Welcome to Miami lovingly known as the "Magic City" for more reasons than one. Every year millions of tourists wash up on the sunny shores of Miami Beach to soak in the rays and forget the drudgery, stresses, and obligations of daily life, no matter where they might be visiting from. Miami offers plenty to do and lots to do. For those tourists visiting Miami for the first time, Miami tours and sightseeing activities are a great way to experience the best of Miami without breaking the bank.
Miami Sightseeing tours: The Biltmore Hotel
One of the most popular destinations for first-time visitors to Miami is the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami. There are many ways to get there, but Miami tours and probably the most popular way to visit this iconic hotel in Miami.
The Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel is a luxury hotel in Coral Gables, Florida, United States. It was designed by Schultze and Weaver and was built in 1926 by John McEntee Bowman and George Merrick as part of theBiltmore hotel chain.
The Miami-Biltmore Hotel & Country Club was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996. On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter placed the building on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Placesas the Biltmore Hotel.
It served as a hospital during World War II and as a VA Hospital and campus of the University of Miami medical school until 1968. It became a hotel again in 1987 managed by the Seaway Hotels Corporation.
Some superstitious people claim this hotel to be haunted, most often by the spirit of Thomas Walsh.
When completed, it was the tallest building in Florida, surpassing the Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami. It was surpassed in 1928 by the Dade County Courthouse, also in Downtown Miami.
At one time the pool was the largest pool in the world and among the many attractions was swimming instructor (and later Tarzan actor) Johnny Weissmuller.