Having housed guests as notorious as Al Capone and as noteworthy as Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Biltmore Florida has remained one of the country’s most historic hotels for nearly a century. The architects behind Grand Central Station fashioned this fanciful palace by the palms with terra-cotta tiled roofs and yellow walls, creating an instant landmark. During the Jazz Age, the hotel drew socialites and movie stars with its polo fields, ball rooms and sports facilities. Today, the nationally recognized spa on the 7th floor allows guests to unwind during their stay. The Palme d’Or restaurant, which rates highly in Zagat, and activities such as cooking classes, keep guests close to the resort. But unlike in the property’s early days, there are also the draws of Miami and Coral Gables a short drive away.