The Biltmore Hotel
A Gem of Historical Proportions
By Kelly Villasuso
Throughout history, gemstones have served diverse roles in the lore and legends of human culture, assigning these precious minerals with symbolic medicinal and spiritual significance and frequently associating them with milestones in life. For instance, a diamond is believed to symbolize strength and endurance, an emerald is believed to symbolize renewal, while a double sapphire is believed to symbolize wisdom. Each of these gems has been used by different cultures over time to celebrate attaining the milestone of 90 years due to the symbolic significance of each.
Fittingly, The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida, is celebrating its 90th birthday in 2016 and is truly a gem of historical proportions, deserving of diamonds, emeralds, and double sapphires. This iconic hotel has achieved this milestone with demonstrated strength and endurance and is gliding into its future with a sense of renewal while treasuring its past with wisdom.
Joining an elite group celebrating 90 years in 2016, including Boca Raton Resort & Club (as featured in the summer edition of Opulence, Celebrating 90 Years of Coveted Opulence) and The Brazilian Court in Palm Beach (as featured in the fall edition, Turning the Big 9-0 in 2016: The Brazilian Court Palm Beach Still Keeps Good Company), The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables still shines bright like the diamond it is.
The centerpiece of famed developer George Merrick’s vision for the majestic suburb of Coral Gables, The Biltmore Hotel opened in January 1926 showcasing a unique blend of myriad styles from the Old World, including Italian, Spanish, and Moorish elements. Its bold grandeur quickly made it the most fashionable resort in the country, a spot it has held off and on throughout its remarkable and enduring 90-year history.
From hotel to hospital to medical school and back, The Biltmore has played a significant role in South Florida’s history, as well as that of our country. With each transformation, it served its role graciously. Careful attention was paid to restoring the craftsmanship and artistry throughout when returning The Biltmore to its hotel roots in 1987, an effort that continues thoughtfully and continuously to this day to ensure that the guests of tomorrow will experience the glamour of yesteryear (alongside the modern conveniences of today) for times to come. According to Philippe Parodi, Vice President of Marketing & Sales, “[The Biltmore Hotel has] a team of employees who are dedicated to preserving our historical monument while working hand-in-hand with the Historical Society of Coral Gables and The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation to follow the guidelines and standards to preserve our historic building.”
This National Historic Landmark has embraced its age with style over the course of 2016, particularly with its special 90th Anniversary nine-course tasting menu at the famed Palme D’Or. From the sea urchin and foie gras terrine, to the Spanish octopus, the Kobe Beef Oxtail, and the roasted duck, the exquisite experience created by Chef Gregory Pugin was sublime. Although this magnificent menu is only available in 2016, you do not have to wait until this heavenly hotel marks its centennial — the food is always something to celebrate at the Palme D’Or.
Happy birthday to The Biltmore Hotel Miami-Coral Gables. You are a true gem!
The Biltmore Miami-Coral Gables
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33134