Biltmore Hotel: History and hip together at last
You can't miss the Biltmore Hotel's illuminated tower in the middle of Coral Gables. With lush landscape and award-winning amenities, this historic hotel hearkens back to the luxury and style of its inception in 1925.
Find true relaxation between the spa, golf course, tennis courts, fitness center, and restaurants at Coral Gables' historic Biltmore Hotel. Typical room rates are $250-$300, with certain dates falling above $300. Click here for more information on reservations.
The hotel spa offers more than 10 styles of massages and eight types of facial treatments. Also enjoy manicures, pedicures, baths, wraps, hair removal, shampoos, hair styling and more in this 12,000-square foot spa, salon, and spa boutique.
What to do while your ladies are at the spa? Hit the golf course, gentlemen! The Biltmore's 6,700-yard, 18-hole, 71-par golf course has been a favorite since 1925.
Check out Martini Mondays and What's Hip Wednesdays at the Biltmore. Martini Mondays, "for the choicest of singles" starts at 6 p.m. with half price belvedere, ciroc, and smirnoff martinis. Every Wednesday Tara Gilani hosts What's Hip Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. featuring half price cocktails, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and informal modeling by Neiman Marcus Coral Gables.
The Biltmore opened in January 1926 with a bang. A dinner and dance commemorated the occasion, with three orchestras and more than 1,500 guests. During World War II, the War Department converted the hotel into a hospital, and it remained one until 1968. During the 1980s, the City of Coral Gables invested money to restore the Biltmore to its former glory. Now the hotel has been restored to the charm and luxury of its heyday in the '20s.
At night, you can see the Biltmore's 93-foot copper-topped tower lit up, modeled after the fabled Giralda Tower of Seville, Spain.
Four restaurants keep Biltmore guests satisfied. The Palme d'Or is located off the lower lobby, and guests can customize their meal through "tastings" and order drinks from an extensive wine list. Dine outdoors in the Fontana in the Biltmore's lush courtyard. This restaurant features meat and fish dishes, as well as Italian pastas and appetizers.
Cascade Poolside Bar & Grill offers poolside dining, cocktails and daily specials. After your last hole of golf, grab a bite to eat at the 19th Hole Sports Bar & Grill, which, naturally, overlooks the course.
Live in Miami? Check out the Biltmore's membership options for spa, golf course, pool, restaurant privileges. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for celebrities: Bill Murray, Prince, President Clinton, Will Smith (and many more) have all rested and relaxed at the Biltmore. For visitors, the Bilmore has an assortment of attractive promotions and vacation packages.
Posted on February 23, 2009 by Jessica Bates