Envisioned by entrepreneur George Merrick, Coral Gables became the second stractured city in the history of the United States.
With the help of such luminaries as William Jennings Bryan, Mr. Merrick realized his dream of combining a lush landscape with Spanish and Moorish themed architecture to create the distinctive flavor of this destination favored by international travelers. Leading from the grand illustrious entrance ways and among numerous boutique shops lies the historic Venetian Pool (1924), Vizcaya gardens and Museum (1916) together with the University of Miami.

The Hotel Antilla photo courtesy of State Archives of Florida


Anticipating the recognition of the unique destination Merrick had created, the Antilla Hotel was born circa 1920 and became the first hotel in the history of Coral Gables. Serving both as a tourist destination and temporary housing for future settlers, the Antilla was the epitome of Coral Gables’ with lush landscaping and historical architecture. The success of the Antilla led Merrick to envision a pristine resort, centered and seen from miles away. Two years later, the majestic Biltmore Hotel was born.

As tourist demand increased and customer preferences altered, the Hotel ChateauBleau was built in 1963 in the exact same lot where the Antilla had been. Ownership recognized the need of consumers needing an efficient hotel based close to Miami International Airport who would choose the option of staying close to a burgeoning Downtown Miami while situated in Coral Gables. With European styling in the guestrooms and amenities appealing to both domestic and International clientele, the Hotel ChateauBleau fast became a popular choice for both for short and long term guests visiting South Florida.