Hot Spot: The Biltmore in Miami

An irresistible vintage charm, an exceptional spa, a gigantic swimming pool and a dream golf course attracting the greatest players and enthusiasts, with Tiger Woods and Bill Clinton in the lead. We’re heading for a legendary hotel that’s far from getting wrinkled.

Designed in 1926 by the talented architects Schultze and Weaver (who also designed the Pierre and Waldorf-Astoria in New York), The Biltmore is a legendary luxury hotel in the heart of Coral Gables, a sublime city with Mediterranean accents located 15 minutes from Miami Beach. This “little Beverly Hills”, the brainchild of visionary George Merrick, is the perfect spot for aesthetes looking for an idyllic atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of South Beach… and the perfect historical setting for gangster fanatics.

Freshly renovated in 2018, The Biltmore has retained its original character – as evidenced by its iconic tower, a replica of the Giralda Tower of Seville Cathedral, which overlooks a phenomenal 60-hectare tropical garden. In addition to its 271 rooms and suites, its 18-hole golf course designed by Donald Ross in 1925, its vast pool surrounded by private cabanas and its ultra-complete sports facilities, the hotel offers one of the most sophisticated culinary experiences in Florida. Featuring four restaurants with a unique identity, as well as two bars and an English afternoon tea service, The Biltmore enjoys a new level of quality. Very special mention for La Palme d’Or, which was acclaimed by Zagat and awarded the coveted Five Diamonds (the only one in Miami), the ultimate award in the United States. His conductor? Grégory Pugin, a native of Tarbes, whose beginnings were marked by Joël Robuchon’s Atelier in New York, then Le Bellagio in Las Vegas. His creative approach creates a unique sensory and culinary experience between French tradition and modernity through the use of fresh local and seasonal ingredients from sustainable production, not to mention a beautiful food and wine pairing made with the house sommelier.

Care to explore the area? In addition to an array of impeccable services, irresistibly vintage architecture and an exclusive atmosphere that oscillates between the refined opulence of a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the cult aesthetics of Miami Vice, staying at the Biltmore provides easy access to the many attractions in the surrounding area. From Miami Beach to the Design District, from Wynwood with its street art frescoes to Little Havana with its delicious Cuban food, escape for a few hours, a day or a weekend with Miami Off Road, a 2.0 tourism organization offering guided tours in French of the unusual Miami, far from mass tourism.

The anecdote: on the thirteenth floor, the Everglades suite, which spans two floors, is known for its hand-painted ceiling frescoes depicting tropical Florida landscapes, but also for one of its faithful occupants. Also known as the Al Capone Suite, the famous gangster is said to have opened a speakeasy there during Prohibition. Elements dating back to Capone’s time include a private elevator and a secret staircase, as well as bullet holes in the fireplace and walls.