A Page in Florida History has Turned
This article was originally written in near the end of 2013, when the city still debated the future of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel. The decision was not in favor of the hotel. In 2015, the grand wooden hotel was torn down, much to the heartbreak of those who loved it and the history it represented. Please enjoy the article again, including its haunting theme, which I will leave a mystery.
Gulf Coast Local Secret #13
The Secret of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel
The Belleview Biltmore Hotel was built in 1897 by railroad tycoon Henry B. Plant to give people a reason to use his railroad through Florida. His idea apparently worked as the resort took off and became famous among celebrities around the world, including some Hollywood V.I.P.s.
Why Is the Belleview Biltmore Hotel Local Secret Number 13?
We have chosen Belleview Biltmore Hotel as spot number 13 for a reason. According to local legend, the hotel is haunted! Some visitors say that the wife of Henry B. Plant haunts the halls, while other ghost seekers have claimed to have seen spirits of others sorts. It is confirmed that more than one person died at the hotel. Are their souls still haunting the grounds?
Ghosts of the Gulf Coast
Is the Belleview Biltmore Hotel really haunted? We can’t answer that question definitively. The hotel is getting up there in years and is currently closed. You can catch views of it by driving past or from boats on Clearwater Harbor. Ghost tours have become popular through the U.S. Some have offered paranormal investigations at the Belleview Biltmore Hotel, so check around to see if tours are currently available.