attendant, Carrie, catered to our every need.
We made diner reservations one night at the Palm d'Or, a Michelin rated restaurant. We were not disappointed. Since it was Miami Spice Month, we opted for the special three course diners. It was superb. The service had no equal, the ambience was classical and the food was terrific. The next evening, we dined at Fontana, the hotel's Italian restaurant. It's atmosphere is more casual, but beautiful as well. We met the chef who was preparing food in an open kitchen. He told us he was from Bologna, the home of lasagna. After having a delicious pork belly appetizer, we each ordered the lasagna. It was a four tiered pasta and beef layered delight. It was so big, neither my wife nor I could finish our dish.
If staying at the Biltmore or not, you cannot miss the Sunday morning Brunch. It is probably the best brunch my wife and I have ever been to. From King Crab to sushi, to roasts to omelets, from caviar to bagels and lox, you name it, it's there. Champagne and morning cocktails flow. The desserts are to die from. My only caution, pace yourself.
The Biltmore Spa is terrific and the golf course is world class. If you're coming to Miami, skip the hustle and bustle on Miami Beach and go to the elegant, beautiful Biltmore Hotel.
- 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
- Biltmore Coral Gables