We spent two nights at the Biltmore. First the good. THe hotel is very beautiful from an architectural point of view, it is well maintained, the grounds are superb, and the swimming pool is fantastic. Some of the staff was extremely nice and efficient.
Now the issues. When we arrived they gave us a room that was really nothing special, no view, it had only one window facing the roof of the patio, on the third floor, nice king bed, but overall a small and not very impressive room, certainly NOT worth the rate. So we called the reception to complain about it, and they offered to move us to another room, within the same rate. They said they'd come to take us to the new room. So we sat and waited, and waited, and waited. We had to wait around 40 minutes, and they showed up after we called the reception two times to ask what was going on, the second time we expressed our disappointment and they finally arrived. I thought the wait was waaaay too long given the standard of the hotel.
The room they moved us to was newer, much nicer, larger, with two windows very bright and with an excellent view. So make sure you complain if you're not satisfied with the room you get.
Another thing I didn't like is that on the day of our check out housekeeping knocked on our door at 8:50am and to drop of our bill under the door. We had gone to bed very late the night before and had scheduled a wake up call at 10:30am. There was no reason for housekeeping to knock on our door because all they had to do was to slip an envelope under the door, is this some policy to make sure guests leave their rooms on time?? I thought it was rude, and again not up to the standard. Other minor issues were that I had to call housekeeping for shampoo, hair drier, all things that were supposed to be in the room.
Overall a nice stay and I would recommend this hotel, but given its hefty rates (the $20/day resort fee, for example, is ridiculous), I think their service should be better.
- 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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