The Biltmore Hotel

The lovely Biltmore Hotel in The City Beautiful, as Coral Gables, Florida is fondly called, is a prominent national historic landmark. It is not hard to spot the imposing tower of the hotel which was inspired by the Giralda Tower in Seville, Spain as you drive down the beautiful boulevards lined with tropical foliage, majestic oaks, banyan trees and Mediterranean revival-style homes.

The Biltmore Hotel, A Historic Landmark In Coral Gables, Florida

The Biltmore Hotel, A National Historic Landmark In Coral Gables, Florida

On a recent trip to south Florida, my husband and I returned to the cosmopolitan city of Coral Gables where we lived before moving to New England. The Biltmore Hotel was a large part of our social life as the hotel is not only one of the most famous landmarks in the city but it is also a wonderful supporter of the arts, civic and charitable events. We decided to stay once again at the hotel, reliving nice memories and enjoying all the great facilities the hotel offers before flying back home to New Hampshire.

I believe you would enjoy this beautiful hotel that has welcomed royalty, heads of state and Hollywood celebrities since the 1920’s.  It is very convenient to not only the Miami International Airport but also the Port of Miami as they are both just a few miles away. Let me share my photos from our stay with you and I think you will agree with me that the hotel is a wonderful place to do as little or as much as you would like.

The View Of The Pool And Golf Course From The 7th Floor Of The Biltmore Hotel

The View Of The Pool And Golf Course From The 7th Floor Of The Biltmore Hotel

Our room was on the 7th floor where the hotel’s 12,000 sq. ft. full service spa is located. We arrived just after a rainstorm ended and the sun broke through the clouds. The windows were still covered with raindrops but the view of the pool and the 18 hole championship golf course was still wonderful.

Our Room Had A Sitting Area And King Sized Bed Separated By A Room Divider With TV's, Mini Bar, Drawers And Desk Space

Jr. Suite With A Sitting Area, Room Divider With 2 TV’s, Mini Bar, Drawers And Desk Space And King Size Bed

Biltmore Hotel Kingsize Bedroom

Biltmore Hotel King Size Feather Bed

As you can see, the room we had was as nice as the view. The Jr. Suite which has a nice sitting area was divided by a double sided bookcase with two flat screen TV’s, drawers, desk and minibar. The small bathroom had a great massage shower in the tub, thick, soft towels, and Frette bath robes.   The feather bed and pillows were covered with the softest Egyptian sheets you can imagine.

The Fountained Courtyard Of The Biltmore's Fontana Restaurant

The Fountain Courtyard Of The Biltmore’s Fontana Restaurant

After admiring the view, we went downstairs for a bite to eat and a cocktail. The hotel has four restaurants…the Palme d’Or (award-winning French), the Fontana (Italian) with its beautiful fountain courtyard, the 19th Hole Sports Bar, and the Cascade located at the edge of the largest pool in the continental U.S.

The Cascade Restaurant At The Edge Of The Biltmore Hotels Pool…The Largest In The Continental U.S.

The Cascade Restaurant At The Edge Of The Biltmore Hotel’s Pool…The Largest In The Continental U.S.

We didn’t want to spoil our evening meal so we enjoyed a couple of small plates of tapas while sitting in the shade at the Cascade restaurant which is next to the large pool.

The Palme d'Or Gourmet French Restaurant With Windows Looking Out At The Pool

The Palme d’Or Gourmet French Restaurant With Windows Looking Out At The Pool

Dinner was enjoyed at Palme d’Or, the Biltmore’s  gourmet restaurant. The room has a wall of windows looking out to the pool and is decorated with large mirrors to reflect the soft light and large black and white photos of some of the famous guests who have stayed at the Biltmore.

Light As Air Amuse Bouche

Light As Air Amuse Bouche

Marinated Langoustine, 24 ct. Gold Covered Osetra Caviar, Passion Fruit  Tapioca, And Vodka Gelee

Marinated Langoustine, 24 ct. Gold Covered Osetra Caviar, Passion Fruit Tapioca, And Vodka Gelee

Foie Gras Terrine, Cherries And Five Peppers Toast

Foie Gras Terrine, Cherries And Five Peppers Toast

Maine Lobster, Corn And Sour Cream Sauce, Corn Bavarois, And Fresh Corn

Maine Lobster, Corn And Sour Cream Sauce, Corn Bavarois, And Fresh Corn

Royal Sea Urchin, Bay Scallops, Fennel Confit, Kefir Lime Sauce

Royal Sea Urchin, Bay Scallops, Fennel Confit, Kefir Lime Sauce

Black Cod, Potato Tasting, Brandade, Squid Ink Sauce

Black Cod, Potato Tasting, Brandade, Squid Ink Sauce

Wild Caught Trout, Purple Artichokes, Cilantro Sauce

Wild Caught Trout, Purple Artichokes, Cilantro Sauce

Buffalo Tenderloin, Rosemary Panisses, Nicoise Ratatouille, Buffalo Mozzarella

Buffalo Tenderloin, Rosemary Panisses, Nicoise Ratatouille, Buffalo Mozzarella

Chef Gregory Pugin created a seven course meal that featured an exceptional level of quality ingredients that were presented beautifully. With an amuse bouche, pre dessert, and post dessert courses added to the seven courses, the meal would make any foodie happy. After saying “goodbye” to chef Pugin, we headed to our room full but not overly stuffed as each course of the meal was just the right size.  It was a truly memorable meal.

Nine Foot Tall Mahogany And Brass Birdcages In The Biltmore Lobby With Beautiful Painted Vaulted Ceiling

Nine Foot Tall Mahogany And Brass Birdcages In The Biltmore Lobby With Beautiful Painted Vaulted Ceiling

Early the next morning, we paused to listen to the birds singing in the two nine foot tall mahogany and brass birdcages in the lobby with its beautiful vaulted ceilings one last time before heading to the airport. It is amazing how nice even one day at the Biltmore can be. There is a saying that you can’t go back home but as far as the Biltmore Hotel is concerned, I could return time and time again. The people who work at the hotel may change over the years but the experience will always be wonderful.


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168 Responses to The Biltmore Hotel

  1. Arlene Poma says:

    Karen, do you realize how much money and travel stress you’ve saved me by posting your travels??? Thank you for taking me away from the fires and severe drought in California. Well, at least for a little while.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Arlene, It is nice to know that you enjoy my travel posts. It was nice to get away for a little while and visit our family in Florida.

  2. What a gorgeous place to stay – the splendid room, the views, the golf course and of course the spectacular food. The amuse bouches were not only beautifully plated but I’m sure they must have tasted every bit as good as they look. So glad your trip “back home” was a success.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sam, Our one night stay at the Biltmore was wonderful. It was just a few blocks away from our former home and we enjoyed so many events there over the years…4th of July and New Year’s celebrations were especially memorable.

  3. A_Boleyn says:

    What an elegant location.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Boleyn, I do have to agree with you about the Biltmore being an elegant hotel…the historic building has been beautifully restored.

  4. Oh my! Beautiful – everything – hotel, your room, food… 🙂

  5. Wow that looks amazing and that meal…sigh! And yes, I know Seville and the Giralda well, and it does look very much like it!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tanya, Staying at the Biltmore on the last day of our holiday was perfect in every way. I thought about you when I was writing this post…wondering if the Biltmore’s tower would remind you of the Giralda.

  6. Norma Chang says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Only word I can think of at the moment, will have to revisit the post when other words enter my vocabulary.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Norma, I totally agree with you about the Biltmore Hotel being gorgeous. They did a wonderful job restoring the hotel. You would never guess that it was once used as a military hospital and then sat empty for years.

      • Norma Chang says:

        The food is gorgeous too. Did you eat the 24 ct. gold that covered the Osetra Caviar? Looks like there was enough gold to make a ring, a shiny 24 ct. ring. Love the sea urchin bowl.

      • Karen says:

        Yes, we ate the gold leaf. It was very thin, no saving it for a ring. 😀 Don’t you just love the sea urchin bowl…it made such a pretty presentation.

  7. What a beautiful hotel and wonderful food. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kay, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post about the Biltmore Hotel and the delicious dinner that we enjoyed at Palme d’Or. Thank you for your nice comment. 🙂

  8. Wow! All of the hotels you go to are just luxurious! We never do that 😀

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rosemary, Whenever we travel, I try to stay at least one hotel that is special…it makes each travel experience one to remember. 🙂

  9. Mélanie says:

    OMG, Karen: we were there last year, in May! small world, indeed… 🙂

  10. Wow! The hotel looks absolutely heavenly and the meal is seriously stunning. What a great experience!


    • Karen says:

      Hi Sues, I have to say that the Biltmore is a delightful place to stay. After a delicious meal, heading back to a room with the feather beds truly is heavenly. 🙂

  11. Eva Taylor says:

    A hotel with old world charm is difficult to find in North America, thanks for sharing this one with us. Your dinner looks exquisite Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, Contemporary hotels are fun but as you know from all my travel posts, I tend to like traditional hotels with lots of history, warmth and charm. The clincher for me is when the hotel has a great restaurant and the Biltmore Hotel has it all. 🙂

  12. Penny says:

    What a lovely hotel. When I first saw your title I thought you may be visiting The Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, NC which is in my neck of the woods. Your dinner was stellar! Beautiful pictures.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Penny, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos of our stay at the Biltmore. It really is lovely hotel and the restaurant is great. Everyone who lives in Coral Gables always says “the Biltmore” when referring to this beloved hotel but after reading your comment, I updated my post to include the word hotel in the title to avoid any confusion. I’ve been lucky enough to tour the Biltmore Mansion in Ashville during the Christmas holidays…it’s really beautiful. 🙂

  13. How delightful and enchanting! What luxury! Thank you for sharing this. We have never been and so very enjoyed joining you on your visit. Your seven course French inspired dinner was a culinary masterpiece. Oh, what fun!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Tin Man, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post about the Biltmore Hotel. My husband and I were so thrilled with our meal at Palme d’Or…it was memorable.

  14. savourytable says:

    What a beautiful place. The food looks amazing.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen, I’m glad you agree with me about how lovely the Biltmore Hotel is. It is a wonderful historic hotel that was restored back to its original glamourous Mediterranean style.

  15. I enjoyed reading your post about this FL landmark.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Jovina, I’m glad to know that you enjoyed the post. Thank goodness this historic hotel was saved…it sat empty many years before it was restored.

  16. Sophie33 says:

    What a truly wonderful splendid looking hotel & that restaurant, the food dishes look excellent to me too! 🙂 MMMMMM! A lovely get-away too!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sophie, The Biltmore Hotel was a wonderful way to spend the last day of our holiday in Florida. The meal at the Palme d’Or was delicious from beginning to end.

  17. Monique says:

    You travel in a way I am not familiar with. 🙂
    So it is always a treat to see such elegance and refinement Karen.
    It’s all like you!

  18. What a delightful vacation! It’s pouring rain here and so I enjoyed seeing a little glamour in the sun. Some day, I would love to visit the historic Biltmore Hotel, just not with the kids maybe. But maybe the best part is those Egyptian sheets… comfy cozy =)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Laura, Would you believe that a thunderstorm had just ended right before we arrived at the hotel. By the time we were checked into our room, the skies turned blue so I could take those sunny photos…I’m glad you liked them. I know you would enjoy the Biltmore, you can feel the romance and glamour of the past everywhere you turn. 🙂

  19. Mad Dog says:

    That’s a fantastic hotel with food to match 😉

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mad Dog, The hotel is indeed fantastic and I’m glad I got to go back and share our experience with you and my other followers. I’m glad you enjoyed reading about the Biltmore. 🙂

  20. It all looks spectacular!

  21. Cathy says:

    Looks wonderful Karen. Your reviews are always so well done, with great pictures of the food! Thanks for sharing!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cathy, The Biltmore is a wonderful hotel…we enjoyed visiting it again. I’m glad you enjoy my travel reviews and appreciate your nice compliment, thank you!

  22. David says:

    Wow – what exquisite presentations of the courses! The rooms look beautiful, too, but it is really the food that gets to me! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi David, The food presentations were stunning. Chef Pugin, originally from France was executive sous chef at L’Atelier Joel Robuchon in New York and executive chef at Le Cirque in Las Vegas before coming to the Biltmore…an impressive background. I have to say that his food lived up to his reputation. 😀

  23. I’m sitting here in glorious sunshine but I woke up with a sore throat and it is making me feel rather miserable, so it was nice to see one of your posts pop into my inbox and distract me for a little while.

    The Biltmore looks and sounds very relaxing. I’m glad you had an enjoyable stay. Where are you headed next on your travels?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Grace, I’m sorry that you aren’t feeling well, hope you are better soon. I’m happy that you enjoyed the post of our visit to the Biltmore. No long distant travel plans as of yet but you know me…have suitcase, will travel. 😀 BTW, I pulled your comment out of the spam file, sorry you ended up there.

      • Thank you, Karen. I am feeling a little better today.

        Oh yes, traveling is such a wonderful thing, isn’t it? 🙂

        Hmm, perhaps I should contact WordPress about my comments going into spam. It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does, it’s quite annoying.

      • Karen says:

        I’ve had problems with my comments disappearing but it is usually on Blogspot or Blogger. I know it can be frustrating.

  24. lulu says:

    Iv e only seen this place from the outside so I enjoyed a peek inside. I can imagine how you enjoyed the dining experience and probably have a few take away ideas.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, If you are in the Miami area again, you must stop by the Biltmore…if only for a cocktail by the pool. The food we had at Palme d’Or was inspiring and wouldn’t you love to set a table using the wonderful sea urchin bowls?

  25. Larry says:

    It’s always nice when grand ole places like this are saved and then reborn. Looks like a real gourmet meal you enjoyed.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Larry, I totally agree with you. The hotel could easily have been torn down as it had sat empty for years. It now stands proudly as a historical landmark in the city of Coral Gables. Our meal was truly outstanding…actually perfect from start to finish.

  26. Madonna says:

    At first I thought you were taking us to North Carolina. This hotel is wonderful and the food is gourmet exquisite.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Modonna, I’m sorry about the confusion. 🙂 My husband and I love the Biltmore Hotel. It was nice to go back even for just a day and the food was excellent.

  27. A FANTASTIC hotel to relax yourself! It surely has a great food and beverage department.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Angie, Staying at the Biltmore on the last day of our trip to Florida was very relaxing…we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It was definitely needed to face the crowds at the airport the next day. 😀

  28. Hi Karen, thanks for your comments re Le Cabro D’Or and Oustau. Think we’ll try The Golden Goat next year.

    This hotel and dinner looks amazing. I’ve just googled where it is and it’s not far far from our crew hotel. If I can get my wife over for a few days next year I think I’ll have a night down here for dinner.

    • Karen says:

      Hi David, My pleasure, I think you will like dining at The Golden Goat. It has been several years since we ate there but it was delicious. As to the Biltmore and Palme d’Or, I think you and your wife would love it. The hotel also have a Sunday brunch that is one of the best you will ever experience. 🙂

  29. kitchenriffs says:

    What a great post! Even though I lived in Florida for a decade (Tampa), I never spent much time in the Miami area. And have never seen the Biltmore. I knew about it, of course, but just never made the effort to get there. My loss — it’s wonderful. Thanks for introducing me.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your kind words, John. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post. I know what you mean…when we lived in Florida it was the reverse, we hardly ever went to the west coast to visit Tampa or Naples. 😀

  30. Jane says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful post, Karen. I’ve never seen pictures of the Biltmore Hotel, it looks truly luxurious. I’d love to try all 4 restaurants! What an amazing meal, very interesting and I’m sure I would have enjoyed it as well! So glad you had such a nice trip!

    Jane xx

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Jane, I’m happy that you enjoyed the post about our stay at the Biltmore Hotel. Our stay was perfect and brought back lots of memories.

  31. cheri says:

    Hi Karen, sounds like you had a wonderful time reminiscing, enjoying the food and views. Great place!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cheri, You are right…it was nice being able to return to the Biltmore Hotel and relive some of the wonderful times we had there. If you were to visit, I’m sure you would enjoy your stay the way we did.

  32. I’ve always admired the Biltmore but never had the opportunity to stay there. It’s gorgeous. As for the food – geez, how about that presentation? Love the gold covered caviar!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, The Biltmore is such a treasure, I’m so happy it was saved and restored. The food was as good as any I have had in Europe at Michelin starred restaurants…perfect in every way.

  33. Wow, everything looks SO wonderful, from the building to your room to the food. What a lovely, elegant experience! I’ve stayed at a few Biltmores before and have always had an amazing experience.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy, It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end even if we only stayed for one day. It is wonderful that many of the Biltmores across the country have been saved…they are national treasures.

  34. Karen, outstanding pictures – they take my breath away! Everything is absolutely stunning! So nice that you had such a wonderful time there!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Andrea…we did have a delightful last day of our trip at the Biltmore. I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos. We had rain everyday while we were in Florida and I was so happy when the sun broke though the clouds for the photos outside. It would have been a shame not to have shared the beautiful pool area with everyone.

  35. Kristy says:

    This looks like a fabulous place to stay. The views are amazing!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristy, I believe that anyone who stayed at the Biltmore Hotel would love it as much as we do. The views from our room were terrific…I’m so happy the rain stopped right as we arrived at the hotel. 🙂

  36. dinnerbysusan says:

    Spent my first wedding anniversary there. It was amazing.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, It is nice to know that you spent your first anniversary at the Biltmore…it certainly is wonderful for special occasions.

  37. hotlyspiced says:

    I just love the hotel! it’s gorgeous. What stunning architecture and I love the history of the hotel. The pool is enormous and the courtyard is stunning. And then there’s the food! I would love to see the bird cages. It’s great the hotel has kept with its original era and not tried to modernise xx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charlie, The hotel truly is gorgeous…they just don’t build hotels like the Biltmore anymore. I know you would have enjoyed swimming in the pool, it is huge. I think everything about the hotel is perfect. 🙂 BTW, welcome back home from your NY adventure.

  38. Wow… I am speechless! The lobby is quite impressive and the pool area has a paradisiac view. But the dishes were my favorite — quite impressive with elements and techniques from molecular gastronomy! I am so glad that you could enjoy Florida again before heading back to New Hampshire.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Denise, Thank you for your lovely comment. We were happy to be able to return to the Biltmore Hotel even if it was just for one day. It is a wonderful hotel and the food at the Palme d’Or was outstanding.

  39. Isn’t it wonderful to stay at a place you know is going to be perfect every time?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maureen, It indeed is wonderful! Every time we have been to the Biltmore, no matter the occasion, it has never disappointed us and that is rare in a hotel these days. 🙂

  40. chrisscheuer says:

    Wow, looks just spectacular – everything!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chris, The hotel was wonderfully restored…the lobby’s beautiful ceiling is a great example of its glamourous past as is the pool.

  41. What a beautiful hotel. That bed looks so plush! All the accommodations look top notch in fact! Wouldn’t mind visiting one bit 😉

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sandra, The hotel is indeed beautiful…you should see the ballrooms. I know if you ever have a chance to visit the Biltmore, even if it is just for a drink by the pool, you would love it. 🙂

  42. What an amazing building. It looks like a lovely place to stay and that gorgeous meal! 😉

    • Karen says:

      Hi B, The Biltmore Hotel really is an amazing building. Can you believe at one time it was converted to a hospital and then sat boarded up for years. The meal was one of the best I have had in years.

  43. What an absolutely stunning hotel! Thank you for the tour Karen, I feel as though I was there with you enjoying that room and that delicious food 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lorraine, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post and photos. Thank you for your nice compliment. With all your travels, perhaps you will have the opportunity to see it for yourself one day. 🙂

  44. stunning place we visited once but oh my what amazing food, so happy you got to enjoy

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rebecca, I’m happy to know that you have visited the hotel…it is a lovely place, don’t you think. The food really was amazing, each course a work of art and delicious.

  45. What a classy and relaxing place to stay, a perfect review 😀
    Love the dishes you have tried!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Karen says:

      Hi Uru, Staying at the Biltmore on the last day of our trip to Florida was indeed a nice way to relax before the flight back home. I’m glad you enjoyed the post, thank you.

  46. Raymund says:

    That I agree is a really memorable meal specially when gold leaf is in the plate, look how everything is presented. Its just perfect!

  47. Wow, Karen! I can really see how you’d want to return again and again. I’ve heard of the Biltmore Hotel and it’s so appealing. I’m so glad that after all the ‘busy-ness” of your summer you had the opportunity to return and enjoy a place that held some happy memories. Your photos are really lovely, too! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your lovely compliment, Debra. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and photos. We had to go to Florida on business but considering our family is there we made the most of our time there. 🙂 The trip was a much needed diversion from the hectic days of late and it was wonderful to enjoy the Biltmore once more.

  48. This hotel looks amazing and so inviting! You must have had the most fantastic stay and your meal sounds perfect 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tandy, Our one day stay at the Biltmore was perfect in every way. From our room with its beautiful view to our meal that was so wonderfully presented and delicious, we couldn’t have asked for anything more.

  49. ramblingtart says:

    What a gorgeous place!! That courtyard is swoon-worthy. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Krista, Isn’t the Biltmore Hotel wonderful. On Sundays, they have a brunch in that beautiful courtyard that is absolutely the best I have ever seen.

  50. We would visit the Biltmore in Santa Barbara when we lived in CA — an exquisite place. I looks like dinner was almost too beautiful to eat, a delight for all the senses.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Judy, I have heard that the Biltmore in Santa Barbara is lovely. I agree with you about how beautifully all the food was presented…it was as good as it looks.

  51. What a stunning place all the way around. So Coral Gables. Love the architecture, the grounds, your room…and the food, oh my! What a fabulous vacation.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Betsy, I have to agree with you, I believe the Biltmore Hotel is the shining crown in the City of Coral Gables. The city owns the hotel and leases it out, it is run superbly. It was the perfect way to end our business trip and visit with our family.

  52. Now that looks like a wonderful place to stay, and the food looks spectacular. I’ll bet it tasted spectacular, too.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Darryl, The food was just as amazing in its taste as it was in its presentation. We love the Biltmore Hotel and it was nice to go back for a day. It brought back so many memories of all the wonderful times we had there over the years that we lived in Coral Gables.

  53. Beautiful photos of this lovely hotel, Karen. It looks really great. I’ve stayed in The Biltmore Hotel in LA, and loved the decor, especially the grand foyer and the gorgeous indoor pool, but this one in Coral Gables looks even nicer. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment, Sylvia. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post and photos. Perhaps in the future, you will have the opportunity to visit Coral Gables and see the hotel in person.

  54. flippenblog says:

    Ahhhh the charm of these places. Glad you enjoyed your break.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Flippen, Staying at one of the historic grand hotels like the Biltmore with all their charm makes you forget your everyday, sometimes hectic life. It was just what we needed and I appreciate your lovely comment. Thank you!

  55. How beautiful, how elegant and how delicious… all in a serene environment. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Fae, I totally agree with you…it was all of the above. The hotel is a wonderful place to relax and forget about everyday life. It is almost like being in a fairytale. 🙂

  56. the hotel looks amazing,the atmosphere of it looks refreshing and relaxing and fun and most importantly the food looks out of this world. I love the main lobster with the sweet baby corn! YUM!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jessica, I agree with you wholeheartedly…it was all of the above. The flavor of the lobster and baby corn was outstanding…it was one of my favorite of the courses I tried. 🙂

  57. What a lovely place and look at all those edible flowers – adore them!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ksenia, I agree with you about the hotel. From the beautiful tropical grounds and pool to the grand lobby…the Biltmore is lovely. Each course during our evening meal was beautifully presented…I’m glad you enjoyed the photos.

  58. That is one impressive place with some impressive food. I love when food looks like art.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lea Ann, We have always enjoyed visiting the Biltmore. The food at Palme d’Or was a wonderful as it looks. The detail of each presentation was amazing.

  59. Now that is one classy place. Beautiful photos, they make me want to visit.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna, I’m glad that you liked the photos, thank you. I know you would enjoy visiting the Biltmore if you are even in the Miami area.

  60. We were just saying we have not explored FL enough and this will be on the list…stunning place.

  61. Ah! Karen—words fail. such elegance. such opulence. such creativity.

  62. Cecile says:

    Wonderful photos of the hotel AND of the fabulous food served there! This post made me miss the life I used to have when my husband was still alive.. and we’d go to conferences at place like the Boca Raton Resort & Club. I loved it there! (I should just go back…. except that now I’d have to p.a.y…. What the hell… I’m gonna go back – it’ll make me happy!) As always, I love reading your posts. And I’m so glad you had such a special time at the Biltmore Hotel !!

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your kind words about my posts, Cecile and I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos. I hope you do treat yourself to a nice trip somewhere and that it makes you very happy. 😀

      • Cecile says:

        I had a great time this spring – was gone for a month, by myself – and visited tons of family, friends and old neighbors all the way down to Florida and back. The coolest thing was friends of ours from Malta – who now live in Kuwait – were in Miami’s South Beach while I was in Florida… so I got to spend some time with them there. I drove through Boca, but didn’t even drop by the hotel for a drink. Next time – I’m gonna treat myself & stay there !!

      • Karen says:

        I’m glad you had a great time. Yes, you must try and go back to Boca…at least for a cocktail. 🙂

      • Cecile says:

        I like the way you think Karen!

  63. The food looks superb karen! Love your description of the light as air, amuse bouche! What a tremendous way to relax & unwind after the busyness and hectic pace of packing! Enjoy each and every gorgeous moment!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alli, The food was as delicious as it was beautiful. This trip was a wonderful break…just what I needed. Thank you for your lovely comment.

  64. The place is gorgeous Karen! Thanks for showing us around 😉

  65. Juliana says:

    Oh Karen, I sure enjoyed traveling with you…the pictures are awesome and the gourmet food just look fantastic…especially the sea urchin…OMG!
    Thank you dear…have a great weekend 😀

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your sweet compliment, Juliana. I’m happy that you enjoy my travel posts. Don’t you just love the sea urchin…I’d love some of those bowls to set a table with. I hope you are having a nice weekend as well.

  66. Thanks for the memories Karen. I actually stayed in this hotel for a couple of nights on our honey moon. Beautiful grounds, pool, staff and food. Take Care, BAM

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bobbie, It is so nice to know that this post brought back memories of your honeymoon at the Biltmore. We think it is a special place too. We spent so much time there for social events when we lived in Coral Gables. We only lived a couple of blocks away on Granada Blvd. 🙂

  67. I could sit for days in that lovely courtyard. If we ever get that way, this is definitely the place we have to stay!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristi, The courtyard is beautiful…on Sundays there is an outstanding brunch there. The Biltmore is definitely the place to stay if you are in the area.

  68. Karen, you visit places that I only ever see in films or read about. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy reading your travel posts and seeing your photos – they make all the places in my imagination seem so much more real! xx

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your lovely compliment, Celia. It does my heart good to know that you enjoy my travel posts so much. During a trip we try to stay in at least on special place and the Biltmore certainly is that. 🙂

  69. Goodness gracious, now I want to go on vacation! What a beautiful place!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pamela, I agree with you…the Biltmore is beautiful. Perhaps you can take a little vacation somewhere once you have harvested all of your garden. 😀

  70. flavorsofthesun says:

    I so enjoyed this post, Karen. Such an Old World Hotel in so many ways, and wow, the food! Exquisite presentation. Just stunning. Thanks for sharing.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vicki, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post…thank you. I think everything about the hotel is special, I so glad that it was restored to its former beauty.

  71. Karen, wow! What a fantastic hotel and the food is just perfect. What a treat. I could only dream of such magnificent places. I so love your travel posts. They take me on a mini vacation too.
    Have a wonderful week ahead.
    😉 Mandy xo

    • Karen says:

      Hi Many, I certainly do appreciate your kind words. I’m happy to know that you enjoy my travel posts. The Biltmore is a delightful hotel and it was nice returning to a place where we used to attend so many social events when we lived in Coral Gables. 🙂

  72. restlessjo says:

    What a place! 🙂 🙂 I might never get past that lobby!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jo, Isn’t the lobby magnificent. They serve a lovely afternoon tea there with harp music during the week and classical guitar on the weekends.

  73. AMAZEBalls – loving your captures – thanks for sharing this beautiful place 🙂

  74. What a spectacular hotel! The dinner was so very gourmet! -I will be sending a kink to this post to my nephew who is a professional chef, as I’m sure he will be interested to see your photos and descriptions about this wonderful meal!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pat, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and will be passing it on to you nephew. Perhaps he will be inspired by some of the dishes that we had…they were all delicious.

  75. Suzanne says:

    I love it when you eat out at these amazing places. I can enjoy the visual glory of your meal second hand. Thank you so much for taking all the photos. The hotel is splendid too.

  76. wok with ray says:

    Such a beautiful and luxurious hotel. I should take my wife here and I’m sure she would love it. Thank you, Karen. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ray, The Biltmore is indeed a wonderful hotel. If you and your wife ever get a chance to visit, I believe you will enjoy it as much as my husband and I have over the years. It certainly was nice to visit the hotel again.

  77. Rosa Mayland says:

    A fabulous place! So luxurious and classy. The food also looks exceptional.



  78. This place looks amazing – thanks for such a detailed account! Living vicariously!

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