Exploring the Biltmore Hotel's Dark Past in Coral Gables, Florida
By day, civilized travelers and locals enjoy afternoon tea or lounge by the gigantic pool while a bride-to-be poses for wedding photos in the romantic lobby of this striking 1920s Spanish-revival building. By night, however, the the Biltmore turns mysterious. Its dimly lit bar—complete with upholstered armchairs and swanky piano—offers jazz, wine, and classic cocktails. When you’ve finished your drink, ask if the famed Al Capone Suite is unoccupied. You just might get escorted to the infamous 13th floor, where the bellhop will show you bullet holes in the coral fireplace. Once a prohibition speakeasy popular with the mob, on a fateful night during "an illegal gambling party gone wrong," the Chicago gangster's right-hand man, Fats Walsh, was shot down--and the hotel's already notorious reputation was upgraded to "haunted." No worries, though. The ghost of Capone’s bodyguard will protect you.