This 1920's hotel building is truly imposing! The Biltmore is the symbol of the golden age of American jazz and that particular era when Al Capone was running his organised crime syndicate. The hotel itself was the ambitious project of a financier who wished to open such an establishment in the virtually unspoilt Coral Gables district in order to enjoy life playing golf and tennis, and lunching with friends...
Back then, the land around Coral Gables was almost untouched, and there were only a few other houses in the area. When the Biltmore opened in 1926, a throng of stars including Gingers Rogers, Judy Garland and many others, as well as crowds of ordinary people, flocked to see the magnificent building that some compare to a Spanish castle, others to a Venetian palace. The hotel has lived through turbulent times and has not always been the happiest of places. During the Second World War, it was converted into a military hospital, and it later became a veterans' hospital. It then lay abandoned for about ten years. In 1983, the city council decided to renovate it and restore it to its original function as a hotel. After 4 years of work, it reopened its doors once more. Then, in 1990, it closed its doors once again and underwent another 10 years of work to restore it to its former splendour.
Today, the Biltmore looks just as impressive as it ever was, and the feeling of wonder continues when you step into the lobby. It is a magnificent, imposing room in which the arches take the centre stage. With its majestic fireplaces, antique furniture, stone columns, chandeliers and heavy wooden doors, you almost feel like you are in a medieval castle.
Everything here was built to a grand scale. Take the swimming pool, for example: it is the biggest hotel pool in the whole of the United States.
It is truly impressive, and a quick dip is hard to resist. Little private huts are concealed in a space next to the pool for added privacy. If you like to keep busy on holiday, you should find the Biltmore is right up your street, with its tennis courts, golf course, cookery classes, gym, massages, hammam and sauna. There is also a full schedule of activities for children, with golf lessons, tennis lessons and cookery classes to choose from, depending on their interests.