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?
How to Get There
Our waitress at the poolside restaurant, Aury, went above & beyond to please us. We were catered to our every whim. I’d like to come back just to see her—or to take her home! Love her!!!
Our food was delicious and delivered quickly. And the drinks were unique and special. Never let this waitress go!
We booked several rooms for a wedding and for the price we paid much more was expected.
Some aspects were fine. However, the rooms were old and some of them had coffe pots and complimentary coffee and other did not. My friends paid the same price and did not get the coffee machine. Even simple hotels nowadays have coffee pots. The front desk was not very helpful. Did not come out of their way to help.
They just did the minimum expected and nothing else.
Early morning they were doing construction. Very noisy and certainly not to relax. Started early in a Saturday.
That is unacceptable.
The place is beautiful, the hotel maids were helpful, but overall the service, rooms and front desk personnel, were not good.
Nelly Gonzalez made the best impression. What a beautiful soul, the customer service was on point. Will definitely return. The food was amazing, all the staff went above and beyond. Nelly definitely loves what she does and it shows.
Had an amazing time at the Biltmore last week, fabulous hotel, rooms , staff and food. The pool area is amazing and the ambiance is wonderful. Could not recommend the Biltmore highly enough and will definitely return
We just returned from a very disappointing stay in the Merrick Suite at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables FL. Advertised as a luxurious, fully appointed suite, we were disappointed from the moment we stepped foot into the room. The potential is there - the soaring ceiling and expansive views are quite lovely but the bedrooms, bathrooms, living/dining spaces are very minimally furnished and cheaply appointed. It currently looks nothing like the photos on the hotel's website. Our disappointment began when our 10:00 am check in was not kept. We arrived at 1:30 and were told housekeeping was still "checking the room". To say they missed a couple of key hotel musts is an understatement. The tv in room 1501 was inoperable and 1502 was missing a pull down black out blind. Rooms 1502 and 1503 in particular need new window treatments. The sun rises in their direction and both are fully illuminated as soon as the sun comes up. All three bedrooms had cheap, nylon sheer old window treatments and mismatched pull down blinds. The bathrooms are old. The hotel may say charming, I would disagree. No tubs and odd shower fixtures. Linens, towels and robes were fair. Nothing sumptuous. Room service was fair. One omelet was not delivered on our first morning and the breakfast cart was still in the hallway when we arrived back to the room around 8:00 pm the same evening. My recommendation is to stay instead on Miami Beach!