"Two day stopover."
Having booked a sixteen day Caribbean cruise, from Fort Lauderdale we were surprised to find we were booked into the biltmore hotel,in coral gables Miami. Anyway it was a very nice hotel but very expensive. We stayed there on 11/03/2016 til 13/03/2016. Breakfast was $50 for two. On the first day went on the big red bus tour, it cost $100 you hop on hop off when ever you want during the tour of Miami .
"Enjoyed Our Stay"
Wonderful throw back to years gone by. We very much enjoyed our weekend here to attend a wedding. Staff was always courteous and helpful. We experienced a minor hiccup with valet parking but all in all it was a great adventure. The pool area is spectacular! Caution!! If your intent is a resort near the beach this is not it, Coral Gables is primarily a residential neighborhood with this beautiful hotel and adjacent golf course, but not near the water, and customary Miami gridlocked traffic will insure that any trip in or out will usually be a long and tedious one. Location did not impact our trip at all as we were aware and this was a destination where we stayed once there.
The challenge to me for my wife's birthday, after a brutally difficult year, was to find a place where she didn't need to leave, everything would be perfect- no disappointments. She is an experienced and very discriminating traveler. After significant research I settled on the Biltmore, about two hours from where we live. Much to my relief, the Biltmore delivered! We started with tea: wonderful and reasonable. Had dinner at Palm d'Or. We thought it would be difficult for it to live up to the hype but it actually exceeded our expectations. Truly world class. Although the price reflected the quality it was an excellent value in that, while costly, the experience was well worth the price, unfortunately not a common occurrence at high end restaurants. Breakfast in the Fontana courtyard was a delightful experience. The fitness center and pool were about as good as those facilities get anywhere. My wife had a facial and pedicure at the spa and loved them. We had drinks and food at most of the other facilities and all were excellent. Take advantage of the happy hour prices. Everywhere in the hotel the service was great and the staff friendly and accommodating. For our room we had a junior suite. It was very nice, although for the price we've had far more deluxe even in historic hotels. We had a walk out balcony overlooking the pool and golf course with a fantastic view. The bathroom, while adequate, was really quite mundane. That said, going to the Biltmore for our birthday getaway was the perfect decision. We're already planning on making this a tradition.
"Beautiful Classic Hotel"
I've been here several times and actually got married here. It's a gorgeous old hotel that is still quite luxurious. The rooms are nice but not all are the same. Some are older Spanish style and others more standard luxury hotel. The pool is beautiful and the restaurants are good. Lots of history and great building. You will need a car as this is located in Coral Gables which is very nice but residential.
"I would say 3.5 stars"
Resort is really past its prime They claim it is the biggest hotel pool in Florida. Don't get me wrong, its a very nice big pool, however it just didn’t seem sooo big, so not sure where they come up with that claim. For a fancy resort it was a 3/ 3.5 star Old cavernous hotel, seems like you are always winding through a hallway Check in was fine, but not overly friendly They don’t even really “direct you to room” more like pointing Needs to be painted in areas and retiled. The room was very nice, they did a really good job with bedding and decorations Medium firmness bed. Bathroom was a well decorated average hotel bathroom, but with nice towels I heard person in room next to me on the phone No outlets by the nightstand which is a pet peeve, which means you had to unplug lamp Gym was excellent, they even sold private memberships. Very good temperature controls in room. Nothing around hotel so therefore you aren’t walking to anything. This is the destination Restaurants were very nice. The outdoor seating made you feel like you were in Europe. We went in for drinks, but they were hesitant to let us get drinks there. Lunch by the pool was good (salad) If I was going to Florida to stay at a resort I wouldn’t stay here, and if I was going to stay at a business resort I would not stay there, so I am not sure why anyone stays there except its near University of Miami
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Diners Club - Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) - Discover
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM