Biltmore hotel Hotel

, Miami, United States
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Biltmore hotel Hotel

, Miami
4 star

Rooms: 280

1200 Anastasia Avenue - Miami - Florida - 33134 - United States 305 445 1926
390 Traveller

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dissapointing version of Gotham city

from osvaldo68
The Biltmore doesn't measure up to its fame.
The famous "biggest pool in America" that the hotel boasts to have is highly inconvenient. There's no enough sitting place around the pool, and the "lodges" are outrageously expensive (besides being in the shade).
Air conditioning is generally too cold and in the rooms, the commands of the A/C is hard to set.
Rooms are small (up to the point that they have just one night table).
The decor is certainly special, but too kitsch, even scary. One feels in Gotham city. There's nothing adapted to children or babies.
The amenities of the hotel rooms are basic and the bathrooms small.
The staff is friendly and helpful, but in sum, it's a good hotel to go to a conference or a dinner, but not to spend vacation time.
We'd go back for tea, but we'll avoid staying there in teh future.

Better than ever

from Welshquin
Our second time at the Biltmore and this time we stayed two nights instead of one so that we could enjoy more of the facilities. We stayed in a junior suite overlooking the pool and the golf course - one of the most beautiful views we've ever had from a hotel room. A huge, comfortable bed and sofa and armchair were in the room, plus two TVs, mini bar and a good size bathroom.

The service was again impecable from the moment we arrived at check-in to be greeted with a glass of Champagne. The Biltmore is the standard by which customer service is set. Without exception the staff were courteous and helpful and nothing seemed to be too much trouble.

Check out the complimentary carriage ride, which we only discovered by chance. A half hour tour of Coral Gables in a horse drawn carriage - WOW!

Room service (supper and breakfast) was excellent value and the service was better than we've experienced in some restaurants.

Dinner in the Palme D'Or was a wonderful experience and highly recommended.

Sunday Brunch was superb and we were sorry that we were not able to eat more! Undoubtedly the best Sunday Brunch we've ever had.

As you can probably guess, I can't praise the Biltmore enough.

High expectations - many disappointments

from A TripAdvisor Member
We came to the hotel with great expectations but were frequently disappointed. First, the room we recieved was much smaller than the one advertised on their website (i.e. the one shown in the 360 degree ipix tour). In this regard, I found the hotel to be rather deceptive. Second, the walls in the room were very thin. We frequently heard noise emminating from the hallways and music early in the morning from outside. Finally, and probably most importantly, the 5-course dinner at the Palme D'Or was very disappointing. We have eaten at some of the best restaurants in NY and Florida and, given the reviews, we expected the restaurant to be on par with these establishments. Unfortunately, the food was poorly executed and the service was extraordinarily sloppy.

The hotel, however, did have some redeeming qualities. The king sized beds were very comfortable, the pool and fitness centers were outstanding, and the Sunday Champagne Brunch was excellent. Unfortunately, these positive attributes were not sufficient to make up for the other flaws. Accordingly, I doubt we will return anytime soon - unless its exclusively for Sunday Brunch.

A FAbulous Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from a first time seven night vacation at the Biltmore. It could only have been bettered if the Spa ( which is under construction) and the cabanas ( under renovation) had been available too. Having stayed in many top class hotels around the world - there are always comparisons. The Biltmore rates among the best for the price we paid. The service was excellent, and the staff could not have been more helpful. The pool and golf course are outstanding.
The Palme D'or meal we had was excellent. We would return without any hesitation and its location to other tourist sites make it a perfect haven to come back to. Even with different functions taking place the hotel never seems to be crowded. A very good part of our vacation!

Take a break from the Chain Experience!!!

from Patiod
This is NOT your average hotel. This is not even your average luxury hotel.

Rising up from the surrounding suburban neighborhood is a gorgeous Spanish-style 1920's palace. You pull up to the grand entrance, and parking is either valet or self (free self parking, a disappearing amenity!) The lobby is jaw-dropping, with inside balconies, painted ceilings, and two giant birdcages with finches occupying prime real estate (I'd love to see THAT at a Marriott!) My room was average size, with a bed, as one reviewer mentioned, that surpasses the "Heavenly Bed" and a turn-down service is almost a second cleaning - not just a mint on the pillow. Another pleasant surprise - the room had one of the few balconies, so I could have a glass of wine and look over golf course, much of Coral Gables, and all the way to Miami Beach. The 1200 Courtyard Grill felt like Italy or Spain - and while the locals sit inside in the a/c, we tourists enjoy the heat & humidity & fountain, and we all get amazing (and amazingly high-priced) food. The snapper was perfect.

The only thing that prevents an "Excellent" rating is the appalling pool service - maybe because it was overcast and few people were at the pool, but no one offered me a towel or chair pad either time I was at the pool, and the attendent claimed he didn't know where to get the pads - I had to go get my towel at the health club (biggest, newest club I've ever seen at a hotel - and FREE, unlike many greedy Westins). But note to Biltmore: if you're going to charge $12 for a marguerita, a tiny plastic cup doesn't cut it.

Awesome Stay at the Biltmore Hotel

from LYFB
Just stayed 2 nights with my husband at the Biltmore on our 1st trip to the Miami area. We had a Superior King room, which I believe is the least expensive option. The rate is regular $299, we got for $199. This hotel was totally worth that. Upon registering, a baggage attendant brought our luggage to our room. He gave us a tour of our room's features and pointed out the smoke alarms, emergency exits, and double checked that all lamps were properly working. I was most impressed by the built in glass shelves in the tiled bathroom! Usually, there's no where to place your beauty supplies...but not here!! The pool had only 4-5 people in it each time we passed it. We stayed a Sunday & Monday night, which is probably slow...still I could not believe more people were not basking in the pool. I did think the pool was kinda cold, but I'm probably a weenie when it comes to that. The afternoon temps were in the 80s, but maybe with the pool being that large it doesn't heat as fast!? The only real complaint is our dinner at the 1200 restauarant and we were not at all impressed with the food. Still this hotel is absolutely amazing. It's not too far from Miracle Mile in Coral Gables where there are many nice looking restaurants. We took a walk around the neighborhood and enjoyed looking at all the nicely landscaped houses in the area. Also, the Biltmore has an awesome fitness center and a long list of daily classes that guests can participate in for free! Things from pool activities, kickboxing, boot camp, zumba, yoga, etc. As this was our first trip to the area, we drove to South Beach to see what it was like, and were really glad we chose to stay AWAY from all that and stay at the Biltmore....much more relaxing! Would definately recommend an experience at the Biltmore!!

The pinnacle of excellence

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed here two years ago for part of our honeymoon and recently came back for a long weekend to celebrate a milestone birthday. On both trips we had the best service in the most elegant, beautiful setting. If there is any way the staff can make your stay more enjoyable, they will -- cool towels passed around poolside during the hot afternoon sun, golf driving from the grass if that's your preference, turndown service at night, small snacks delivered in the late afternoon. The rooms are lovely, and the dining is fantastic, with courtyard, fountain-side eating a real treat. There are always several events happening (weddings, parties) but all is so well maintained that you feel as if you are the only guests that matter. A luxury.

Hospital-ity

from mkedan
For some reason, I have great fondness for hotels that were converted to institutional use and have then been rehabbed back to their luxe state. In the last year, I have also visited Louisville's Brown and the Hotel Utica. At one time, the Biltmore was the area VA hospital, or so I'm told.

I was in town to speak at a conference. I am of the stature where I was thrilled to have a comped room and air fare, and hardly expected anything more. And thus, I hardly expect that I had anything resembling a special room.

But it seemed special to me. I was quite taken with the combination desk-bookcase that separated the sleeping area from the sitting area. Quite suite. I loved the drink offered upon check in. And because it was not high season, I thought the pool area, where I had lunch one day, was quite spectacular. From what I've read, it is less to behold when filled with families. Food prices were a bit high for what you got, but that's to be expected.

Coral Gables is such an odd setting for a luxury hotel. Surrounded by middle close homes, it is literally miles away from the ocean and the beach scene. I was told there are a lot of international conferences of the pan-Latin variety. In fact, one morning I was prevented from entering the hotel by an armed guard, who I guess was protecting some government or business bigwig.

And here's another interesting thing about Coral Gables--the geckos are everywhere!

Could not have asked for more

from BarefootTom
Just returned. This is an older hotel with a few shabby adornments, but the staff was excellent and the rooms and food were terrific. The staff at Palm D'Or (the signature restaurant) made us feel at home and the food was the best I have had in a long, long time. The staff at the adjoining golf pro shop, however, was very unprofessioanl and have obviously taken several lessons in how to ignore customers.

I do not hesitate to recommend the Biltmore to anyone who is looking for great accommodations at a very historic hotel.

very much let down

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Biltmore for a night in May and were expecting so much, but only got so little. Driving up to the hotel, it did look impressive and we found out that it used to be a catholic church. However, the atmosphere wasn't very genuinely luxurious, unlike alot of the other hotels that we've stayed at and instead felt quite pretentious. When we went to have some lunch in the outdoor courtyard restaurant, there was a massive queue, which you don't expect in a luxurious hotel and most of the guests who had gone down for a relaxing lunch were dressed very smartly, as we were, although were disappointed that most of the people queing weren't guests and had arrived in formal dresses and high heels at only eleven in the morning, leaving you wondering whether the hotel was supplying an understated lunch or a ballroom convention. The concierge and reception staff were helpful, however the room was very sparse and bare, despite it intentionally being that way. We were on the ground floor and the floors were very noisy, especially when any food was delivered and the furniture was very basic. The bathroom was supposedly a 'wet room', although when any of us had a shower, the water completely flooded out into the corridor of the room. The area around the hotel was also quite dilapidated. I would recommend instead hotels nearer the beach.

Top Local Tips for Miami

Village at Merrick Park; downtown Coral Gables The Village at Merrick Park is an upscale shopping mall with many of the usual suspects: Neiman-Marcus, Nordstrom, Tiffany, LaCoste, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenburg, Vic's Secret, etc.. There are a number of good dining options including the Italian Villagio restaurant (although our waiter seemed impatient to take our order, when the restaurant was NOT crowded!), and there are less expensive soup/sndwich/bakery places on the second level. Downtown Coral Gables has a few interesting shops, including the independent (and knowledgeable) Books & Books, which has a great design section. There is also a small cosmetics shop that reminds me of a lower-key Zitomer or Bigelow from Manhattan -- many small brands. There are more bridal and made-to-order stores here than anyplace I've every seen for a town of this size. Many interesting cafes.

Great restaurants Ask the hotel bellmen, valets, and other personnel for tips on where to eat!

No Reservations... Check out Les Halles Restaurant (owned by celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain). Great French restaurant about 10 minutes from the Biltmore.

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  • Address: 1200 Anastasia Avenue - Miami - Florida - 33134 - United States
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