The Biltmore Hotel of Coral Gables, Florida
…a class act with more than a great Donald Ross golf course

Story & Photos by: Ed Stone

Today, the 273-room hotel and resort is known as the Biltmore and is indeed as elegant as the day it opened. The Biltmore’s rich history makes it Coral Gables’ most preeminent historic landmark. Coral Gables is a largely residential, affluent area graced with broad, planted boulevards, golf courses and  country clubs. Stately Mediterranean homes, Banyan trees, and tropical foliage line its quiet streets.

Any avid golfer will enjoy and appreciate the 18-hole Donald Ross course at the 273-room Biltmore in Coral Gables, just south of Miami. The amenities offered at this famous historical resort make for one great and outstanding experience. A must see and play for all golfers.

The Donald Ross golf course opened in January 1925 with the Biltmore opening a year later.

The golf course opened in January 1925 with the Biltmore…built by George Merrick a Coral Gables’ developer opening a year later. This was then and much still is the epicenter of this beautiful and outstanding city. The property opened with elegance, beauty and calm…right out of the 1920’s; and continues to exude “first class” in every respect. In addition to showcasing one of Ross’ best golf layouts, the resort features grand hotel rooms and suites, highly acclaimed restaurants, a world-class spa and fitness center and state-of-the-art conference facilities.

The Biltmore pool is the largest of any hotel pool in the continental United States.

Surrounding the Biltmore Hotel are 150-acres of lush, tropical landscapes, 10 tennis courts and the world-famous Biltmore pool with private cabana suites. By the way, the pool is the largest of any hotel in the continental United States…now that’s big.

Photographs are tastefully placed in strategic places reflecting the passion and vitality of one of America’s most exciting cities. These images show the building and growth of the city along with a glimpse of many world leaders, celebrities and sports stars since the 1920’s who have visited the property. They are impressive!

The championship 18-hole par 71 Biltmore Golf Course is one of Donald Rlonoss’ best. Steeped in history, it is fair to say that the greens are distinctive Ross greens. In November 2007, the course was home to the largest golf tournament of its time. Celebrating a $5 million makeover, the 6,700-yard golf course was revamped by renowned golf architect and Donald Ross design expert Brian Silva. Refurbishment included a new Bermuda grass, irrigation structure, state-of-the-art GPS technology and a sophisticated maintenance system. The golf course hosts the annual Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship, which is where such current legends as Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia first proved themselves. Features include a fully equipped clubhouse, restaurant, bar and one of the largest driving/practice facilities in the Southeast.

The championship 18-hole par 71 Biltmore Golf Course is one of Donald Ross’ best. Sunday Brunch at the Biltmore is one of the most outstanding spreads you will encounter. High tea is served in the lobby weekdays from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. for up to 24 guests.  
Bob Coman, Director of Golf at the Biltmore

As of January 1, 2018, the Jim McLean Golf School has established its World Headquarters at the Biltmore Hotel and Donald Ross course.  This outstanding golf school offers a variety of instruction experiences, including corporate clinics, junior programs, private lessons and multi-day golf schools. McLean began the teaching school's program in 1991.  Several well-known media outlets such as U.S. News and World Report, CNN and Travel & Leisure Magazine have given it high marks and places the experience as the #1 Golf School in America.

Bob Coman is the affable Director of Golf at the Biltmore Hotel & Resort and brings a wealth of background experience. Bob is a native of Rhode Island, but raised in Connecticut and a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He earned his PGA card in 1985 and began his career as an Assistant at Plainfield Country Club, Plainfield, New Jersey. Moving to Florida in 1987, he became the Head Golf Professional at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens and was instrumental in securing PGA National as the site for the Honda Classic. He also served a ten year stint as Director of Golf at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. After the sale of PGA National, Bob moved to be the Director of Golf at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle in 2008. He has been the Director of Golf at The Biltmore since 2013.

Lara Pavloff
Head Gof Professional & Tournament Director

Lara Pavloff is the Head Golf Professional and Tournament Director.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She grew up playing golf with her Dad, Mike Pavloff at the Oxford Country Club. Lara began her golf career in Northern Michigan as an Assistant Golf Professional at The Leelanau Club in Suttons Bay, Michigan. She took her first golf job in Florida as an Assistant Pro at Doral Golf Resort and Spa before accepting a position at The Biltmore.

Lara started as an Assistant Golf Professional and was able to work her way to Head Golf Professional and Tournament Director. Throughout her time at the Biltmore she has been steadily working through the PGA of America’s apprentice program. She is now a Class A member of the PGA of America. Lara is also a Titleist Performance Institute certified golf professional.

For those who enjoy history, elegance, class act, prestigious locations, etc…the Biltmore is just the place. From individual to couples, to weddings to corporate meetings, you must go a long, long way to beat the Biltmore in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone: 305-445-1926 or 1-800-727-1926 / Fax: 305-913-3159
Reservations: Check-in at 3:00 pm / Check-out at 12:00 noon
Parking: Complimentary self-parking - or - $12 daytime service ($25 overnight)
Payment: All major credit cards accepted

The Biltmore is located minutes from the excitement of South Beach and the business districts of
Coral Gables and downtown Miami among other major area sightseeing attractions.
• 6 miles to Brickell / Downtown Miami, 12 miles to South Beach
• 5 miles to Miami International Airport, 30 miles from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport

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The hotel has earned numerous awards.

The Biltmore is a member of the National Historic Landmarks, Leading Hotels of the World, American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts and Associated Luxury Hotels, Inc.  The hotel has earned numerous awards including: AAA Four Diamond; Cond√© Nast Traveler Gold List, 2003 Zagat Survey’s Top 10 Hotels in Miami and Best French Restaurant in the Southeast, Meetings & Conventions Gold Key Award; Florida Trend magazine’s Golden Spoon Award and AAA
Four Diamond Award for Palme d’Or restaurant. In addition, Palme d’Or was named Best Restaurant in South Florida by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and in 2010 received the highest overall rating from Zagat as “exceptional to perfection”. (Back to Chart at Top)

The Biltmore’s Les Clefs d’Or concierge staff is available 24-hours a day to assist with the simplest to the most complex request and information on area dining, shopping, tours and attractions.  Complimentary tours of the Biltmore are conducted by the Dade Heritage Trust every Sunday at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Tours depart from the Concierge Desk. Reservations not required. (Back to Chart at Top)

The Biltmore Shops are located in the lower lobby featuring everything from necessities and newspapers to fine fashions and gifts. The Logo Shop (logo merchandise, cigars and gift items) is open daily from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm. Checks (resort clothing and swim wear) is open daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. (Back to Chart at Top)


The resort features 76,000 total sq. ft. of function space.  (Photo below provided by Biltmore Hotel)

In 1994, President Clinton hosted 34 heads of state from the western hemisphere at the Summit of the Americas held at the Biltmore’s Conference Center of the Americas, a world-class conference center with technologically advanced facilities. While not all conferences at the resort are on this scale or boast such as impressive guest list, the Biltmore’s outstanding meeting facilities are ideally designed to accommodate illustrious groups without disrupting equally important leisure guests.

Meeting spaces in the hotel building are tucked unobtrusively out of sight and away from restaurants and other public spaces, offering extensive and elegant facilities and services for meetings large and small. The resort features 76,000 total sq. ft. of function space, with an entire wing devoted exclusively to small meetings and breakouts in order to enhance productivity.
• A total of 33 meeting spaces, 12 in the hotel, 14 in the Conference Center of the Americas
• Meeting spaces include 3 ballrooms; the largest is 6,200 sq. ft. with 46 ft. ceiling height
• 11,280 sq. ft. of outdoor banquet space
• 36,000 sq. ft. of banquet space for functions accommodating up to 1,000 people
• 40,000 sq. ft. of additional meeting space at the Conference Center of the Americas
• High Speed Internet available throughout the property
• Most meeting rooms feature natural daylight from windows
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Located in the Country Club building, the CCA has become South Florida's preferred site for high-level professional and executive education programming. The CCA enjoys its own lovely, historic Spanish-style building with an impressive courtyard, ideal for social gatherings set apart from the hotel. The CCA features 40,000 sq. ft. of exceptional function space that includes eight main meeting rooms, six breakout rooms, a 6,200 sq. ft. ballroom, two, state-of-the-art, tiered amphitheaters that seat groups of 60-90 and 90-130 persons, and a private executive boardroom, all set within the historic ambiance and luxurious surroundings of the Biltmore. A virtual tour of the CCA is available at Technological features include:
• Ethernet access to T1 high-speed internet
• Simultaneous translation
• Wireless audience response devices
• High definition rear-screen video projection
• ISDN Videoconference capability
• Four-Star standards of room service, control and comfort
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The Biltmore’s guest rooms feature the latest technology services. (Photos courtesy Biltmore Hotel)

The Biltmore’s guest rooms feature the latest technology services, as well as magnificent skyline and city, pool or golf course views. Suites range from Junior and Executive suites, to the 15th floor Merrick Suite, named after the resort’s founder George Merrick, offering three bedrooms, each with its own bath, floor to ceiling windows, two balconies overlooking Coral Gables and a private elevator. The renowned Everglades Suite has two stories, a master bedroom and second bedroom, a large living room and dining area with a baby grand piano and full kitchen.

The hotel offers 273 total guest rooms, including 133 suites all featuring:
• Panoramic views of Coral Gables, the pool or the Biltmore Golf Course
• King or queen beds with feather beds
• Signature robes & slippers in every room
• Writing desk
• Separate sitting area in deluxe rooms
• Armoire with 25” TV, Sony Playstation, TV Internet, flat screen plasma TVs in suite
• High Speed Internet (Ethernet Connection)
• Digital on-demand movies
• Mini-bar and safety deposit box
• Dual phone lines -cordless telephones with voice mail and data port
• Iron and ironing board
• Panoramic views of Coral Gables, pool or the Biltmore Golf Course.
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ABOVE: Fontana mounts one of the country’s most celebrated and lavish Sunday Champagne Brunch buffets.
BELOW: Palme d'Or - Biltmore’s stunning signature restaurant.

One of Miami’s most sophisticated and varied international dining experiences, the Biltmore features four restaurants, each with its own distinct personality, as well as two bars and a classic afternoon tea service accompanied by live music. Offering an exceptional level of quality, imagination and appealing presentation, the Biltmore dining experience is overseen by Executive Chef Philippe Ruiz, who along with other culinary staff creates some of the finest cuisine in the area.
• Palme d'Or - Biltmore’s stunning signature restaurant presents one of the finest dining experiences in the Southeast. Guests can custom-design their own dining experience around 20-plus offered tasting dishes. Palme d’O was recognized by Zagat as one of the best French restaurants in the country in 2010. Overlooking the hotel’s famous pool, the intimate Palme d’Or dazzles the eye and the palate with beguiling cuisine. Open Tuesday through Thursday from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 6:00 to 11:00 pm. Seats up to 60 guests, plus two private dining rooms with available seating for 12 and 20 guests.
• Fontana Ristorante - Offers Italian inspired cuisine punctuated with local and seasonal ingredients and exceptional wine list. The handsome rusticity of the restaurant’s stone and tile interior, with an open-air kitchen and wood-burning stove, flows into the lush landscaping of the fountain-centered courtyard, the site of Miami’s most romantic outdoor dining.

Fontana mounts one of the country’s most celebrated and lavish Sunday Champagne Brunch buffets. Utilizing the restaurant’s handsome interior and courtyard, the brunch features live entertainment and an extensive array of selections, including omelet, sushi, carving, pasta and tapas stations, and desserts. 

Open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 am to 11:30 am (breakfast), 11:30 am to 3:00 pm (lunch), and 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm (dinner). Open on Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (brunch) and 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm (dinner). Seats up to 225 inside and out.
• Cascade - The Cascade is an outdoor oasis is tucked under a cascading 23-foot waterfall overlooking the Biltmore pool. This al fresco restaurant, set in a colonnade lined logia perched at the edge of the swimming pool with views of the golf course and gardens. The casual fare with sophisticated flair includes daily spa cuisine specials, with an emphasis on local as well as healthy, organic ingredients. The Cascade Bar salutes Europe’s most popular lawn game – petanque – played on the neighboring court. In addition to fresh fruit tropical drinks, frozen favorites, appetizers and a selection of wines and beer, Cascade features an organic juice bar. Open for breakfast from 8:00 am to 11:30 am (Saturday & Sunday only), lunch from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm (daily) and for Bar Bites from 5:30 pm to close (daily). Seats up to 60 guests.
• 19th Hole Sports Bar & Grill - The most casual of the resort’s dining sites, the 19th Hole is located overlooking the golf course and offering light dining, inside or on the terrace. In the bar, numerous televisions are continually tuned to sports programming. Open daily from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. Seats up to 48 guests outside and 28 inside.
• Biltmore Bar - Adjacent to Palme d’Or, this handsome wood paneled room offers a sophisticated atmosphere. The bar features an extensive selection of premium and vintage liquor, liqueurs and wines, as well as an assortment of tap and bottled beers. Open Monday thru Saturday from 4:00 pm to 1:30 am. Seats up to 60 guests.
• Cellar Club Bar - Located adjacent to Fontana in the Lower Lobby, the Cellar Club is dedicated to the appreciation of fine wine and food. Complimentary membership privileges to the Cellar Club, South Florida's premier wine society. 20% consideration at food and beverage outlets (Room Service not included) and gift shops. The Cellar Club has helped maintain the Biltmore’s role as an epicenter of local social life and has become an important attraction for hotel guests, who chose to upgrade and enjoy certain privileges during their stay. Open daily from 11:00 am to midnight. Seats up to 24 guests.
• Afternoon Tea - One of the few traditional English afternoon teas in the Miami area, the Biltmore’s is the only one that boasts such a grand setting – under the soaring vaulted ceiling of the magnificent lobby and in front of its majestically mantled fireplace. Complemented by the music of classical guitarist Juan Areco, the refreshing repast is served weekdays from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Seats up to 24 guests.
• Room Service - Available 24 hours, with limited menu from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am.
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Fun and educational, the Biltmore Culinary Academy is ideal for aspiring chefs of all levels. (Photo courtesy Biltmore Hotel)

In February 2009, the Biltmore Hotel furthered its longstanding passion for gastronomy and Commitment to excellence in the culinary arts by opening the Biltmore Culinary Academy. As the only hotel with a recreational cooking school operating in North America, the academy has a dedicated learning area and fully equipped professional kitchen offering a variety of classes, workshops, team-building events, for both adults and children. Fun and educational, the Biltmore Culinary Academy is ideal for aspiring chefs of all levels. Spearheading the Biltmore Culinary Academy is Lourdes Castro, an instructor at New York University’s prestigious Food Studies department and author of the best-selling cookbook Simply Mexican.
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South Florida’s premier wine society, The Cellar Club offers a members-only wine bar featuring 100 wines-by-the-glass, Champagne and cordials. Please visit  (Back to Chart at Top)

The Biltmore Hotel hosts its Biltmore Social event series featuring live jazz, cocktail specials, complimentary tastings, and a happy hour bar menu available at the Biltmore Bar, Cascade and the Cellar Club Bar. Additionally, the hotel hosts tango classes on Tuesdays hosted by World Tango Champion Monica Llobet. (Back to Chart at Top)

The elegant Biltmore Spa is a 12,000 sq. ft. sanctuary of astonishing beauty. Situated on the seventh floor, with panoramic views in all directions, it defines tranquility and relaxation.

The elegant Biltmore Spa is a 12,000 sq. ft. sanctuary of astonishing beauty. (Photo courtesy Biltmore Hotel)

Hints of Zen traditions transcends through the aroma of Green Tea Citrus, the cascading water walls, earth tones decor, a bamboo bridge and polished stones in rippling pools of water and a supremely inviting relaxation lounge. The spa provides the perfect ambiance for state-of-the-art treatments and services, including massage therapy, facial treatments, body treatments, body wraps, terme spa baths, lifestyle kurs and signature rituals. From Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage and a thalasso kur to caviar facial and spirulina wraps to signature Chardonnay massages, reflect the Biltmore’s vision of a luxurious wellness experience that encompasses all aspects of life. Half-day and specialty packages for groups and couples are also available. Treatments are also offered in the hotel’s private poolside cabanas. Open daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

The spa’s boutique has a carefully selected collection of luxurious products for face, body, hair and wellbeing, as well as candles and apparel. Special occasion gifts and gift baskets are available. The beauty salon inside the spa offers manicures, pedicures, make-up application and hairstyling and hair treatments with K√©rastase Paris Hair Care. Salon is open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. (Back to Chart at Top)


The largest hotel pool in the continental United States, the Biltmore’s measures approximately 23,000 sq. ft. and holds 700,000 gallons of water.

The largest hotel pool in the continental United States, the Biltmore’s measures approximately 23,000 sq. ft. and holds 700,000 gallons of water. In the early days of the resort, it was the scene of spectacular Busby Berkeley-like water shows, diving exhibitions, fashion shows and celebrity parties.

Today, it has become the stylish setting for relaxing, outdoor recreation and dining. Enhancing the pool experience are 10 private cabanas hidden away amidst palms, hibiscus and bougainvillea. Each is elegantly furnished with teakwood chaises and loveseats, banana leaf ceiling fans, lounge chairs for sunbathing, and outdoor rain showers, along with a host of amenities. Accommodating four to eight guests, the cabanas are served by attentive pool staff ready at any time to provide drinks and other refreshments. Available for daily rentals: doubles accommodates 8 people maximum and singles accommodates 4 people maximum. Hours of operation are from sunrise to 9:00 pm. (Back to Chart at Top)

The Biltmore Fitness Center is a 10,000 sq. ft. facility with one area dedicated solely to cardiovascular exercise and includes a comprehensive free weight room and two additional rooms of plate loaded and selectorized resistance equipment. The fitness center is ranked by Men’s Fitness as one of the top ten hotel fitness programs in the U.S. for its wide variety of activities and programs as well as its top-ranked equipment by Precor. Classes extend from kickboxing, karate, Pilates to yoga, belly dancing, body sculpting and aquatics. Fitness assessments and personal trainers are available by appointment. Open Monday to Thursday from 5:30 am to 10:00 pm, Friday from 5:30 am to 9:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. (Back to Chart at Top)

Ten lighted tennis courts are located adjacent to the golf course. Reservations made through the
Concierge. Open 7:00 am to 10:00 pm on weekdays and 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekends. (Back to Chart at Top)


Seasonal programs are offered in the Biltmore Culinary Academy, golf course, tennis court, as well as customized summer camps and birthday parties.

The Biltmore Hotel offers fun programs and activities where children can discover new interests and learn valuable skills. Seasonal programs are offered in the Biltmore Culinary Academy, golf course, tennis court, as well as customized summer camps and birthday parties. In addition the Fitness Center offers yoga and aquatics classes through the year. Shop at the Biltmore’s newly redesigned retail shops for latest chic fashion and resort wear for children. (Back to Chart at Top)