My hubby and I stayed at this LA hotel for 4 nights for our anniversary getaway. We booked it on expedia after checking out other travelers' advices and balancing out the price (at the time of booking this hotel was the only hotel in downtown that still remains affordable after the sales). This hotel has quite a character to it . Grand Hollywood classic. We took a peek at their ballroom, it is very nice and grand but yet still remain a characteristics vintage look to it.
Checking in at the hotel, the hotel looks pretty grand on the outside. We were greeted by friendly , helpful staff at the front desk, going up to our room thru nicely decorated hallway with high vaulted ceiling. So far so good , pleasantly surprised. But then the surprise went downhill from there as we were looking for our room. Thru a long long hallway we finally located our room at the far far far end of the building. We entered with the key but to find ourselves in a small gloomy room with 2 doors - 1 of them is rm 772, our room. We were like "OK..what now". Upon opening the door, we've found ourselves in a rm of a reasonable size for a king sz bed rm. The bed is ok (very soft with no back support just like many other hotels). The carpet is so so (my hubby mentioned the carpet might has flea as he felts itchy after walking barefoot). The air conditioning was acceptably noisy but effectively cold. However the room does not have the amenity you usually find in even a lower grade hotel; there is no fridge/freezer, no internet (they charge you for a fee though at $11/night or something). It is quite disappointing. The most ridiculous find - the TV, a 15" tube projection, it is an antique - just like the hotel itself!! The washroom is very spacious, but I wish it has an exhaust fan, the toilet bowl is clean with no pee stain ring, and a fixture that provides enough counter space for the guests to spread their necessities.
Parking - it is a HUGE problem. Upon arriving at the hotel (we flew in from Vancouver, rented a car at the airport), we were shocked to learn that the hotel offers valet parking for a whooping $44 overnight. You can find park it yourself for $16 /night at the Perishing Square underground parking across the street, or if you can walk for 1/2 a block, you can find it cheaper for $12/night at a public parking on Oliver Street. It is monitored, bright, well-lighted - many exotic cars tend to park there overnight, so security gotta be good.
Location - in the heart of LA downtown. Close of transit and train station. Reasonably close to many LA attractions and highways. You don't have to waste much time getting to and from the highways.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel has been a legendary Los Angeles landmark since 1923. With exquisite Spanish-Italian Renaissance architecture, including stunning hand-painted ceilings, it's rich history is most noted for its connection with the Oscars - the founding banquet for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was held in the Crystal Ballroom in 1927, where the original "Oscar" statuette was sketched on a Biltmore napkin, and eight Academy Awards banquets were held in the Biltmore Bowl during the '30s and '40s. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Millennium Biltmore