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The Biltmore Timeline

View the complete history of The Biltmore Hotel from inception to its existence today.

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  • 1925

    Biltmore Coral Gables is Built

    Biltmore Coral Gables is Built

    January 1, 1925
    Biltmore Coral Gables is Built

    The Biltmore Hotel is built in 1925 by George Merrick
    As the creator of Coral Gables, land developer George E. Merrick founded the University of Miami, and developed the suburbs with strict building codes to ensure the beautiful surrounding. In 1924, young Merrick joined forces with Biltmore hotel magnate John McEntee Bowman at the height of the Florida land boom to build “a great hotel…which would not only serve as a hostelry to crowds which were thronging to Coral Gables but also would serves as a center of sports and fashion.”

  • 1926

    Biltmore Hotel is Opened

    Biltmore Hotel is Opened

    January 15, 1926
    Biltmore Hotel is Opened

    On January 15, 1926, the Miami Biltmore Country Club debuted with a magnificent gala opening that promised to be the social event of the year. The leading socialites of the Northeast came down on trains marked “Miami Biltmore Specials.” As champagne flowed and guests fox‐trotted to the strains of three orchestras, one led by famed bandleader Paul Whiteman, the Biltmore’s Giralda Tower was lit for the first time and could be seen from miles around. An overflow crowd of 1,500 guests attended the opening dinner‐dance, and a landmark era in South Florida history began.

  • 1927

    The Jazz Age

    The Jazz Age

    January 1, 1927
    The Jazz Age

    The Biltmore was one of the most fashionable resorts in the entire country in its heyday, hosting royalty of both the European and Hollywood variety. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Ginger Rogers, Judy Garland and Bing Crosby were frequent guests. In fact, everyone who was anyone, from politicians like President Franklin D. Roosevelt to notorious gangsters like Al Capone– stayed at The Biltmore, where they enjoyed fashion shows, gala balls, aquatic shows in the 23,000 square foot grand pool, elaborate weddings and world‐class golf tournaments. With the Jazz Age at full cry, The Biltmore’s big bands entertained wealthy, well‐traveled visitors to this American Riviera resort.

  • 1930

    Entertainment at the Biltmore 1930s

    Entertainment at the Biltmore 1930s

    January 1, 1930
    Entertainment at the Biltmore 1930s

    Challenged by America’s economic lulls in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, The Biltmore thrived by hosting aquatic galas that drew crowds and kept the hotel in the spotlight. Up to 3,000 spectators turned out on Sundays to watch synchronized swimmers, bathing beauties, alligator wrestlers and the four year old boy wonder, Jackie Ott, whose act included diving into the immense pool from an 85‐foot high platform. Prior to his tree‐swinging days in Hollywood, Johnny Weissmuller was a Biltmore swimming instructor and later broke world records at The Biltmore pool. The aquatic shows were extremely popular with families, who would later dress up to attend fashionable tea dances on The Biltmore’s grand terrace.

  • 1942

    The War Years 1942 – 1968

    The War Years 1942 – 1968

    January 1, 1942
    The War Years 1942 – 1968

    With the onset of World War II, the War Department converted The Biltmore to a huge hospital, dubbed the Army Air Forces Regional Hospital. Adapting the building to its new use, the Army sealed many of the former hotel’s windows with concrete, and covered the travertine floors with layers of government-issue linoleum. Also the early site of The University of Miami’s School of Medicine, The Biltmore remained a Veteran’s Administration hospital until 1968.

  • 1983

    The City of Coral Gables 1983-1990

    The City of Coral Gables 1983-1990

    January 1, 1983
    The City of Coral Gables 1983-1990

    Following intense lobbying by Coral Gables officials and city residents for The Biltmore’s acquisition, in 1973 the City of Coral Gables was granted ownership of the hotel through the Historic Monuments Act and Legacy of Parks program. But the City remained undecided as to the structure’s future, and The Biltmore remained unoccupied for almost 10 years.

    Finally in 1983, the City initiated a full restoration of the Biltmore to its former glory as a grand hotel. Nearly four years and $55 million later, The Biltmore re-opened on December 31, 1987 as a four-star hotel and resort. More than 600 guests turned out to honor the historic Biltmore at a black-tie affair. The hotel remained open for three years, but closed again in 1990 in the midst of the country’s economic downturn.

  • 2020

    Modern Era

    Modern Era

    January 1, 2020
    Modern Era

    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 a country clubs. Stately Mediterranean homes, Banyan trees, and tropical foliage line its quiet streets.

Explore The Biltmore

So much to do while here. Whether you’re enjoying a staycation, or visiting the resort, there’s a world to experience

ROOMS & SUITES

POOL & CABANAS

SPECIAL OFFERS

FITNESS CENTER
MEMBERSHIP

SHOPS

CULINARY ACADEMY

TENNIS

FEATURED: JUNIOR SUITE

BILTMORE MEMBERSHIP

Deliciously Yours

Take in all of the tastes and flavors that comprise the menu of offerings at The Biltmore’s multiple restaurants. From Italian to continental to lite bites and everything in-between, there’s no compromise. Leave room for dessert!

HOLIDAY 2020
FONTANA

CASCADE

19th HOLE

SUNDAY BRUNCH

THE CELLAR CLUB

AFTERNOON TEA

BILTMORE BAR

FEATURED OUTLET: CASCADE

LUNCH @ BILTMORE

Events at The Biltmore

Making your next event a success drives us. With over 75,000 sq. ft. of event space, The Biltmore Hotel can welcomes your event whether it is small or large scale.

MEETINGS & CONFERENCES

REQUEST A PROPOSAL

PRODUCTIONS & PHOTOSHOOTS

SOCIAL EVENTS

FLOOR PLANS

PHOTO GALLERY

MEETING SPACES

FLOOR PLANS

Weddings at Biltmore

Your beautiful wedding will be memorable at the Biltmore. Let us help you create this special day.

WEDDINGS

HONEYMOONS

ENGAGEMENTS

WEDDING DESIGN

Biltmore Weddings

Photo Gallery

Bride & Groom- Photo by Lara Rios

Relax at the Spa

The Biltmore’s Spa is a world class center of relaxation and massage therapies. Enjoy an array of treatments including facials, massages, manicure/pedicure, and more.

MASSAGES

FACIALS

NAIL SERVICES

BROWS, LASHES, & WAXING

SPA PACKAGES

AHHHH SPA

FEATURE TREATMENT: FACIAL

Book Your Tee Time

Schedule your next tee time at The Biltmore. Tee times are available for members and the general public. Use the links below, to get on the “links”.

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
MEMBER TEE TIMES
HOTEL GUEST TEE TIMES
VISITOR TEE TIMES
CORAL GABLES RESIDENT TEE TIMES
SOUTH FLORIDA RESIDENT TEE TIMES

Golf at The Biltmore