Wednesday, September 17, 2003
The Best of South Florida: Best Hotel
Business clients or out-of-town guests. If you're looking for upscale elegance, the lap of luxury is just a reservation away. But before you get ready to check in, 7s Shireen Sandoval checked out the Best Hotels in South Florida.
(WSVN) -- Ah, the good life.
You know - sitting in the sun, getting a massage. Playing 18 holes.
Now, if you're ready for some R-and-R, why not pack your bags for the Best Hotels in South Florida.
"It makes me feel probably wealthier than I really am."
"You feel like you are in another world."
That other world is Our Viewers' Third Pick - The Mandarin Oriental in downtown Miami.
"What we bring is our very special Asian service to the hotel."
What they bring is a calming culture based on the ancient art of Feng Shui.
"We work with Feng Shui almost on a daily basis, it's part of our culture."
A culture that values quality and tranquility.
"Just the rooms. Have you seen the rooms yet? They're really beautiful."
And best of all, you don't have to go anywhere to get a gourmet meal
"We are the only 5 diamond hotel, and the only 5 diamond restaurant."
("If you want to get a retreat inside Miami without going anywhere else, this is definitely the place."
But if you want the place that has become a local icon, then head on over to Our Second Choice - The Fontainebleau in Miami Beach.
"When you think Fontainbleu, you think fabulous."
"This is actually my first time here and I'm enjoying every minute of it."
And what's not to enjoy.
The Fontainebleau has a pool for kids and adults.
"It's just everything I expected it would be."
But did you expect a state of the art fitness center?
Or how about a mini-mall.
"The thing about The Fontainebleau is we really are our own city"
"We even have a post office."
Not to mention a proud history.
Just check out the walls, and you know after 49 years in the business, they do it their way.
"It just makes you feel special."
"But if you really want to live in the lap of luxury then come to Our Viewers' First Choice - The Biltmore in Coral Gables."
"That's particularly gratifying to us because they are the home crowd. They’re the experts, they see us, they know us."
And they know the moment a guest arrives; they're treated like somebody special.
Shireen says: "So how does this compare to some of the other places that you've been?"
"This makes up for all the times that I stayed in motels with shag carpet glued together."
No shag carpet here.
In fact, the Biltmore prides itself on a Latin look with a few quirks here and there.
"Well, it's a magnificent hotel, it's beautiful, it has a lot of character and personality."
Especially if you like to be outside.
Just check out the pool.
"When they built it in the 1920's, it was the largest pool in the world."
Big and beautiful.
It appears this hotel has got it all - service, sophistication, and style.
"You can't go wrong with the Biltmore."
Next week, it's a favorite South Florida sport.
We're looking for the Area's Best Bowling Alley.
Also, we are now accepting votes for The Best Men's Haircut and The Best Women's Haircut in South Florida.
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