Stayed at The Biltmore for 2 nights.From the outside it really doesnt look very impressive but once you enter the lobby like alot of the previous reviews have stated the decor and architecture inside was beautiful reminicient of the early 1900s.Very big lobby area with ample seating...reception was generally efficient and businesslike but like all american hotels service was pretty minimal.Lifts to rooms were across a long hallway and also to the restaurant downstairs where they serve a pretty good buffet breakfast.The small lobby area just outside the restaurant is a very popular place for filming of movies and there was some shooting going on during my stay.
The rooms were big and spacious but really needed a major overhaul.No doubt the bed was big and comfortable the room was just not cosy or had that homely feeling.It just felt cold dark and depressing.Windows had no curtains at all...instead they had really old dusty wooden blinds...so early in the morning one would be woken up by the daylight coming in but being surrounded by tall buildings the room doesnt get much sunlight.Lighting was pretty minimal.In contrast the size of the bathroom was really tiny and had hardly any counter top to put my toiletries.Awful rusty taps and bathtub with yellowish ring stains.Some how or rather the room decor reminded me of the inside of Norman Bates` famous house up ontop of the hill in the movie Pyscho.
Location wise not to my liking as i was there during the weekend so being right in the middle of the business district the whole place was dead.I suppose good in a sense as it wasnt crowded or with alot of traffic because my room faced the road so would it have been a weekday i am sure it would have been very noisy.Nothing much in the way of shopping around the area except 2 blocks away there was an area selling cheap electronics clothing and the usual other shops you find anywhere.The people hanging around this area tend to be more of the South American/Mexican races.Few usual eateries like subway Panda express and other fast food joints.
On the other side of the hotel behind...a totally different scenario.Tall office blocks and just down the road about 10mins walk away was a small shopping mall with a Macy`s and the usual foodcourt below the Hyatt i think it was.
Would i recommend or stay at this hotel again?Definately not.Even if i had to stay around that area again there are far better hotels like The Westin Bonaventure or the other major chains.
I would have taken a few photos of the room and bathroom but it was just to depressing i didnt bother.
- 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 nine Academy Awards banquets were held in the Biltmore Bowl during the '30s and '40s. ... more less
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