The Biltmore Hotel
As one of the area's most storied hotels, the 1926 Mediterranean-style historic landmark that anchors Coral Gables still feels very Old Florida. The Biltmore's palm tree-adorned central courtyard's gurgling fountain and grand lobby have welcomed the likes of presidents, Hollywood stars and starlets, and business magnates over the years. These days, the hotel's most discerning clientele opt for a stay in the Everglades Suite (which was reportedly once owned by Al Capone, who ran an underground casino there). But each of the hotel's 276 rooms are comfortable and elegantly understated, with oversized picture windows, Jerusalem stone-tiled floors, and natural wood furnishings. The Biltmore also boasts the largest hotel pool in the continental U.S. (once home to aquacades, alligator wrestling, and Johnny Weissmuller), a first-rate spa, and an 18-hole championship golf course.