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Everyone was experiencing the warm weather of Miami and saw the downtown Miami from Highway. While we were 30 mins away Karan was contacted by 3 girls( Bhavishya, Atima and Chini/Madhvi Friends of Audi and now ours) and they picked him up from airport. Karan went to the hotel and after about 10 mins we ended up reaching the hotel. Karan told us its …
Around 2pm today we left home to start our journey to GNR (Winnebago rally in Forest City Iowa). We are hoping to make it to Nashville on Wednesday to attend The Grand Ole Opry and then on to Amana Iowa to meet some old camping friends before joining our Winnie friends for the Winnebago ...
... it was dinner time again in the Four Seasons before the show time which tonight was the juggler we had seen earlier in the week. After the show it was a soak in the jacuzzi on the pool deck before a hot chocolate and then bed time. Friday October 12. Position 27 00N 66 30W. It is warm now, about 27 by 8.30 and some showers forecast but New York is only 12 tomorrow! The winds have strengthened and the swells have increased as there is a ...
... rich people! I have never seen so much money, bling and personal body guards wandering around! I high tailed it out of there within half and hour and caught another taxi to a shipping centre 15 minutes away which was huge and NORMALLY PRICED! Bought not too much but enjoyed wandering around for 5 hours, people watching and got a hair cut - mind you was not the best hair cut but you get that. Picking Derek back up at the marina I find out that although ...
... County) well the Everglades as well as having lots of Aligators had an ample supply of mosquitos, several times we were chased out of the undergrowth by clouds of them. Despite insect repellant myself and Gig were hit the worst, poor Gigi had bites on her face, and her teachers said to Mercedita, what did you do to the child! I tell you honestly, there was nothing you could do to prepare yourself for that kind of onslaught.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables
While attending a business conference at the hotel, just enjoyed a three night stay (Dec 6-9) at the Hotel Biltmore. From first driving up to the main entrance to checking into the room, everything in sight is beautiful.
Nice with some drawbacks
We have recently stayed at the Biltmore for two days and one night. We had a lovely room, the bed was heavenly, I would love to know from where they have this fabric.
The reason why I don't give this place full marks was the pool area. It has a very impressive size but there were so many local families with their small babies in the pool who would normally belong to the baby pool. Also we saw many people with food and drinks in the pool which I just don't find hygienic. Also what another reviewer mentioned, there are simply not enough deck chairs there, we noticed when we went to breakfast at 10am next to the pool, all the chairs were taken already even though nobody was sitting in them. So I would rather have a smaller pool but some garden to have space for some more chairs.
I'm lucky enough to live near the Biltmore. The last time I stayed here was back in 1988 (twice). We got poolside rooms both times and the hotel had less of the worldly polish it has today, but still exuded its special old-world charm (the poolside stadium seating was still in place back then!). The hotel was closed for some 20+ years and nearly got torn down until it was reopened in 1987. Luckily for the world, it was salvaged; its history is long and rich (built in 1920s). My sister came down for a couple of days and we spent three wonderful nights here. The only glitch was that we had previously requested pool-view and once there, never got it. Although front desk (Chad) was very professional and polite, we never got our pool-view. Instead, we got front view on 3rd floor (one room off from dead-center), which was equally spectacular. (Avoid any tennis view rooms, which is same side as the loading dock and very noisy, so we've been told). We were low enough to see all the action in front of the hotel (including spectacular sunsets), but high enough to maintain some sense of privacy.
Elegant & Beautiful!
The Biltmore was fabulous! The staff were gracious and friendly and our room was gorgeous. We ate every meal at the hotel restaurants - there were plenty to choose from! - and loved every one. The best was Chef Phillipe at the Palm D'Or. Absolutely wonderful!!! The pool is spectacular, the grounds beautiful, and most importantly, the staff is great. We look forward to a return visit soon!
In a word - fabulous!
Just spent 3 glorious nights at the Biltmore. Champagne offered at check in, discrete efficient service all the time, understated elegant room and beautiful limestone clad bathroom (I thought the Westin "Heavenly Bed" was the most comfortable I had experienced but the bed at the Biltmore had it licked!). A truly luxurious treat in a quiet, refined and elegant setting.
One of the best hotels ever!
Quite simply, one of the best hotels we've ever visited. We knew it was going to be special when we were handed a glass of champagne each as we checked in. Superb room, with everything we could possibly want. We ordered room service breakfast and it was outstanding. The service and presentation was impeccable; a truly wonderful treat. Highly recommended.
A step back in time.
The Biltmore is a step back to the Gilded Age. It s truly a special hotel that is pleasantly isolated away from the usual traffic and crowds of Miami. While there, you must try Palm D or. The restaurant s tapas style ordering is a great concept. You get to enjoy plenty of tastes and leave filled, not bloated! The hotel and grounds is a historian s dream. The neighborhood it rests in is beautifully kept. Nearby you should visit Viscaya, another beautiful historic landmark. If you are into the South Beach scene, stay away. If you are interested in beautiful views, a sense of grandeur and a truly relaxing time, The Biltmore is the destination, not just a hotel.
The Le Palme d'Or restaurant at the Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables is one of the best we've visited in all our years of travel. Many rave about the famous Inn at Little Washington restaurant, but this was even better for less than half the cost. Still expensive, but this is a special place for a special ocassion. We especially liked the concept of small portion servings. This is a place for those who appreciate truly fine food and who judge by quality, not quantity. A 24 ounce steak eater would not be happy here. We had "three plates" for $33 plus dessert. The asparagus beignet wasn't what you might expect, not a beignet at all. It was absolutely exquisite. I would go again just to order it. Other tastings available are four plates $44, five plates $55, chef's choice menu at $65 and another choice with wine included.
We were headed to Miami Beach for Christmas Vacation. Decided to spend three nights at The Biltmore because of good internet rate and claim of having the largest outdoor hotel pool in the continental US. We asked for an upgrade and received a lovely one bedroom suite. It appeared to have been recently redone - very clean and fresh. Housekeeping service was wonderful and very accomodating. The pool, however, was a HUGE disappointment. It is large and beautiful but not heated. The water temp was 52 degrees. Because of the way the pool is configured there is a lack of deck space and there were only 23 lounge chairs that receive sun in the afternoon. (I counted them!) Because of the lack of sunny deck space hotel guests were getting confrontational with each other about reserving chairs. Hotel management also let a group of guests have a small dog which was very annoying to me. The dog was allowed poolside and in the outside resturant. Complaints to management elicited sympathy but nothing more. Dining at the pool side cafe was expensive with poor service and mediocre food. The staff seemed to try hard but fell short .
Not the best rooms for the prices
Booked 2 days at the Coral Gables Biltmore only stayed two. The room was awful and the furniture was old and smelled like dust. I have stayed at other Biltmore Hotels and can tell you this one was worst one. Most of the staff could barley speak English, and most were snotty.Went we checked out early we told the staff why and they still charged us for the 2nd night. I will never stay there again. Go to the Ritz in Coconut Grove or on Key Biscayne.