Take a look at where I stayed on a recent trip to Miami, from Coral Gables to South beach!
When we first arrived at The Biltmore we were bleary eyed and jet lagged from a 9 hour flight, it was around 10pm at night so it was hard to appreciate the beauty of the hotel as we crawled into our beds. Waking up in the morning was like a continuous dream, I drew my curtains and the view took my breath away, my room overlook the swimming pool (which is the largest hotel pool in the USA, cool, huh?!) and the golf course! I couldn’t wait to get downstairs and the see the beauty of the hotel in daylight!
Stepping into the breakfast courtyard was absolutely stunning (and so surreal!) I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan and if felt like I’d stepped straight into Kings Landing, it was beautiful! From the water feature, the wrought iron table & chairs, to the colourful array of food, there was beauty everywhere I laid my eyes, and my favourite part? I loved the fact that we were dining in an open air courtyard, there’s just something about feeling the sunshine on your face and hearing the birds sing as you’re waking up in the morning *hastily throwing back coffee to get going!
We were fortunate enough to have a tour of the hotel and one of the most striking features was the golf course, now, golf is huge in my family and I used to play when I was younger so I was instantly impressed by the beauty of the course, but even if you aren’t a golfer – anyone could appreciate the vastness!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BILTMORE:
The hotel has a wealth of history and was built in 1926 it has hosted a range of famous people including president Franklin D. Roosevelt to notorious gangster Al Capone. With 273 rooms, The Biltmore hotel is a work of art itself and somewhere I would 100% recommending visiting if you’re heading to Miami!
Located in Coral Gables, an area not quite as tourist driven as South Beach, but a beautiful, beautiful neighbourhood and one that I would put on your to-do list if you plan to visit! The vibe was completely different from South Beach as it had a huge Spanish influence; we dined at Tapas Bars of an evening and wandered around Botanical Gardens in the day. I won’t spoil my guide to Miami, as I’ll go into everything we did in a lot more detail, but for now, just know that The Biltmore is a must when visiting!
Rates at The Biltmore start from £148 per night in low season. For more information visit www.biltmorehotel.com!
After two nights in Coral Gables it was time to head to South Beach and discover the ‘real Miami’ – or the Miami I’d had in Miami as Coral Gables was so far from what imagined. We checked into the National Hotel on a Tuesday Afternoon, on first impressions the hotel was so stunning, located on Collins Avenue in the heart of South Beach and the perfect place to stay to shop, party and enjoy the culture of the beach life!
The National really stood out to me as the Art Deco vibe ran throughout the hotel and felt really authentic, we took a tour of the hotel and were shown the Penthouse suite which was simply stunning! Spread out across two floors and complete with a giant bath tub, a sit down bar and dining area and the most incredible views of South Beach itself!
The hotel overlooked South Beach and oh, what a view it was! Bikini glad girls, guys skate boarding and filled with red & white striped umbrellas (the umbrellas and Art Deco of the beach made it feel like I’d stepped back in time, it was so surreal!).
MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE NATIONAL HOTEL:
My favourite area of the hotel had to be the pool (which is the longest in the USA, what is it with these uber-cool hotel pools?!), surrounded by beds to lounge on, hammocks and a bar (most important!). We ate lunch at the pool bar and restaurant on the last day and the food was delicious! I opted for a burger and chips (to help soothe my hangover), and some fresh lemonade to keep me cool in the heat!
We also had the pleasure of dining at the Tamara Bistro which was incredible, the food was exquisite, the service second to none and the views watching the sunset across the pool was something I’ll never forget! We followed our meal by an evening of Cabaret and cocktails in the hotel, it was a night to remember!
Rates at The National Hotel start from £121 per night in low season. For more information www.nationalhotel.
What do you think of these beautiful hotels? Have you ever been to Miami before or is it somewhere on your travel bucket list?
*A hugeeee thank you to Thomas Cook Airlines, The Biltmore and The National for hosting us during our trip to Miami!