The absolutely beautiful and world-famous Biltmore Pool
The pride of Coral Gables — the one and only Biltmore Hotel
The Mediterranean-inspired interiors of the Biltmore are a perfect fit for Florida
The award-winning Palm D'or Restaurant at the Biltmore
The Presidential Suite, or the Al Capone Suite, whichever you prefer
A grand setting for the celebration of love
The Biltmore Coral Gables
A Mediterranean castle in the warmth of South Florida, with championship golf, a world-famous swimming pool, and a setting worthy of your greatest life events
The Biltmore began as the dream of developer George Merrick to create a lavish Mediterranean style castle in the lush landscape of Coral Gables, Florida. It was 1924, and Merrick’s vision was for a grand elegant hotel that would be the destination for followers of sports and fashion.
Merrick hired the acclaimed architects, Schultze and Weaver, whose previous works included the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles and several luxury hotels in Manhattan. This project would be unique, reflecting Merrick’s passion for Spanish, Moorish and Italian architecture. And it would offer the ultimate in privacy with a 150-acre site.
The Biltmore opened in 1926 displaying the best of Mediterranean influences. There were 400 guest rooms, what later became a championship golf course, and the largest and most elegant swimming pool of any hotel in the U.S. A prominent feature of the hotel is its 93-foot-tall tower, modeled after the Giralda Tower in Seville, Spain.
After a period of financial setbacks in the mid-20th century, including city ownership, the hotel reopened briefly in 1987. Fortunately it changed hands again in 1992, followed by a ten-year period of restoration and preservation. This work included not only the hotel’s interiors but also the original golf course and historic swimming pool. In 1996, while restoration work was still in progress, the property was designated a National landmark — the perfect reward!.
Today, the Biltmore offers 275 guest rooms including 130 suites, almost half the total room complement. There are several “Specialty Suites” including the Penthouse Suite and the Presidential Suite, which was a favorite of Al Capone. These are located in the hotel’s historic tower and feature decoratively painted, vaulted ceilings, stone flooring, and ornamental iron railings.
The Mediterranean-inspired swimming pool area has been restored to its former glory and grandeur. Private cabanas can be reserved by guests on a daily basis.
There are four restaurants and two bars at the Biltmore. Palm D’or, located in the main dining room, features French cuisine presented by Executive Chef Rolando Cruz-Taura along with an award-winning wine list. Outdoor dining is offered at Fontana in a romantic courtyard setting against the backdrop of the hotel’s epic architecture. Casual dining is provided at the Cascade Grille, which overlooks the Biltmore pool. And of course a championship golf course must have a “19th hole” — and the Biltmore’s 19th Hole Restaurant offers casual club-style dining with commanding views of the famous course.
The Biltmore Spa offers a unique setting, combining the rich essence of the historic building with the serenity of soft colors and contemporary furnishings. The multi-award winning spa offers a variety of treatments from around the world.
Meetings and conferences are held in the Conference Centers of America, a separate historic building on the grounds of the hotel, designed for this purpose. The Biltmore has been long reknowned as a priceless visual setting for weddings and social celebrations. Receptions can be held in the historic ballrooms or outdoors, surrounded by the hotel’s park landscape. The hotel has an in-house event design team to assist you in creating your one-of-a-kind experience.
Images courtesy of the Biltmore Coral Gables
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33134