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Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Address: 1200 Anastasia Avenue

Neighborhood: Coral Gables

City: Miami

Phone: 855-311-6903

Website: www.biltmorehotel.com

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Designated a National Historic Landmark, Coral Gables' grandiose Biltmore is a 1926 Mediterranean Revival dowager overlooking its own 18-hole links. Steeped in romance, history, and mystery, the impressive estate is marked by a 300-foot tower (meant to imitate the Giralda  Tower at the Cathedral of Seville), and features gorgeous arches, courtyards, and vaulted ceilings, further accenting the overall palatial Spanish style. Ginger Rogers and Al Capone were regulars here; his 13th-floor suite is purportedly haunted. Spooky rumors also include ghostly sightings of wounded soldiers from the days when the property was briefly used as a World War II VA hospital. Its famous 23,000-sqaure-foot pool, supposedly the largest in the country, is a beauty, indeed, lined by statues, and surrounded by cabanas, chaise lounges, and a bar where the old diving platform used to be. It’s here that Johnny “Tarzan” Weissmuller swam and Esther Williams starred in her aquatic shows. The hotel's 275 rooms are just as cinematic and its Sunday Champagne brunch in the courtyard legendary.

Tags: luxury | romance | historic | smart splurge

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