Biltmore Hotel

We visited the famous Biltmore Hotel in Coral Cables, Florida during our weekend vacation to South Florida last month.

Biltmore hotel

Biltmore hotel. Nikon D600 with Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens @ f/9, 1/200 sec, iso 400, 14mm. Lightroom post processing: exposure +0.33, fill light +60, vibrance +10, saturation +10.

We arrived late in the day for a quick self-guided tour. It was about an hour prior to sunset. The clouds were low in the horizon, acting as a light diffuser for the low setting sun and providing the soft, low contrast lighting for these architecture shots.

Biltmore hotel

View of the Biltmore hotel from the center terrace. Taken @ f/16, 1/320 second, iso 1600 @ 14mm. Lightroom post-processing: fill light +60.

Beautiful light for a beautiful subject.

Biltmore hotel courtyard

Biltmore hotel courtyard. Taken @ f/16, 1/125 sec, iso 1600, 14mm. Lightroom post processing: exposure -0.4, fill light +75.

I particularly liked the arch ceiling in the main lobby. Beautiful.

Biltmore hotel lobby

Biltmore hotel lobby. Taken @ f/5, 1/50 sec, iso 1250, 14mm, hand held. Lightroom post processing: exposure +1.25, fill light +20, vibrance +10, saturation +10.

It’s definitely worth a visit when you are in South Florida. Just park (for free) in the parking lot on the West side, walk in and have a look around. They do offer guided tours on Sunday afternoons at 1:30, 2:20, and 3:30 p.m. Call the hotel at (855) 311-6903 or email

Note to fellow photographers: With the Nikon D600’s excellent dynamic range, I used Lightroom in post processing to pull out the shadow details using the fill light setting, as noted in the picture captions above. When increasing the fill light, watch the overall exposure and compensate accordingly, as the fill light setting can cause portions of the image to be overexposed. For the interior shot of the lobby arch ceiling, I bumped up the vibrance and saturation slightly to give the colors a slight pop without over doing it.

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