Mediterranean architecture meets tropical luxury at the Biltmore Hotel

One of Florida’s historical landmarks, the luxurious Biltmore Hotel, has recently unveiled its extensive renovation.

With close proximity to downtown Miami and Miami beach, and located in the exclusive Coral Gables area, the Biltmore Hotel is one of South Florida’s most iconic historical landmarks. Recently the Biltmore unveiled its year-long $30 million restoration, which included the redesign of the hotel’s European spa and fitness club, guest rooms, the main lobby and several corridors.

Opened in 1926, the Biltmore is set amid 150-arces of tropical landscape and has previously played host to a range of celebrities and world leaders. It is home to one of the largest pools in the United States, and an 18-hole golf course that was originally designed by acclaimed golf course designer, Donald Ross.

There are 271 rooms and suites within the Biltmore, all of which have been renovated as part of the restoration; each room has been influenced by Mediterranean architecture, including Italian, Moorish and Spanish designs. Before the renovation, the rooms included a brown colour scheme – this has been drastically altered, with the design team opting for vibrant, regal colours such as plum, sage and gold.

All of the rooms’ furniture has been updated and now feature embroidered damask and couture fabrics. Gemstone chandeliers dangle overhead, alongside imported carpets and original architectural detailing. Each element complements the other, creating a luxurious environmental that is infused with modern opulence and traditional elegance; the panoramic views of the city skyline, golf course and pool also help create sense of grandeur.

Coral Springs-based interior designers D’Shakil Designs and Studio 5 Design + worked with the Biltmore to update the main lobby of the hotel, and bring a modern twist to the extraordinary space. Heavily influenced by Mediterranean architecture, the lobby features awe-inspiring 25-foot Corinthian columns that draw the eye, leading to sapphire, starred-frescoes on the ceiling.

Underfoot lies an indigo wool carpet, which runs across the length of the expansive lobby. The interior designers added new drapery and furniture pieces, including bespoke designs upholstered in rich velvet. Live plants complement the lobby’s furniture, playing with the space's vibrant colour palette: turquoise, blue and green, with splashes of royal purple. The hotel’s corridors have been similarly updated, with new white walls and bright blue-and-green carpets that feature the hotel’s signature bird, the finch.

Renovations throughout the Biltmore focused on preserving the hotel’s historic value, such as installing a new roof, replacing balcony doors, and replacing all of the building’s 800 windows. One of the largest areas of restoration happened within the Biltmore’s 12,000-square-foot fitness centre and spa; situated on the seventh floor of the hotel, the spa offers sprawling views of Miami through its large windows, and features a new Himalayan Salt Stone sauna and Healing Steam room.

Outside, the hotel boasts ten flood-lit tennis courts; these lie adjacent to the historic Biltmore golf course, which has been fully restored as part of the recent renovation and is home to the renowned Jim McLean golf school. The hotel’s swimming pool also has some new features, including teakwood chaises in each of its nine private cabanas, and an abundance of plants to help create a calm, relaxed atmosphere.

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