This hotel is a National Historic Landmark, not just because it was built in 1926 by George Merrick, who, in 1920, bought the 4,000 hectares of land that became Coral Gables. Nor just because of its Moorish architecture and pink facade. No, it's because throughout its history, except, perhaps, when it was converted into a hospital, the Biltmore has been frequented by famous people.
Johnny Weissmuller, the swimmer and actor who made the best Tarzan, was a lifeguard here. Al Capone, the famous gangster, stayed here.
Today, however, people come for its timeless charm and the 273 rooms furnished in typical American style. They also come for its restaurants: the Palme d'Or reinterprets classical French cuisine, while Fontana, around the courtyard fountain, offers Italian dishes. On Sunday morning, a Champagne brunch is served to residents, yes, but also to visitors.
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
+1 305 311 6903
Rooms: from 287 USD