Top Ten Historic Hotels

The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Florida
The Biltmore, Florida
OLD WORLD CHARM: Florida's Biltmore Hotel once housed the luxury-seeking elite, including Judy Garland and Bing Crosby (The Biltmore Coral Gables)

1. The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Florida
This is the classic Florida hotel with lots of old-world charm. Built in 1926 in the grand Mediterranean Revival style, the Biltmore's dramatic 45-foot hand-painted ceiling, stone colonnades, and 315-foot tower make the hotel a testament to luxurious travel. In addition to world leaders, movie stars, and other high-profile celebrities, The Biltmore caters to families and business travelers.

Bing Crosby and Al Capone, among others, once wondered the grounds, where aquatic galas and fashion shows were hosted to keep the distinguished hotel in the news. After $40 million in restorations, The Biltmore now houses an impressive array of Royal, Canary, Coconut, and Medjools palms towering over beds of royal Poinciana, red bougainvillea, and yellow and red ground orchids. On the grounds of The Biltmore are a Donald Ross golf course, a luxurious day spa, ten tennis courts, and the Biltmore Culinary Academy taught by the hotel's lauded chefs. When things really heat up in the South Florida heat, check out the 700,000-gallon swimming pool, one of the largest hotel pools in the country.

The hotel has 276 rooms and suites—with seasonal specials, rooms can be booked for less than $200 a night.

Published: 8 Apr 2010 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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