Biltmore Hotel – Miami – Coral Gables
What We Love
- The hotel’s many activities, from cooking lessons and tennis workshops to spa treatments and aerobics classes
- The hotel’s iconic status — it’s a certified National Historic Landmark — and country club feel
- Families will especially love the hotel, as many of the activities are geared toward the younger set
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What To Know
- A $20 resort fee (including gratuities, WiFi and valet parking) per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Pool is weather-permitting and is closed during winter; property is not on the beach
- The vibe can be overly formal, and be sure to pack a jacket if you want to dine in the property’s signature restaurant
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Coral Gables’s iconic Biltmore Hotel is a historic, family-friendly alternative to the strip of party-loving properties over on South Beach. The Spanish-style hotel — built in 1926 and modeled on Seville’s Giralda bell tower — holds a place on the list of National Historic Landmarks, and it drips with old-school glamour thanks to vaulted ceilings, ornately carved pillars, crystal chandeliers and a grand piano.
Bed and Bath
After the grand show downstairs, the 273 guestrooms are a bit underwhelming. The hotel calls them Moorish in style, but they fall more toward the neutral end of the spectrum, with pale color palettes and chintz flourishes (arched headboards with hand-painted floral decorations). But all rooms are supremely comfortable, with feather mattresses and 340-thread-count sheets, Frette robes and bamboo towels.
Guests here are kept busy by the on-site tennis program, the top-notch spa and the culinary academy — and the lobby bar, which serves the best English afternoon tea in town. The golf course, designed by Donald Ross in 1925, is a duffer’s dream. Dining options include the very formal Palme d’Or (jacket required), where award-winning chef Philippe Ruiz serves highbrow French-inflected cuisine, such as braised sole with carrot and cumin beurre blanc. And then there’s the pool, which, with its grand styling, private cabanas and alfresco bar, provides a pretty spectacular setting in which to see and be seen. This is still Miami — what would you expect?
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I stayed with my family in a suite and loved the history and grand old style of this place, but was very pleased that the facilities and furnishings were not similarly dated! The hotel has been refurbished in a sympathetic but very stylish way and the suite provided great living space as well as plenty of space for the four of us. Breakfast was a real treat - set in the beautiful courtyard by a fountain and with a limited (but good) selection of good quality foods (much better than the massive selections of poor quality food you often find in a buffet). The area the hotel is in is undoubtedly one of the more refined areas of Miami and added to the atmosphere. The only thing to be aware of if you plan on visiting South Beach / Downtown is the traffic - whilst you can do it in 30-40 mins at non peak times, getting to dinner during rush hour took a 90 minute drive. I would definitely return.
We stayed two nights and three days for some recreation and attend the golf school at the Biltmore. The hotel is beautiful and a throw back to the "golden days" of travel and leisure. It is stately with old world charm and atmosphere and service to match. Food is excellent and the pool is the largest we have ever seen.
The golf course has recently been renovated but several things make it almost unplayable and certainly not worth the price. First of all, the grass has virtually no roots and they could have waited another season to allow it to develop better. The tees in particular are terrible and it is "cart path only" which I hate. To make it worse, there are no GPS on the carts to allow players to take a few clubs once they are in the fairway. There are also virtually no yardages in the fairway to help so if you do not take your entire bag and have a laser yardage device, you are out of luck deciding what club you need. Truly not a "fun" day at a resort course where you have never played. To be fair, the routing is good and bunkers and green complexes are well designed and in a few years will be very playable and a fine example of a Donald Ross course. For now, however, it is not up to standards and all pricing should be cut in half. I would not recommend it at all as a place to play.
In regards to the golf school, it is world class in terms of the instructors and so it will help you in the never ending search for becoming a better player. However, the range itself is a joke. The grass is non existent and you have to hit off matts most of the time. It is crowded and not wide enough in most areas and very little thought was put into making this facility as top notch as it could have been. Not up to the standards of the quality of instructors.
So in summary, if they want this place to be a true golf destination, they have a lot of work to do. And in the mean time, they can cut the rates for golf across the board until it is completely grown in, allows carts in the fairways and has better yardage markers everywhere.
Stayed there with my family for one night.
Staff at reception desk and concierge was unfriendly. Room service took about an hour to arrive.
Although renovated rooms are comfortable and pool is nice, I do not recommend this hotel for families with children.
Here for 6 nights. A mix of business and pleasure. And our experience was a mixture of good and poor. Rooms are fine but small. Bathrooms are just ok. Tubs are passé in a resort like this, unless they are special, and these are not. Commode seat loose and needed multiple flushes each time. Fitness center good but does not open early on weekends. 5:30 M-F. 7 on weekends. Free coffee out in the lobby 4:30-6:30am then it’s whisked away promptly and nothing else convenient opens til 7. Poor planning and coordination. Pool is nice. Pool attendants good. Pool food and beverage service poor. Understaffed and inattentive and fundamentally clueless. Unless you chase them, they completely ignore you. Fontana is an excellent dining venue and the food is great. Overall, it’s ok, but falls just short of outstanding. One more thing - our room cleaning did not occur until about 4pm everyday. And turn down service was not until after 9 pm. Scheduling and staffing issues I assume.
Having stayed at The Biltmore Hotel on several trips to Miami over the last year, I am happy to report that this historic hotel keeps getting better and better. First off, all of the rooms just got huge makeovers. My last trip to the Biltmore was slightly influenced by room renovations, but we received adjusted room rates as a result. This time my family stayed in a brand new Junior Suite and it was easily the nicest suite we have ever experienced as a family: great view, plenty of space, great shower, TV, safe, etc. But more than anything, it just feels elegant, like they did not go cheap on anything—which must be difficult working with a 100 year old building.
The spa here is a must, I love that it is just a quick elevator ride from my room and that I do not have to walk through the lobby or across the property. The views of Coral Gables reminds you that you are somewhere rejuvenating, not in the chaos of South Beach.
Staying a few nights gives you the opportunity to eat at both of their award winning restaurants. The tasting menus at Palm d’Or are the stuff of dreams. And there is nothing quite as special as the experience of eating in the courtyard at Fontana—it’s romantic, it’s classic, it’s unlike anywhere else in the United States.
This resort is the type of place I know my family will want to return to (especially with the ridiculously amazing pool), but it’s also the only place I want to go for a girl’s trip or to maybe sneak away on my own.
The original details of this place are hard to describe in a written review, and some of the photos on Google don’t seem up-to-date, so hopefully it flies under the radar a little longer to take advantage! Thank you Biltmore!