She’s been described as a grand old lady, after all she’s 115 years old, and for years some have been saying either tear her down or fix her up.
Well, a group of Miami investors have decided to fix her up and not with just a little lipstick and rouge, they have plans for a complete restoration and construction of a 153 room East Wing.
In fact, the investors vision for the 21 acre Belleview Biltmore is more along the of the lines of the magical gilded age hotels.
They intend on maintaining her historic charm but with improvements to the 260 room hotel, add a 153 room East Wing, make improvements to the golf club, restore the 3 Victorian cottages and develop the beachfront cabana club property into a 38 room boutique hotel.
The Partnership signed the purchase and sale agreement on Saturday, acquiring the hotel, golf course and cabana club for an undisclosed amount of money. They have 6 months to close.
The Biltmore was built in 1897 by railroad tycoon Henry B. Plant and has hosted world leaders, U.S. presidents and celebrities through the decades.
The hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, closed in 2009, and is now one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s most endangered sites.