Belleview Biltmore Hotel (Belleair, Florida)
ADDRESS: 221 Belleview Blvd, Belleair, FL 33756
COORDINATES: 27.944111, -82.809733
The Belleview Hotel, as it was initially known, was constructed by Henry B. Plant as a resort destination to boost his railroad’s business. During World War II, the hotel served as lodging for servicemen who were stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. In the 1970s and 1980s, the aging hotel began to decline as changing travel patterns and intensified competition from newer beach-front motels caused significant losses.
During the summer of 2004, the hotel suffered blows from hurricanes Jeane and Francis, causing severe damage to an already deteriorated roof. In the years following, the hotel became abandoned completely as it was too pricey to maintain.