The Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa is a historic resort hotel located at 25 Belleview Boulevard in the town of Belleair, Florida, USA. The hotel is closed, but a renovation plan has been announced.
The hotel situated along the eastern shores of Old Clearwater Bay, with views of the bay and the barrier islands which border the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel was built in 1897 by railroad tycoon Henry B. Plant and was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on December 26, 1979. However, this provides no protection from demolition. Recently, the owner planned to demolish the hotel in 2012 to be replaced with condos, though plans to restore the hotel have come through as of late.
The 820,000 square feet (76,000 m2) hotel structure is the last remaining grand historic hotel of its period in Florida that exists as a resort, and the only remaining Henry Plant hotel still in operation. The building is noted for its architectural features, with its unique green sloped roof and white wood sided exterior, and extensive hand crafted woodwork and Tiffany glass inside. It is said to be the largest occupied wood frame structure in the world, and is constructed of native Florida pine wood.
The hotel property at large consists of over 160 acres (65 ha), including swimming pools, a beach club, restaurant, and a golf course. The hotel itself is located on 20.203 acres (8.176 ha) and has ballroom facilities and is a popular location for weddings and other gatherings.
The Belleview Biltmore has hosted many famous people, dignitaries and world leaders through the years, including U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George H. W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the Duke of Windsor, and celebrities such as Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford.
The hotel is thought by some to be the site of ghost sightings and other paranormal events. The Hotel was featured in a segment on the Weird Travels series on the Travel Channel television network in the U.S., which was filmed in March 2004 by Authentic Entertainment.
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- 25 Belleview Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33756
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- 27.9449533, -82.80997079999997
- Pinellas County, Florida
- Nearest Towns:
- Belleair, FL (0.7 mi.)
Clearwater, FL (1.6 mi.)
Belleair Bluffs, FL (1.7 mi.)
Belleair Beach, FL (2.5 mi.)
Harbor Bluffs, FL (2.7 mi.)
Largo, FL (2.8 mi.)
Belleair Shore, FL (2.9 mi.)
Ridgecrest, FL (3.3 mi.)
Indian Rocks Beach, FL (5.4 mi.)
Dunedin, FL (5.7 mi.)
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