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Belleview Biltmore Hotel & Resort
Belleair, FL
The Belleview Biltmore Hotel was one of the largest, most luxurious hotels built along the Florida West Coast during the late nineteenth century and remains today one of the most recognizable symbols of the end of the Gilded Age. Completed in 1899, it was the brain child of Henry B. Plant, railroad industrialist. Still considered the largest standing wood frame structure in the world, the Belleview Hotel, later renamed the Belleview Biltmore opened in 1897 with 145 rooms, later expanded to 285 rooms, including a series of cottages for guests who desired a higher degree of privacy. Through Plant’s successful connections as a railroad entrepreneur, the hotel soon became the choice destination for a wealthy clientele of industrialists and the social elite, including royalty, presidents, heads of state and many other influential people brought to the very doorstep by a railroad spur. Set on a high coastal bluff overlooking Clearwater Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, the restored Belleview Biltmore will shimmer with exciting new facilities and amenities, while retaining its turn of the century elegance and charm.

Development plans call for a complete and historically accurate restoration interwoven with the creation of a worldclass luxury resort destination. Within the park-like atmosphere of the hotel’s grounds, underground parking for 654 cars will accommodate hotel guests and visitors while minimizing traffic congestion on the property. Broad shaded avenues will complement the historic Victorian architecture of both the hotel and the historic guest cottages, and sweeping verandas with period antiques along the ground floor of the hotel will complement the renovation of the common areas. Inviting porches will overlook the lushly landscaped grounds dotted with period water fountains. The resort will also include a world-class spa, complete with pool, exercise room and beauty salon. The signature Donald Ross designed golf course, tennis courts, children’s pool, water aerobics and a full complement of beach facilities at the new Belleview Biltmore Beach Club are among the many recreational facilities that will be available to visitors for fun and relaxation. Flexible banquet rooms with full catering services for both corporate and private use will be available in the newly restored Tiffany Ballroom, Candlelight Ballroom and the Starlight Ballroom. An outdoor event lawn venue, including a wedding gazebo, will be provided for special occasions.

Additionally, the hotel will be LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council becoming one of the largest LEED projects in Florida. The Belleview Biltmore has offered outstanding hospitality and service for over a century. Its truly distinctive architecture and location, coupled with an accurate restoration of the entire facility, will ensure its continuous pre-eminence among worldwide luxury resort hotels.

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