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Millenium Biltmore - Is it safe to go? recommend for famlies

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Millenium Biltmore - Is it safe to go? recommend for famlies

Going to LA on 26th for 7nts about to book a hotel

Millennium Biltmore has really good rates...

not sure after reading some reviews tho

is that area that bad???

what is there to do in LA at night?

how much would a ttaxi cost at night from say hollywood to downtown!

many thanks!

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1. Re: Millenium Biltmore - Is it safe to go? recommend for famlies

Downtown L.A. is, largely, a business district that closes down at 6 pm. There are restaurants, bars and clubs in downtown (along with the music center -- theater, ballet, symphony, etc) but all of these things are spread out; there is no central, "pedestrian-friendly area.

You can take the red line metro rail between downtown and Hollywood for $1.25 (15 minutes) or a taxi ($20, 15-20 minutes, without traffic).

Is downtown "that bad"? In my opinion, no. But, there have been visitors to downtown who have reported being "emotionally ruined" because a homeless person asked them if they had any spare change.

Your choice.

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2. Re: Millenium Biltmore - Is it safe to go? recommend for famlies

I live downtown with three kids. My wife and I think it is a great place for families. My mother-in-law lives over in Pico-Union. We are solidly middle-class.

Hotel reviews are often as much about the reviewer's expectations. Typically, I find people come with unreasonable or unrealistic expectations because they didn't do any homework. For example, downtown L.A. is 14 miles from the beach. If you're looking for a beachside resort, you will be disappointed.

No, the area is not bad. It is an enormous treasure trove of historic sites, architecture, art, culture, performance, sports and shopping. However, it is not Beverly Hills or Las Vegas. Downtown is unlike traditional downtowns. For a couple of generations, Angelenos abandoned it. In the past decade an influx of residents has transformed historic buildings into lofts.

Downtown is a real mishmash of very different districts beyond the Financial district. None these districts really fit any traditional L.A. stereotypes. A lot of visitors find this jarring. Most Angelenos do, too. If you like urban settings with gritty elements, it is amazing. If you find rubbing shoulders with the city's majority Latino population unnerving, you should consider booking in Santa Monica. Of course, my Mexican wife and I love it.

There is an enormous amount to do in Los Angeles. It is an enormous metropolitan area. Much of it is suitable for families. So your question is a little open ended. However, you don't say how many children you have or their ages or what their interests are. So it is difficult to answer your questions.

I wouldn't recommend taking a taxi from downtown to Hollywood. I suspect it would be an expensive proposition. The Red Line would be a more economical option. Driving yourself from downtown to Hollywood is easy. Just take the 101 north.

I would say that downtown is a good central location for getting about as it sits at the heart of the regional freeway system. But, a great deal depends upon your plans and interests. However, it appears you've left a lot to the last minute.

HTH

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Lots of politically correct people will wax lyrically about how wonderful the "diverse" community downtown is.

It's so diverse, that many of the people who live downtown full-time also use the streets as toilets, while others live sequestered in luxury high-rises.

So, if you want to stay in your hotel, it's fine. Outside, it can get dicey. If you know what you're doing, great. If you like to take chances, roll the dice. If not, and especially with children, I'd stay in another, more secure area.

And, don't make it Pico-Union, please. While I'm sure some people are happy to live there, it's one of the poorest and most crime-prone areas of Los Angeles. Gangs think the area is great, too, but for different reasons. Look it up...don't take my word for it.

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"If you find rubbing shoulders with the city's majority Latino population unnerving, you should consider booking in Santa Monica."

Bu is an example of Angelenos who are easily spooked. He is unaware the crime rate in downtown is one of the lowest in the city. Recently, it sunk below the rate of 1943, when they started recording statistics. He exemplifies Angeleno anxieties about urban settings. His generation abandoned downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods with sad results. Given that historic experience, his anxieties are perfectly legitimate, but out-of-date. I'm sure his Malibu fortress is very safe and charming.

Bu is correct. Skid Row is downtown. I'd also point out Santa Monica has a large and welcomed transient population, too. Both are easily avoided. However, he is not aware of the Safer Cities Initiative which has transformed Skid Row in 2006 (despite the resistance of ACLU to public order). Kudos to the LAPD.

Clearly, Bu has very strong negative feelings about downtown which he believes every must agree with. Clearly, because I live here, I think differently and he is not comfortable with this. Each unto his own. His is a Malibu fortress in the isolated hills. Mine is an apartment in an urban setting.

Hopefully, this thread's comments have provided you with some food for thought to help you make a decision.

HTH

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7. Re: Millenium Biltmore - Is it safe to go? recommend for famlies

This looks like an interesting and very historical hotel. Thanks for the video. I am finding it quite interesting doing research on the Los Angeles area and the various neighborhoods. I am actually thinking more seriously about postponing my trip until May just so I can learn more about things before I get there. For one thing I have found out it would be cheaper and would enable me to extend the trip. I am finding out that the stereotypes of LA are about the same as any city. The first time I visited New York City I didn't even want to go because of the things I had heard about it. I was with a group from a conference so I had no choice. I expected garbage all over the place, homeless people laying all over the place, dirt, filth, etc. Instead I saw an absolutely beautiful, historical, and interesting city much to my surprise. Since then I have made two week long trips there and have felt completely safe. I hope to make it a yearly event. I do think it pays off a lot to do your research on any place you are unfamiliar with. But again, the Millenium Biltmore is on my list now due to the video and responses.

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Downtown is evolving into a happening place. It still mostly shuts down at 6pm as was mentioned earlier and probably only locals are amazed to find out that at least it doesn't completely shut down like it did 10 years ago. There are quite a few bars and restaurants, just not enough that you can find them without knowing where you're going.

The Biltmore is cool although the lobby sets up unrealistic expectations as to what your room will be like. Your room won't look like the lobby, but it will be clean and comfortable.

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"Bu is an example of Angelenos who are easily spooked."

Wrong. You don't know me.

"I'm sure his Malibu fortress is very safe and charming."

How dare you make any presumption about my housing?

"However, he is not aware of the Safer Cities Initiative which has transformed Skid Row in 2006 (despite the resistance of ACLU to public order)."

I was just down at Skid Row the other day (showing my nephew the ropes). There will still transvestite hookers, homeless, drug addicts, alcholics and people in cardboard boxes on the street. Yeah, some transformation.

"Clearly, Bu has very strong negative feelings about downtown which he believes every must agree with."

How dare you?

"His is a Malibu fortress in the isolated hills."

Again. How dare you?

Are you a character assassin for a living, or is it just a hobby?